TITLE IX: Danielle Bergh and Rod Cornish Author Storytime

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Title IX: A Bookstore presents a storytime with Danielle Bergh and Rod Cornish for the books Not Blue and We're Really All Just the Same.

not blue book coverAbout Not Blue

"Your power and beauty lie in celebrating who you ARE,
not in comparing yourself to what you ARE NOT."

A young girl lives in a completely blue world. She eats blue food, plays with blue toys, and all her friends are blue. Blue is just the way things are. As she gets older, her friends start pointing out that she is different. She is not blue. Her teachers tell all her friends that it is "fine" that she is not blue and that it is something not to be mentioned again. This makes the girl sad. Then she meets a woman who helps her to see and accept her individuality. 

"Not Blue" is about societal pressure to be "normal," to fit in, and to adhere to the status quo. Through the power of representation, self-love and acceptance, one girl shines her own unique light, illuminating the fact that different can be extraordinarily beautiful.

The vibrant illustrations creatively draw the reader through the story by initially showing everything the same but slowly morphing into a bright and thrilling world.

About Danielle Bergh

Danielle is a Social Studies and Mindfulness teacher who lives in New London, CT, and currently works in the New London Public School System.  She loves dogs, birds, books, and all things magical and weird.

we're really all just the same book coverAbout We're Really All Just the Same

In 2014, I became a dad to Roen Hendrix Cornish, the inspiration for this book.  A handsome and inquisitive boy who is a perfect combination of his African American Father and Lithuanian Mother. One day when Roen was four years old, while in New York City for a modeling gig, (Roen modeled from 4 months old to 5 years old when he announced his retirement to his mother and father) Roen made a statement that became the inspiration for this book. He looked at me and said, “Dad, your skin is darker and mine is lighter.” I thought to myself, “Oh boy, wasn’t expecting to have the race conversation this soon.” Then without missing a beat Roen said, “It’s ok, we’re really the same.” I was so happy and proud of his insight that shortly after that conversation, I began this book. I hope you all enjoy it. We really are all the same and the sooner more folks realize that simple fact, the better off we will all be.

About Rod Cornish

Rod Cornish is a native of New London, Connecticut born on May 21, 1965. He is a father to his son Roen Hendrix, and for the last 15 years has owned and operated a local favorite restaurant, Hot Rod Cafe, known for its award-winning chicken wings and fun atmosphere.Prior to owning a restaurant and writing this book, Rod's background was almost the complete opposite. Rod earned his Master of Business Administration from The University of Michigan School of Business Administration and went on to work in Finance and Human Resources at several well-known firms in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York City including General Foods, GE Capital, and Merrill Lynch. In 2001 after the tragic events of 9/11, Rod decided to take a year off and left the corporate world to travel and learn. He returned from New York City to his hometown of New London, CT, and then traveled for around three months in Europe, mainly Sevilla, Spain. While abroad, the decision was made to not return to corporate life and to pursue opening a bar/restaurant. He enrolled in a local adult education program in Culinary Arts at Grasso Tech, where he learned cooking skills and was taken under the wing of Chef Mario Longo who believed in his dream to open his own place. After finishing the program, Rod delved into the business of learning the industry by working for others for several years bartending and working in kitchens and waiting tables. Finally, in December of 2005, Rod opened Hot Rod Cafe, which quickly became known for having great wings, beer, and atmosphere. About a year later, Chef Carlos Paucar joined the team and brought the menu up to a new level, winning many awards for Hot Rod Cafe including a trophy in the National Buffalo Wing Competition!

Not Blue By Danielle M. Bergh, Autumn E. Wilson (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950323395
Availability: Ships to Our Store in 1-5 Days
(This book cannot be returned)
Published: Leaning Rock Press LLC - December 15th, 2022

"Your power and beauty lie in celebrating who you ARE, not in comparing yourself to what you ARE NOT."

We're Really All Just the Same By Rod Cornish, Autumn Wilson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rod Cornish, Autumn Wilson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781950323562
Availability: Available at One of Our Locations
(This book cannot be returned)
Published: Leaning Rock Press LLC - November 20th, 2021

An Ian Book of the Year award finalist.

Sunday, March 19, 2023 - 11:00am
Title IX: A Bookstore
345 State Street
New London, CT 06320