Library Events: Presentations by Ann Hood (author) and Dr. James L. Yarnall (Associate Professor and author)

Two exciting speakers are coming to the McKillop Library to talk about their latest books:

A Writer’s Life: a talk by Ann Hood
Thursday, March 3, 2011
4:00 – 5:00 PM
McKillop Library, Salve Regina University

A reception and book signing will follow the presentation.
Ann Hood, prize-winning, best-selling author and faculty member in the creative writing program at the New School in NYC, was born in West Warwick and is currently living in Providence, RI. She is the author of 13 books including the bestsellers Somewhere off the Coast of Maine, The Knitting Circle, and The Red Thread. Comfort: A Journey through Grief was a New York Times Notable Book and was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the ten best non-fiction books of 2008. She has won two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award and The Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and many other publications. Her most recent book, The Red Thread, was published in 2010 by W.W. Norton.
This program is sponsored by the Department of English, Academic Affairs, McKillop Library, the Writing Center and the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life.
Read more about Ann Hood on her website: http://www.annhood.us/bio
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John La Farge and the Travelogue:
an illustrated talk by Dr. James L. Yarnall
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Munroe Special Collections Room
McKillop Library, Salve Regina University

A reception will follow the presentation.

Dr. James L. Yarnall, a leading authority on John La Farge and Associate Professor in Salve’s Department of Art, will give a presentation on La Farge’s illustrated travel writings on Tuesday, March 8, from 4:00-5:00 PM in the Munroe room of McKillop Library. A reception will follow the presentation.

John La Farge, better known for his stained-glass masterpieces, was also a painter, muralist, decorative artist, and writer. During the summer of 1886, at the age of fifty-one, La Farge accepted an invitation from an old friend—the famous historian Henry Adams—to tour Japan for several months. A second trip with Adams was a fifteen-month tour of the South Seas, including Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji, Indonesia, and Ceylon. These trips set in motion ambitious illustrated travelogues that in various forms occupied the artist for the next decade.

An offshoot of this travelogue activity was a large exhibition entitled Records of Travel, a one-man show held in Paris as part of the Salon of 1895. Afterwards La Farge circulated the exhibit to various American cities. As a result of this widespread exposure and publicity, sales of his travel pictures skyrocketed. Until his death, La Farge’s travelogue writings and exotic images of Japan and the South Seas remained an important part of his artistic identity.
For the past three decades James L. Yarnall has been a leading authority on John La Farge. At the University of Chicago, he wrote both an M.A. thesis and a Ph.D. dissertation on different aspects of La Farge’s work. Between 1982 and 2003, he worked closely with the La Farge family on the catalogue raisonné of La Farge’s work in all media. His publications on La Farge include dozens of articles and four monographs. Yarnall has just completed John La Farge, A Biographical and Critical Study, the first biography of the artist in a hundred years, which is scheduled for release in early 2012 by Ashgate Press.

Library Event: “Peter Brook: Re-Imagining Shakespeare” by Suzanne Delle (Nov. 9)

Suzanne Delle, assistant professor of theatre arts and artistic director of the Casino Theatre, will present “Peter Brook: Re-Imagining Shakespeare with student performances” on Tuesday, November 9, at 4-5:00 PM in McKillop Library. A reception will follow the presentation.

The subject of her presentation, Peter Brook, is world famous for his pioneering work as an innovative and unconventional theatrical director in a spectacular career that encompassed more than half of the 20th century. It is Peter Brook’s seminal 1970 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that looms over Salve’s December production. Brook extorted theater artists to understand that all that is needed to make compelling theater is just the actor and the audience. Everything else is extraneous. Brook understood that a modern audience needs a modern retelling to engage fully with all of our senses. In our modern world the movies do naturalism in ways that the theater cannot afford to anymore; therefore,  it is time to re-imagine theatricality and who better to do that with than Shakespeare?  As part of this program, students will perform some scenes from Salve’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Suzanne Delle.

 

In her faculty role, Delle is responsible for teaching courses, planning student productions, and maintaining the growth of theater and dance programs; in her work as artistic director of the Casino Theatre, she is responsible for serving as liason to the Newport theater community and for promoting community involvement with both the university and Casino Theatre Programs.

In conjunction with this event, a Casino Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream exhibit will be on display in the library foyer.