Friday, September 28, 2012

Fun Stuff for Writers and Readers: Upcoming Events

There are a number of events coming up within the next several weeks for writers and readers in the North idaho area. Check out the highlights of three of these events below, then browse our Events page for an expanded list.

Two upcoming events at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library include Banned Books Week activities and a Civil War Reading Series.

Banned Books Week

In a celebration of our freedom to read, the CDA library has scheduled three free activities along with educational exhibits:

October 1, 6:30-8 p.m.: “The Lorax,” a film based on the book by Dr. Seuss that has been challenged in some communities because of its environmental theme. The movie will be shown in the Shirley Parker Reading Room of the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level.

October 4, 7 p.m.: Banned Books Week Read Out, representatives from the Library Board of Trustees, Library Foundation, City of Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene Police Department, and others will read from challenged books and discuss why the books were challenged. City Councilman Mike Kennedy will emcee. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.

October 5, 4-5:30 p.m.: “The Lorax,” in the Children’s Library.

Civil War Reading Series

Nov. 8, 15, 29, Dec. 13, and 20

In commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War (1861-1865), the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, in partnership with the Idaho Humanities Council, is offering a five-meeting, scholar-led reading/discussion program exploring the theme “Making Sense of the American Civil War,” in November and December. The program is free but only 25 copies of each of the three books to be used in the series are available. Participants are asked to commit to attending all sessions in the series. Participants will also need a current Cooperative Information Network library card.

The five two-hour book discussions are scheduled for five Thursday evenings, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on the following dates: Nov. 8, 15, 29, Dec. 13, and 20 in the library Community Room at 702 E. Front Ave. To sign up for the series contact David Townsend, Library Communication Coordinator, at 208-769-2315 Ext. 426 or by e-mail at  

Click here for details on these and other library events.

Spokane Spotlight Series
An Evening with David Sedaris
Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Sedaris is the author of the collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, each of which became a bestseller. His newest book, a collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer), was released in September 2010.

Sedaris will visit Spokane for one night only, featuring all-new readings of his work and a book signing.

Tickets:$47.50, $42.50 and $37.50
Click here for details.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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