Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
In an interesting interview he said in part:
"Despite the commercial nature of the publishing industry, there are still many publishing houses willing to publish literary books even though they expect modest sales at best. None of Flannery O’Connor’s books, for example, ever sold more than 3,000 copies, and she was arguably one of the most important American literary figures of the 20th century."
"Flannery O’Connor is one of the half-dozen finest American writers of the 20th century, in my opinion. A very dark humour runs throughout her stories, and she has an uncanny facility for describing people’s faces in highly original and imaginative ways."
I docented on Saturday afternoon, and the first visitor was Annie Coggan, whom I met a number of years ago. She's now in Mississippi and wrote about her visit on her blog Chairs and Buildings.
Later that same afternoon, we were visited by Anne Trubek, an Oberlin professor who is writing a book about authors' house museums. She suggested that we might be the only such museum in the country that's devoted to an author's childhood. As it turns out, Anne is good friends with one of my oldest friends from high school in Kentucky.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
We've got a great lineup, and we hope to see some of you there.
Here you go:
Flannery O’Connor Fall Lecture SeriesChildhood Home
Starkey Flythe, Jr., re-founding editor of The Saturday Evening Post in the 1980’s and winner of the University of Iowa Press award for a collection of short stories, Lent: The Slow Fast, will read from his fiction and discuss Flannery O’Connor’s influence on his writing. Flythe’s poetry draws from life experiences that include Army service in Africa, editor for two national magazines, and a student of the classics. His poem, “I once took a shower with Dan Rather” is based on one of those life experiences.
Bill Dawers will speak on “Flannery O’Connor and the Popular Imagination.” Bill, president of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Foundation, is a professor of English at Armstrong Atlantic State University and for the last eight years, has been writing the “City Talk” column for the Savannah Morning News.
Kalenda Eaton, a professor of English at Armstrong Atlantic State University will guide a reading group discussion titled, "Mother, Son, and Holy Ghost" based on Flannery O'Connor's story “Everything that Rises Must Converge.” Dr. Eaton earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in English with an emphasis in 20th Century African American Literature from Ohio State University. Attendees are obviously encouraged to read the story beforehand.
Sarah Gordon and Craig Amason will discuss A Literary Guide to Flannery O'Connor's Georgia, published last spring by the University of Georgia Press. Sarah Gordon, editor, is a professor emerita of English at Georgia College and State University. For many years she chaired GC&SU’s internationally renowned symposia on O’Connor and has authored two books on O’Connor. Craig Amason, consulting editor of the Guide, is executive director of Andalusia, the Flannery O’Connor house museum and the Flannery O’Connor-Andalusia Foundation.
Mary Villeponteaux, a professor of Literature at Georgia Southern University and a Renaissance scholar, will draw us back into the 16th Century with her talk: "Cruel Queens and Tender Maidens: The Gendering of Mercy in Shakespeare's Plays." Dr. Villeponteaux earned her PhD at Louisiana State University.
Bob Strozier, a former AASU prof and one of the founders of the O'Connor Home 20 years ago, will give his traditional holiday reading of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory"
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Items for the silent auction on Oct. 11:
- "Magnolia," a magnificent etching by artist Curtis Bartone (seen at right)
- An off-season week's stay at a classic Tybee beach house owned by Scott Center at 18th Place and Butler -- it sleeps ten and has wrap-around porches on both levels. I rented it for a week in 2007 for a family reunion -- it's an extraordinary property. Advance and absentee bids starting at $1800 accepted for this one. Email Bill Dawers.
