Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Book and Reading News for October 2009

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FREE Friends of the UNCG Libraries Events

Monday, October 5—Fred Chappell reading from his new book of poetry, Shadow Box, Faculty Center, 4 p.m. (co-sponsored with the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts)

Monday, October 5—Book Discussion of Stoner, by John Williams, led by Michael Parker of the English Department,. Jackson Library, Hodges Reading Room, 7 p.m. Registration encouraged, see http://library.uncg.edu/fol/register/

Monday, October 19—Friends and Faculty Lecture:
Jonathan Tudge, Human Development
and Family Studies Dept., “The Everyday Lives of Young Children in Greensboro and around the World.” Elliott University Center, Kirkland Room, 7 p.m. Contact Kimberly Lutz by phone at 336-256-8598 or by email at kimberly_lutz@uncg.edu

Monday, October 26—Book discussion of Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario, led by Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater of the English Department, Hodges Reading Room, 7 p.m. Registration encouraged, see http://library.uncg.edu/fol/register/

Other October Book and Reading Events in the Greensboro Area Which May Be of Interest

Note: Barnes and Noble Booksellers has informed me that the September 27 appearance of children’s book author Tomie dePaola has been cancelled.

Thursday, October 1---Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder will read in UNCG’s Faculty Center on College Avenue. The event will be followed by a book signing.

Thursday, October 8---“An Evening with David Sedaris” at the War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro (FEE). 7:30 p.m.
For more information, see http://www.greensborocoliseum.com/

Saturday, October 10---Justin Catanoso discusses his book, My Cousin the Saint, at the Friendly Center Barnes and Noble, 3102 Northline Avenue, at 7:00 p.m. For more information call 336-854-4200.

Thursday, October 15---Holly Goddard Jones Fiction Reading in UNCG’s Faculty Center on College Avenue, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 15--- Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG: Adult/Teacher Workshops. HAIKU! Members $10/ nonmembers $15; register by October 8 via email (t_dowell@uncg.edu) or phone 256-1449.

Saturday, October 17--- Book signing by Miriam Herin, author of Absolution at the Greensboro Waldenbooks, Four Seasons Mall, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m

Sunday, October 18--"Tea Cake on Sundays" Performed by Logie Meachum
Storyteller and folklorist Logie Meachum brings to life the character Tea Cake from Zora Neale Hurston's highly acclaimed novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, the Forsyth County The Big Read selection for 2009. The Big Read is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Z. Smith Reynolds Library of Wake Forest University, and Forsyth County Public Library. Events are being held throughout October See www.forsythlibrary.org or call (336-703-BOOK). The performance will be followed by a reception.

Wednesday, October 28---Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen discuss To Try Men’s Souls, their book on George Washington. Friendly Center Barnes and Noble, 3102 Northline Avenue, at 12:30 p.m. Numbered tickets can be picked up at 9:00 a.m. For more information call 336-854-4200.

Thursday, October 29---Rhett Iseman Trull Poetry Reading in UNCG’s Faculty Center on College Avenue, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 29---Marianne Gingher and Friends. Gingher, Fred Chappell, Michael Parker, Tracie Fellers and other writers will speak at the Friendly Center Barnes and Noble, 3102 Northline Avenue, at 7:00 p.m. For more information call 336-854-4200.


Coming soon:

Monday, November 9— Book discussion of The Architecture of Happiness, by Alain de Botton, led by Patrick Lee Lucas of the Interior Architecture Department.
7:00 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

Monday, November 16—Enrique’s Journey: An Evening with Sonia Nazario, Author of UNCG’s All-Campus Read.
7:00 p.m. Sullivan Science Building Auditorium, UNCG Campus.

Thursday, November 19: Will Read for Food Benefit Reading for Greensboro Charities. Will Read for Food, started by UNCG English professor Hope Hodgkins, began in 1994 as Writer’s Harvest. Since 1995, the benefit has been run by novelist and short story writer Michael Parker and has featured faculty from the MFA Writing Program at UNCG as well as other authors from across the Triad. Donation. Weatherspoon Museum Auditorium, UNCG. 7:00 p.m.

January-21-March 5, 2010—Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation Exhibit, Jackson Library Reading Room

There are probably other book and author events in the area of which I am unaware, but I invite your contributions. Thanks Kimberly Lutz of the University Libraries and to the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at UNCG for their input this month.

For keeping up with our local book scene, I recommend:

• the Friends of the UNCG Libraries blog at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/

• the News & Record’s book blog at http://www.news-record.com/blog/page_turners

• and the Greensboro Public Library’s calendar at
http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/departments/Library/calendar/

For UNCG events of all kinds, see http://calendar.uncg.edu/

Friday, September 18, 2009

Dr. Saundra Westervelt Leads Book Discussion on The Innocent Man on September 21.


