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Events for: Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Farewell to Arms

One True Sentence project

The "One True Sentence" project will provide the focus for public and education projects surrounding Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms in Fall of 2014. This concept was inspired by Hemingway himself, who wrote in his memoirs, "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know." There will be multiple installations on campus, including the Paul Robeson Library on the Rutgers-Camden Campus and the Nilsa I Cruz Downtown Branch of the Camden County Library. Participants of all ages from all of The Big Read Hemingway programs will write their one true sentence, contributing to the ever-growing installations.

Event Location: Camden Center for the Arts, 314 Linden Street, Camden, NJ, 08102-1405

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Community: Rutgers, The State University of NJ

Book: A Farewell to Arms

To Kill a Mockingbird

Student Art Exhibit: Inspired by "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Students at Staten Island Academy will exhibit their original art, inspired by Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird". Led by Island artist and SIA art teacher Kristi Pfister, the student exhibition will be presented in the atrium of Haugen Hall, at the school's main entrance.

Event Location: Staten Island Academy, 715 Todt Hill Road, Staten Island, NY, 10304

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Staten Island OutLOUD

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Fahrenheit 451

Utopia/Dystopia: Art in the UW-Parkside Library

This semester's Art in the UW-Parkside Library exhibition will examine ideas of utopia and dystopia, seen through the eyes of Parkside students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Event Location: UW-Parkside Library, 900 Wood Rd, Kenosha, WI, 53144-1133

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Community: University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library

Book: Fahrenheit 451

The Great Gatsby

Exhibit: Banking in the Twentieth Century

The locally-based bank will mount a historical exhibit about banking, with emphasis on the Roaring Twenties and featuring vintage photos and memorabilia from the era. The exhibit can be viewed during banking hours, Monday through Friday 8:30-5:00 and Saturday 9:00-12:00.

Event Location: Fairfield County Bank, 374 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT, 06877

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts, Inc.

Book: The Great Gatsby

To Kill a Mockingbird

Goodreads Book Discussion

Find a "To Kill a Mockingbird" book discussion on the Herrick Library Goodreads page, facilitated by Librarian Abbey Stroop. You can participate 24/7! Link up with us here: bit.ly/HDLgoodreads

Event Location: bit.ly/HDLgoodreads

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Community: Hope College

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

New Orleans, Mon Amour: Improvisaton in Cuisine

BIG READ EVENT "How Necessary Improvisation by Ethnic Chefs Has Enriched New Orleans Cuisine " Ann Benoit is a commercial food photographer and culinary writer native to New Orleans. She is author and photographer of the highly acclaimed "Broussard's Restaurant and Courtyard Cookbook," photographer of "Magic In A Shaker," and author and photographer of "New Orleans’ Best Ethnic Restaurants," her latest book, which clearly demonstrates how the diverse immigration patterns of New Orleans have enriched the cuisine of New Orleans. Bounce along this fun-filled culinary tour of New Orleans’ top 100 ethnic restaurants. It’s a romp from Eastern European pop-ups to Brazilian churra’s winding through “American ethnic” and the most recent ethnic contributors to the City’s cuisine, mom and pop restaurateurs from Ethiopia. As an overture to Ethiopian-born American author Dinaw Mengestu’s incredible book, "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears"—which focuses on themes of loss and how individual Ethiopian immigrants are coping with their new lives in America, Ms.Benoit will focus her remarks on food from Ethiopia and her presentation will include samples for the audience. Ms. Benoit will also give a toast to our Pan American Connections headliner, Luis Alberto Urrea, author of "Into the Beautiful North," with comments about Mexican food in New Orleans, with samples for the audience. Her book is a treasure for all who enjoy diverse dining and cooking experiences. The event is open to the public. To reserve, contact Faulkhouse@aol.com.

Event Location: Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom, 200 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 12:30pm

Community: The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc.

Book: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

To Kill a Mockingbird

Boo Radley Day

Celebrate the beloved “To Kill a Mockingbird” character of Boo Radley by participating in themed activities and reflecting on life lessons that the character represents. More information coming soon! Sponsored by Celebra, Amazing Gate, and CAYA.

Event Location: all across the city, Holland, MI, 49423

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Community: Hope College

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

The Call of the Wild

'The Call of the Wild' book cover art contest

This contest is open to all 6th - 12th grade art students. In conjunction with the GFWC art show in February, 2015, there will be a special category for 'The Call of the Wild' Book Cover. This is a chance to have your art students read the book and come up with a unique cover. EVERY STUDENT WHO ENTERS RECEIVES A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK. Please e-mail to let us know how many students will need a book. E-mail request to vikki.gremel@cune.edu. Covers can be created using any media. Covers will be displayed along with the GFWC art show at the Seward Civic Center in February, 2015. Covers will be highlighted on the Seward Big Read webpage at www.sewardbigread.org.

Event Location: 233 S. 5th Street, Seward, NE, 68434

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Friends of the Seward Memorial Library

Book: The Call of the Wild

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

EAT DAT

"The Art of Improvisation in New Orleans Cuisine" Food critics Brett Anderson of the Times-Picayune and Rien Fertel, author of the new book, "Imagining the Creole City," and food writer Michael Murphy, author of "EAT DAT, New Orleans," are invited to join Chef Susan Spicer, owner of the renowned restaurant, Bayona, to discuss the ways in which improvisation, spontaneity have defined the art of New Orleans cuisine, earning New Orleans culinary artists hundreds of followers and imitators all over the world. Chef Spicer instigated the nouvelle cuisine, fusion food trends in New Orleans with her imaginative introduction of African Diaspora elements to her signature dishes. The event is an homage to the Ethiopian immigrant charactors of the 2014 BIG READ focus novel, "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears." The event is open to the public but because of the size of the venue, advance reservations are mandatory. To reserve, e-mail Faulkhouse@aol.com.

