Events

Spooky Fun Teen Writing Workshop with authors Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous

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Sunday | October 8 | 4pm

Join us for some spooky fun at a teen writing workshop led by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous, co-authors of the new supernatural YA novel Sparked.  Sparked was the winner of the 2016 Inkshares fantasy fiction contest, sponsored by Geek & Sundry.

Workshop description (for teens aged 11 to 16):  Do you enjoy spooky stories for Halloween—or any time of year?  Come to our creative writing workshop and learn how to write a scary, spine-tingling and/or funny story of your own. No experience necessary. You bring a pen and paper, and we’ll provide the treats!

RSVPs appreciated – email sparkedwriters@gmail.com.

 

Books, Biscuits and Bluegrass with Author Tom Ray

Thursday | October 12 | 7pm

Celebrate the culture of Appalachia with short story author Tom Ray, one of the writers featured in Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South.

“We are a people as varied as the Southern landscape, from the mountains of Appalachia to the deltas of Mississippi to the skyscrapers of Atlanta. We are black, white, Latino, Native American, Middle Eastern, Asian, and multiracial. We are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan, atheist and agnostic. We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, straight, and questioning. We are urban and rural, old and young, poor and rich, and all points in between. We are all these things, plus more that don’t fit into neat categories. The voices in this collection represent some of the diverse voices of our region.” ~ Julia Watts, from the Introduction.

Queer Words in conversation with authors Lori Ostlund and Anne Raeff

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Tuesday | October 17 | 7pm

 

Join host Wayne Goodman in conversation with local writers Lori Ostlund and Anne Raeff.  Lori Ostlund is the author of the 2015 novel After the Parade.  Her recently re-released short story collection, The Bigness of the World, received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Edmund White Award, and the California Book Award.  Anne Raeff’s 2016 story collection The Jungle Around Us won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

 

Bookworms Middle Reader Book Club with Author Nidhi Chanani

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Friday | October 20 | 6pm

Our Bookworms Middle Reader Book Club gathers on the third Friday of each month to eat pizza, meet authors, and do bookish activities. This month author Nidhi Chanani will be discussing her debut graphic novel, Pashmina, a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

There’s a $5 deposit for the RSVP. If the child attends, the $5 will come back to them in the form of a store gift certificate. If they’re not able to attend or RSVP in advance, the money will be donated to The Children’s Book Project, a foundation that builds literacy by providing free books to children.

Odd Mondays 

Monday | October 23 | 7pm

Odd Mondays host Ramon Sender steps behind the podium as this month’s featured speaker.  He’ll be talking about Home Free Home: A Complete History of Two Open Land Communes. For full event details check out the Odd Mondays website.