Thursday, November 20, 2014

Save the Date: Kathy Reichs to Speak at Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dinner on April 8

Best-selling author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the UNCG Libraries 56th Annual Dinner the night of April 8, 2015.  Tickets go on sale December 10 from Triad Stage, and may be obtained by calling 336-272-0160.  Invitations will go out to current Friends members around February 15, but you may wish to purchase some for holiday gifts and may do so by calling Triad Stage.

 Kathy Reichs is the author of sixteen New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of only about a hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is the former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs’s own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the long-running TV show Bones.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Center for Creative Writing in the Arts Newsletter of Upcoming Literary Events in the Triad

produced by Shawn Delgado for the UNCG Center for Creative Writing in the Arts:

UNCG Literary Events:

“Monsters of Unicorn” Poetry Reading with Martin Arnold, Julie Funderburk, and Ross White—Sunday, November 9th, 3:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
     Please come out to support three of the newest authors to join the Unicorn Press family. Unicorn Press was originally founded by Glenwood Books and Coffee owner Al Brilliant and is currently being run by UNCG MFA alum and poet Andrew Saulters. These books are beautifully hand-made, and the personalized effort put into the physical books is a reflection of the investment in these fine poems they hold.

Will Read for Food Reading—Thursday, November 20th, 7:00 PM
Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG
Donations suggested; Raffle tickets for sale for books from the English Department faculty
     This annual charity reading will benefit the Center for New North Carolineans and is sponsored by the MFA Department in Creative Writing and the UNCG English Department.

MFA Poetry Showcase—Friday, November 21st, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
     Current MFA poetry students from the renown UNCG MFA program in creative writing will be gathering to share their work. Come see the poetry of the future, today. Please note the time change to 7:00 pm.

Community Literary Events:

Liberating Dixie: An Editor’s Life, From Ole Miss to Obama by Ed Williams
Barnes & Noble Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro
Free and open to the public
From Barnes & Noble: “For 25 years Ed Williams was the editor of the editorial pages of the Charlotte Observer, where he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981. His book Liberating Dixie is a collection of many of his editorials from his years as a journalist.” This event will include a reading and book signing.

Tom Guthrie: Recognizing Heritage: The Politics of Multiculturalism in New Mexico
—Tuesday, November 11th, 6:30 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Janice Fuller Poetry Reading: On the Bevel—Wednesday, November 12th, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
     From the author’s website: “Janice Moore Fuller has published four poetry collections, including Séance from Iris Press, winner of the 2008 Oscar Arnold Young Award (North Carolina poetry book of the year).Her most recent poetry book, On the Bevel, was published in March 2014 by Cinnamon Press in north Wales. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Magma (London), New Welsh Review, The Louisville Review, Tar River Poetry, Asheville Poetry Review, Poems & Plays, Cave Wall, and Comstock Review. Her plays and libretti, including a stage adaptation of Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying, have been produced at Catawba’s Hedrick Theatre, BareBones Theater’s New Play Festival, the Minneapolis Fringe Festival, Estonia’s Polli Talu Centre, and France’s Rendez-Vous Musique Nouvelle.
     A regular workshop leader in Wales and England and at the Wildacres Writers’ Workshop, she has been a Fellow at artist colonies in Ireland, Scotland, Spain, and Portugal. Fuller is Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, where she has been awarded the Swink Prize for Outstanding Classroom Teacher by the Faculty Senate and has been selected Professor of the Year five times by popular vote of the students.
     An Angier B. Duke Scholar as an undergraduate at Duke University, she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.”
Shelf Talker - Jessica GlazerThursday, November 13th, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Tom Maxwell Reading: Hell: My Life in the Squirrel Nut Zippers
—Friday, November 14th, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
     From Editors’ Best of 2014: “The Swing Movement -- all jazz hands and high-waisted pants -- advanced and receded in good order. I wrote this book to tell the other side of the story. I want you to know about the oddball collection of iconoclasts who got together and made the Squirrel Nut Zippers what they were: a combustible, improbable gumbo of joy and menace. Along the way, I write about our many influences: jazz and blues and hot music and calypso and, yes, swing. Come run these fields, like rabbits, while the harvest moon hangs caught in the branches. Come linger over this snapshot.”

Orson Scott Card Reading and Book Signing: Visitors—Friday, November 14th, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro
Free and open to the public
From Scuppernong Books: “Join us with Orson Scott Card for the release of Visitors, the final book in the 'Pathfinders' time travel trilogy. Rigg's journey comes to an epic conclusion when he is forced to put his powers to the test in order to save the world and end war.”

