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September Literary Events at The UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center

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Join us for talks, readings, booksignings, musical performances and more. Check the Events link on our website for additional events. If you would like an autographed book but cannot attend, give us a call and we will arrange it.

Book Launch for The University of Connecticut’s School of Fine Arts: A History of the First Fifty Years: 1961-2011
Thursday, September 4, 6:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Professor Emeritus Dr. Donald L. Murray has chronicled the fascinating history of UConn’s School of Fine Arts from its inception to the 50th Anniversary in 2011. Please join Dean Brid Grant, distinguished faculty and guests in welcoming Dr. Murray back to campus for a Book Launch. Reception to follow, including UConn Jazz Night.

UCONN Jazz Night
Thursday, September 4, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Live music with UConn Jazz Studies Director Earl MacDonald and the UConn jazz students. Coffee, espresso and pastries are available for purchase at Le Petit Marché Café.

Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh on Piano
Tuesday, September 9, 12:30 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh will play musical favorites from the first half of the 20th century. Hartunian-Alumbaugh, a board certified and registered music therapist, performs at weddings and social gatherings. She shares her music here on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 12:30. Requests welcome. Shop while you listen, enjoy a bite in Le Petit Marché, or sing along.

Matthew Hughey on The White Savior Film
Wednesday, September 10, 4:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Matthew W. Hughey is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author or coauthor of seven books, including White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race. Daniel Bernardi, author of Star Trek and History: Race-ing Toward a White Future writes, “In The White Savior Film, Matthew Hughey offers an insightful, thorough and well-written analysis of a key trope in America’s racial formation: cinematic representations of noble saviors—from Sandra Bullock to Kevin Costner—fighting to save Others. This important book offers its readers a timely analysis of how contemporary cinema continues to perpetuate racism by eliding historical specificity.”

Jason Koo author of America’s Favorite Poem
Wednesday, September 10, 6:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Jason Koo is the author of two collections of poetry, America’s Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009), winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award for the best Asian American book of 2009. He has published his poetry and prose in numerous journals, including the Yale Review, North American Review and Missouri Review, and won fellowships for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute. An assistant professor of English at Quinnipiac University, Koo is also the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets, a nonprofit organization celebrating and cultivating the poets, poetry and literary heritage of Brooklyn, where he lives.

This reading is jointly sponsored by The Creative Writing Program, The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, the English Department Speaker’s Fund, and the UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center.

UCONN Jazz Night
Thursday, September 11, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Live music with UConn Jazz Studies Director Earl MacDonald and the UConn jazz students. Coffee, espresso and pastries are available for purchase at Le Petit Marché Café.

Meet Cookbook Authors Mark Scarborough and Bruce Weinstein
Saturday, September 13, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, ECSU Church Farm Center for Arts & Sciences, Ashford, CT
Mark Scarborough and Bruce Weinstein will autograph copies of their book, Vegetarian Dinner Parties: 150 Meatless Meals Good Enough to Serve Company. Scarborough and Weinstein have written more than 20 cookbooks including The Great American Slow Cooker Book, Pizza: Grill It, Bake It, Love It, and Grain Mains. We will be participating in the Friends of the Babcock Library Annual Wine Tasting for this booksigning. Wine and beer tastings, art, music and more.

Launch for Caragh O’Brien’s The Vault of Dreamers
Sunday, September 14, 3:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Ever since Caragh O’Brien’s award winning and wildly popular Birthmarked Trilogy came to a conclusion, her fans, including our entire staff of booksellers, have eagerly anticipated her next book. The wait is over. The Vault of Dreamers is here! We meet O’Brien’s new character, Rosie Sinclair who is attending the prestigious Forge School of the Arts to learn filmmaking. But things are not as they seem. Indeed, at Forge your dreams are not your own. Fast paced. Psychologically taut.

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Caragh M. O’Brien grew up in a family of seven children and learned early how to embrace chaos and daydream. She attended the Visitation of the Convent School, which had salamanders in the playground, and later St. Paul Academy and Summit School, where she was active with the school chorus, the orchestra, and the volleyball team. She earned her B.A. in Physics from Williams College and her M.A. in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. While raising her kids, she published half a dozen romance novels. Recently, Caragh resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels. She also leads a writing workshop at Journey House, cantors at her church, and enjoys discussions with her book group. Caragh now lives and writes from her home in Connecticut.

