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Sci-Fi Book Club at the Cotuit Library
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Sci-Fi Book Club at the Cotuit Library

The Cotuit Library Sci-Fi Book Club is meeting once again for some stellar book discussing. This month we will be reading John Crowley’s enchanting tale of magic and family: Little, Big. Copies of the text will be available in hardcopy at the Library and in digital form on the Libby app.

“John Crowley's masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood—not found on any map—to marry Daily Alice Drinkwater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss; of impossible things and unshakable destinies; and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder.”

Admission is free, though donations are welcome. Please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events--activities or contact the Library.

URL for more details: https://www.cotuitlibrary.org

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An Evening of Poetry with Chen Chen and John Bonanni
Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening of Poetry with Chen Chen and John Bonanni

Join Sturgis Library for a poetry reading and Q and A with award winnings writers Chen Chen and John Bonanni. A book sale and signing will accompany the event.
Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or fill out the form online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/an-evening-of-poetry-with-chen-chen-and-john-bonanni/.

Author Bios:Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. The collection was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and named one of the best of 2017 by The Brooklyn Rail, Entropy, Library Journal, and others. His work has appeared in many publications, including Poetry, Tin House, Poem-a-Day, The Best American Poetry, Bettering American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Chen earned his MFA from Syracuse University and is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing as an off-site Texas Tech University student. He lives in frequently snowy Rochester, NY with his partner, Jeff Gilbert and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles. Chen is the 2018-2020 Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University.John Bonanni serves as founding editor for the Cape Cod Poetry Review. His poems have appeared in CutBank, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hobart, Seattle Review, Washington Square Review,Verse Daily, and Prairie Schooner and his book reviews have appeared in Rain Taxi, Tupelo Quarterly, and Kenyon Review.

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How to Shape Your Story: An Evening With Julia Phillips
Dec
17
6:00 PM18:00

How to Shape Your Story: An Evening With Julia Phillips

Novelist Julia Phillips’ debut, “Disappearing Earth,” has been nominated for the National Book Award, praised as “nearly flawless” by the New York Times, and named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and Vanity Fair. In this talk, she shares techniques for structuring, developing, and deepening your writing. By creating a seven-step outline for the fiction or nonfiction story you want to tell, you’ll gain clarity on your plot’s shape and characters’ motivations.

A reading and Q and A will follow this craft talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event. Extra library copies will be available to check out during the month leading up to the event!

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated. Call 508-362-6636, email sturgisreference@comcast.net or fill out the form online at: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/an-evening-with-julia-phillips/

URL for more details: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/an-evening-with-julia-phillips/

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Love Letters from The Front
Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

Love Letters from The Front

Sunday, October 27, at 3pm. Performers Robert DiCicco and Cyndy Gayle present Love Letter from the Front, a reading with music and images. The 1940s were the golden age of the American Songbook. It would seem that WWII and the music from that era go hand-in-hand. World War II was the centerpiece of the decade and, as one music critic wrote, "In a very real sense, American popular music was the popular music of World War II." The war was an emotional period, and these songs tapped a reservoir of emotions: hope, longing, loneliness, and love. Love Letters From The Front takes us back in time to the war years of 1940-1945 when American GI's were sending off letters to their spouses and loved ones. This production showcases some of those letters with the appropriate song from that era as a backdrop. We take time out to honor those brave men and women who fought valiantly for our country during that tumultuous time, and will look forward to an evening of beautiful music and hope through Love Letters from The Front. $20. Complimentary refreshments. For tickets click here, or call 508-394-7100.


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Calliope Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Oct
20
3:00 PM15:00

Calliope Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Sunday, October 20, from 3-5pm. The Cultural Center is pleased to host this event organized by Calliope, the Cape Cod-based organization that seeks to foster community through a shared appreciation of poetry, featuring work by three poets-Elizabeth Bradfield, Justen Ahren, and Rich Youmans-whose books take us on journeys, both near and far. The reading will be followed by an open mic, so poets in the audience will have an opportunity to share their work as well. The event is free, but donations will be appreciated. Writer/naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield will read selections from her fourth collection, Toward Antarctica which combines her photographs with brief, hybrid essays. Bradfield is the author of three previous poetry books, Once Removed, Approaching Ice and Interpretive Work. She is founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press, and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University. Justen Ahren is a poet, photographer, multi-media artist, performer and teacher whose latest book, A Machine for Remembering, combines poetry and photography as a document of witness to Europe's refugee crises. A former poet laureate of Martha's Vineyard, Ahren is founder and director of Noepe Center for the Literary Arts and the Italy Writing Workshop. Rich Youmans's haiku, haibun, and related essays have been published internationally in various journals and anthologies, and he currently serves on the editorial team of Haibun Today and on the forthcoming anthology, From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod and the Islands Through Poetry (Bass River Press). His latest chapbook, Head-On: Haibun Stories illuminates the seemingly insignificant details that portray the unpredictability of life. For more information, click here or call 508-394-7100.

