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The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc.


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624 Pirate's Alley
New Orleans, LA 70116

Tel: 504/586-1609
Fax: 504/586-1609
http://www.wordsandmusic.org

Sun, Stone, and Shadows by Jorge F. Hernández

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Sun, Stone, and Shadows
Jorge F. Hernández

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Events

2016 BIG READ Kickoff-Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!

The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's 2016 BIG READ kick-off took place on the birth date of the Society's namesake, Nobel Laureate William Faulkner, on Sunday, September 25th. The event featured toasts to Mr. Faulkner and to Mexican authors, such as literary master Carlos Fuentes, who were influenced by the work of William Faulkner, and are included in the focus book for 2016, "Sun, Stone, and Shadows" by Jorge F. Fernandez. There was a discussion of how William Faulkner was a mentor to Latin American authors and how Latin American authors in turn have influenced the work of American authors. The discussion was led by Hortenisa Calvo, Director of the Latin American Library of Tulane University. The Latin American Library was a donor-partner in the Faulkner Society's 2016 BIG READ programming. Also participating were representatives of One Book, One New Orleans, the New Orleans Public Library, Jefferson Parish Public Library, and the State Library of Louisiana, other library partners. Rosemary James, Co-Founder of the Faulkner Society, introduced the speakers and described the 2016 focus book and its importance in the context of contemporary politics relating to the discussions of building a wall on the Mexican border. She emphasized the importance of knowing our neighbors to the South of the U. S. and how reading the literature of a country is one of the best avenues for understanding that country's people and culture. Also attending were representatives of the City Administration and City Council. The event was covered by "Avenue" and the "New Orleans Advocate" and "Times-Picayune" daily newspapers.

Event Location: The Faulkner House, 624 Pirate's Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116

Date: Sun, Sep 25, 2016
Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm

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2016 Orientation for Book Club Discussion Leaders

Discussion leaders, Presidents of New Orleans area book clubs attended an orientation session about "Sun, Stone, and Shadows" prior to presenting the BIG READ focus book to their Book Club members. Bishop Perry Center Librarian, George Mae Jeansonne, led the discussion. Hand-outs with links to research resources were given to participants, along with bookmarks for Book Club members. The event took place at Bishop Perry Center, which has available parking. Members of the Marigny Improvement Association, neighbors of the Bishop Perry Center were invited to hear the discussion.

Event Location: Bishop Perry Center - Faulkner Reading Room and Library, 1941 Dauphine Street, Corner of Touro Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

Date: Wed, Oct 5, 2016
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

A Lecture About "Sun, Stone, and Shadows" by David Johnson

David Johnson, a leading cultural authority in New Orleans with special expertise in how Hispanic cultures have impacted the cultural heritage of New Orleans, led a discussion of "Sun, Stone, and Shadowss" at the main library of the New Orleans Public Library, a 2016 BIG READ partner with the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society. Johnson's event was on November 1, "The Day of the Dead," and so one emphasis of his talk was the significance of this cultural phenomenon in both New Orleans and Mexico and how literature can play a role in creating a basis of mutual understanding, friendship, and cooperation in such explosive political environments as the current one.

Event Location: Jefferson Parish Public Library, East Bank Regional Branch, West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie, LA 70005

Date: Tue, Nov 1, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

2016 BIG READ Master Class for Students & Teachers

The 2016 BIG READ Master Class featured the author of this year's focus book, "Sun, Stone, and Shadows," Mexican author and journalist Jorge F. Hernandez, who discussed the importance of short fiction and the art of writing it. Famous southern humorist Roy Blount, Jr., author of 23 books of non-fiction, some serious but most very funny,discussed writing humor and non-fiction. Students participated in Q & A sessions after each talk.Advance reservations were require and participating teachers taught the book to their classes before or after the event The two-hour event will included a brown bag lunch of sandwiches, cookies, fruit, and beverages provided by private donors. The event too place at the Algiers Regional Library on the West Bank of the Mississippi River.

Event Location: Algiers Regional Library, New Orleans Public Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, Algiers, LA 70131

Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

BIG READ:A Conversaton Between Jorge F. Hernandez and Yuri Herrera

Jorge F. Hernandez, Mexican author and journalist, curator/editor/translator of "Sun, Stone & Shadows," the 2016 focus book for the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's BIG READ initiative, and his colleague the superb Mexican fiction writer Yuri Herrera, who currently is Writer-in-residence at Tulane University's Department of Spanish and Portugese, were introduced by Rosemary James, Co-Founder of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, and interviewed by Dr. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library. The authors discussed what reading has meant to them and how it has influenced them as writers and then discussed Mexican fiction and trends in Latin American fiction generally. Their conversation was followed by a Q & A session with the audience. Following their conversation, attendees were invited to a reception at Tulane's Latin American Library. Both events were free and open to the general public, with an emphasis on students and teachers, as well as the reading public. Among attendees were members of the Mexican consular corps of New Orleans, members of Sociedad Espanol, and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

Event Location: Freeman Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118

Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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BIG READ Reception Honoring Jorge F. Hernandez and Yuri Herrera

