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|KeyWORDS: Vol. 1, Issue 2, MAR 08|
In: Events Highlights
Mark Your Meeting Maker: Alice Walker Reading Scheduled
Pulitzer Prize-winner Alice Walker is scheduled to offer a reading at 6 p.m. March 25 in the Glenn Memorial Auditorium. This will be Walker’s celebratory first visit to campus since she placed her archive with Emory in December. Details are forthcoming, so keep an eye on your e-mail inbox.
In 1983, Walker
became the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for
Fiction, which honored her novel “The Color Purple.” Other
honors bestowed upon Walker and her writing include the 1983 National
Book Award, also for “The Color Purple;” the 1973 Lillian
Smith Award from the National Endowment for the Arts for “Revolutionary
Petunias and Other Poems;” the Rosenthal Award from the National
Institute of Arts & Letters; and Radcliff Institute, Merrill and
Jan. 15-Friday, May 23, 2008 — “Visions and Revisions:
An Exhibition of Poems in Process”
Mar. 3, 2008 — Dorothy Allison Reception and Reading
Mar. 15-Monday, May 26, 2008 — “Democratic Vistas:
Exploring the Danowski Poetry Library”
Mar. 18, 2008 — “State and Fate of Literary Reviewing”
Mar. 18, 2008 — “The Video Diaries of George Kuchar”
Mar. 20, 2008 — “Stormy Weather: George Kuchar
and the Elements”
Mar. 21, 2008 — “A Zest for Life: Classic Early
Films by the Kuchar”
Mar. 25, 2008 — Alice Walker Reading
April 2-Friday, April 4, 2008 — “A Fine Excess:
A Three-Day Celebration of Poetry”
June 1-Sunday, July 20, 2008 — “Nubian Dreams:
Images of the Sudan by Chester Higgins”
Photo #1: Cloud-shrouded landscape. Photo by Eran Tomer.
“Where does one begin a search?” inquires the visitor, surrounded by intimidating complexity. Discovery routes are frequently obscure and the objectives remain elusive. Print and electronic resources are harnessed, one heads upstairs and exploration commences.
Details continue emerging as items are examined closely one after another. One fascinating observation leads to another, answers generate further questions, and one may lose track of time wandering through a maze that engages all senses, superbly organized yet untamed. Both surprise and danger may lie around each corner at this tranquil setting, rooted in the ground though full of portals to other worlds. One's eyes open to gain an understanding of the past, intriguing insights about the present and a vision for the future, beyond the green summits.
|Photo #2: (left) Azaleas and #3(right) Fungi. Photos by Eran Tomer.|
While it faces serious space problems despite acquisitions, the ancient library that is Southern Appalachia never closes. Its special biological collections are unique not only in the Southeast and North America but globally, thus attracting numerous visitors and scholars. Discoveries never cease in this splendid wonderland of multiple floors and endless subjects. Exhibitions include spectacular forest galleries and imposing, cloud-shrouded landscapes [photo #1 top]. Its halls, decorated by azalea [photo #2], rhododendron, mountain laurel and wildflowers, resonate with captivating sounds such as spring peepers calling in numbers. Winter wren, veery, barred owl and Louisiana waterthrush all contribute to its rich, spellbinding music collection. Its unrivaled art holdings include hooded, Blackburnian and black-throated blue warblers, scarlet tanagers, Yonahlossee salamanders, brook trout and countless fungi [photo #3], lichens and insects. The residents may be specialized selectors such as red crossbill and dance fly or as cross-disciplinary as black bear and ruffed grouse.
As a habitual library dweller since fourth grade, a naturalist through life and a nature photographer, I keep returning to the Southern mountains. With photo gear, field notebooks and logs I document wild hikes in depth to preserve the experience thenceforth.
Surely, libraries are vital in both senses of the word.
|--Eran Tomer, library coordinator for electronic user services|
|Next month: Chris Boswell tells us about teaching tai chi classes.|
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