- Gift certificate from Local 11ten, which has become one of the city's premier restaurants
- Gift certificate from Eos, perhaps Savannah's hottest new restaurant
- One of the "babies" (above) that lined the steps of the Jepson Center for the Arts in 2007 as part of Marcus Kenney's amazing exhibit
- Three pen and ink works by Betsy Cain; best-known for her abstract work, these three pieces -- done with ink made by the artist herself from her uncle's black walnut tree -- are scenes of Ossabaw Island; the works will be auctioned separately but would be perfect for hanging together
- Gift certificate to Kasey's Gourmet Grille
- Tickets to the Creative Minds lecture series sponsored by Savannah Country Day School
- A tasting dinner for 4 at Cha-Bella
- A signed copy of the book Snowbound and a signed 8"x10" print of "Emergence" (above) by photographer Lisa M. Robinson, whose work has been praised in publications like The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal
- 4 tickets to any Savannah Music Festival event
- Gift certificate to Magnolia Spa
- A tile painting party at Starlight Pottery
- A gift package that includes a gift certificate to A Whimsical Tea Cup on Abercorn
- Two silver passes to the Savannah Film Festival
- Gift certificate to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, opening this fall at Bay and Whitaker streets
- A private tapas and paella dinner for 6
- A new piece by artist Gerome Temple
Keep checking back for more items, information, and links.
It's $100/person. I know that's a lot of money, esp. in uncertain times like these, but it should be a great event, and a successful fundraiser is absolutely critical to our ongoing programs.
A few highlights:
- Catering by Robbie Wood and Green Tomato Concepts. Robbie was for years the Executive Chef of Georges' of Tybee and his inventive foray into organic and local fare has drawn rave reviews.
- Open bar, including some choice wine from Le Chai.
- Jazz by piano phenom Brendan Polk and his trio.
- An open house at the O'Connor Home, which is in the next block.
- An amazing silent auction -- more on that in my next post.
Invitations should be received over the next day or two. If you don't receive one but are interested in coming, PLEASE just shoot me a quick email and I will answer any questions you have and make sure we have your contact info up to date.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
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Thanks to bloggers QuoinMonkey and ybonesy for their interest.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Michael's talk (which we hope to print excerpts of here and in our next newsletter) was phenomenal. At least one audience member said that he anticipated a "canned" talk, but Michael composed a test just for us in which he talked about his arguments with a hippie high school teacher about O'Connor's Catholicism (the teacher wanted to dismiss her faith and Cunningham wisely didn't), about reading "Revelation" over the phone to a friend who was stoned at the time, about the relevance of an author's life to her work, and more broadly about the relationship between reader and writer.
After the lecture, Michael graciously signed books and talked to fans until everyone had left the reception.
I also had the pleasure of showing Michael around town earlier in the day, and it was thrilling to see his appreciation for the work we have done in recent years at the O'Connor Home.
All in all, a great night. Attached is a photo of Michael with reader Vernice Vasquez, who has been a regular attendee at our ongoing lecture series.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Like O'Connor, Cunningham earned an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. While best known as a novelist, Cunningham has also earned acclaim as a writer of short stories: "White Angel" was chosen for Best American Short Stories 1989, and "Mister Brother" appeared in the 2000 O. Henry collection.
Two of Mr. Cunningham's novels -- The Hours and A Home at the End of the World -- have been turned into highly-acclaimed films. Mr. Cunningham also co-authored the screenplay for Evening, starring Meryl Streep and Vanessa Redgrave.
After his talk, Mr. Cunningham will attend a brief reception and book-signing.
More details to follow.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Novelist Elizabeth Winthrop will speak on Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. Winthrop's second novel, December, will be released this summer. Free and open to the public. 207 East Charlton Street in downtown Savannah. Call 912-233-6014 for more information.
Mary Barbara Tate and Dorrie Neligan -- scholars who were both friends of Flannery O'Connor more than 40 years ago -- will speak on Sunday, May 4 at 3p.m. at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home at 207 East Charlton Street in downtown Savannah. The event is free and open to the public.Call 912-233-6014 for more information.
Susan B. Johnson, author of Savannah's Little Crooked Houses: If These Walls Could Talk and other works, will speak on Sunday, May 18, at 3 p.m. as part of the spring reading series at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home at 207 East Charlton Street in downtown Savannah. The event is free and open to the public. Call 912-233-6014 for more information.