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Events for: Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Grapes of Wrath

Louisiana Book Festival--The Big Read at SoFAB: 21st Century Perspectives on "The Grapes of Wrath"

The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana puts on a free, world-class literary celebration every year in Baton Rouge. The Festival has won national awards and has something for every book lover. www.louisianabookfestival.org We'll host a panel discussion of social, cultural and historical issues in "The Grapes of Wrath" at the Louisiana Book Festival, with confirmed speakers Liz Williams of SoFAB Institute, a food authority and published author and Dr. David Beriss, a cultural anthropologist and author at University of New Orleans. We'll be joined by Alisa Plant, an editor at LSU Press.

Event Location: State Library of Louisiana, 701 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Community: Southern Food and Beverage Museum

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

To Kill a Mockingbird

Mockingbird Memoirs

Creative writing workshops for adults, exploring "To Kill a Mockingbird" as a fictional memoir. Participants will compose and read their own original works, drawing upon memories of significant moments in their childhoods, as Scout looked back on the two memorable years that Harper Lee describes the narrative of "Mockingbird".

Event Location: St George Library Center, 5 Central Avenue, Staten Island, NY, 10301

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Community: Staten Island OutLOUD

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

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: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Community: Rutgers, The State University of NJ

Book: A Farewell to Arms

The Maltese Falcon

City Scavenger Hunt

Flapper Fanny leads sleuths on the Scavenger hunt of a decade! Meet us in Peace Park and follow clues to notable downtown locations where you'll uncover the pieces to a puzzle. Reconvene at the meeting point to put together the pieces of the mystery, and stay for prizes and a picnic lunch. Pre-register by calling 270-887-4270

Event Location: Peace Park, corner of 9th & Campbell St, Hopkinsville, KY, 42240

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Community: Pennyroyal Arts Council

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Great Gatsby

Lecture & Exhibit: The Life and Art of Dorothy Weir in the 1920s

Weir Farm National Historic Site will offer a one-hour program focused on the life and work of Dorothy Weir Young, including a presentation and behind-the-scenes look at some of the park's collections. The 1920s represent a turning point in the lives of many women, including Dorothy Weir. She was a shining example of a modern woman in the 20s - not a flapper girl, but an independent, driven and respected woman, a woman whose ambition and hard work led to the preservation of Weir Farm National Historic Site and made an impact in the art world that continues to resonate. Presented by Adrian Zeck, Interpretive Ranger and Jessica Huhnen, Museum Technician. Free.

Event Location: Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Road, Wilton, CT, 06897

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

Community: The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts, Inc.

Book: The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Book to Movie Discussion: "The Great Gatsby" with Mark Edwards

Join us for a "book to movie" discussion, led by Mark Edwards, on The Great Gatsby. Short excerpts of both the 1974 film starring Robert Redford and the 2013 film starring Leonardo Dicaprio will be shown and discussed. Mark Edwards teaches film and media studies at Sacred Heart University. His book Pirates on Dinosaur Island was published in the spring of 2012 by Gemma Media, and his play Ladies in Hats was a Kennedy Center semi-finalist and was performed in the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre Marathon in 2010. Edwards is currently writing a column on science fiction television for Space and Time magazine, and teaches an Art of Science Fiction and Fantasy writing course for the M.F.A. program at Lesley University. Mark Edwards has presented many popular “book to movie” discussions at the Ridgefield Library, which have ranged from film screenings and talks on works by Shakespeare and Dickens to The Hobbit and Game of Thrones.

Event Location: Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT, 06877

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Community: The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts, Inc.

Book: The Great Gatsby

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: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Community: University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library

Book: Fahrenheit 451

The Maltese Falcon

Crime Fiction from the 1930s and 1940s

Event Location: Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 South Main, Wichita, KS, 67202

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Community: Wichita Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Hats of the 1930s and 1940s

Hats provided by Jack Kellogg, Hatman Jack's in Delano.

Event Location: Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 South Main, Wichita, KS, 67202

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Community: Wichita Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Things They Carried

Exhibit: The Things They Carried War Memorabilia (Coffeyville)

Visit the Coffeyville Public Library to view the exhibit of items that Coffeyville-area soldiers carried during their time in combat.

Event Location: 311 W. 10th St., Coffeyville, KS, 67337

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Community: Kansas Humanities Council

Book: The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

Project: Community Story Collection (Coffeyville)

Community members are invited to contribute their personal war stories (combat or stateside) for inclusion in a community scrapbook.

Event Location: 311 W. 10th St., Coffeyville, KS, 67337

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Community: Kansas Humanities Council

Book: The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

Project: Letters to Veterans through "Project Gratitude" (Coffeyville)

Spend time at the library writing letters to veterans, which will be mailed through Project Gratitude.

Event Location: 311 W. 10th St., Coffeyville, KS, 67337

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Community: Kansas Humanities Council

Book: The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

Project: Clothing Drive for the Vietnam Veterans of America (Coffeyville)

Bring clean clothing items to the Coffeyville Public Library for donation to those in need through the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Event Location: 311 W. 10th St., Coffeyville, KS, 67337

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Community: Kansas Humanities Council

Book: The Things They Carried

When the Emperor Was Divine

GoodReads Bookgroup

Join us for an online discussion of Julie Otsuka's "When the Emperor was Divine"

Event Location: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/120558-salt-lake-city-public-library, Salt Lake City, UT, 84111-2804

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Community: Salt Lake City Public Library

Book: When the Emperor Was Divine

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: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Friends of the Seward Memorial Library

Book: The Call of the Wild

To Kill a Mockingbird

A Civil Rights Oral History

We'll read and discuss Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird", and we'll hear the first-hand account of Rev. George McClain, a Staten Islander who worked in Alabama as a young minister. Rev. McClain worked with Freedom Riders, and helped coordinate voter registration efforts.

Event Location: Richmondtown Branch Library, Staten Island, NY, 10301

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Community: Staten Island OutLOUD

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

A Wizard of Earthsea

Fantasy Art Workshop: A Map of Earthsea

A lesson in cartography and creativity from randomness. It is one program within Pioneer’s The Big Read 2015 celebration of A Wizard of Earthsea, a fantasy novel by Ursula Le Guin. Join us and create your own unique piece of artwork illustrating a passage in the novel. All pieces created at the program will be eligible for the Big Read Fantasy Art Contest. http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/art-contest

Event Location: Norman Public Library West, 300 Norman Center Court, Norman, OK, 73072

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Time: 5:30pm – 5:30pm

Community: Pioneer Library System

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Day of the Dead Dance Celebration at BAAD!

The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance hosts this exciting multicultural evening of dramatic readings and dance performance based on and dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe.

Event Location: Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, 2474 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY, 10461

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Community: Bronx Council on the Arts

Book: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Catholic Memorial Haunted House

The CMH Haunted House will frighten and entertain! Come see what students have created with Poe as inspiration. Ticket event: $7.00, all proceeds benefit Fisher House, a” home away from home” for veterans seeking treatment at the Milwaukee V.A. Details: Mary McNulty 262-993-4434, marymcnulty53@gmail.com

Event Location: Catholic Memorial High School, 601 E. College Ave., Waukesha, WI, 53186

Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Community: Waukesha Public Library

Book: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

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