National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

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

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu

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Dinaw Mengestu

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Events

General Public Kick-Off BIG READ, 2014

The General Public Kick-off featured well known New Orleanians, including writers and musicians, politicians and community leaders, discussing the importance of reading and reading well for career success and personal satisfaction in life. Professional writers read from the BIG READ focus novel, "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears," by Dinaw Mengestu. The event was to have taken place on the actual birthday of Nobel laureate William Faulkner, September 25, but because of Jewish high holidays falling then, we moved the event to Sunday, September 28. The program incorporated his comments about the importance of reading.

Event Location: 818 St. Charles Avenue, Warehouse District, New Orleans, LA 70130

Date: Sun, Sep 28, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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2014 Orientation Event for Participating Teachers

Dr. Nghana Lewis, Ph.D., Professor of English at Tulane University and practicing attorney, introduced the 2014 BIG READ focus novel, "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears," by Dinaw Mengestu. Dr. Lewis will break the novel down into teaching and reading components and offer teaching approaches. A handout for teachers was distributed at the session, along with NEA BIG READ bookmarks and free copies of the novel for the teachers and their students. A planned film presentation, a compilation of interviews with Mengestu talking about his work, was postponed until November 10.While participating middle, junior, high school, and college teachers are the target audience for this event, the event was open to the general public.

Event Location: Bishop Perry Center, 1941 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

Date: Mon, Sep 29, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

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BIG READ Snail-Mail Brochure Mailing

The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society will e-mail brochures to 7,500 area adults on our various e-mail lists. The brochure discusses the BIG READ focus novel, "The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears," and information about the focus author, Dinaw Mengestu, along with plans for BIG READ, 2014. The brochure requests individual donations in support of the project on October 15. Concurrently, the same brochure, printed at a heavily discounted price by our regular printer, Sir Speedy New Orleans, will be sent to 3,000 friends and members by snail mail. Postage is an in-kind gift from a local law firm. The snail mail brochures each each will outline the purposes of NEA's BIG READ program.

Event Location: To Addresses of 7,500 members and friends of the Faulkner Society, New Orleans area addresses, New Orleans Metro Area, LA NA

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

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The Great Books Club: "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears"

The Great Books Club meets on the third Thursday of each month to read classic literature. On October 16, the club will meet to discuss "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears," by Dinaw Mengestu, Ethiopian-born American writer. The Great Books Club has been meeting monthly for over eight years. Meetings are held in the East Bank Regional Library AV conference room. Free and open to the public; registration is not required.

Event Location: Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA 70001

Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

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Literary Lions Book Club

The Literary Lions Book Club is hosted by Joseph J. DeSalvo, Jr., co-founder of the Faulkner Society, in his independent bookstore in the ground floor room where William Faulkner wrote his first novel, "Soldiers' Pay." The Book Club meets quarterly. Members of the public who wish to hear a discussion and/or join are invited to contact Faulkhouse@aol.com. Advance reservations are mandatory. This session of the club will be devoted to "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears," specifically an examination of the principal characters.

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

Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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Bishop Perry Center Library Wing Opening

As it's primary literacy initiative of the year, the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. has created in honor of its namesake, William Faulkner, a special reading room wing for the new St. Catherine's Free Public Lending Library of the Bishop Perry Center Library. The Bishop Perry Center is a new mission for the disadvantaged of downtown New Orleans neighborhoods and serves all in need, regardless of religious preference. The Faulkner Society and its benefactor, Faulkner House, Inc. with realtors George and Richard Jeansonne and Michael Wilkinson, created the library this summer. The Faulkner Wing reading room facility opens to the general public November 2 as a BIG READ event. The library is issuing laminated ID cards, which are helpful to the poor, seniors, and other disadvantaed persons, who do not drive and need ID cards for a variety of purposes, including voter registration. The Faulkner Society is providing free copies of the 2014 BIG READ focus book, "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears," along with copies of "Into the Beautiful North" and "The Devil's Highway" by Luis Alberto Urrea, who is a speaker for the Society's annual festival, "Words & Music," and for BIG READ. For details, contact Rosemary James, faulkhouse@aol.com.

Event Location: 1941 Dauphine Street, Second Floor Library, New Orleans, LA 70116

Date: Sun, Nov 2, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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The Bishop Perry Book Club

The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. is creating a Bishop Perry Center Book Club to meet at the Center the second Monday of each month at 1 p. m. for seniors and others who do not have work obligations and 6 p. m. for those who work. The initial meetings will take place on Monday, November 10 and will feature a talk by Dr. Nghana Lewis about the 2014 BIG READ focus novel, "The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears." Free copies of the book are available for this initial meeting of the new book club. The first event is open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations are required. Refreshments will be served. To join the Book Club or to RSVP for the first event, contact Rosemary James, faulkhouse@aol.com.

