Bring a brown bag lunch and join us for a discussion of this year’s One Read selection “Bettyville” by George Hodgman. Best-selling author Alex George will lead this book talk.
Dr. Matt Dube, associate professor of English at William Woods University, will talk about the work of Eileen Myles, a poet who lately has had a career resurgence after the publication of her collected poems, “I Must Be Living Twice,” and her role as a consulting producer on the hit show "Transparent." Myles lived in New York alongside One Read author George Hodgman in the 1980s, and her poetry explores some of the same issues around gay life, including nightclubs and AIDS, that Hodgman talks about in his book. Come explore her work and see the way it sheds light on the experience of gay men and women in NYC.
Join local authors Kit and Cathy Salter for a discussion of "Bettyville," this year's community reading book. Light refreshments will be served.
Hear One Read author George Hodgman interviewed on stage about his return to Paris, Missouri to care for his aging mother and how this homecoming and his experiences as a writer and editor led to the publication of "Bettyville." Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions for Mr. Hodgman and participate in the discussion.
One Read author George Hodgman will talk about returning home to Paris, Missouri to care for his aging mother and how that experience became the memoir "Bettyville." He'll also answer your questions and sign copies of his book. A reception will follow in the church undercroft. This event is co-sponsored by the Westminster College English Department.
“Bettyville,” is a memoir exploring gay author George Hodgman's return to his hometown of Paris, Missouri, where the church serves as a community hub. In conjunction with One Read, Ragtag presents a free screening and discussion of “The Wise Kids,” a thoughtful look at the trials faced by a tight-knit Baptist community in South Carolina and three teenage friends dealing with the revelation that one of them is gay. Writer-director Stephen Cone, who is the son of a Baptist minister, clearly cares deeply about each character, as do the tremendously skilled actors who portray them. "To call 'The Wise Kids' a Christian movie or a gay movie, or even a gay Christian movie, would be to force a label on this touching, low-key drama with no axes to grind. Unfailingly kind to its characters, ‘The Wise Kids’ is devoid of the evangelical versus secular rhetoric of today's culture wars that seeps into most movies addressing religion," Stephen Holden, New York Times Critic's Pick. (2012, not rated, 95 minutes)
In this year's One Read selection, author George Hodgman describes how the stories of others who also struggled with addiction saved him. At this event, author, actor and playwright Josh Rivedal presents stories from "The i'Mpossible Project: Reengaging With Life, Creating a New You" and discusses the importance of storytelling to mental health. As stories break down the stigma of mental illness, the world becomes smaller. Josh will even treat us to a bit of singing and piano playing tonight.
Come meet nationally known author LaManda Joy, the founder of Chicago's Peterson Garden Project, and hear her speak about the process of starting and maintaining a community garden. Copies of her book "Start a Community Food Garden" will be available for purchase and signing. Co-sponsored by the Mizzou Botanic Garden. See more information at http://gardens.missouri.edu.
In this year's One Read memoir "Bettyville," author George Hodgman befriends a stray dog and later adopts one from a shelter. Hodgman's connection with these two dogs illustrates what scientists have known for a very long time — that bonding with a companion animal can be beneficial for people of all ages. The unconditional love provided by a dog helps people learn to engage with others, feel loved and cope with a variety of health problems. Companion dogs can also help family members reestablish bonds with each other. Dr. Rebecca Johnson will discuss these and other benefits of companion animals, drawing on research of her own and other scientists. Johnson is the director of the Research Center on Human Animal Interaction at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine.
Inspired by this year's One Read memoir "Bettyville," radio hosts Margot McMillen and Rhett Hartman discuss small town life with local author Carolyn Branch who recently published her memoir, "Snakes in the Kitchen." Branch grew up in the river town of Mokane in the 1950s, when women like her mother had few options. She remembers her mother escaping a difficult marriage, learning to drive, obtaining a job and moving the family to Fulton where she found more opportunities and success.