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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Pajama Party Saturday morning!
Pajamas not required--but you can wear them--to any of these events! Here are our events for the rest of the month.
Saturday, January 17, 11:00 a.m.
Join us for a Saturday morning pajama party with milk and cookies and a reading of The Cat's Pajamas by Daniel Wallace, a new children's book by the best-selling author of Big Fish. In The Cat's Pajamas we meet Louis Fellini, who lived in a time long ago when cats wore clothes, worked in cities, and went on picnics. But the cats dressed all the same, down to the shoes they wore. Louis Fellini was a different sort of cat. He wanted to be himself. But it isn't as easy as you might think to be yourself, especially when everyone else looks the same, when everybody else is a . . . copy cat. But Louis Fellini found a way. He was just that kind of cat. He was the cat's pajamas. Wallace will be in the store (in his pajamas, of course!) for a reading and to sign books.
MICHAEL J DEVALVE
Tuesday, January 20, 7:00 p.m.
InA Different Justice: Love and the Future of Criminal Justice Practice in America, Michael J. DeValve describes a criminal justice system in America does that doesn not work; and from the perspective of current criminological thought no ideas exist for how to truly fix it. The fault lies not with criminology as a discourse, but with us as individuals. What would justice look like if were predicated on love? Sacred sources, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, along with the thought of scholars like Erich Fromm, Karl Marx, Simone Weil, and Paolo Freire, are examined in detail for insights into the nature of love and its significance for social justice. Devalve will be in the store for a discussion and signing.
JUDY HOGAN AND JAKI SHELTON GREEN
Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 p.m.
Two of our favorite local poets will be in the store to read from their recent books and for a signing. Judy Hogan is a poet, former student of Greek philosophy at UC, Berkeley, environmental activist and founding editor of both Hyperion Journal and Carolina Wren Press. Her new book is a single epic poem entitled This River Jaki Shelton Green is a poet, creativity coach, teacher, and cultural activist. Her new book of poems isFeeding the Light.
Thursday, January 22, 7:00 p.m.
Set in the near future of roaming double-wides and alligator-infested potholes, Stephen Hren's ribald dystopian comedy, Max's Hungry Ghost, follows the story of a zany cast of characters as they struggle to make ends meet before being consumed by their engorged and wayward genitalia. Part science-fiction allegory, part pornographic fairy tale, best read naked with a strong pina colada relaxing in the bean patch. Hren is a Durham author and an earthonaut exploring inner and outer reaches on an ancient earth overrun by a bipedal adolescent juggernaut ~ his beautiful and wondrous brothers and sisters. He will be in the shop to read and sign books.
Tuesday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.
In Zeal for Zion: Christians, Jews, and the Idea of the Promised Land Shalom Goldman, Professor of Religious Studies and Middle eastern Studies at Duke, takes the standard histories of Zionism to task for having depicted it almost exclusively as a Jewish political movement, one in which Christians do not appear except as antagonists. In the highly original Zeal for Zion, Shalom Goldman makes the case for a wider and more inclusive history, one that brings the substantial Christian involvement with Zionism--most recently by American evangelical Protestants--into the light. Christian Zionism has a long history and has been embraced at various times by Catholics and Protestants, liberals and conservatives, reformers and traditionalists. Zeal for Zionplaces this vital movement within the larger history of Zionism, making the story of Zionism all the more rich and complex.
Zeal for Zion has been praised by reviewers as diverse as The Christian Century: "Smartly conceived and original," The Jewish Review of Books: "Important if sometimes unsettling," and the Times Literary Supplement: "remarkably fair, clear and informative."
Wednesday, January 28, 7:00 p.m.
When Penelope S. Easton, a young, vigorous, sensible World War II veteran with a Masters in Public Health Nutrition, embarked on a journey to Territorial Alaska to serve as the dietary consultant for the Alaskan Health Department, she could not anticipate the deplorable health-related conditions that she would find. Easton observed the effects of measles and tuberculosis epidemics, educational philosophies that opted to teach Native children only in English, a scarcity of imported food supplies, and the derision of native foodways. Learning to Like Muktuk: An Unlikely Explorer in Territorial Alaska, draws on Easton's detailed field reports, photographs, letters, and other documents, some of which may be the only remaining descriptions of native Alaskan foodways from the period between the end of WWII and statehood. Easton will be in the store for a discussion and signing.
BETSY POLK AND MAGGIE ELLIS CHOTAS
Thursday, January 29, 7:00 p.m.
Betsy Polk and Maggie Chotas have learned something powerful. When women work together, they discover a level of support, flexibility, confidence, accountability, and freedom to be themselves that they rarely find in other work relationships. Drawing on their own 12-year partnership and from interviews with 125 women business partners, inPower Through Partnership: How Women Lead Better Together Polk and Chotas demolish the myths that keep women from collaborating and offer advice for handling a host of potential challenges.This groundbreaking book shows that when women team up - combining complementary skills, channeling their egos into the partnership, and encouraging each other - they can work as full equals to achieve something that's exponentially greater than each woman alone. The authors will be in the shop to discuss and sign books.