WGOT Readings and Open Mic at Quaker Village Starbucks—Saturday, November 15th, 7:00 PM
Quaker Village Starbucks, 5607 Friendly Ave., Greensboro 27410
Free and open to the public
     From the Writers’ Group of the Triad: “Don’t miss this final 2014 Readings and Open Mic event!  Come hear engaging WGOT writers read their works while warming up with a cup of joe.  Come early and sign up for the Open Mic which follows!”

Monday Night Poetry
—Monday, November 17th, 7:00 PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, 27401
Free and open to the public
     From the Greensboro Public Libraries: “Celebrate rhythm and rhyme every third Monday with an open mic session for all area poets sponsored by the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library. Join us! For more information, visit the Triad Poetry Meet Up website. Questions? Contact Beth Sheffield at 336-373-3617

Wink of the Eye by Lynn Willis, Reading and Book Signing—Tuesday, November 18th, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro
Free and open to the public
     From Scuppernong Books: “Local author Lynn Willis joins us with her debut novel. She is the first woman to win the Private Eye Writers of America Competition in over 10 years. Publishers Weekly says, ‘PI Gypsy Moran is a nice combination of brains, brawn and bravery.’”

Peter Turchi: A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic
—Thursday, November 20th, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Women Speak Open Mic—Friday, November 21st, 8:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Carl Nordgren Reading
—Saturday, November 22nd, 12:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Lee Smith and Hal Crowther Reading—Saturday, November 22nd, 3:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
     From Scuppernong Books: “Award-winning authors Lee Smith and Hal Crowther will be at Scuppernong with their newest books on November 22, at 3pm.  Hal Crowther was a columnist and film and drama critic for the Buffalo News, a staff writer for Time and media critic for Newsweek. His new book, An Infuriating America: The Incendiary Arts of H. L. Mencken, (published October 15, 2014) argues that no writer can afford to ignore Mencken's craftmanship or success, or fail to be fascinated by his strange mind and the world that produced it.  Lee Smith has published 13 novels and four collections of short stories, and is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Her newest novel, Guests on Earth, follows an orphan at the Highland Mental Hospital in Ashville, N.C. in the 1930s.”

Felicia Mitchell and Terry Erickson Reading—Saturday, November 22nd, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Dana Allison Levy Reading—Monday, November 24th, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Indies First!: Small Business Saturday—Saturday, November 29th, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
     From Scuppernong Books: “In the midst of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we have to remember our small and local businesses and encourage our local economy.  This year Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer have issued a call to all their fellow authors to come out in support of independent booksellers. At Scuppernong, we've invited an entire crew of local authors to hand-sell their books to you in the store. Join us in the Indies First Campaign on Small Business Saturday.”

The Brain Freeze Tour: Holiday Storytelling Performance—Monday, December 1st, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Dr., Greensboro, NC 27401
$20; Tickets are available through members of the Triad Storytelling Exchange
     From the Greensboro Public Libraries: “Internationally known storytellers Kim Weitcamp, Bil Lepp and Andy Offutt Irwin present new stories and songs that jingle and blink and are as precise and finely tuned as Handel’s harpsichord.
     Each member of the trio brings a distinctive style to the stage while entertaining audiences of all ages. The Brain Freeze Tour will leave you seeing and hearing the holiday season in a new way.
     Tickets are available through members of the Triad Storytelling Exchange.
     Questions? Contact Beth Sheffield or call 336-373-3617.”

Eclectic Book Club—Wednesday, December 3rd, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro
Free and open to the public
      From Barnes & Noble: “Join this fun but focused book group that reads from a wide variety of genres. This month we're reading a mystery, Still Life by Louise Penny. January is reader's choice month, read an inspirational or Christmas book and share it with the group.”

7 on the 7th Reading and Open Mic—Sunday, December 7th, 7:00 PM
Glenwood Coffee and Books, 1310 Glenwood Avenue  Greensboro, NC 27403
Free and open to the public
     You’re invited to Glenwood Coffee and Books for this monthly reading series that always takes place at 7:00PM on the seventh day of every month. There will be a few featured readers before the reading opens up to an open mic. This event presents a lot of opportunities for the audience to share their work, so whether you’re interested in hearing local authors or sharing your own work, this is a great opportunity.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Music Librarian Sarah Dorsey Honored with Thomas Berry Award

