Lewis book chosen for Durham Reads
Civil rights advocate and Congressman John Lewis’ graphic novel “March: Book One,” has been chosen the Durham Reads selection for 2014. Lewis, along with co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell, will begin the monthlong series of events with a talk Oct. 4 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at B.N. Duke Auditorium at N.C. Central University.
Lewis also will be interviewed by Frank Stasio of “The State of Things” at 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
“March: Book One” is about Lewis’ time growing up in Alabama and meeting Martin Luther King Jr. King’s non-violent civil rights advocacy inspired Lewis to join sit-ins to combat segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee. In the 1960s, Lewis played a major role in breaking down barriers to civil rights. He was one of the speakers at the 1963 March on Washington. He participated in the Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation in interstate transportation, and was part of the Mississippi Freedom Summer project in 1964, a drive to register African-American voters in that state. From 1963 to 1966, Lewis was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
He was first elected to Congress in 1986, and has served since then as representative of Georgia’s 5th District.
“March: Book One” has been on the bestseller lists of The New York Times and The Washington Post. The book also has received special recognition from the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and was chosen one of the top 10 novels for teens by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Durham Reads, held every two years, sponsored by the Durham County Library, encourages residents to read and discuss a particular title. Past Durham Reads picks include the novels of Margaret Maron and Paul Austin’s memoir “Something for the Pain.” More events will be announced later.
Here are some more Humanities Programs that the Durham County Library will present. Admission of all programs is free.
-- Meet the Author: Catherine W. Bishir, July 13, 3 p.m., Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road. Join Catherine W. Bishir for a talk and discussion on her book, “Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900.”
-- Meet the Author: Monica Byrne, July 19, 3 p.m., Southwest Regional, 3605 Shannon Road. Durham author Monica Byrne will talk about her debut novel, “The Girl in the Road.”
-- Meet the Black Mountain Poets, July 20, 3 p.m., Southwest Regional, 3605 Shannon Road. The Washington Street Writers Group will present the work of Black Mountain College poets, including Gary Snyder, Robert Creeley, M. C. Richards, Denise Levertov and others.
-- Meet the Author: Dr. Sally Rhine Feather, July 22, 7 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Sally Rhine Feather, retired director of the Rhine Research Center, will share ESP experiences from her book “The Gift: The Extraordinary Experiences of Ordinary People.”
-- Bullish On Durham: Liberty Warehouses, July 29, 7 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Carol Thomson, filmmaker; Walker Stone, former owner of Liberty Warehouses; and Andrew Preiss, metal sculptor, will discuss the history of these former tobacco warehouses.
-- Remembering Freedom Summer on its 50th Anniversary, Aug. 3, 3 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. This event will be a screening of a feature film based on true stories of the Freedom Summer, where high school students organized voter registration and civil rights protests in their small Mississippi town with help from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith, associate professor of history and director of undergraduate studies at Duke University, will introduce the film and lead the discussion.
-- Meet the Sculptor: Jim Gallucci, Aug. 5, 7 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
In December 2001, sculptor Jim Gallucci rented a flatbed truck and drove to Newark, New Jersey. There he received 16 tons from the mountains of twisted and scarred metal that once was the World Trade Center, and brought it back to his Greensboro studio. Gallucci calls the 9/11 sculpture project “My Gates of Hell.” He will talk about that day and what effect the acquisition of the metal has had on his life and his work.
-- Lessons from The Ya’axche – Life In The Yucatan, Aug. 7, 7 p.m., South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave. Spider monkeys drew primatologist Laura Vick to Punta Laguna in Mexico. Vick will share stories about the project and her adventures.
-- Bullish on Durham: Museum Of Durham History, Aug. 12, 7 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Katie Spencer, executive director of the Museum of Durham History, will lead a panel discussion on the history of the museum, its current home at the History Hub and the vision for the future.
-- Meet the Game Designer: Daniel Solis, Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m., Southwest Regional, 3605 Shannon Road. Game designer Daniel Solis (“Koi Pond,” “Nine Lives,” “Regime”) will give a talk about the art and craft of tabletop game design, as well as a walk through the process of creating his latest game, “Belle of the Ball.” Game play demonstration and game sale to follow.
-- Bull City Soul, Aug. 15, 6 p.m., Durham History Hub, 500 W. Main St.
Durham County Library and the Museum of Durham History collaborate to celebrate the exhibit “Soul Souvenirs: Durham’s Musical Memories from the 1960s and 1970s,” on view at the Durham History Hub, and the launch of the web exhibit “Bull City Soul” on the library’s North Carolina Collection website. This event will include a panel discussion on the music’s history in Durham and an evening of live soul performed by local musicians.
-- Meet the Author: Bob Zellner, Aug. 17, 3 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Continuing the library’s remembrance of Freedom Summer, Dr. Bob Zellner, historian and civil rights activist, will read from and discuss his memoir, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.”
-- Meet the Author: Jessica Scott, Aug. 23, 3 p.m., Southwest Regional, 3605 Shannon Road. Jessica Scott, USA Today bestselling romance author and career Army officer, will talk about her current series featuring soldiers returning from war and how she manages her two careers.
-- Come Visit Arusha, Tanzania!, Aug. 24, 3 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
This event will be a virtual tour of Durham’s sister city, Arusha, Tanzania. Find out more about the Arusha Committee of Sister Cities of Durham and Friends of Arusha, who have worked to support orphaned children, build a medical facility, and support other activities. Tanzanian delicacies and tea will be served.
-- Concert with The Raging Grannies, Aug. 26, 7 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
The Raging Grannies will celebrate Women’s Equality Day. First enacted by Congress in 1971, Women’s Equality Day commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Raging Grannies are an international “dis-organization” of older women who write and perform songs of protest and hope.
-- Yarn Bombing, Aug. 28, 7 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Linette Knight will give an evening on yarn bombing. Knight states, “Crochet has become a way I meditate through my life, and every day I find something new to do. It’s definitely not my mother’s nor my grandmother’s crochet. I hope to inspire the world one stitch at a time and live my life, as rich in color as my yarn.”
-- Notes from the Campaign Trail: How To Run A Successful Campaign, Sept. 7, 3 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Nathan Thomas will give a talk reflecting on his involvement in politics, from his beginnings in Fort Deposit, Alabama, to his move to Durham in 1959, where he joined the Durham Committee on Negro Affairs.
-- In the Wings: PlayMakers On “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike,” Sept. 8, 7 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Join members of the PlayMakers Repertory Company for a discussion of their upcoming production of “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike” by Christopher Durang.
-- Art with the Experts: Rauschenberg: Collecting And Connecting, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Main Library, 300 Roxboro St. Juline Chevalier, curator of education at the Nasher Museum of Art, and Dr. Kristine Stiles, guest curator and France Family Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University, will give a discussion and slide lecture on the exhibition “Rauschenberg: Collecting and Connecting.” This exhibit of Robert Rauschenberg’s works, spanning five-decades of his career, runs through Jan. 11, 2015.
-- Meet the Author: Lyle Estill, Sept. 21, 3 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Lyle Estill will lead a conversation about his books, “Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy,” “Biodiesel Power: The Passion, People, and Politics of the Next Renewable Fuel” and others.
-- Banjo Player: Sean McKinney, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Sean McKinney will offer an evening of clawhammer-style banjo music.
-- Film Screening: “Wild By Law,” Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
This screening celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. “Wild By Law” tells the story of the three people most responsible for the act: forester/philosopher Aldo Leopold, author of the best-selling “A Sand County Almanac”; and Bob Marshall and Howard Zahniser from the Wilderness Society.