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Disability History and Awareness Month event at NOVA-Loudoun

In honor of Disability History and Awareness Month, the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will host a discussion and book signing with two local authors on Friday, Oct. 23 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Tracee Lydia Garner and Peter G. Pollak will discuss how characters with disabilities are portrayed in fiction and the struggle that continues for equality, justice and inclusion.

Garner is a published author, writing coach, speaker and strong advocate for people with disabilities. She is an African-American woman with a disability, as well as a NOVA alumni and adjunct instructor. Her fifth novel, "Anchored Hearts," is a romantic suspense. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Garner holds a degree in communications from Old Dominion University.

Pollak started writing because he's passionate about sharing stories with people who love to read. A graduate of Oberlin College and the University at Albany, Pollak is currently at work on his sixth novel, a political thriller. Before writing books, Pollak edited two weekly newspapers, taught at three colleges and founded a news business in 1985 that is still operational.

Learn more about the authors at www.teegarner.com and www.petergpollak.com.

The free discussion will take place in the Higher Education Center with free parking in the student parking lots (labeled B). The campus is at 21200 Campus Drive, Sterling, VA 20164. To learn more, contact Tatyana Schum at tschum@nvcc.edu.

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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