Thursday, October 18, 2007

Give Peace Poems a Chance, Our Monthly Newsletter

Give Peace Poems a Chance

Gianina Opris of Denver and Debbi Brody of Santa Fe will hold a writing-words-of-peace workshop at Miss Prothero’s Books on November 3, 2007. Participants will spend two hours consciously raising the collective unconscious through visual imagery, guided writing and word mining. They will leave with a minimum of one “peace piece” and will have the opportunity to share their work at an open reading later that day. There is a $5 suggested donation to cover the visiting writer’s costs. The workshop is from 2-4 p.m. The open mike begins at 5 p.m.

Gianina Opris is a native of Lima, Perú who lives in Denver. She holds a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Naropa University, home of the Disembodied School of Poetics, and she teaches fifth grade in the Denver Public Schools. Her work has been published in various journals, including Bombay Gin. Gianina has presented her poetics/multi-media productions in Colorado and Cuernavaca, México.

Debbi Brody is the author of Portraits in Poetry (Village Books Press, 2006), as well as a self published chapbook, FreeForm. She is widely published in regional and national poetry journals and anthologies. She leads workshops for ages 12 through 85 throughout the Southwest. Debbi and her husband own and operate Canyon Road Contemporary Art in Santa Fe.

Give us a call at the store (303-572-2260) if you need more information.

Last Chance to See

We’ll be holding a closing for our altered book show on November 2nd at 7 p.m. This is your last chance to see what happens when artists and “ordinary” people recycle and reuse a book. Don’t miss Alicia Bailey’s elegant “Spark of Life”, Mia Semingson’s exacting book of etiquette or Claudia Roulier’s altered tintype album. Follow Yolanda Chichester on her pilgrimage. Take a peak at Caitlin Parker’s nest. Watch the vision of Michaela Manalo and Amanda Barnes take root and bloom. Gwynnie Frey’s alteration will give you wings. Don’t forget to check out Rawson Monroe’s Dr. Seuss alteration. It was voted by our judges as Best of Show. You can also vote for your favorite. We’ll announce the People’s Choice Award on the 2nd. Need a little prodding? Check out these pictures.

Alicia Bailey

Mia Semingson

Rawson Monroe

Michaela Manalo

Claudia Roulier

We’re Building a Day of the Dead Altar!

Miss Prothero’s Books and book artist Deborah Horner are building a Day of the Dead altar out of mass market paperbacks. If you have a garage full of pulps, pocketbooks or mass markets that need a good home, please consider donating them to the project. We’re looking for paperbacks that are approximately 4 1/4” wide by 7” tall. We’d like to get as many as we can by October 20. If you want to bring some in after that date, we won’t bite you. (Okay, Nan might bite you...but her teeth are getting bad. It shouldn’t hurt much.) The altar will be unveiled on November 2nd at 7 p.m. You’re welcome to bring something that pays homage to your favorite dead writer, reader, printer or binder on the evening of the unveiling. Call us if you need more information. For Capitol Hill neighbors and First Unitarian members, Nan is happy to make pick-up arrangements.

The Book Club Beat

The next Whodunit Club meeting is October 28 at 4:30 p.m. The group has the privilege of hosting Dolores Johnson, author of Taking the Wrap. We have no more copies of the paperback edition, but there are copies left in the library.

What happens when Pete the Panhandler is found dead outside of Miss Prothero’s Books? What did he die of and who’s to blame? Could the murderer be Sister Ellen Akunin, the Russian nun? How about D. A. Dogleash, society matron and scorned wife? Or maybe Hank “Hillie” Snitzen, ex-manuscript librarian?

On November 18, the whodunit club will find out when it is treated to an original mystery dinner. The dinner begins at 4:30. All parts are currently spoken for, but there is room for kibitzers. Call the store if you’re interested.

It was a dark and stormy Sunday, but the myth series reading group met on October 14 anyway. Bless their hardy souls! The next meeting is November 11 at 4 p.m. We’ll talk about Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad. We’ll also discuss Gania Barlow’s short story “Clytemnestra” If you’re on the group list, we’ll make sure you get a copy of the story. If you’re not on the list, why not? Give us a call. We’ll take care of you.

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