The Latin American Library of Tulane Univeristy and the Doris Stone Director of the Library, Hortensia Calvo, unveiled a new exhibit of memorabilia related to New Orleans artist and architect William Spratling, who spent most of his adult life in Mexico, where he rejuvenated an all but dead Mexican silver industry. Spratling's creations of silver, both jewelry and objects for the home, are highly collectible and Spratling is considered a Hero of the Mexican Republic. Spratling was William Faulkner's landlord when Faulkner was living on Pirate's Alley in 1925 and writing his first novel, "Soldiers' Pay." After the novel was sold, Faulkner and Spratling went to Europe to celebrate this notable event. Among the artifacts exhibited is a marvelous drawing by Spratling of the two Bills departing for Europe on a steamship, a drawing never before published with permission granted for the Faulkner Society to use it as the cover of the 2015-2016 "Double Dealer" and the cover of the 2016 Program for Words & Music, the Society's fall festival, which included events of BIG READ. The reception was given in honor of Jorge F. Hernandez and Yuri Herrera following their discussion of "Sun, Stone, and Shadows, the 2016 focus book of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's 2016 BIG READ program, and Herrera's novel,"Signs Preceding the End of the World," which won the 2016 Prize for Best Book in Translation for Fiction. The authors discussed what reading has meant to them personally and to their work and contemporary trends in Latin American literature on the Tulane campus earlier in the evening. The exhibit unveiled at the reception also included memorabilia related to the two authors. The event featured Mexican music and culinary delicacies.

Event Location: Latin American Library, Fourth Floor, Howard Tilton Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118

Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016
Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

A Conversation with Jorge F. Hernandez about "Sun, Stone, and Shadows"

David Johnson, noted Cultural and Humanities authority, a past editor and designer of "Cultural Vistas," the journal of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, interviewed Jorge F. Hernandez, creator of "Sun, Stone, and Shadows," about the book, which is the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's focus book for its 2016 BIG READ project, and about the influence of William Faulkner on writers in Mexico and other Latin American countries and in turn their influence on contemporary American writers. The event takes place in the central branch of New Orleans Public Library at Duncan Plaza. New Orleans Public Library is among partners for BIG READ, 2016.

Event Location: New Orleans Public Library, Duncan Plaza, New Orleans, LA 70112

Date: Thu, Nov 10, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

Words & Music Welcome Event Honoring Jorge F. Hernandez, Author "Sun, Stone, and Shadows"

Following the event at the New Orleans Public Library, Jorge F. Hernandez, Creator of "Sun, Stone, and Shadows," will be guest of honor at a welcome party at Faulkner House, where William Faulkner lived while writing his first novel in 1925. By invitation to out-of-town writers, editors participating in the Faulkner Society's annual Fall festival, Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans, November 9 - 13.

Event Location: Faulkner House, 624 Pirate's Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116

Date: Thu, Nov 10, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

Border of the Damned: It's Impact on Literature and Life

The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society opened its annual arts festival, "Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans," on November 9th with two BIG READ events featuring Jorge Hernandez, author/editor of the 2016 focus book "Sun, Stone, and Shadows," a master class for high school students and their teachers co-hosted by the New Orleans Public Library at its West Bank Regional libary and an on-campus event co-hosted by the Latin American Libarary at Tulane University. The BIG READ events continued on November 10th with appearances by Hernandez at New Orleans Public Library and at the festival welcome party in his honor. Then, on November 11, a major event of the festival was this keynote discussion by Hernandez, Yuri Herrera, winner of the 2016 prize for best novel in translation for his "Signs Preceding the End of the World," and Nicholas Manieri, author of the debut novel, "The Infinite," set in both New Orleans and northeastern Mexico and following the desperate lives of two teenagers across a vivid and violent landscape, becoming a story about the borders that divide us—and the truths that unite us. The three authors attracted a large group of both festival attendees and other New Orleanians for their discussion of what the Mexican authors described as "the American problem (drug consumption)for which Mexico is suffering dramatically." The three were introduced by Rosemary James, festival director, who described the work of the three authors. Hernandez led the discussion. This BIG READ event proved to be one of the most critically acclaimed events of the festival.

Event Location: Hotel Monteleone, Bienville-Iberville Suite, 200 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Date: Fri, Nov 11, 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

The Bishop Perry Book Club

The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. in 2014 created a Bishop Perry Center Book Club to meet at the Center monthly with meetings open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Donated refreshments are to be served. The target audience for the book club are the historically working class neighborhoods of Marigny and Bywater, downriver from the French Quarter. At the November meeting, the book discussion was devoted to "Sun, Stone, and Shadows," the focus book of the Faulkner Society's 2016 BIG READ project. Copies of the book, signed by author Jorge Hernandez, were available in advance of the discussion for attendees, along with BIG READ bookmarks.

Event Location: Bishop Perry Center, 1941 Dauphine Street, Second Floor, Faulkner Wing Reading Room, New Orleans, LA 70116

Date: Sun, Nov 20, 2016
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

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