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Horror and Crime Fiction with Laird Barron & John Langan
Oct
8
6:00 PM18:00

Horror and Crime Fiction with Laird Barron & John Langan

Atmosphere & Suspense: Creating Tension in Horror and Crime Fiction with Laird Barron & John Langan

Join us for an evening of horror and crime fiction with Bram Stoker/Shirley Jackson Award winning authors, Laird Barron and John Langan. The authors will discuss the craft of writing tense, atmospheric, character driven prose and will answer all of your writing/publishing related questions. A reading and book signing will follow.

This program is free to the public.

Registration is appreciated. Call 508-362-6636, email sturgisreference@comcast.net, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/horror-and-crime-fiction-with-laird-barron-and-john-langan/

URL for more details: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/horror-and-crime-fiction-with-laird-barron-and-john-langan/

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The Mooncusser’s Tale:a History of Piracy and Family on Cape Cod
Aug
27
6:30 PM18:30

The Mooncusser’s Tale:a History of Piracy and Family on Cape Cod

What were mooncussers? How did they effect the maritime history of Cape Cod? In this pot-pourri talk, uncover a little of our local history and how a legend  became an award-winning radio play.  The Mooncusser’s Tale, a haunting story of piracy and family conflict in 19th century Wellfleet, was a originally broadcast on WOMR-FM. Selections from the radioplay will be read during the program. This talk will also be accompanied by slides of places which inspired the The Mooncusser’s Tale. The author, Lee Roscoe, will be available for a Q&A after the event.

This program is free to the public.Registration is appreciated.To register call  508-362-6636, email sturgisreference@comcast.net, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-history-of-mooncussers-with-lee-roscoe/

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The Accidental Memoirist; Why I went to Hungary to Research a Relative I Never Knew
Aug
8
1:00 PM13:00

The Accidental Memoirist; Why I went to Hungary to Research a Relative I Never Knew

Acclaimed memoirist Margaret McMullen will be speaking on the process of writing her  recent book “Where the Angels Lived,” discussing the art of nonfiction, how she researched her subject, and other general writing tips. She will also read from her latest work. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-accidental-memoirist-why-i-went-to-hungary-to-research-a-relative-i-never-knew/

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Vonnegut Reading Marathon
Aug
3
9:00 AM09:00

Vonnegut Reading Marathon

Vonnegut Reading Marathon

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 9 AM to 5 PM

Sturgis Library is hosting a very special weekend of programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of the writing of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

The centerpiece of the celebration will be an 8-hour marathon reading of Slaughterhouse-Five, as well as several of Vonnegut’s shorter pieces, to be held on Saturday, August 3rd from 9 am to 5 pm.  

Following the marathon there will be a cocktail party, and a chance to mix and mingle with your fellow readers.

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Kurt Vonnegut's Barnstable Years;  A Daughter's Recollection
Aug
2
6:15 PM18:15

Kurt Vonnegut's Barnstable Years; A Daughter's Recollection

Kurt Vonnegut’s Barnstable Years: A Daughter’s Recollections
Speaker:   Edith Vonnegut

Edith Vonnegut, daughter of noted author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. will present a slide show of Kurt Vonnegut’s years in Barnstable, accompanied by audio recordings and memories of growing up with him. This program is presented as part of the Vonnegut Reading Marathon and Celebration weekend sponsored by Sturgis Library.

THIS PROGRAM IS HELD AT TALES OF CAPE COD, two doors west of Sturgis Library.  Seating is limited.  Admission is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.  Proceeds benefit Tales of Cape Cod. The doors open at 6:15 PM for a wine and cheese reception, followed by the talk.

 Parking is available on the street, at St. Mary’s Church, and at Sturgis Library.

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The Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke with Andrew Lawler
Jul
24
3:30 PM15:30

The Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke with Andrew Lawler

Andrew Lawler, author of, “The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke,” will join us at Sturgis Library to discuss the mystery surrounding the colony’s disappearance. A visual narrative will accompany the talk. Books will be available for purchase from Titcombs Books. A Q and A / Book signing will follow the discussion.Mr. 

