Artists & Authors Series Tonight!

Tonight!  Artists & Authors series presents Travis Gulbrandson at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.
He is the author of two novels, “The Believers” and “Away From the Nets.” He is currently at work on his third, and plans to publish a collection of short stories next year. Over the course of the evening, Travis will read from that forthcoming book of short stories, and discuss his process as an author.
You can find out more about his work at:
Travisgulbrandson.blogspot.com
Facebook.com/tgulbrandson
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Opportunity for Book Clubs and Other Community Groups!

Did you know that the EBSVP Library has a Book Club in a Bag program for its patrons?

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Existing book clubs, or those interested in organizing a club, can take advantage of this program designed to promote reading as a shared experience. Book Club in a Bag offers library patrons the chance to check out a bag filled with at least 10 copies of a book from a select list of titles for up to four weeks. The bag also includes discussion questions based on the title for the club to use. Could anything be more convenient or affordable since the service is free to library patrons? Book Club in a Bag currently offers over 50 titles including both adult fiction and nonfiction books, with more being added monthly.

In addition, if you are part of a book club (or any community organization), we welcome suggested titles that your group would like to read, and we can order the books and host your group’s discussion! Call our Adult Programming Coordinator, Susan Heggestad, at 677.7060 to get more information about how the library can partner with your organization to implement your group’s desire to read collectively!

 

Book Signing Event Tonight

Rusch - County Capitols

Tonight, October 16th, 7-9 pm
Kozak Community Room

Local historian, author, and judge Arthur L. Rusch will be present to discuss and sign copies of his new book County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota.

Using county records, period newspapers, and other archival materials, Arthur L. Rusch shows how the “courthouse fights” between rival communities turned into outright battles, including bidding wars, midnight forays to steal county records and even buildings, and the destruction of courthouses—all in the cause of community survival.

Fine Fiction Book Club in October

On Wednesday, October 15th, at 7 pm we will be discussing the intriguing new novel by author T.C. Boyle, “When the Killing’s Done”.

whenthekillongsdonePrincipally set on the wild Channel Islands off the coast of California, T.C. Boyle’s new novel is a gripping adventure with a timely theme. Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist spearheading the efforts to save the islands’ native creatures from invasive species. Her antagonist, Dave LaJoy, is a local businessman who is fiercely opposed to the killing of any animals whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert her plans. As their confrontation plays out in a series of scenes escalating in violence, drama, and danger, When the Killing’s Done relates a richly humane tale about the dominion we attempt to exert, for better or worse, over the natural world.

A limited number of copies of When the Killing’s Done are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Once you are finished with the book, kindly return it so others may have a chance to read it before the discussion.  For more information, call us here at the library -677.7060.

 

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan…the Book, the Movie and Related Events

The Edith B. Siegrist will have two showings of the film,
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, directed by Wayne Wang.
This film is based on the novel by Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,
the current selection for the Books in Context Series.

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Film Showings:
Thursday, November 7th, 6:30 pm
Kozak Community Room

Tuesday, November 12th, 1:00 pm
Kozak Community Room

Be sure to attend the other Books in Context Linked Events to be held in November:

Thursday, November 14th, 3 pm
National Music Museum, USD Campus
“The Mysterious Written Language of the Gamelan:
A Method for Decoding”
with Deborah Check Reeves

Dr. Reeves will present an engaging session on modern Gamelan notation, which is completely different than Western musical notation. She will share the fascinating way that the written symbols relate to the instruments in the Gamelan ensemble.

Thursday, November 21st, 7 pm
John Day Gallery, College of Fine Arts, USD Campus
“The Written Word” an exhibition gallery talk with
Alison Erazmus, Gallery Director
A guided tour of the current exhibition containing the work of five contemporary artists who explore the visual materiality of word-based texts. The artists used literature, the act of writing itself, or the library as inspiration for their visual art installations.

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Book Discussion for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See will be held Wednesday, December 4th at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.
Discussion facilitated by Sarah Sik, Asst. Professor of Art History, USD

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk!

Worst Hard Time Books Still Available

Worst Hard Time

There is still time to check out one of the copies of this month’s book club selection, which are available at the Circulation Desk. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, by Timothy Egan is the fascinating story of the Dust Bowl, a devastating period in the country’s history. The book discussion, led by Betsy Simons, will be held Wednesday, September 25th at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room. We have quite a few copies of the book available and we encourage you to check one out, whether or not you are able to make it for the discussion. Once you start, you won’t want to put it down!

Next month’s Books In Context selection is: Beethoven’s Hair : An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved, by Russell Martin. Copies will be available in the next week or so!

One Book South Dakota Event in July

One Book South Dakota 2013 Presents*

Author-Led Book Discussion and Reading
The Long-Shining Waters by Danielle Sosin

Tuesday, July 23rd Kozak Community Room, 7 pm

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Lake Superior, the north country, the great fresh-water expanse. Frigid. Lethal. Wildly beautiful. The Long-Shining Waters gives us three stories whose characters are separated by centuries and circumstances, yet connected across time by the place they inhabit.

Sign up and borrow a copy of the book at the Vermillion Public Library. Once you return the book, put your name in a drawing to keep the book. Drawing will be done at the author event. Refreshments will be served.

*Sponsored by the VPL Library, SD Center for the Book, and the SD Humanities Council.

September Book Club Selection

Between Shades of Grays by Ruta Sepetys is the September Book Club selection.  In this historical novel, a fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl tells her story of being deported, along with her mother and brother, to a Siberian work camp in 1941.  The discussion will be held on Thursday, October 18th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room.  Dave Burrow, USD Associate Professor of History will be facilitating this discussion.  Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.