Poetic Release: Poetry Slam Featuring Nate Marshall
Monday, September 15, 7:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He was the star of the award winning full-length documentary “Louder Than A Bomb” and has been featured on HBO’s “Brave New Voices”. He is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan and received his BA at Vanderbilt University. His work has appeared in Muzzle, Learn Then Burn, Vinyl Poetry, The Spoken Word Revolution: Redux, on Chicago Public Radio and in many other publications. Nate has been a teaching artist with organizations such as Young Chicago Authors, InsideOut Detroit, and Southern Word. Nate is the founder of the Lost Count Scholarship Fund that promotes youth violence prevention in Chicago.

Krista Bremer: My Accidental Jihad: A Love Story
Wednesday, September 17, 6:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Krista Bremer grew up enjoying a comfortable, secular middle class American life, visiting Disneyland and learning to surf. She never expected to fall in love with Ismael, the child of a large Muslim family from a poor Libyan fishing village. In My Accidental Jihad: A Love Story Bremer tells how the two came together, despite huge cultural differences. “The story Krista Bremer tells–one of radical foreignness between a married couple,” Haven Kimmel author of A Girl Named Zippy writes, “could be a metaphor for all committed relationships.” Bremer is the associate publisher of The Sun and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award.

David K. Leff: Finding the Last Hungry Heart
Thursday, September 18, 6:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
David K. Leff is a freelance writer from Collinsville, Connecticut. His essays, poems and fiction have appeared in newspapers and magazines. He is the author of the nonfiction works, The Last Undiscovered Place, which was a Connecticut Book Award finalist, Deep Travel and Hidden in Plain Sight. He has also penned three volumes of poetry, The Price of Water, Depth of Field and Tinker’s Damn. Leff will be reading from his most recent book, FindingThe Last Hungry Heart, A Novel In Verse.

UCONN Jazz Night
Thursday, September 18, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Live music with UConn Jazz Studies Director Earl MacDonald and the UConn jazz students. Coffee, espresso and pastries are available for purchase at Le Petit Marché Café.

Ellen Stimson: Good Grief
Friday, September 19, 7:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Ellen Stimson, author of the hilarious memoir Mud Season, will be here for her new book, equally hilarious, Good Grief: Life in a Tiny Vermont Village. In Mud Season we saw Stimson pack up her family and move to a badly-in-need-of-repair old house, and purchase a quaint country inn. Many misadventures ensued. Now, in Good Grief her madcap life continues. One of her sons pees on his teacher’s chair. On purpose. Worse, the governor questions her about this. And she finds her ex-husband, whom she tells us she was married to for “fifteen minutes,” naked in her backyard. And then there’s the matter of packing for vacation and why the cop pulled her over. Of course, he ended up helping her rearrange the things in her trunk. Join us for a light-hearted evening
with Ellen Stimson. You will laugh out loud. You will feel you have made a new friend.

Celebrate Mansfield Festival
Sunday, September 21
For the first time, the annual festivities will be held on the Square and downtown sidewalks! Parade, music, exhibits, giveaways, and more.

Banned Books Week September 21 – 27
Celebrate the Freedom to Read. Fight Censorship. Join us for a Virtual Read Out.
We support the First Amendment and Freedom of Expression. Once again, with booksellers and librarians across the country, we will be participating in a Virtual Read Out. We invite you to visit the bookstore and read out loud from a book that has been challenged (we will have a display of those books for you to choose from. We will make a video of your reading and post it to the Banned Books Virtual Read Out site. You can come in anytime during the week to do your reading. Or come during the Celebrate Mansfield Festival on September 21.

UConn Jazz Showcase
Sunday, September 21, 3:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
All the UCONN jazz groups unite to perform a beautifully diverse concert spanning a wide range of eras, styles and instrumentations – from bebop-infused quintets to big band swing! 
Gregg August, Earl MacDonald & John Mastroianni, directors.