Lawler will cover:
How did the Lost Colony get lost?
Why has the fate of the colony been seen as a mystery?
How is the Lost Colony important to Native American history?
Why are the myths about the settlers, including Virginia Dare, associated with white nationalism?
What likely happened to the colonists?

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-search-for-the-lost-colony-of-roanoke-with-andrew-lawler/

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An Evening of Poetry with Chen Chen and John Bonanni
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening of Poetry with Chen Chen and John Bonanni

An Evening of Poetry with Chen Chen and John Bonanni

Summary: Join Sturgis Library for a poetry reading and a Q and A with award-winning poets Chen Chen and John Bonanni. A book sale and signing will accompany the event.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/poetry-reading-with-john-bonanni-and-special-guests/.

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Vonnegut Reading Marathon-Call for Readers!
Jul
13
to Jul 19

Vonnegut Reading Marathon-Call for Readers!

Vonnegut Reading Marathon

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 9 AM to 5 PM

Sturgis Library is hosting a very special weekend of programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of the writing of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

The centerpiece of the celebration will be an 8-hour marathon reading of Slaughterhouse-Five, as well as several of Vonnegut’s shorter pieces, to be held on Saturday, August 3rd from 9 am to 5 pm.  

Readers will sign up to read for 5-15  minutes each throughout the day, depending on the number of participants.

Following the marathon there will be a cocktail party, and a chance to mix and mingle with your fellow readers.

We are inviting some special readers to participate, including members of the Vonnegut family, friends of colleagues of Kurt Vonnegut, Vonnegut scholars, and others. But the main purpose of the event is to invite the community to be a part of this exciting marathon and celebration.

If you are interested in being a reader, please contact Adult Services

Librarian Corey Farrenkopf at sturgisreference@comcast.net or 508-362-6636.

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Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishers and the Birth of the Beach Read
Jul
9
6:30 PM18:30

Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishers and the Birth of the Beach Read

A prominent nineteenth-century preacher branded summer reading as “literary poison in August.” Today, though, the practice is celebrated as lists like O magazine’s “Best Summer Reads” take center stage. Based on the new book, Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading (February 2019), this talk explores the birth of the “beach read” and the practice of summer reading in the nineteenth century, tracing the ways in which readers, authors, and publishing houses came to frame summer reading not as a disreputable indulgence, but as a respectable pastime especially for the woman reader.

Donna Harrington-Lueker is a professor in the Department of English and Communications at Salve Regina University

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-history-of-summer-reading/

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Peleg Nye: The Jonah of Cape Cod ~ A talk with author Nils Bockmann
May
11
2:00 PM14:00

Peleg Nye: The Jonah of Cape Cod ~ A talk with author Nils Bockmann

Have you ever heard the story of whaling captain Peleg Nye, who was thrown off the side of a boat and right into the mouth of a giant sperm whale? Miraculously, Nye lived to tell about it … 
Join author Nils Bockmann on Saturday, May 11 from 2:00-4:00 pm for a discussion about his book, Peleg Nye: The Jonah of Cape Cod, and the topic of whaling. 
In 1864, first mate Peleg Nye, veteran whale man and former whaling captain was climbing the chain of command aboard the George W. Lewis out of Provincetown. On this voyage, a captured sperm whale hit the bow of the whaleboat, sending Nye over the bow and into the leviathan’s closing mouth. Nye and the dying whale slipped beneath the surface, Nye's twitching legs protruding between its teeth. 
Thanks to his captain's makeshift medical skills, Nye survived. He returned home eight months later as an immediate celebrity, and thus was known as the "Jonah of Cape Cod." 
Nye's story is historical fact, authenticated by the captain's logbook held in the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Kendall Collection. The meticulous research of author Nils Bockmann reveals the complex world of nineteenth-century whalers and the savage industry they served.

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Book Signing with Author, Robin Smith-Johnson
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Book Signing with Author, Robin Smith-Johnson

Creative Hands Gallery is pleased to host Mashpee author, Robin Smith-Johnson, on December 9, 2018, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. She will be available to discuss and sign her latest book, Cape Cod Curiosities, which was published this past May. She will also have available her book, Legends & Lore of Cape Cod which was published in 2016. An assortment of refreshments will be provided. Come by the gallery to meet Robin. She'll be happy to meet you as well! All are welcome!
creativehandsgallery@gmail.com Phone: (774) 521-4304

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Christmas in Ireland
Dec
1
2:00 PM14:00

Christmas in Ireland

Irish historian Sean Murphy presents “Christmas in Ireland”. This program includes a history of the emergence of the annual Christian celebration in Ireland, along with an explanation of how some of the earlier pagan traditions became incorporated into Christmas. It also looks at some aspects of the development of the Christmas holiday in a wider European and historical context.

