Read Across Lawrence 2014
Join us for Read Across Lawrence 2014 in its new location on the calendar, the month of February! In 2014, the Read Across Lawrence book will be Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.
Read Across Lawrence is an annual community-wide event where the library invites everyone in Lawrence to read the same book at the same time and then come together at a variety of events to talk about it.
Housekeeping is the story of two sisters raised in isolated Fingerbone, Idaho. The family is plagued by loss, and the sisters are raised by a series of family members culminating in their last hope, their aunt, a boxcar drifter. Lyrical and haunting, Housekeeping explores loss, hope, love and the family ties that bind. Books will be distributed at the kick-off event on February 9th and then given away at the library Info Desk while supplies last. A large number of the book Housekeeping will also be available for checkout at the library.
About Marilynne Robinson
As one might imagine from reading her work, Marilynne Robinson is passionately tied to the dramatic northwest landscape of her childhood. She was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, where her family had lived for four generations: her grandparents were farmers and ranchers; her father was in the lumber industry. Robinson recalls hearing the whistles of passing trains, though “nothing ever seemed to stop” at the railroad junction in town. Robinson has written many essays and book reviews in journals such as Harper’s, The Paris Review, and The New York Times Book Review. Robinson’s second novel, Gilead, was published in 2004. It won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Robinson has served as visiting professor and writer-in-residence at several colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. In 1991, she joined the faculty of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She currently resides in Iowa, where she teaches and writes. (From neabigread.org)
“How do I get a copy of Housekeeping?”
There’s no special sign-up to participate in Read Across Lawrence. Just grab a copy, start reading, and show up at activities – it’s that easy! Here are a few ways to get a copy of Housekeeping
- Come to the Read Across Lawrence Kick-Off event on February 9th at 4:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Arts Center. Author and researcher Shane Lopez will leading off our community read of Housekeeping with a talk on some of the themes of the book. Books will be distributed at the event follow his talk.
- Come to the library and get a copy from the Info Desk after Feb. 9, while supplies last.
- Check-out or reserve a copy from Lawrence Public Library.
- Team up with somebody else who has a copy and share. Enjoy talking about it afterward!
Read Across Lawrence Kick Off Event
Sunday, February 9th @ 4:00 p.m. at Lawrence Arts Center (940 New Hampshire St.)
Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., author of Making Hope Happen, is the world’s leading researcher on hope. His mission is to teach people that investing in their future pays off today. Dr. Lopez researches the links between hope, strengths development, academic success, and overall well-being and collaborates with scholars around the world on these issues. Dr. Lopez will give a talk to lead us off as we start the community read of Housekeeping, copies of which will be available for free after the event (while supplies last).
Nerd Nite Lawrence
Wednesday, February 12 @ 7:00 p.m. at Pachamama’s (800 New Hampshire St.)
It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer! This month’s theme is love gone wrong, sexuality, and an ode to Housekeeping, the RAL selection. Be there and be square. Check out more info about Nerd Nite here.
RAL Community Book Discussion
Tuesday, February 18th @ 3:00 p.m. at Babcock Place (1700 Massachusetts St.)
The public is invited to a discussion of the book and to share their thoughts on the book. You need not be a resident of Babcock Place to participate. For information about the event, contact Pattie Johnston, Lawrence Public Library, 785-843-3833 extension 115.
RAL Book Discussion with Lucia Orth
Wednesday, February 19th @ 7:00 p.m. at Signs of Life Bookstore (722 Massachusetts St.)
Author Lucia Orth will discuss the topic “Home and Exile in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping.” She has lived in Manila, London, Beijing, and Washington, D.C., and traveled extensively in the Philippines, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Lucia is the author of Baby Jesus Pawn Shop, and has a second novel forthcoming.
RAL Book Discussion with Leslie Von Holton
February 20th @ 7:00 p.m. at the Percolator (alley behind 913 Rhode Island)
Leslie is director of programs for the Kansas Humanities Council and coordinates their statewide literature and poetry programs. A graduate of KU with degrees in art history and English literature, she is a founding member of the Percolator Artspace and lives in Lawrence’s eastside with her rowdy family, dogs, and chickens.
“Who Lived in My House?”
Saturday, February 22 @ 10:30 a.m. at Watkins Museum (1047 Massachusetts St.)
Does your house have a history? See if your home is hiding any secrets at this free workshop. Space limited, advance registration recommended. Offered in collaboration with the Lawrence Public Library; call 785-843-3833 to register.
Buried in Treasures: How Hoarding Happens
Sunday, February 23 @ 2:00 p.m. – Jack Connolly Community Room at the Lawrence Senior Center (745 Vermont St.)
Loraine “Lori” Herndon, LCSW, is a Senior Therapist for Adult Services and has worked at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center for the last nine years. As a Bowen Family Systems therapist, her focus is women’s issues and hoarding. Lori will discuss the definition of hoarding, the various causes and symptoms of hoarding behavior, how people who hoard deal with their situation (or don’t deal with it). Lori will also discuss strategies and provide resources for people faced with hoarding behaviors.
RAL Book Discussion with Leslie Von Holton
Thursday, February 27th @ 7:00 p.m. at the Wine Cellar (beneath La Parilla, 724 Massachusetts St.)
Leslie is director of programs for the Kansas Humanities Council and coordinates their statewide literature and poetry programs. A graduate of KU with degrees in art history and English literature, she is a founding member of the Percolator Artspace and lives in Lawrence’s eastside with her rowdy family, dogs, and chickens. Registration required for this event. Call 785-843-3833 to reserve a space.
Film Showing – Housekeeping
Tuesday, March 4th @ 7:00 p.m. at Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union (1301 Jayhawk Blvd.)
The novel comes to life on the big screen. Housekeeping, directed by John Forsythe and starting Christine Lahti, has been hailed a beautiful and loving rendition of the novel. The screening is free and open to the public, no reservations or tickets are required.
A Night with Author Marilynne Robinson
Thursday, March 6th @ 7:00 pm at Plymouth Congregational Church (925 Vermont St.)
Spend the evening at in interview with Marilynne Robinson, author of Housekeeping. A book signing will follow the event.
RAL Community Book Discussion (The time for this event has changed from the original date in the brochure)
Thursday, March 13th @ 4:00 p.m. at Pioneer Ridge-Assisted Living (4851 Harvard Rd.)
The public is invited to a discussion of the book and to share their thoughts on the book. You need not be a resident of Pioneer Ridge to participate. For information about the event, contact Pattie Johnston, Lawrence Public Library, 785-843-3833 extension 115
Previous Read Across Lawrence selections:
2013 - The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
2012 - Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
2011 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2008 - Kansas Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other Offbeat Stuff by Pam Grout
2007 - Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols by Diane Eickhoff
2006 - The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty
2005 - Blue Horses Rush In: Poems and Stories by Luci Tapahanso
2004 - The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
2003 - Secrets of the Tsil Cafe by Tom Averill
2002 - Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
2001 - Having Our Say by Sarah and Elizabeth Delaney
RAL 2014 Partners