Margaret Gibson Poetry Reading: Broken Cup
Monday, September 22, 6:30 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Margaret Gibson is the author of eleven books of poetry and one book of prose, a memoir. In Broken Cup, her most recent book (published this fall by LSU) she writes eloquently of her husband the poet David McKain and the progression of his Alzheimer’s disease. “Among its many virtues,” Stephen Dunn writes, “Broken Cup is a great love story, and I’m using the word ‘great’ both carefully and precisely…Her poems have an exquisite lyrical intelligence; they probe with a hard-won delicacy.” Eamon Grennan writes, “Imagination and many kinds of love tune these poems, which chart an experience of being in the world in a radically new and unforeseen way, and manage to achieve, often against the odds, the best kind of affirmation—that of the undeceived.”

Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh on Piano
Tuesday, September 23, 12:30 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh will play musical favorites from the first half of the 20th century. Hartunian-Alumbaugh, a board certified and registered music therapist, performs at weddings and social gatherings. She shares her music here on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 12:30. Requests welcome. Shop while you listen, enjoy a bite in Le Petit Marché, or sing along.

Dr. Phil Nel: “Not So Simple: The Genius of Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon.”
Wednesday, September 24, 4:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center,
Philip Nel is the University Distinguished Professor of English and Director of Kansas State University’s Program in Children’s Literature. His Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children’s Literature (2012) was nominated for an Eisner, and was named an Honor Book by the Children’s Literature Association. He is the author or co-editor of eight other books, including Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby Volume Two: 1944-1945 (co-edited with Eric Reynolds, 2014) and Barnaby Volume One: 1942-1943 (co-edited with Reynolds, 2013), Keywords for Children’s Literature (co-edited with Lissa Paul, 2011) Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature (co-edited with Julia Mickenberg, 2008), The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats (2007), Dr. Seuss: American Icon (2004). Since 2011, he has been General Editor of Routledge’s Children’s Literature and Culture Series. He blogs at Nine Kinds of Pie.

Novelist Vanessa Manko: The Invention of Exile
Thursday, September 25, 6:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Vanessa Manko graduated from UConn in 1998 and received her MFA from Hunter College. The Invention of Exile is her first novel. Salman Rushdie wrote his first letter of public recommendation for this book. He writes, “This beautifully written and deeply affecting first novel is the story of a man stranded by history in a strange land, torn away by politics and paranoia from the people he loves, exiled and trapped behind an invisible frontier he dares not cross. Manko ranges expertly between Russia, the USA, and Mexico to weave her absorbing tale of emigration, deportation, desperation, paranoia, and finally, improbably, love. The novel reminds one, at times, of Kafka, Ondaatje, and even, in its powerful evocation of marooned isolation, Robinson Crusoe. A brilliant debut. I commend it to you all.” The novel is based partially on Manko’s family history and the life of a grandfather she never knew.

UCONN Jazz Night
Thursday, September 25, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Live music with UConn Jazz Studies Director Earl MacDonald and the UConn jazz students. Coffee, espresso and pastries are available for purchase at Le Petit Marché Café.

Daniel Levitin on The Organized Mind
Sunday, September 28, 1:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
New York Times Bestselling author and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin will join us to talk about his new book, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. Levitin is the author of This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, and The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature. He is the James McGill Professor of Psychology and behavioral science at McGill University. In The Organized Mind, he used neuroscience to understand how some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow despite the unprecedented deluge of data that the world is awash in. This is a big and thoughtful book, packed with research and information.

William J. Hall on The World’s Most Haunted House
Sunday, September 28, 3:00 pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center
In The World’s Most Haunted House: The True Story of the Bridgeport Poltergeist on Lindley Street, William J. Hall looks at the much reported 1974 haunting that had people in Connecticut talking. More than 2,000 people gathered to watch the jumping furniture, floating refrigerators and attacking entities. There were nearly forty newspaper accounts of the events. What was going on? Why were there rappings on the wall? What caused the chairs to levitate? After much investigatory work, Hall discovered the truth.

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