Press Release - Detail
Sandi Lee
Public Services Coordinator
Birmingham Public Library
(205) 226-3742

BPL@Night Presents Conversations on Art, Authors, and Life

December 30, 2009, Birmingham, AL— The Birmingham Public Library is proud to present a new series for BPL@Night entitled “Conversations on Art, Authors, and Life.” This is a three-program series which the library will hold from January through March. All programs will be in the Arrington Auditorium at the Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place. The library will provide light refreshments at each event.

The following is a list of program dates and times:

BPL@Night presents the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Series”
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 6:30 p.m.
The Birmingham Public Library's 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration panel will examine the theme, "Is a Generational Gap Holding Birmingham Back?" An intergenerational panel of notable leaders in education, religion, government, business, and civic life will be moderated by Dr. Tondra Loder-Jackson, Associate Professor of Educational Foundations at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

BPL@Night presents “Alabama Illustrated: Depicting Dixie”
Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Graham Boettcher, the William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, will discuss the Library's exhibition, "Alabama Illustrated: Engravings from 19th Century Newspapers." He will explain how illustrated newspapers portrayed Alabama and the South and how this portrayal - accurate or not - formed readers' opinions about the people, events, and industry in Alabama in the 19th century.

BPL@Night presents “Writing What You Don’t Know”
Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Irene Latham, author of the young adult novel Leaving Gee’s Bend, isn't African American and she wasn't alive in 1932, but that didn't stop her from writing a story set in Depression-era Gee's Bend, Alabama, home of the now-famous quilters. Latham will sign books and discuss how she overcame challenges associated with writing across time and culture to create a meaningful, authentic story. A book-signing will follow.
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