This month's featured reader, Keith Lesmeister, is the author of the short story collection "We Could’ve Been Happy Here." Open mic sign up is at 7 p.m.; open mic begins at 7:15 p.m. (share your best five minutes of original creative writing). Lesmeister will take the stage at 8 p.m.
Languages and Literature
This month's featured reader is Julianne Couch, author of "The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century." Open mic sign up is at 7 p.m.; open mic begins at 7:15 p.m. (share your best five minutes of original creative writing). Couch will take the stage at 8 p.m.
Rachel Morgan debuts her new poetry chapbook "Honey & Blood, Blood & Honey." Open mic sign up is at 7 p.m.; open mic begins at 7:15 p.m. (share your best five minutes of original work). Morgan will take the stage at 8 p.m.
Dave Hoing and Roger Hileman are the co-authors of the new historical novel "A Killing Snow," as well as other works. Open mic sign up begins at 7 p.m.; open mic begins at 7:15 p.m. Creative writers are invited to bring five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction to share. Singer-songwriters are also welcome to utilize the Hearst Center’s grand piano. Hoing and Hileman will take the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a short question and answer period as time allows. Copies of A Killling Snow will be available for purchase.
The November reading is one week early due to Thanksgiving. The featured reader is Dorothy Winsor, author of the young adult fantasy novel, "Deep as a Tomb." Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and open mic starts at 7:15 p.m. Winsor will take the stage at 8 p.m.
This month's featured reader is Taylor Brorby, co-editor of "Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America." Open mic sign up begins st 7 p.m. Taylor Brorby will take the state at 8 p.m. followed by a short Q&A session.
Wendy Hoofnagle, languages and literatures, will read from her book "The Continuity and the Conquest: Charlemagne and Anglo-Norman Imperialism." Hoofnagle explores the Carolingian aspects of Norman influence in England after the Norman Conquest, arguing that the Normans’ literature of kingship envisioned government as a form of imperial rule modeled in many ways on the glories of Charlemagne and his reign.
Michael Luick-Thrams will present an eyewitness account of the varied responses, in the spring and summer of 2015, by Germans to the arrival in their country of more than a million refugees fleeing war, poverty and ecological disaster. He will discuss Germany’s postwar history with refugees, the political consequences of Angela Merkel’s refugee policies and the implications for the United States as we struggle with refugee issues.
Michael Luick-Thrams will present an overview of the many ways that Iowans were connected to and responded to the Holocaust and an exploration of the lessons of Iowa’s response to the Holocaust for our world today. A short film on the Scattergood Hostel near West Branch, which offered a haven for refugees from Nazi Germany, will be shown.
A one-hour visit from the famous American poet, Walt Whitman, portrayed by Bill Koch, languages and literatures. Using multi-media, Koch brings the life and times of Walt Whitman to life, reciting his poetry and describing the great social moments of his day.