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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 will take place on the birth date of the Society's namesake, Nobel Laureate William Faulkner, on Sunday, September 25th. The event will feature 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 will be 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. Invited to lead the discussion is: Hortenisa Calvo, Director of the The event will feature refreshments and Mexican music.

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

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

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, will interview 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 East Bank Region Library of Jefferson Parish Public Library, a partner with the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society in its 2016 BIG READ. As it is scheduled for "The Day of the Dead," All Saints Day, a big day in the spiritual calendars of New Orleans and Mexico, the conversation will focus partially on symbolism of the day.

Event Location: East Bank Regional Library, Jefferson Parish Public Library, 4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie, LA 10001

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

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

2016 BIG READ Master Class for Students & Teachers

The 2016 BIG READ Master Class will feature the author of this year's focus book, "Sun, Stone, and Shadows," Mexican author and journalist Jorge F. Hernandez, who will talk about 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, will discuss writing humor and non-fiction. Students will participate in Q & A sessions after each talk. Advance reservations are required and participating teachers must give the number of students well in advance of the event. The two-hour event will include a brown bag lunch of sandwiches, cookies, fruit, and beverages. The event will take 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, will be 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 will discuss what reading has meant to them and how it has influenced them as writers and then discuss Mexican fiction and trends in Latin American fiction generally. Their conversation will be followed by a Q & A session with the audience. After the conversation between the authors, attendees are invited to a reception at Tulane's Latin American Library. Both events are free and open to the general public, with an emphasis on students and teachers, as well as the reading public.

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

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

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

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, will unveil 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 landord 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. The reception is being 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 will discuss what reading has meant to them personally and to their work and contemporary trends in Latin American literature earlier in the evening. The event will feature Mexican music and culinary delicacies. Please RSVP for the reception to faulkhouse@aol.com or to hcalvo@tulane.edu.

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, will interview 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

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 historic neighborhoods of Marigny and Bywater, downriver from the French Quarter. At the November meeting, the book discussion will be devoted to "Sun, Stone, and Shadows," the focus book of the Faulkner Society's 2016 BIG READ project. Signed copies of the book will be available in advance of the discussion by e-mailing faulkhouse@aol.com. Copies also will be available at the event, along with BIG READ bookmarks. To join the Book Club and RSVP for this and the next event, December 20, contact Rosemary James, faulkhouse@aol.com.

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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