Event Location: Bayona Restaurant, 430 DAUPHINE STREET, New Orleans, LA, 70122

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Community: The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc.

Book: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

In the Time of the Butterflies

Book & Film Discussion - Monmouth County Library Headquarters

Film showing and Book & Film Discussion on "In the Time of the Butterflies"

Event Location: 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ, 07726

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Community: Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College

Book: In the Time of the Butterflies

To Kill a Mockingbird

JP's Coffee House Book Discussion

Discuss the beloved novel with Hope College English majors in one of Holland’s favorite places to unwind – the cozy atmosphere of JP’s. See you there!

Event Location: 57 E 8th St., Holland, MI, 49423

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: Hope College

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

A Lesson Before Dying

Screening of A Lesson Before Dying

As part of the Houston Cinema Arts Society annual film festival, the screening of A Lesson Before Dying will be held at the Sundance Cinema in Downtown Houston. An expert in film studies will lead the audience in a discussion following the film, exploring its cultural, literary, social, and artistic implications.

Event Location: Sundance Cinema, Houston, TX, 77002-1014

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Community: University of Houston-Downtown

Book: A Lesson Before Dying

The Things They Carried

The Poetics and Politics of Trauma: Literature and the Narrative Cure

Dr. Robin Blyn, UWF Department of English, will provide an overview of "The Things They Carried" and will offer some final thoughts on the book to bring The Big Read in Escambia County to a close.

Event Location: Main Library, 239 N. Spring Street, Pensacola, FL, 32502

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Community: West Florida Public Library

Book: The Things They Carried

Into the Beautiful North

Sociedad Latina Immigration Forum

The Immigration Forum will take place at Mission Hill's Maurice J. Tobin K-8 School and will feature a panel of speakers with expertise in immigration reform and its impact on education, workforce development and the overall health of immigrants. The forum will also include a special discussion on the current situation of migrant children crossing into the U.S. This discussion will be framed around the book, Into the Beautiful North. The individuals listed below will be invited to speak at the forum (speakers are not yet confirmed): Marcela Garcia, Journalist Dr. Oscar Santos, Cathedral High School Dr. Leigh Patel, Associate Professor of Education at Boston College Dr. Eileen de los Reyes, Deputy Superintendent of Academics at Boston Public Schools Jeffrey Sanchez, Mass. State Representative Luis Alberto Urrea, Author of Into the Beautiful North

Event Location: Maurice J. Tobin School Auditorium , 40 Smith Street , Roxbury, MA, 02120-2929

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Community: Sociedad Latina, Inc.

Book: Into the Beautiful North

A Wizard of Earthsea

Fantasy Art Workshop: A Fog of Earthsea

This fantasy art workshop is a lesson in visibility and the illusion of depth with a controlled collage. It is one program within Pioneer’s The Big Read 2015 celebration of A Wizard of Earthsea, a fantasy novel by Ursula Le Guin. Join us and create your own unique piece of artwork illustrating a passage in the novel. All pieces created at the program will be eligible for the Big Read Fantasy Art Contest. http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/art-contest

Event Location: Norman Public Library Central, 225 N. Webster, Norman, OK, 73069

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Community: Pioneer Library System

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

Fantasy Art Workshop: A Fog of Earthsea

This fantasy art workshop is a lesson in visibility and the illusion of depth with a controlled collage. It is one program within Pioneer’s The Big Read 2015 celebration of A Wizard of Earthsea, a fantasy novel by Ursula Le Guin. Join us and create your own unique piece of artwork illustrating a passage in the novel. All pieces created at the program will be eligible for the Big Read Fantasy Art Contest. http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/art-contest

Event Location: Tecumseh Public Library, 114 N. Broadway, Tecumseh, OK, 74873

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Community: Pioneer Library System

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

BIG READ Lecture for College Students and Teachers

The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. and Loyola University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies will present a talk by bestselling non-fiction and fiction writer Luis Alberto Urrea, author of "The Devil's Highway," a non-fiction account of the human toll on immigrants and the novel "Into the Beautiful North," also about the human toll of immigration. This BIG READ event devoted to the literary inspiration of ethnic diversity, was to have included the author of the Society's 2014 BIG READ focus book, "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears," Dinaw Mengestu, who first accepted, then declined the invitation. Also included on the program is Acadiana author Darrell Bourque, who was Poet Laureate of Louisian for two terms and who represents the Acadian culture of Southwest Louisiana, developed by French speaking immigrants from Nova Scotia. Bourque is the "Writer of the Year" awardee of the State Library of Louisiana and Louisiana Festival of the Book. The general public is invited to this free event. For questions, contact faulkhouse@aol.com.

Event Location: Dana Hall, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Avenure, New Orleans, LA, 70118

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Community: The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc.

Book: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

The Things They Carried

Book Discussion: The Things They Carried (Manhattan)

Join book discussion leader Kim Stanley for a facilitated conversation about Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. Kim Stanley is professor of English and chair of Modern Languages at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas.

Event Location: 629 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS, 66502

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Community: Kansas Humanities Council

Book: The Things They Carried

The Great Gatsby

Lecture: Boats Against the Current: Westport and the Origins of The Great Gatsby

Join us for an evening of discussion with filmmakers Deej Webb and Robert Steven Williams, as they share their journey of discovery: the summer of 1920, when Scott and Zelda lived in Westport. Premiering a short clip from their film, their findings have already surprised the international Fitzgerald community.

Event Location: Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT, 06877

Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Community: The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts, Inc.

Book: The Great Gatsby

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