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Upcoming Events

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 7:30pm
In each of the stories in The Heaven of Animals, David James Poissant explores the tenuous bonds of family--fathers and sons, husbands and wives--as they are tested by the sometimes brutal power of love. His strikingly true-to-life characters have reached a precipice, chased there by troubles of their own making. Standing at the brink, each must make a choice: Leap, or look away? Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee Martin writes that Poissant forces us "to face the people we are when we're alone in the dark." Join us Monday, October 20 at 7:30 pm to welcome the award-winning writer.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7:00pm
Is it any surprise that lovable slacker Charlie Joe, who doesn't like to read, also wants to earn as much money as possible with as little effort as required?  In Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money, Charlie Joe's about to find out that wild schemes may be more work than, well, working.  The first in the series, Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading, was a NC Children's Book Award nominee.  Tommy Greenwald visits on Tuesday, October 21, at 7 p.m.  This is also part of our View from Tuesday programs, open to the public, but especially of interest to teachers and media specialists.  Ages 9+.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7:30pm
Richard Blanco’s childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents’ nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on reruns of The Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver—an “exotic” life he yearned for as much as he yearned to see “la patria.” Blanco presents The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, a poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities. Join us Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 pm at the NCSU Hunt Library for an event co-sponsored by the NCSU Friends of the Library. 

Receive a ticket to the event (as well as a signing line ticket) with the purchase of The Prince of los Cocuyos from QRB. Receive an admission-only ticket for $5. Sorry, we cannot hold tickets that have not been paid for. Tickets will be available at the door if seats are still available.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 7:00pm

Just put those award stickers on it now to save time.  The rave reviews are out for Brown Girl Dreaming, and we add ours.  As the award-winning Woodson relates the part of her childhood spent in South Carolina, you will live the early days of the Civil Rights movement as viewed by a child being schooled in the art of living black safely in the South. "A memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author's childhood right along with her. An extraordinary--indeed brilliant--portrait of a writer as a young girl."--The Horn Book.  For ages 10+.  Jacqueline Woodson will be here Wednesday, October 22, at 7 p.m.  


Signing line event: Receive a signing line ticket with the purchase of Brown Girl Dreaming

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 7:30pm
In June 1870, the residents of the city of New Orleans were already on edge, during Radical Reconstruction, when two African American women kidnapped seventeen-month old Mollie Digby from in front of her New Orleans home. Leading readers into smoke filled concert saloons, Garden District drawing rooms, sweltering courthouses, and squalid prisons, Michael A. Ross brings this fascinating era back to life in. The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Rage, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era is sure to captivate anyone interested true crime, the Civil War and its aftermath, and the history of New Orleans and the American South. Join us Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 pm for this stunning work of historical recreation.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 3:00pm
Sundry Poets is the name of our Sunday afternoon poetry reading events. On Sunday, October 26 at 3 p.m. we'll have three 
poets reading from their volumes: Harry Calhoun with Maintenance and Death, Bruce Lader with Fugitive Hope, Gloria Mindock with Nothing Divine Here. The 
moderator will be Jo Taylor.
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 7:30pm
As a preview to its Copland in Mexico concerts on Nov. 7-8 in Raleigh, North Carolina Symphony Scholar-in-Residence William Robin will speak on Monday, October 27 at 7:30 pm about Aaron Copland’s transformative experiences in Mexico, as evidenced by his “Buckaroo Holiday,” “El Salon Mexico,” as well as the music of the brilliant Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. The concerts are a symphonic project partially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that explores, in the words of creator Joe Horowitz, “the ways that culture has helped Americans to understand and define themselves.” The “Copland in Mexico” concerts will feature the Symphony, an actor, and a narrator, all under the direction of Grant Llewellyn, plus the film Redes, which features a score by Revueltas, shown on a giant screen in Meymandi Concert Hall.


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