Running with Bulls and The Sun Also Rises

Running with Bulls and The Sun Also Rises Presented by Deno Trakas. The key scenes in the novel that launched Hemingway’s career take place in Pamplona, Spain, which is world famous for the running of the bulls every morning of the week-long Fiesta of San Fermin. As a devoted fan who had taught The Sun Also Rises for twenty … Read more

Only Trouble Is Interesting: The Art and Craft of the Short Story

Only Trouble Is Interesting: The Art and Craft of the Short Story Presented by Deno Trakas. The writer Lisa Cron has said that stories are more important to human evolution than the opposable thumb–the thumb helps us to hang on; stories tell us what to hang on to. Deno Trakas will read selections from several … Read more

A Reading from and Discussion of Messenger from Mystery

A Reading from and Discussion of Messenger from Mystery Presented by Deno Trakas. Novelist Sterling Watson calls my book “a taut page-turner about love and death on the dark side of international education” featuring a “forbidden affair of an American professor and his sultry Iranian student, the Hitchcockian suspense of men and women on the run … Read more

The Importance of Diverse Children’s Literature

The Importance of Diverse Children’s Literature Presented by Nancy D. Tolson. In this program, Dr. Tolson discusses the diverse children’s literature that should be included in every library, classroom, and home. She explains the movement of diversity in the field of publishing children’s literature and the authors and illustrators that have made a powerful change. … Read more

The History of Black Children’s Literature

The History of Black Children’s Literature Presented by Nancy D. Tolson. This presentation begins with late 19th century Negro children’s literature to the evolution of the present-day Black children’s literature and features a colorful Power Point. Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.

Crossing Borders: Travel Writing in Three Genres

Crossing Borders: Travel Writing in Three Genres Presented by Susan Tekulve. In her autobiography, One Writer’s Beginnings,  Eudora Welty states,  “Writers and travelers are mesmerized alike by knowing of their destinations.”  She argues that like travelers, writers are preoccupied with discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer’s own life as … Read more

Moments of Being and Non-Being; Finding Extraordinary Stories in Every Day Objects and First Homes

Moments of Being and Non-Being; Finding Extraordinary Stories in Every Day Objects and First Homes Presented by Susan Tekulve. In her autobiographical essay, “A Sketch From the Past,” memoirist and fiction writer Virginia Woolf explains that narrative is encoded in objects, particularly every day objects and places from our childhood.  She maintains that these “moments” often … Read more