National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries


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3000 Macon Road
Columbus, GA 31906

Tel: 706/243-2669
Fax: 706/243-2710
http://www.cvlga.org

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

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A Lesson Before Dying
Ernest J. Gaines

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Events

"Troublemakers and Trailblazers" Exhibit

This exhibition presents the more colorful characters of the Chattahoochee Valley, people who were criticized or ostracized for being outside the mainstream or going against dominant power structures. Race, class, gender, and sexuality are the topics of discussion, as well as what it means to “do the right thing.” An overarching theme is how we perceive “trouble” and how these troublemakers are sometimes, but not always, seen differently through the long lens of history. Featured individuals include author Carson McCullers, musician Ma Rainey, anti-corruption lawyer Albert Patterson, civil rights activist Dr. Thomas Brewer, suffragette H. Augusta Howard, and journalists Julian and Julia Harris. Millworkers on strike, the Nancy Harts all-women militia in LaGrange, groundbreaking female architects, and local Unionists during the Civil War are also highlighted. Please visit The Columbus Museum website www.columbusmuseum.com for information on exhibit hours.

Event Location: Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31906

Date: Thu, Jan 21, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 8:00pm

Date: Fri, Jan 22, 2016 – Sat, Jan 23, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Sun, Jan 24, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Tue, Jan 26, 2016 – Wed, Jan 27, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Thu, Jan 28, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 8:00pm

Date: Fri, Jan 29, 2016 – Sat, Jan 30, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Sun, Jan 31, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Tue, Feb 2, 2016 – Wed, Feb 3, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Thu, Feb 4, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 8:00pm

Date: Fri, Feb 5, 2016 – Sat, Feb 6, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Sun, Feb 7, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying

The Big Read Kick-off: Dr. Jean Theoharis

Our The Big Read Celebration kicks off with a presentation by noted historian and author Dr. Jean Theoharis. Dr. Theoharis is an expert in the racial politics of the South during the 1940's and is the author of the recent "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks." She will be lecturing about the book and the lessons of the Montgomery Bus Boycott - lessons that resonate in juxtaposition to those from our chosen book.

Event Location: Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31906

Date: Thu, Jan 21, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying

Dr. John Wharton Lowe - Biographer of Ernest J. Gaines

We are pleased to welcome Dr. John Wharton Lowe, the Barbara Methvin Professor of Literature at the University of Georgia. One of the world's foremost experts on Ethnic American and Southern Literature, Dr. Lowe has begun work on his authorized biography of our The Big Read author Ernest J. Gaines. Dr. Lowe's newest book "Calypso Magnolia: The Cross-currents of Caribbean and Southern Literature" will be published this February by UNC Press. Join us for this insightful presentation by one of Mr. Gaines' longtime friends and admirers.

Event Location: Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, 1519 Stark Avenue, Columbus, GA 31906

Date: Thu, Feb 11, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying

Page Turners Book Club: A Lesson Before Dying

Our regular book club at the Mildred L. Terry Public Library tackles our The Big Read selection. Check in at the front desk for your free copy of the book!

Event Location: Mildred L. Terry Public Library, 640 Veteran's Parkway, Columbus, GA 31901

Date: Sat, Feb 13, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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Random Thoughts Book Club: A Lesson Before Dying

Our regular book club at the North Columbus Public Library welcomes you to discuss Ernest J. Gaines' novel. Please check with the front desk to see if free copies are still available!

Event Location: North Columbus Public Library, 5689 Armour Road, Columbus, GA 31909

Date: Tue, Feb 16, 2016
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying

A Conversation with Ernest Gaines

Join us for this unforgettable live satellite conversation with Ernest Gaines, the author of our Big Read selection "A Lesson Before Dying". Stay tuned to www.cvlga.org to find out how to submit questions before the broadcast.

Event Location: Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, Columbus, GA 31906

Date: Tue, Feb 16, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying

Richard Wright's "Black Boy"

Featuring fifty minutes of verbatim performance from the first half of this epic American novel, "Black Boy" dramatizes Richard Wright’s journey from childhood innocence to adulthood in the Jim Crow South. The performance features an interactive pre and post show discussion hosted by Dr. Robert Wright. Tickets to this special school performance are $10 and are available at the RiverCenter Box Office (www.rivercenter.org).

Event Location: RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway, Columbus, GA 31901

Date: Wed, Feb 17, 2016
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying

Richard Wright's "Black Boy"

Featuring fifty minutes of verbatim performance from the first half of this epic American novel, "Black Boy" dramatizes Richard Wright’s journey from childhood innocence to adulthood in the Jim Crow South. The performance features an interactive pre and post show discussion hosted by Dr. Robert Wright. Tickets to this public performance are $19 and are available at the RiverCenter Box Office (www.rivercenter.org).

Event Location: RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway, Columbus, GA 31901

Date: Thu, Feb 18, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying

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