The Greensboro Public Library is proud to announce that Sarah Dorsey is the winner of the 2014 Thomas Berry Award. The Thomas Berry Award recognizes an individual or organization that has demonstrated a sustained effort to implement environmental programs that advance a mutually enhancing human/earth relationship based on the philosophies and writings of Greensboro native, Thomas Berry, or has engaged in re-imagining the human-earth relationship through scholarship, writing, poetry or the arts.
This award, presented by the Greensboro Public Library, honors the legacy of one of Greensboro’s most influential authors whose works have notably influenced the intellectual/spiritual history of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This year’s award is being presented as part of the series of events commemorating the Centennial Anniversary of the birth of Thomas Berry (1914-2009).
Sarah Dorsey, music librarian at UNC Greensboro, initiated a highly successful environmental film series​ that has touched thousands of students and members of the community. She oversees the community sustainability listserve and was instrumental in revitalizing the local Green Drinks evenings​ and much more.

This year, honorable mentions go to the Piedmont Land Conservancy, John P. and Lynda Cock, and Randal Scott Romie.

The awards ceremony will be held on November 6th at 3:30 pm at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, 1420 Price Park Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

University Libraries to Host Photo Preservation Workshop

Preserving Photograph Collections
Sponsored by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC)
Walter Clinton Jackson Library, UNC Greensboro
November 24, 2014 ~ 9 AM - 4:00 PM

Historical and fine art photographs can be found in many libraries, archives, museums, and historic sites.  Preserving these collections requires a deep knowledge of the various types of photographic media, chemical photographic processes, causes of deterioration of photographic materials, and photograph conservation science.  This workshop is an introduction to identifying and preserving 19th and 20th century photographs: daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, hand-colored silver gelatin prints, contemporary color, and digital photographs.  Strategies for preservation and best practices for proper handling, exhibition, and storage will be presented.  Participants are encouraged to bring photographic items of interest.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is designed for staff and volunteers in libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and other heritage institutions with photograph collections. Faculty and students in museum studies,  library and information science, archives, and public history programs are also welcome to attend. No prior training or experience is required.

The registration fee for this workshop is $50.00 for NCPC member s and $75.00 for non-members. The $75 fee comes with a year-long NCPC individual membership. 

North Carolina Preservation Consortium
The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) promotes the preservation of collections in libraries, museums, archives, and historic sites; monuments, memorials, and outdoor art;  archaeological sites and collections; historic and cultural architecture; and private collections of family treasures. Our preservation mission addresses proper care and handling; storage and environmental control; disaster preparedness and recovery; the repair, reformatting and conservation of damaged items; and collection security.

Read More and register

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis with Open Educational Resources

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We invite you to attend the upcoming Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Forum, which will address to the topic:

"Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis with Open Educational Resources."

October 23rd 3:30 - 5:00 EUC Kirkland

Introduction by UNCG Provost and Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn

Speaker - Nicole Allen - Director of Open Education for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

Panel discussion to follow.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rich DeMillo of Georgia Tech to Begin Series: What is College For?

The University Libraries and the Provost's Office are pleased to begin a series of programs on the subject What is College For? based on the recommendation of our new Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn to read a book of the same name when she interviewed at UNCG for the position last spring.  University Libraries Director of Communications and External Relations Barry Miller took the idea to heart and proposed a series of programs which were endorsed by Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian and Dunn.  The project was accelerated to further inform the strategic planning process currently being undertaken by UNCG.

To begin the series, we have invited Richard A. DeMillo of Georgia Tech to speak on the topic, "New Ecosystems for Higher Education: The Road Ahead."  DeMillo is the author of the book Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities, and is Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities and Chair of Computer Science and Professor of Management at Georgia Tech. He founded and leads a unique institution, the Center for 21st Century Universities, Georgia Tech’s “living laboratory” for fundamental change in higher education. He is responsible for educational technology innovation at Georgia Tech and is a national leader and spokesman in the online revolution in higher education.

DeMillo's talk is free and open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, November 4 from 4-6 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House on the UNCG Campus.

Andrew Delbanco of Columbia University, author of College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be will speak April 14, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the same location.

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Discussion of the Play, "The Member of the Wedding" to be Held November 3 at 7 pm

On Monday, November 3 at 7 pm in the Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries will conduct a discussion of the play "The Member of the Wedding" by Carson McCullers.  The discussion will be led by Keith Cushman of the English Department, who will be joined by Bryan Conger, artistic associate of Triad Stage.  Triad Stage is presenting the play in Greensboro from October 19-November 9.  Tickets for the production are available from Triad Stage.

The book discussion is free and open to the public.