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Heather Abel Reading and Book Signing at Sturgis Library
Oct
24
7:15 PM19:15

Heather Abel Reading and Book Signing at Sturgis Library

Heather Abel, the author of The Optimistic Decade, will be reading and signing her latest book in the Lowell Room! This event is part of our Fiction Writing program funded through a generous grant from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. Free and open to the public. Books will be for sale at the event. A Q and A will follow the event. Bring all the writing related questions you've always wanted to ask!

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or visit our website at www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/heather-abel-reading-and-book-signing/

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An Evening with George Michelsen Foy at Sturgis Library
Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with George Michelsen Foy at Sturgis Library

Author and NYU Professor, George Michelsen Foy, will be reading from his latest book, "Run the Storm: a Savage Hurricane, a Brave Crew, and the Wreck of the SS El Faro", and discussing seafaring, hurricanes and similar topics. A Q +A and book signing will follow the reading. Books will be provided by Titcombs Books.


Free to the public. Registration is appreciated. Call 508-362-6636, email Sturgisrefernce@comcast.net, or visit our website at: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/an-evening-with-george-michelsen-foy/

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Author Talk: Jenna Blum
Sep
14
5:30 PM17:30

Author Talk: Jenna Blum

Author Jenna Blum reads from her recently released novel, The Lost Family:

“In 1965 Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha’s to savor its brisket bourguignon and impeccable service and to admire its dashing owner and head chef Peter Rashkin. With his movie-star good looks and tragic past, Peter, a survivor of Auschwitz, is the most eligible bachelor in town. But Peter does not care for the parade of eligible women who come to the restaurant hoping to catch his eye. He has resigned himself to a solitary life. Running Masha’s consumes him, as does his terrible guilt over surviving the horrors of the Nazi death camp while his wife, Masha—the restaurant’s namesake—and two young daughters perished.

Then exquisitely beautiful June Bouquet, an up-and-coming young model, appears at the restaurant, piercing Peter’s guard. Though she is twenty years his junior, the two begin a passionate, whirlwind courtship. When June unexpectedly becomes pregnant, Peter proposes, believing that beginning a new family with the woman he loves will allow him to let go of the horror of the past. But over the next twenty years, the indelible sadness of those memories will overshadow Peter, June, and their daughter Elsbeth, transforming them in shocking, heartbreaking, and unexpected ways.” (amazon.com)
Books will be available for purchase and signing

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

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Jamie Cat Callan Reading and Signing
Aug
7
6:30 PM18:30

Jamie Cat Callan Reading and Signing

Jamie Cat Callan will be reading from her latest book, Parisian Charm School, at Sturgis from 6:30-7:30 PM, followed by a Q and A along with a book signing. Copies of her books will be available for purchase at the event, sponsored and provided by Books By The Sea. There will also be refreshments at the event (Wine).

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated. Call 508-362-6636, email Sturgisrefernce@comcast.net, or fill out the form on our website: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/jamie-cat-callan-reading-and-book-signing/

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 Author Talk: Jenna Blum
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Author Talk: Jenna Blum

Author Jenna Blum reads from her recently released novel, The Lost Family:

“In 1965 Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha’s to savor its brisket bourguignon and impeccable service and to admire its dashing owner and head chef Peter Rashkin. With his movie-star good looks and tragic past, Peter, a survivor of Auschwitz, is the most eligible bachelor in town. But Peter does not care for the parade of eligible women who come to the restaurant hoping to catch his eye. He has resigned himself to a solitary life. Running Masha’s consumes him, as does his terrible guilt over surviving the horrors of the Nazi death camp while his wife, Masha—the restaurant’s namesake—and two young daughters perished.

Then exquisitely beautiful June Bouquet, an up-and-coming young model, appears at the restaurant, piercing Peter’s guard. Though she is twenty years his junior, the two begin a passionate, whirlwind courtship. When June unexpectedly becomes pregnant, Peter proposes, believing that beginning a new family with the woman he loves will allow him to let go of the horror of the past. But over the next twenty years, the indelible sadness of those memories will overshadow Peter, June, and their daughter Elsbeth, transforming them in shocking, heartbreaking, and unexpected ways.” (amazon.com)
Books will be available for purchase and signing

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

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