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The YA Book Club meets to discuss their July pick, Crossover by Kwame Alexander.
The Classics Book Group meets to discuss their July selection My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier.
Join us at The Book Cellar for a discussion of the book Dear Willy: The True Story of a Life Well Lived with editor Claire Ohlsson Geheb, with a beer pairing by Glunz and empanadas from Artango!
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About Dear Willy:
When Claire Ohlsson Geheb opened an old suitcase, the contents revealed the struggles and determination of the German Geheb family as they survived the years from 1914 to 1947. Step back into the past. Spend some time with a real German family during the difficult years of 1914 to 1947. Get to know Willy Oswald Geheb, a young man who would not settle for what little Germany had to offer. He left his home to pursue his dreams. Get involved in the adventures, heartaches, love, and passions of the Geheb family. Join Willy Geheb in military training in Germany in 1918. Follow his adventures, endeavors, and conflicts in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. Discover what ordinary Germans lived through after the First World War as their king abdicated, a new government was formed, and money totally lost its value. Follow Hitler's rise from young revolutionary to full dictator and see how it affected the German people. Watch as the Geheb family grows and develops only to be taken to their knees after WWII. Experience the vast differences between Germany and America as the stories are revealed through photos and the actual letters written at the time events were happening. You will be inspired by the never ending love and devotion that Willy Geheb had for his family.
Join The Book Cellar in welcoming Carolyn Glenn Brewer, Chelsea Fiddyment, and Boman Desai to discuss Carolyn Glenn Brewer's new book Changing the Tune: The Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival, 1978-1985.
About Carolyn Glenn Brewer:
Author Carolyn Glenn Brewer is a longtime music educator who has spent a career promoting - through writing, playing and teaching - the importance of instrumental education. Besides being a grade school and middle school band director, she has played clarinet in bands, chamber groups, orchestras, and musical theaters in the Kansas City area. A social historian as well, her highly acclaimed books Caught in the Path and Caught Ever After have been featured on radio and television, and adapted to the stage. In 2012 Caught Ever After was named a Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award finalist.Carolyn lives in Kansas City with her husband, Tim, their cat Ella and their Bernese Mountain Dog Herbie. She has four grown children (piano, guitar, bass, trumpet, clarinet and saxophone) and four grandchildren (piano and cello, percussionists in the making)
About Changing the Tune:
Even though ripples caused by the potential passage of the Equal Right Amendment had cracked glass ceilings across the country, jazz remained a boys' club. Two Kansas City women, Carol Comer and Dianne Gregg, challenged that inequitable standard. In 1978 they emphatically proved jazz genderless by creating the Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival (WJF) thereby changing the course of jazz history. With the support of jazz luminaries Marian McPartland and Leonard Feather, inaugural performances by Betty Carter, Mary Lou Williams, an unprecedented All-Star band of women, Toshiko Akiyoshi's band, plus dozens of Kansas City musicians and volunteers, a casual conversation between two friends evolved into an annual event. Melba Liston came out of retirement to play at WJF. The International Sweethearts of Rhythm reunited after forty years at WJF. Performers as diverse and Carla Bley, Cleo Laine, Jane Ira Bloom, and Joanne Brackeen shared their music with fans from all over the country. Jam sessions, clinics, student band performances, and Top New Talent concerts all complimented the Sunday night Main Concerts. Playing on a WJF stage always meant a female musician no longer felt she had to "play like a man," but could proudly play as a woman. But with success came controversy. Anxious to satisfy fans of all jazz styles, WJF alienated some purists. The inclusion of male sidemen brought on protests. The egos of established, seasoned players unexpectedly clashed with those of newcomers. Undaunted, Comer, Gregg, and WJF's ensemble of supporters continued the cause. They fought for equality not with speeches but with swing, without protest signs but with bebop.
About Chelsea Fiddyment:
Chelsea Fiddyment is a language artist investigating the relationship between form and content in narrative fiction through text, performance, book objects, installation, and publication platforms. Her work has been featured in spaces, places, and shows like Montage Arts Journal, Collected, the Sullivan Galleries at SAIC, Supernova Blast, a U-Haul storage facility, Links Hall's THAW, Chicago Artists Month, unmarked 6am bars, Peanut Butter Day, Spiderweb Salon, and more. She is also a trained vocalist. After building her own experience in Chicago's literary event scene, Fiddyment created and hosts Unreal, a fiction-focused, experimental open mic on the third Tuesday of each month. www.chelseafiddyment.com|| facebook.com/unrealchicago
About Boman Desai:
Boman Desai was born and raised in Bombay (now Mumbai), but has lived his adult life in Chicago. After studying Architecture and Philosophy, and getting degrees in Psychology and English, he was set to become a market analyst when a chance encounter with Sir Edmund Hillary, his earliest hero, brought him back to his vocation: writing novels. He took a number of parttime jobs ranging from bartending to auditing to teaching to find time to write. He got his first break when an elegant elderly woman personally submitted a number of his stories to the editor-in-chief of Debonair magazine in Bombay. The stories were all published, but the woman disappeared and her identity remains a mystery to this day. He has published fiction and non in the US, UK, and India. His work has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council, Stand Magazine, Dana, Noemi, War Poems, and New Millennium (among others). He has taught fiction at Truman College, Roosevelt University, and the University of Southern Maine. He is also an amateur musician and songwriter. He may be reached at email@example.com
The trio comprises three musical geniuses: Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Clara married Robert with whom she fell in love when she was just sixteen though it meant challenging the iron will of her father who wished her to marry an earl or a count, never an impoverished composer. The Schumanns had eight children and Robert’s greatness as a composer was never in doubt, but he was also mentally ill, attempted suicide, and finally incarcerated himself in an asylum where he died two and a half years later. Johannes Brahms entered the picture shortly before the incarceration and fell deeply in love with Clara, but was just as deeply indebted to Robert for getting his first six opuses published within weeks of their meeting. Clara was forbidden to see Robert in the asylum because the doctors feared she would excite him too much. Brahms became a go-between for the couple, ferrying messages to and fro, but both loved Robert too well to abuse his trust. Brahms learned instead to associate deep love with deep renunciation – and, coupling this love with early experiences of playing dance music for sailors and prostitutes in Hamburg’s dockside bars, he became a victim to the Freudian conundrum: Where he loves he feels no passion, and where he feels passion he cannot love. Germany grows in the hinterland of the story from 400+ principalities to one nation under Bismarck. The great composers of the century (Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Wagner, and Tchaikovsky among others) have their entrances and exits – and the ghosts of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert are never distant. Though firmly grounded in fact, TRIO unfolds like a novel, a narrative of love, insanity, suicide, revolution, politics, war – and, of course, music.
The Old St. Pat's Book Group meets to dicuss their July pick Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal.