18 Oct 2015
Multi-talented actor Taye Diggs introduced is new book ‘Mixed Me‘ at the 20th Anniversary Texas Book Festival October 17, 2015, following his introduction with a book signing and fan interaction.
Mixed Me is about the day in the life of a mixed-race little boy, Mike who has wildly curly hair, navigating society as a bi-racial child. He has lots of energy and parents who love him. Mike is the perfect blend of his parents. Still Mike encounters people every day and has to answer a lot of questions about being mixed. He does so with lots of energy and joy in, “See, my dad’s a deep brown and my mom’s rich cream and honey. Then people see me, and they look at us funny.”
Mixed Me is a well written story, beautifully conveying the feelings a child of mixed races experiences while also bringing out a strong message of acceptance without being pedantic. The artful and colorful illustrations by Shane W. Evans, done in watercolor and pencil perfectly accompany this well-written story of acceptance and love.
Diggs’ next book signing will be on October 22nd, 10 AM at Kidville located at 11740 San Vicente Boulevard, Brentwood, California.
About Taye Diggs
Multi-talented Taye Diggs is no stranger to the acting world. He has performed both on stage and on big and small screen. Diggs also has won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his roles in Murder in the First, Kevin Hill, and Private Practice; The Chicago International Film Festival Excellence in Filmmaking Award in 2003; and The Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble for his role in Chicago.
Diggs grew up in Rochester, New York, the eldest of five children. He started attending performing arts high school in 1999 where he gained confidence through performing arts. Diggs earned a degree in Musical Theater at Syracuse University where he was spotted by a talent agent while performing in a showcase play during his senior year.
Diggs moved to New York city following graduation and landed a position as an understudy in the 1994 revival of Carousel. He moved to Japan to perform at the Tokyo Disneyland for several months following his stint on Carousel.
Diggs took on the role of Benny in Broadway’s groundbreaking musical Rent in 1996 where the play won both a Tony Award and Jonathan Larson, the playwright, won a Pulitzer Prize. Diggs reprised his role in Rent in the 2005 film version.
In 1998 Diggs took on the role of the hunky love interest of Angela Bassett in How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Following Stella, Diggs performed in the comedies Go (1999), The Best Man (1999), Brown Sugar (2002) and the musical Chicago (2002) which won The Critic’s Choice Best Ensemble award. In 2013, Diggs did the sequel to The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday and then appeared in the romantic comedy Baggage Claim.
On the small screen, Diggs had a recurring role on the hit legal-series Ally McBeal in 2001, followed by Kevin Hill (another legal drama of Diggs’ own), appeared on Will & Grace and other shows before landing the lead role in the action-drama Day Break which debuted in 2006, which led him to play Dr. Sam Bennett on Private Practice from 2007-2013 and it’s spin-off Grey’s Anatomy. Diggs played a recurring lawyer on The Good Wife in 2014-2015 season.
On the stage, Diggs performed in Wicked, Chicago, Rent, Carousel and was a performing artist in the 58th Annual Tony Awards in 2004. Diggs recently performed the lead role Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, playing an East German transgender rock and roll vocalist.
About Texas Film Festival
The 2015 Texas Book Festival was held October 17 – 18, 2015, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Texas Book Festival Weekend is free and open to the public and takes place in Austin, Texas, at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds.
One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers.
The Texas Book Festival is a non-profit organization. Contributions are welcome to help provide this popular annual event, year-round literary events, literacy programs, and grants to Texas public libraries. Donate online at any time. When you give $100 or more, donors receive a thank you with a Festival Friends Pass, which allows the donor and one guest priority seating and signing access for authors in Festival Friends Pass venues.
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