Jan
18
Thu
Reading Wyoming Jackson: “All the Light We Cannot See” @ Jackson Whole Grocer Community Room
Jan 18 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Jackson: "All the Light We Cannot See" @ Jackson Whole Grocer Community Room

Come discuss books that examine the topic of immigration and displacement, moderated by local scholar Stephen Lottridge.

January’s discussion is focused on Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning All the Light We Cannot See, “an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology. ”

 

Jan
26
Fri
Reading Wyoming Baggs: “Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague” @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room
Jan 26 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Baggs: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room

Come discuss books that help us understand the field of medicine, not only the “what” and “how,” but also exploring the “why” of human experiences.

January’s discussion is focused on Geraldine Brooks’s Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague.

“When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.”

Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing “an inspiring heroine” (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.”

Feb
8
Thu
Reading Wyoming Jackson: “In the Skin of the Lion” @ Jackson Whole Grocer Community Room
Feb 8 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Jackson: "In the Skin of the Lion" @ Jackson Whole Grocer Community Room

Come discuss books that examine the topic of immigration and displacement, moderated by local scholar Stephen Lottridge.

February’s discussion is focused on Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of the Lion

Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick’s life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje’s Booker Prize-winning The English Patient.

Feb
15
Thu
Read, Rant, Relate: “Rocket Man” @ Relative Theatrics Studio, Room 278 in the Laramie Plains Civic Center
Feb 15 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Read, Rant, Relate: "Rocket Man" @ Relative Theatrics Studio, Room 278 in the Laramie Plains Civic Center

Experience four new pieces of contemporary dramatic literature with Relative Theatrics. Participants will engage directly with modern plays by listening to actor-led readings of the texts, then joining discussions breaking down the thematic elements of the works and their relevance to today’s society.

In February, come discuss Steven Dietz’s Rocket ManRocket Man is a serious comedy about the road not taken. Donny Rowan has placed everything he owns on his front lawn, along with a sign that reads: “Here’s my life.  Make an offer.”  He has cut a skylight into his attic and placed his E-Z Boy recliner underneath–where he can sit, staring at the stars.  Somewhere in the universe Donny Believes, is a place where all the roads we never chose converge.  Rocket Man explores one man’s obsessive desire to find this “parallel world”–and the profound effect of his decision on his family and friends.  Themes: crisis of faith, parallel universes, philosophy, and family.

Feb
22
Thu
“The Trial of Tom Horn” @ Western Wyoming College
Feb 22 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
"The Trial of Tom Horn" @ Western Wyoming College

John W. Davis, a trial lawyer from Worland, Wyoming will be showcasing his new book The Trial of Tom Horn, published with the University of Oklahoma Press in 2016. Mr. Davis has had a long and distinguished career as an attorney in the state of Wyoming. Late in his career, however, he decided to transition to writing on the subject of Wyoming’s legal history. In this presentation, he will highlight how the trial and conviction of Tom Horn marked a major milestone in the hard-fought battle against vigilantism in the state of Wyoming, and will illuminate the larger narrative of conflict between the power of wealth and the forces of law and order in the American West.

This presentation will be lecture style, followed by a question and answer period.  Mr. Davis will be presenting on his research, and will discuss, of course, the myths and legends surrounding this historic figure.

Feb
23
Fri
Reading Wyoming Baggs: “The Witch Doctor’s Wife” @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room
Feb 23 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Baggs: "The Witch Doctor's Wife" @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room

Come discuss books that help us understand the field of medicine, not only the “what” and “how,” but also exploring the “why” of human experiences.

February’s discussion is focused on Tamar Myers’ The Witch Doctor’s Wife.

“With The Witch Doctor’s Wife, Tamar Myers delves into her personal history as the daughter of Christian missionaries in the Belgian Congo. Rich and alive with the sights and sounds of the continent—as exciting, evocative, charming, and suspenseful as Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels—Myer’s unforgettable excursion to colonial Africa recalls Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, even the Academy Award-nominated film Blood Diamond. Award-winning author Carolyn Hart raves: “Mesmerizing….The Witch Doctor’s Wife will long linger in the hearts and minds of readers. Authentic. Powerful. Triumphant.””

 

Mar
1
Thu
Reading Wyoming Jackson: “The Namesake” @ Jackson Whole Grocer Community Room
Mar 1 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Jackson: "The Namesake" @ Jackson Whole Grocer Community Room

Come discuss books that examine the topic of immigration and displacement, moderated by local scholar Stephen Lottridge.

March’s discussion is focused on Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake.  “Moving between events in Calcutta, Boston, and New York City, the novel examines the nuances involved with being caught between two conflicting cultures with highly distinct religious, social, and ideological differences.”

Mar
7
Wed
“Deep Mapping” Writing Workshop with Kali Fajardo-Anstine @ Center for the Arts, Conference Room
Mar 7 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
"Deep Mapping" Writing Workshop with Kali Fajardo-Anstine @ Center for the Arts, Conference Room

Join award-winning writer and teacher Kali Fajardo-Anstine for a writing workshop.  Participants will read a short story by Latina author Sandra Cisneros (copies provided in advance) and then discuss the themes and their impacts on communities and individuals.  The discussion will move into generative writing, based loosely on William Least Heat Moon’s Blue Highway as a model for “deep mapping” of a story, whether fictional or not.  This workshop is geared toward high school age students and adults writing in English.

Mar
8
Thu
Kali Fajardo-Anstine Reading @ Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium
Mar 8 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Kali Fajardo-Anstine Reading @ Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium

Join award-winning writer and teacher Kali Fajardo-Anstine for a reading of her work, followed by a Q&A and free soup.

“Deep Mapping” Workshop for Parents and Children @ Teton Literacy Center, meeting area
Mar 8 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
"Deep Mapping" Workshop for Parents and Children @ Teton Literacy Center, meeting area

High school age students and their parents are invited to join award-winning writer and teacher Kali Fajardo-Anstine for a generative writing session.  Participants will be asked to examine a traditional Mexican folk tale.  The workshop will then open up for participants to share stories of their own culture.  The workshop is focused on the collection of these stories and a conversation between generations about the stories.  A translator will be available as needed.

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