3/5/2014 2:37 PM
Join us Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. in the Literature Department (2nd Floor, Main Library) as we continue our 2014 series of book discussions. Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston is the 1943 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award-winner for nonfiction.
To view upcoming book discussions at Main Library, click here. All books listed in the Brown Bag Book Clubs at Main Library are available for check out.
The Book. First published in 1942 at the height of her popularity, Dust Tracks on a Road is Zora Neale Hurston's candid, funny, bold, and poignant autobiography, an imaginative and exuberant account of her rise from childhood poverty in the rural South to a prominent place among the leading artists and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance. As compelling as her acclaimed fiction, Hurston's very personal literary self-portrait offers a revealing, often audacious glimpse into the life -- public and private -- of an extraordinary artist, anthropologist, chronicler, and champion of the black experience in America. Full of the wit and wisdom of a proud, spirited woman who started off low and climbed high, Dust Tracks on a Road is a rare treasure from one of literature's most cherished voices.
The Author. A prolific novelist, folklorist, anthropologist, and critic, Zora Neale Hurston was one of the inspiring personalities of the Harlem Renaissance. Her diverse interests intertwine in her most influential novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), where the narration of a black woman's quest for self-identity is interspersed with folk-tales, which Hurston had collected during a research trip supervised by noted anthropologist Franz Boas. In the years following her death, notably in the 1980s and 1990s, Hurston's work has achieved a prominent position in the American literary canon.
(Source: Biography in Context. Web. 5 Mar. 2014.)
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3/5/2014 10:54 AM
The Bard's 450th Birthday Celebration Opening Reception
Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor
The Literature Department and Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library, in callaboration with Great Lakes Theater, will host several events to commenorate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare (born April 23, 1614, by popular accounting). The celebration will begin with an opening reception of the exhibit on March 22, 2014 and run throughout the "Shakespeare Month" of April. There will be an exhibit of costumes and artifacts from Great Lakes Theater productions, as well as Shakespeare materials from the Library's collection. Click on Shakespeare's image to view flier of other scheduled events (yes, there will be tights and swords). And pick up a flier at Cleveland Public Library, Main and branch libraries.
Special Guest at Opening Reception: Diana Price
Cleveland Public Library welcomes Shakespeare scholar and author Diana Price, speaking on her favorite subject: William Shakespeare. Ms. Price is the author of Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography: New Evidence of An Authorship Problem. The book was released by Greenwood Press in 2001; it appeared as no. 94 in Greenwood's academic series, Contributions in Drama and Theatre Studies, making it the first anti-Stratfordian book to be accepted in peer reviewed series. The revised paperback edition was released last year; copies will be available for purchase. Ms. Price will take questions and sign books at the reception.
Birthday cake and refreshment will be served!
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2/11/2014 2:33 PM
In Honor of National Women's History Month,
Cleveland Public Library and Ohio Center for the Book Present:
Rewriting the Masquerade: Batwoman, Feminism, and the Female Superhero
Whatever happened to feminism? What do feminism and superheroes have in common? What does it mean to be a feminist superhero?
Join comics scholar and special guest speaker Valentino Zullo as we discuss women's history, feminism(s) and the emergence of the female superhero in the 20th century.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM
WHERE: Literature Department, 2nd Floor Main Library Building
About the Guest Speaker:
Valentino Zullo hods a Masters of Arts in English and Women's Studies from Bowling Green State University where he specialized in the study of Comics as Literature. He is currently a student at Case Western Reserve University at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. His interest in comics began at a young age, and he continues to read them to this day. Valentino believes in Literature, Social Justice and the Superhero Way!
Click on "Read More" to see works on Feminism & Graphic Literature available at the Cleveland Public Library.
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