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Our first book discussion is on Tuesday, April 20 at, you guessed it, Porter Square Books. Natalie Babbitt's, Tuck Everlasting is the club's first selection. There will be plenty of snacks on hand and one very eager bookseller who can't wait to hear what readers have to say.
Widely read and loved, yet overlooked by award committees, Tuck Everlasting is an unforgettable story that asks as many questions as it answers.
If you want to read with us, by all means, grab a copy and get started. If you already love the book come for the food. Talking isn't required, but it's definitely encouraged!
If all goes according to plan, this will be the first of many great books we share in the coming months.
If you have questions, feel free to email Amy: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you there!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
For anyone who was interested in our event on March 3, with Susan Dworkin discussing her book The Viking in the Wheat Field, but couldn't make it, or anyone interested in the science and politics of seed banks, one of the attendees of the event put up a great summary of the discussion. You can read it here: From Garden Project to Seed Banks.
We have a limited number of signed copies available in store. As always, if you're ordering online and wish a signed copy, please leave us a note in the comment field.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
If you're asking yourself what is the Robert Creeley Award and why Acton - Creeley grew up in Acton and as further explained on the Robert Creeley Foundation website:
"Acton rediscovered Creeley’s connection to the town through his chance meeting with Acton resident and poet Robert Clawson in late 2000. On April 11, 2001, Creeley returned to Acton to read to and interact with students in the Acton Boxborough Regional High School. Acton officially proclaimed this day to be “Robert Creeley Day,” and thus began the annual awarding of the “Robert Creeley Award.” Each year, the award winning poet reads to a community audience and a student audience."
More information about the event, past winners, and directions can be found at the Creeley Foundation.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Vasily Grossman might be the most important unread writer in the 20th century; important because his two novels Life and Fate and Everything Flows, are intelligent, beautiful, compelling stories of fascism, freedom, love, fear, and humanity, that present fearless portraits of life in Soviet Russia under Stalin; unread because his works were censored for decades. They were first published in 1980 in Switzerland from smuggled photographed draft pages and still only reached the US in 2006.
Grossman worked as a war correspondent during WWII and translated much of his experience into Life and Fate. This massive novel follows a number of characters living in different circumstances with different relationships to the fascism of the Soviet Union and the war against Germany. These include Victor Shtrum, a theoretical physicist with a conscience; Captain Grekov, a commander of a small hold out in Stalingrad; Pavlovich Novikov, a dynamic tank commander; and Nikolay Krymov a member of the political branch of the military whose job is to ensure that the proper communist philosophy is being practiced by soldiers and officials. There are also historical characters like the German General Friedrich Paulus and the Soviet Lieutenant-General Yeremenko. The story moves from the streets of Stalingrad, to Moscow, to eastern Russian beyond the reach of the German invasion, all the way to concentration camps and gas chambers. Somehow, despite the deprivation that surrounded him and the story he told, Grossman still maintained a faith in the fundamental good of the human character and told everything with a profound empathy and compassion.
Everything Flows, is set after the death of Stalin. The main story follows Ivan Grigoryevich, a political prisoner released after thirty years in gulags. As Ivan tries to make sense of everything, not just the unfamiliar world he has been thrust into, but also the world that imprisoned him for thirty years, the nature of fear and fascism, the politics of slavery and freedom, and the emotions of informing and loyalty, are brilliantly and beautifully elucidated. Everything Flows is shorter and more philosophical than Life and Fate but it has no lack of the beautiful and heartbreaking images that make Grossman one of the century's best writers.
Grossman is also the author of Writer at War: A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945 and The Road, a collection of short stories, essays and other writings coming out this September.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
If you'd like to meet Howard Frank Mosher in person he will once again be at our store for an author event on May 11.
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