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

Date: Mon, Nov 10, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Date: Mon, Nov 10, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 6:00pm

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French Quarter Book Club

The French Quarter Book Club, which meets monthly, will discuss the plight of the immigrant, focusing on "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears." Refreshments will be served; reservations by November 3 are mandatory.

Event Location: Faulkner House, 624 Pirates Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116

Date: Thu, Nov 13, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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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

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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

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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

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BIG READ Master Class for Students and Teachers

The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. will host a master class for middle, junior, and high school students and their teachers participating in "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears" BIG READ 2014, a book which centers on Ethiopian immigrants to the United States and the difficult adjustments they are required to make, the way they must improvise to survive in their new surroundings. The event will take place in historic St. Mary's Catholic Church, popularly know as St. Mary's Italian Church as it was the church of preference for late 19th, early 20th century Italian immigrants. The venue is appropriate as the discussion will be about the feelings of dislocation, loss, and longing for home experienced by immigrants when they leave their native countries behind. The focus will be broken down into its essential elements by Dr. Nghana Lewis of Tulane University, who is a scholar in literature of the African Disapora. The second half of the program will be a talk by bestselling author Luis Alberto Urrea on the subject: "The life of an Immigrant, A Daily Improvisation, as Inspiration for Literature." The program also will include presentation of the winner of the Society short story competition for high school students. The event, although open to the public requires advance reservations, which are being taken until the venue's maximum seating accommodation is reached. To reserve, e-mail faulkhouse@aol.com

Event Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Old Ursuline Convent Complex, 1100 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

Date: Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

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2014 BIG READ/Words & Music Keynote Address

The 2014 Keynote address for BIG READ and for Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans, which encompasses a number of important BIG READ events, will take place at St. Mary's Catholic (Italian) Church. Featured speaker will be Dr. Randy Fertel, whose monumental new book, "A Taste for Chaos: The Hidden Order in the Art of Improvisation," is being launched at Words & Music and which, along with the BIG READ focus book, "The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears," inspired the theme for Words & Music, 2014: "The Art of Improvisation in Words, Music, and Life." Dr. Fertel will be introduced by Dr. Lawrence Powell, author of "The Accidental City," and Rebecca Snedeker, co-author of "Unfathomable City." All three authors will focus on the cultural richness of New Orleans which has resulted from 300 years of new ethnic infusions by immigrants and their talents for improvisation that made it possible for them to survive, first, and build great culture, second. A social hour will follow. The event is open to the public, first come, first serve. Reservations will be taken until the seating limit of the venue is reached. To reserve, contact Rosemary James, faulkhouse@aol.com

Event Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Old Ursuline Convent Complex, 1100 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

Date: Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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Spiritual Journeys: Tea with Father Maestry and Dr. Orfalea

The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society and the Bishop Perry Center will host a tea party honoring Dr. Gregory Orfalea, author of Journey to the Sun, and other BIG READ and Words & Music faculty. The event is open to the public but reservations are mandatory. To reserve, contact Rosemary James, faulkhouse@ao.com

Event Location: Historic Ursulines Convent Garden, 1100 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

Date: Sun, Nov 23, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

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24TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PIRATE'S ALLEY FAULKNER SOCIETY

FAULKNER FOR ALL! The 24h annual meeting of The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, featuring awards to writers, and the last word of BIG READ, 2014. Invited speakers include the highly entertaining Academy Award nominated screen writer, Ron Shelton, who is to deliver a monologue, two talented professional actors reading from the focus book, and our annual awards ceremony, including award of the Society's annual ALIHOT (A Legend in His/Her Own Time) Awards for Literature, Music, and Philanthropy. During the gala, Judges will present the winners of gold medals in the 2014 William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Special Guests of Honor: patrons, winners, finalists, and faculty. Among the sponsors of this event are Judith Swenson, underwriting the prize for novel in memory of James W. Swenson; Bertie Deming Smith, underwriting the prize for Novella; the Zermurray Foundation, underwriting the prize for Narrative Non-Fiction Book; Faulkner House, Inc., underwriting the prize for Novel-in-Progress; The Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation, underwriting the prize for Short Story; the Fertel Foundation, underwriting the Prize for Esaay; David Speights, underwriting the prize for Poetry in memory of Marti Speights; and Mrs. Hartwig Moss, IV, underwriting the prize for Short Story by a High School Student in memory of her late husband. The event is open to the general public but advance reservations are mandatory.

Event Location: HOTEL MONTELEONE, 200 ROYAL ST., New Orleans, LA 70130

Date: Sun, Nov 23, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm

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