Linda Lewis, Bethany College, Lindsborg, will lead a discussion of "HOW ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING SAVED MY LIFE, by Mameve Medwed on Thursday, November 14. The event will take place in the library auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
This is the final book in the four-part “On the Lighter Side” series. Harvard-dropout, Abby Randolph, sells “eclectic” antiques. Dumped by her lover and losing her mother in an earthquake, things begin to look up when Abby makes an appearance on the program Antiques Roadshow with what turns out to be Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s chamber pot.
The Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) book discussion series is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization with over 40 years of experience promoting understanding of the history and ideas that shape our lives and build community. For more information, visit www.kansashumanities.org .
Linda M. Lewis is the Margaret H. Mountcastle Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Bethany College, Lindsborg. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska. Linda has published a number of essays and three books on British poetry and fiction. Linda is a former member of the KHC Speakers Bureau and has been leading TALK discussions since 1989.
Hutchinson Public Library will offer a four-part book discussion series September through November entitled "On the Lighter Side." Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at Hutchinson Public Library, 901 N Main Street.
The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. KHC is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Hutchinson TALK series. For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will lead a discussion of STANDING IN THE RAINBOW by Fannie Flagg. Flagg takes us to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where we meet Bobby Smith, a 10-year-old living an idyllic postwar boyhood; his mother, Neighbor Dorothy, broadcasts her Midwest housewife’s radio show; and later on, Tot Whooten, a very incompetent hairdresser; mortician Cecil Figgs; Hamm Sparks, the tractor salesman turned politician and many, many others. Discussion Leader Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Lawrence, is a professor at Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, through a low-residency program.
"On the Lighter Side" authors portray worlds populated with off-kilter, eccentric characters thinking and doing unusual things. They make their characters funny and even lovable. Seen through the lens of warm, appreciative humor, maddening things become funny and bearable. The strange becomes the charming; local quirkiness becomes universal humanity.
The series continues with WALKING ACROSS EGYPT by Clyde Edgerton on October 3, QUITE A YEAR FOR PLUMS, by Bailey White on October 24, and HOW ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING SAVED MY LIFE by Mameve Medwed on November 14.
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The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), Topeka, recently awarded the Hutchinson Public Library a grant in support of the “Graphic Novel & Comic Art Festival,” which will be held September 21, 2013. Project Director Annette Smith stated, “This Graphic Novel & Comic Art Festival will build upon and deepen an already popular movement within our community – Hutchinson as Smallville. The plan is to connect our patrons with each other, with area artists, and with scholars centered with Superman but also the literature and art of graphic novels and comics.”
The schedule of events begins at 11:30 a.m. with a book discussion of the graphic novel, Superman: Secret Identity lead by Joe Sutliff Sanders, Assistant English Professor at K-State. Since the discussion is over the lunch hour, a brown bag lunch option is available for purchase. At 1:30, Bryan Dietrich from Newman University in Wichita will present “Drawn to Marvel: Pop-Classicism and the Poetry of Comics”. Events continue at 2:30 with a behind the scenes look at the making of the graphic novel Capote in Kansas by author Ande Parks of Baldwin City, KS. Joe Sanders will return at 3:30 to give a more scholarly exploration of the topic entitled “A Gleeful Science of Comics”. To complete the Festival activities, a historical view of underground comics and how to create your own “comix” will be given by Hutchinson artist John Eberly at 4:30.
This month, an exhibit of graphic art by Hutchinson as Smallville advocate Christopher Wietrick is being exhibited in the 2nd floor auditorium to further promote the Graphic Novel & Comic Art Festival. Part of his collection of Superman memorabilia may be viewed in the cases on the mezzanine along with Batman items loaned by Jesse Juma, plus Marvel comics action figures from Austin Smith’s collection. Anyone who tries to reveal the identities of 16 mystery action figures from Austin’s collection will win a prize. The contest winner will be announced at the festival.
“KHC Humanities Grants support projects that connect people with ideas and engage audiences with the humanities,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “The presentations invite participants to make connections between pop culture literature and their community. What a great event for Kansas’ ‘Superman city!’”The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
If you have an interest in digital photography, or want to learn more about shooting outstanding photos in the evening, come to the Hutchinson Public Library for a special event featuring Dave McKane. “Dusk Photography Master Class” will take place on Wednesday, September 4 in the second floor library auditorium.
Dave McKane is the Principal of the Institute of Photography in Dublin, Ireland. He has been shooting night and dusk photography for the last 20 years. Like many people, he started out shooting cityscapes at nighttime, and then he discovered the magic of the 'Blue Moment', that special time after sunset when cameras record an iridescent blue in the sky.
During this unique Master Class you will learn key elements of dusk/night photography including how to:
The class will start at 6:30 pm and finish just after 7:45 pm. Attendees are welcome to join a special shoot held immediately after the Master Class, beginning at 8:15 p.m. in downtown Hutchinson. On this shoot all Master Class attendees will receive special instruction as to how to squeeze the best out of the scene. Any kind of digital camera is suitable for this field trip, but a tripod is vital. A cable or remote release would be helpful, particularly if trying to capture light trails.
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