Books & Films
Book Discussion & Film Series
A collaborative program that pairs film screenings at the Spencer with book discussions sponsored by the Lawrence Public Library
. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Library has put together a book discussion group featuring Harlem Renaissance authors. The Spencer has assembled a series of films with storylines or themes similar to those found in the literature. A book discussion precedes each screening.
Books for the book discussion will be provided by the Lawrence Public Library. Participation is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, beginning Sept. 4, contact Maria Butler at 843-3833, ext. 123, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book discussions at 6 PM in the SMA Reception Room followed by the film screenings at 7 PM in the SMA Auditorium.
Book: The New Negro by Alain Locke.
Film: Brother 2 Brother
Book: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
Film: Zora Neale Hurston: A Heart with Room for Every Joy
Book: Cane by Jean Toomer.
Film: "Without Fear or Shame" from the PBS series I'll Make Me a World.
Book: Passing by Nella Larsen.
Film: Imitation of Life
Kansas Book Festival
The 2007 Kansas Book Festival will be held October 5-6 at Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University.
The Kansas Book Festival celebrates literature, the arts, and Kansas heritage. It is a joint presentation of the Governor's Cultural Affairs Council, the State Library of Kansas, the Kansas Center for the Book, the Kansas Historical Society, the Wichita Public Library, and the Kansas Arts Commission.
The inaugural Festival last September in Wichita featured more than 30 authors and attracted approximately 7,500 visitors (including an impressive turnout of schoolchildren).
The 2007 Festival will benefit the State Library's Statewide Summer Reading Program, which reaches 80,000 children through public libraries in 400 Kansas communities every year. Several nationally prominent authors will be featured this year, and the event will continue to spotlight Kansas authors and books.
Jazz Film Series
Looking At: Jazz, America's Art Form
A video discussion series that uses documentary films and texts to engage the public in a discussion of the cultural and social history of jazz as it developed as an art form in the United States.
Organized by Re:New Media in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC), and funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Each session will feature introductory remarks by Dr. Sherrie Tucker, Associate Professor in the American Studies Dept. at KU, and a film screening followed by a discussion. All of the sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium.
October 5 – 7 pm
New Orleans and the Origins of Jazz
Film: Ken Burns' Jazz, Episode 1: Gumbo, Beginnings to 1917
October 12 – 7 pm
The Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance
Film: Ken Burns' Jazz, Episode 2: The Gift, 1917-1924 Harlem Renaissance: The Music and Rhythms that Started a Cultural Revolution
October 19 – 7 pm
Film: Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billy Holliday
October 26 – 7 pm
The Swing Era
Film: Bennie Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing
November 2 – 7 pm
Jazz Innovators: From Bebop, to Hard Bop, to Cool and More
Film: Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker
November 9 – 7 pm
Latin Jazz and Jazz as an International Music
Film: A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba