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Libraries Host Literary Events
Posted Date: 7/10/2014

 

The Grand Prairie Library System has several events for readers and book lovers in July. All programs are free.

    The Branch Library Readers' Guild meets at the Betty Warmack Branch Library at 7 pm on Monday, July 14. This month we discuss Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor, by Rosina Harrison.

In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. "She's not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler's ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country.

For 35 years, from the parties thrown for royalty and trips across the globe, to the air raids during WWII, Rose was by Lady Astor's side and behind the scenes, keeping everything running smoothly. In charge of everything from the clothes and furs to the baggage to the priceless diamond "sparklers," Rose was closer to Lady Astor than anyone else. In her decades of service she received one £5 raise, but she traveled the world in style and retired with a lifetime's worth of stories. Like Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, ROSE is a captivating insight into the great wealth 'upstairs' and the endless work 'downstairs', but it is also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship that grew between Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.

    On Tuesday, July 15, the Warmack Branch presents Dr. Brandi Andrade, performing a dramatic reading. Starting at 7 pm, she will read  selections from Pearl Cleage's The Brass Bed and Other Stories.

Professor Andrade has a Ph.D. in Feminist Aesthetics and Theatre from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a producing partner at Echo Theatre, where she is the Artistic Director of a popular reading series introducing audiences to the work of significant women playwrights of the past and present. She has studied theatre in London as well, and performed in theatres as far-flung as Hawaii, Arizona, and Oklahoma; closer to home, she has worked in most of the theatres in the metroplex.
Cleage is the author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, which was an early Oprah Book Club book. 

    On Saturday, July 19, the Friends of the Grand Prairie Library will hold a one-day Clearance Sale from 9 am to 5 pm at the Grand Prairie Main Library. Great bargains abound at this sale where everything's a quarter.

    Grand Prairie Libraries have officially created their own Forever Young Adult (FYA) book club and invite adult lovers of Young Adult lit to take part in monthly meetings every third Saturday of the month.

The Grand Prairie FYA book club will host its next meeting on Saturday, July 19 at 11 a.m. at Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, 2750 W. I-20, in Grand Prairie. The book selection for July is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life--and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.
 
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
 
Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.
Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

The FYA book club is an web-community created in 2009 for “YA readers who are a little less Y and a bit more A.” Intended to become a safe-haven for adults to let their inner fanatic loose and “swoon over fictional characters without shame.” Monthly reading selections are voted upon by leaders of FYA clubs across the nation and organized by the FYA blog. For more information about the FYA book club visit foreveryoungadult.com. For more information or to register, please contact Christie Gibrich at 972-237-7541.

    

    The Grand Prairie Libraries present Electrifying Authors for Teens. Meet great authors at the Main Library on Saturday, July 26 at 2 pm. Teens and adult readers of YA fiction will enjoy these hot new writers, here to talk about their work, fans, and more.

Unfortunately,  e.E. Charlton-Trujillo had had to cancel. We hope to schedule a future appearance. The south Texas native has written three novels for teens, and produced nearly a dozen short films and music videos. Her first book, Prizefighter En Mi Casa, won the prestigious Delacorte Dell Yearling Award and Parents' Choice Silver Honor. Her latest book, Fat Angie, won the 2014 Stonewall Award and was a 2014 Rainbow List Book.

Authors appearing include Mary Gray, Lindsay Cummings, and Krissi Dallas.

Mary Gray has a fascination with all things creepy. That’s why all her favorite stories usually involve panic attacks and hyperventilating. In real life, she prefers to type away on her computer, ogle over her favorite TV shows, and savor fiction.
The Dollhouse Asylum is her first novel.

Lindsay Cummings is a 22 year old author of young adult and middle grade books at HarperCollins. She lives in Dallas with her husband Josh, her hedgehog named Hedwig, her two German Shepherds Hurley and Kai, her wolf cub Kimber, and a draft horse named Dan the Man. Lindsay deals with Chronic Fatigue issues, believes Jesus is the reason for all of her success, and swears that book hoarding is not a problem at all. She’s still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts–it was probably just lost in the mail. She is the author of The Murder Complex, and The Fear Trials.
 
Krissi Dallas feels more like a teenager now than when she actually was a teen. She lives in D/FW with her husband, Sam and her two wicked Yorkies. She discovered a love of teaching that has lead to her involvement in language arts, student council, National Junior Honor Society, student ministries, and making cheesy music videos. She is the author of three novels  in the Phantom Island series.


The Warmack Branch is located at 760 Bardin Rd. For more information about a Warmack program, call 972-237-5772.
The Grand Prairie Main Library is located at 901 Conover Dr. For more information about a Main Library program, call 972-237-5770.