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Book Festival Features Entrepreneur, Author and Activist Judy Wicks

The award-winning, free Collingswood Book Festival returns to six blocks along Haddon Avenue, October 5. The largest and longest- running literary event in the Delaware Vall e y, t h e festival promises exhibits, kid-friendly activities and entertainment for all ages, as well as nationally recognized authors, booksellers, storytellers and poets doing readings, workshops and lectures. Judy Wicks, an international leader and speaker in the local-living-economies movement, will share excerpts from her recently published memoir, Good Morning, Beautiful Busines, the Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer, at 10:15 a.m., in the main tent.

Wicks is former owner of the White Dog Café, with locations in Philadelphia and Wayne, acclaimed for its socially and environmentally responsible business practices. She is the co-founder of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and the founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and Fair Food, both incubated at the White Dog Café Foundation and supported by the restaurant’s profits. Her work has earned numerous awards, including the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Humanitarian Award and the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Lifetime Achievement Award. Continuing her work to build a new economy, Wicks mentors the next generation of entrepreneurs and consults for beautiful businesses. She can be reached at

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