Kris Waldherr in conversation with Terry Lynn Thomas : The Lost History of Dreams

Tuesday, May 21st

6-7:30PM

When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turned post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh’s remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained glass folly set on the moors of Shropshire, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne’s last book, The Lost History of Dreams.

However, Ada’s grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle’s story of Ada and Hugh’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights.

This book is available in hardcover ($27.00).

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Ani DiFranco in conversation with Gwen Thompkins (Ticketed Event) at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center (JCC), 5342 St. Charles Avenue: No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir

                                        

Join us for an enlightening evening with the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco.

Ani will be discussing her new memoir No Walls and the Recurring Dream. Joining Ani in conversation will be Gwen Thompkins, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out.

  • Doors will open at 6:00 PM

  • Parking: Street parking

  • Each ticket includes one signed copy of No Wall and the Recurring Dream. Books will be distributed to ticket holders at the event.

                                                        Click here to purchase tickets.

In her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, Ani DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of music, feminism, political activism,storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and much more into an inspiring whole. In these frank, honest, passionate, and often funny pages is the tale of one woman’s eventful and radical journey to the age of thirty. Ani’s coming of age story is defined by her ethos of fierce independence–from being an emancipated minor sleeping in a Buffalo bus station, to unwaveringly building a career through appearances at small clubs and festivals, to releasing her first album at the age of 18, to consciously rejecting the mainstream recording industry and creating her own label, Righteous Babe Records.

In these pages, as in life, she never hesitates to question established rules and expectations, maintaining a level of artistic integrity that has inspired and challenged more than a few. Ani continues to be a major touring and recording artist as well as a celebrated activist and feminist, standing as living proof that you can overcome all personal and societal obstacles to be who you are and to follow your dreams.

This book is available in hardcover ($28.00).

Joanna Guest: Folded Wisdom: Notes from Dad on Life, Love, and Growing Up

Thursday, May 23rd

6-7:30PM

Folded Wisdom is an inspirational testament to the depth of a father’s love for his children, and an intimate look into beautiful, raw, human communication. Within the pages of this book, Joanna Guest shares the insightful notes her father drew for her and her brother Theo every day for nearly 15 years.

For her entire childhood, Joanna’s father, Bob, had a ritual: wake up at dawn, walk the dog, and sit down at the kitchen table with a blank pad of paper and plenty of colored markers to craft notes for his two children. Over the years, word games and puzzles for five-year-olds morphed into thoughtful guidance and reflections for his teenagers approaching adulthood.

Now, with more than 3,500 of her father’s colorful notes in hand, Joanna has decided that the lessons tucked inside are worth sharing. Folded Wisdom highlights the collection of Bob’s notes, telling a story filled with universal values that encourages meaningful self-reflection – about how we all face successes and failures; express happiness and sadness; and communicate frustration, praise, and love to one another. Heartfelt and full of possibility for the future, a father’s folded notes and drawings are timeless reminders of love.

Joanna Guest discusses and signs her book,  Folded Wisdom: Notes from Dad on Life, Love, and Growing Up.

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