Book Club Meets Today, 5-6PM

18 February 2010

All:

Thanks for responding to the survey! From your responses, we will begin to meet every third Tuesday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.. Also, the majority of you voted to use selections from book club members, so please think of a book you’d like us to read, and we’ll generate the list from that.

To review, we’ll meet this time on Monday (for the last time) from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Ben’s Bookstore (810 Center Street). We’ll be discussing Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.

Jessica Grimes

English Associate Professor

Taft College

29 Emmons Park Drive

Taft, CA 93268

661. 763. 7721

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Life in Liberia

Reading Things Fall Apart has me in Africa mode! My husband and I lived in Liberia for two years, between the first coup and the civil war. Here are two good books related to that time:

The House at Sugar Beach

http://www.amazon.com/House-Sugar-Beach-African-Childhood/dp/0743266250/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265311558&sr=1-1

This Child Will Be Great

http://www.amazon.com/This-Child-Will-Great-Remarkable/dp/0061353477/ref=pd_sim_b_1

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A Thousand Sisters, by Lisa Shannon

link to Lisa’s story:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/opinion/04kristof.html?scp=1&sq=lisa%20shannon&st=cse

link to the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Thousand-Sisters-Journey-Worst-Place/dp/1580052967/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265311242&sr=8-1

Published in: on February 4, 2010 at 11:22 am  Leave a Comment  

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Poetry Reading February 19

From the Arts Council of Kern via Facebook:

In observance of Black History Month, you are invited to a thought-provoking Langston Hughes poetry reading by Wayne Cook. Hughes was one of the first poets to fuse jazz music into his poetry with syncopated rhythms and repetitive phrases. Cook will be accompanied by bassist, Glen Fong. Event is free, donations accepted. Please RSVP to 324-9000. Friday, February 19, Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Avenue, 7 to 9

Published in: on January 27, 2010 at 10:51 am  Leave a Comment  

Events of Interest

Hello (again):

I’m not sure how I was confused about the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde musical, but it will be in August, so we have plenty of time to plan a trip.

Also, Dave is planning an Evening with the Arts on campus on April 12th. Details will be forthcoming.

Mark your calendars!

Jessica Grimes

English Associate Professor

Taft College

29 Emmons Park Drive

Taft, CA 93268

661. 763. 7721

Published in: on January 26, 2010 at 11:02 am  Leave a Comment  

26 January 2010

All:

Thanks to all for attending our first book club meeting for the new year. It seemed apropo to discuss Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol as the genre burgeons with a hodge podge of conspiracy theory and science fiction. Movie theaters brim with these scif-fi inspired movies- Avatar, 2012, Legend, Book of Eli- and tap into the insatiable curiosity of movie audience, who live for apocolypse-themed literature. Admittedly, in our meeting, Brown failed to lure more fans over, what with a poorly executed, formulaic plot; flat, undeveloped characters; and a confused plot melded into an agenda, his story still generated a healthy discussion.

Thanks to Ben for hosting it at his bookstore! Muchos Gracias!

As for the next selection, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart chronicles the encroachment of colonists on an African village through the eyes of Okwonkwo, the protagonist.

The next meeting will be February 22nd at Ben’s!

See you soon!

Jessica Grimes

English Associate Professor

Taft College

29 Emmons Park Drive

Taft, CA 93268

661. 763. 7721

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Robert B. Parker

From The Old Farmers Almanac: Robert B. Parker, the mystery writer, died on Monday, January 18. He’s best known for creating the tough private detective Spenser–“spelled with an ‘s,’ just like the English poet,” he said. Mr. Parker died at his writing desk, working on a book.

Parker also created the Jesse Stone series.

www.robertbparker.net

From Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Robert-B.-Parker/e/B000AQ6XQO/ref=s9_simi_gw_s0_p14_al1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0YWS345Y7WK7FYST84DP&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

Published in: on January 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Book Club News and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Production

6 January 2009

All:

Happy New Year! I hope that though the weather has turned quite nasty, it hasn’t chilled your desire to read great books because on January 25th, we’ll be meeting at Ben’s bookstore (located at 810 Center Street) for our first meeting to discuss Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol.

Also, since we read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, I thought you might be interested in seeing the play at the Bakersfield Community Theater this April. Let me know if you’re interested, and I’ll coordinate a trip!

See you soon!

Jessica Grimes

English Associate Professor

Taft College

29 Emmons Park Drive

Taft, CA 93268

661. 763. 7721

Published in: on January 6, 2010 at 2:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Poe’s 1st Book: $662K

Copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1st book goes for $662K, setting record sale for American literature

An image released by Christie’s shows a copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s first book, “Tamerlane and Other Poems.” The 1827 publication is expected to fetch from $500,000 to $700,000 at auction on Dec. 4, 2009 at Christie’s in New York. (AP Photo/Christie’s Images, LTd.) ** NO SALES ARCHIVE OUT ** Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
From Associated Press

December 04, 2009 3:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s first book has sold for $662,500, smashing the previous record price for American literature.

The copy of “Tamerlane and Other Poems” had been estimated to sell Friday for between $500,000 and $700,000 at Christie’s auction house in New York City.

The previous record is believed to be $250,000 for a copy of the same book sold nearly two decades ago.

The 40-page collection of poems was published in 1827. Poe wrote the book shortly after moving to Boston to launch his literary career.

No more than 40 or 50 copies of “Tamerlane” were printed, and only 12 remain.

The record-breaking copy is stained and frayed and has V-shaped notches on the outer and lower margins.

Published in: on December 4, 2009 at 10:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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