Date correction: Book Club will take place 9/4, not on 9/11 as previously published here.
Please join us for a discussion of Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things.
In "The Signature of All Things, " Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker--a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction--into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist--but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.
Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, "The Signature of All Things" soars across the globe--from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who--born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution--bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert's wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers.
Join us for a very special evening with this year's recipients of the Sendak Fellowship: illustrators Harry Bliss and Nora Krug. In partnership with WAMC's The Book Show, this event will include a live taping of The Book Show with host Joe Donahue.
Harry Bliss is an internationally syndicated cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine. His self-titled single panel gag cartoon, ‘BLISS’ appears in major newspapers across the United States and Japan. Growing up in upstate New York amidst a family of successful painters and illustrators, Bliss went on to study painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Illustration at The University of the Arts (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA). Bliss also illustrates books for children. Bliss's first children's book, A Fine, Fine School by Newbery-award-winning author, Sharon Creech, was a New York Times bestseller. Bliss went on to illustrate Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig, Countdown To Kindergarten and Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth both by Alison McGhee. Bliss has also created the pictures for Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin, all New York Times bestsellers. Other bestsellers include Don't Forget To Come Back by Robie H. Harris and A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee andLouise: The Adventure of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo.
Bliss’s first cartoon collection, Death By Laughter, with an introduction by Christopher Guest was published by Abrams in the Spring of 2008. Luke On the Loose, Bliss’ debut award-winning comic book for early readers (edited by Francoise Mouly) was published by Toon Books in the Spring 2009. Recentlly published by Harper Collins is Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins with pictures by Harry Bliss.Bailey (A Parent’s Magazine award-winner)was published by Scholastic in September 2011 followed by Bailey at the Museum2012.Bliss’s next picture book,Anna and Solomon by Elaine Dillof will be published by Farrar Straus and Giroux in September 2013. Harry Bliss lives in Vermont.
Nora Krug is
a writer and artist whose drawings and visual narratives have appeared in
publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, le Monde Diplomatique
and A Public Space, and in anthologies published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
and Chronicle Books. She is the creator of the graphic novel, Red Riding
Hood Redux, and of Shadow Atlas, an encyclopedia of ghosts and
spirits, and the illustrator of the children’s book, My Cold Went On
Vacation, published by Penguin/Putnam. Krug is a recipient of fellowships
from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright, DAAD, and the Pollock-Krasner
Foundation. Her work is included in the Library of Congress and has been
recognized by American Illustration. It received three gold medals from the
Society of Illustrators and was awarded with merits and a silver cube by the
Directors Club. Krug’s story, Kamikaze, about a surviving Japanese
WWII pilot, was included in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics and Best
Non-Required Reading. Krug's work has been exhibited internationally, and
her animated guide to Japanese business etiquette, How To Bow, was shown
at the Sundance Film Festival. She is an associate professor in the
Illustration Program at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.
About the Sendak Fellowship
The Sendak Fellowship was established in 2010 as a residency program for artists who tell stories with illustration. The Fellowship offers the time for artist to explore their craft outside the limitations of everyday life and in the relative isolation of a rural setting.
Between 2010 and 2013, the Sendak Fellowship was run at a house on Maurice Sendak’s property in Ridgefield, Connecticut. There, four resident artists received instruction and support from Mr. Sendak as well as from visiting artists of note.
This summer the fellowship is moving to Scotch Hill Farm, formerly owned by Mr. Sendak, in upstate Cambridge, New York. Two fellows will be provided their own fully equipped cottage with kitchen and studio space and receive a fellow’s stipend. At the same time, the two resident fellows will receive occasional inspiration from visiting artists in the field.
For many years Sendak wanted to create a formal program for what he’d been doing informally his whole career: helping promising illustrators As a young beginning illustrator himself, Sendak was nurtured in the Connecticut home of the artists Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson. He saw the Sendak Fellowship as his “school”—a way to help others, and in 2009 enlisted the help of Caponera, as well as photographer and community activist, Dona Ann McAdams (now the fellowship’s director) to help realize his vision.
The goal of the Sendak Fellowship, in Maurice’s words, was for fellows to “create work that is not vapid, stupid, or sexy, butoriginal. Work that excites and incites. Illustration is like dance; it should move like—and to—music.”
To celebrate the publication of Jenna Woginrich's new book,
Cold Antler Farm, A Memoir of
Growing Food and Celebrating Life on a Scrappy Six-Acre Homestead, Roost Books
has sent us a wonderful box of their books to give away.
Each customer who
pre-orders Cold Antler Farm before publication on June 10th will be entered to
win a copy of one of the following, gorgeous titles.
It is the right time of year to plan out your garden. Make us your first stop - there is such a wealth of accumulated wisdom in gardening books. Take advantage of it, and get your garden off to a great start. Whether you are focusing on vegetables, grains, fruit, or flowers, we have a book to get you started.
Duties include greeting and assisting customers, operating
the cash register, receiving and shelving books, tidying store, assisting with
events, and other duties as assigned.
Ideal candidate must love books and be well-read,
be friendly and understand a strong focus on the customer. Good communication
skills and ability to multi-task a must. Prior retail experience preferred.
Knowledge of basic computer programs required. Shifts will include evenings and
weekends; hours will be approx 12-15 hours/week, with more seasonally.
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