Cool Events Coming Up

Sunday, March 4, Berkeley, CA: A fundraiser reading to benefit the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship.

The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship will enable writers of color to attend one of the Clarion writing workshops, where Octavia got her start. It is meant to cement Octavia’s legacy by providing the same experience/opportunity that Octavia had to future generations of new writers of color.

Thursday, March 8, Portage, MI
: Paul Sizer and Jane Irwin lead a graphic novel discussion group as part of the Kalamazoo Public Library’s community-wide Reading Together Series. The focus is on three autobiographical works: Persepolis, Fun Home, and Cuckoo. Paul sends along the following information:

You don’t have to have read the books first, though we will be discussing them — there will be extra copies to look through and (hopefully) sign out. We’ll also be talking about graphic novels in general, how to read them, and why they’re a really viable form of literature. If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about graphic novels, and want to be introduced to some really really good ones by people who know and love them, this’d be a great time.

It’s suggested for readers 16 and up, or very mature 14- and 15-year-olds with parent or guardian.

Thursday, March 15, Bloomington, IL: Eric Shanower will be speaking about Troy and Age of Bronze at Illinois Wesleyan University. General public welcome at no charge.

In words and pictures Shanower will demonstrate how he uses both the literary and archaeological traditions to create a new version of the story for today’s readers. Shanower is drawing upon a wide variety of sources for Age of Bronze to present what he hopes is a definitive version of the Trojan War story.

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