Dr. Saundra Westervelt of UNCG's Sociology Department, will lead this season's first book discussion on Monday, September 21, at 7:00 pm in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library. The book we're discussing? The Innocent Man, John Grisham's non-fiction account of the wrongful conviction of Ron Williamson. Dr. Westervelt recently sat down with University Libraries staff member Hannah Winkler to discuss her research, her connection to some of the "characters" in Grisham's book, and what The Innocent Man can teach us about what leads to wrongful conviction and its long-term effects on the exonerated. We invite you to listen to the podcast of their conversation, and we hope to see you Monday night!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Book and Reading News for September 2009

There are lots of book events going on in the area this month that I want to make you aware of.

In addition to the appearance at UNCG of storyteller and children's book author Willy Claflin on September 14, sponsored by the University Libraries through the generosity of Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board members Pam Sprinkle and Betty Hicks and the O. Henry Hotel,there are several other things happening in the area.

Book lovers in the state are blessed (or maybe cursed, since all these events are the same weekend) by three book festivals in September, all the weekend after Labor Day. Choose from among
the BOOKMARKS Festival in Winston-Salem;
the NC Literary Festival in Chapel Hill; and
the Carolina Mountain Literary Festival in Burnsville.

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion Series opens September 21 with a discussion led by Saundra Westervelt of the UNCG Sociology Department about John Grisham's nonfiction work, "The Innocent Man." It's free, Register here

UNCG's own Fred Chappell has a new book out. It's called "Shadow Box: Poems." Fred will be doing some appearances, including one this month at the Community Book Shop. This list of author appearances comes from the Greensboro Public Library:

September 5, 4 pm, at Community Book Shop - Fred Chappell
1206 Grove Street - Phone - 336-501-8389
September 8, 7 pm, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers - Joanna Smith Rakoff
3102 Northline Avenue - Phone - 336-854-4200

September 15, 7 pm, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers - Marti Healey
3102 Northline Avenue - Phone - 336-854-4200

September 17, 7 pm at Barnes and Noble Booksellers - Tara Green
3102 Northline Avenue - Phone - 336-854-4200

September 22, 12 noon, at Central library - Nancy Gotter Gates
219 N. Church Street - 336-373-3617

September 23, 7 pm, at Borders Book Store - Celia Rivenbark
3605 High Point Road - Phone - 336-218-0662

September 27, 2 pm at Barnes and Noble Booksellers - Tomie dePaola
3102 Northline Avenue - Phone - 336-854-4200

September 27, 3 pm, at Central library - Linda Brown
219 N. Church Street - 336-373-3617

Finally, The News & Record has a new book blog that will also help keep you informed.

I am sure that there are other book events that may interest you, but these are the ones I know about right now.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Celebrate Founder’s Day October 5 at UNCG with Author Fred Chappell


The Center for Creative Writing in the Arts and the Friends of the UNCG Libraries will contribute to the celebration of UNCG’S FOUNDERS DAY with a reading by Fred Chappell, emeritus professor of English and former Poet Laureate of North Carolina.

Mr. Chappell will read from his recently released poetry book, Shadow Box,published by the Louisiana State University Press, at the campus’s Faculty Center, Monday October 5, at 4:00 PM. In this richly human work that explores the complexities of age, loss, love and memory, Mr. Chappell accomplishes a rare feat that will be of particular interest to writers and students of poetry: he presents the world with a completely new and demanding form of verse, one of his own invention in which one poem is embedded or nested within the language of another. Mr. Chappell has called on a second reader, his wife, Susan Nicholls Chappell, to highlight and clarify for listeners the rich interplay of the two voices in these lyrical conversations.

A book signing and reception will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 4, 2009

October 26 Book Discussion on Enrique's Journey Added to Fall Lineup


We are excited to offer an additional Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussion this Fall. Professor Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater of the English Department will lead the discussion of Sonia Nazario's Enrique's Journey, the book selected as UNCG's all-campus read this year. Professor Chiseri-Strater explains that the book is well worth reading because "it reveals the hard issues of immigration reform. The Pulitzer Prize winning author describes one child's journey from Central America through Mexico into the United states to find his mother in a way that the problem becomes personal and intimate for the reader. Nazario's detailed reporting gives voice to the bravery of undocumented immigrants and the hardship of these families that are separated due to devastating poverty." The book discussion will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library

To register to attend this book discussion or any of the other six discussions, please visit http://library.uncg.edu/fol/register. We are also pleased to announce that author Sonia Nazario will give a public lecture at UNCG on November 16 at 7:00 pm in the Sullivan Science Building Auditorium. More details soon!