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Events for: Friday, November 21, 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: Fri, Nov 21, 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: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Staten Island OutLOUD

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

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

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

Book: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

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: Fri, Nov 21, 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: Fri, Nov 21, 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: Fri, Nov 21, 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: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Friends of the Seward Memorial Library

Book: The Call of the Wild

To Kill a Mockingbird

Upward Bound Book Discussion

Performance related to To Kill a Mockingbird

Event Location: Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall, Hope College, Holland, MI, 49423

Date: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Community: Hope College

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

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

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

Book: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

To Kill a Mockingbird

Art Reception: "To Kill a Mockingbird" Art Created by Joel Schoon-Tanis and Holland Area Students

The Holland Museum will open its doors for a reception featuring the collaborative art project created by local artist Joel Schoon-Tanis and students at area high schools. This will bring the celebration of "To Kill a Mockingbird" to a close.

Event Location: Lobby, Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street, Holland, MI, 49423

Date: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Community: Hope College

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

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