Mark Binder

   Born in Boston, Mark has lived in Cambridge, Washington, San Antonio, London, and New York City. He is currently based in Providence, Rhode Island. Mark studied mythology and storytelling at Columbia University and playwriting, acting, and directing at the Trinity Rep Conservatory. He has a Masters degree in English and Theater, and is an adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he teaches a course called “Telling Lies.”

   Mark Binder is a writer who really knows how to tell a story. Both on the page and in person, his tales, talks and workshops are captivating, energetic and fun for all ages. Mark’s stories have been published in newspapers and magazines around the world, ranging from Cricket in America to The School in Australia. For more than a decade, Mark has toured the United States sharing his books and spoken-word stories with audiences. He regularly speaks at schools, libraries, community centers, religious venues, as well as theaters and festivals. His latest book, Stories for Peace: Resolving Conflicts/Handling Bullies, is designed for older children and adults to read, discuss, and share.

Selected Reviews of Mark Binder’s Books

A Hanukkah Present
Mark Binder
   A Hanukkah Present is a compilation of original short stories that pays homage to classic Judaic storytellers. Binder has created characters and plots that read like authentic Jewish tales that have been passed down from generation to generation. Parents and grandparents will enjoy reading selections aloud and retelling the stories with or without the original text. One of the best in this colorful collection, “The Challah That Ate Chelm,” about a baker’s apprentice named Muddle, is witty and charming. Muddle is the proverbial good hearted ne’er-do-well whose enormous challah destroys the baker’s oven, and nearly the entire town. Despite the damage, there is no retribution. Instead the town takes up a collection for poor Muddle to find himself a new business. Several stories focus on a “Chanukah Bush” in the home of a rabbi. While the explanations are clever, this storyline might not be appropriate in more traditional homes. A Hanukkah Present is a fine example of Jewish tradition with a wink. It offers the young generation a peek into the past, with humor and a bit of schmaltz. For parents, teachers, and librarians who enjoyed The Jar of Fools: Eight Hanukkah Stories from Chelm by Eric Kimmel, A Hanukkah Present would be a nice alternative selection. A Hanukkah Present is appropriate for most Judaic collections. Category: Holidays. 2007, Light Publications, 128pp., $19.95. Ages 10 to adult.

Program Details

  • Stories for Peace
  • How can you handle a bully? When does a conflict begin? What are the consequences of violence? Can problems be resolved peacefully? There are alternatives. This program combines martial arts experience and storytelling skills. Also suitable for teens and adults.

  • The Bed Time Story Book
  • Read a little every day! Features silly stories and songs.

  • It Ate My Sister (And Other Family Stories)
  • A thrilling selection of stories from traditional sources plus unique originals.

  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…
  • An awesome collection of thrilling stories, jump tales, and chillers. Some traditional, some original, all will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat.

  • Omakase: Classic Stories and Tall Tales from Many Cultures
  • What stories do you need to hear? What stories need to be retold? Folk tales and original stories from around the world that reflect the melting pot. Adapted for schools and summer reading programs.

  • A Holiday Present
  • A heart-warming, multicultural program. Includes stories and songs from Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanza, Ramadan, Diwali, Chanukah, New Years, Solstice, and more!

Fees: (Negotiable)

  • Single event: $450 plus mileage
  • Half day: $750 plus mileage
  • Full day: $1,200 plus travel/accommodations
  • Full day plus evening event: $1,600 plus travel/accommodations

Additional Information

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