Posts tagged ‘Arts’

Join our Summer Book Club!

Book Club BooksSummer is almost here! It’s time to start choosing those great summer reads for the beach, the park, or even just for a day in your back yard. Want to join a summer book club but aren’t sure about making the commitment? Then, join our virtual summer book club!

For $49.99, you’ll get three book club titles at a reduced price, with reduced shipping (up to an $85 value!) Your books will arrive in June, July and August. Simply read and join the discussion on our Facebook page!


Not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? You can still purchase each book club title separately and join in on our Facebook discussion each month. 


Latest Book Club Titles

Just released on April 1, these brand new book club titles are perfect for your next reading group meeting:

Meg Kearney at Mount Mary College


By Mandy Webster

Tonight I had the chance to attend a poetry reading featuring Meg Kearney at Mount Mary College. Kearney spoke a bit about her writing process and gave some background information on a few of her poems, but for the most part, the reading consisted of approximately 45 minutes of listening to her read her beautiful work.

Mount Mary’s Helfaer Hall was nowhere near as full as this award winning poet’s reading deserved. Her rich voice rang through the freshly painted hall, punctuated by the occasional low, muttered “Wow” from somewhere in my section of the audience.

Kearney read a selection of her own work, including poems with titles like “Creed” and “Ticket,” both of which may be read on her website. She also read from The Secret of Me (pictured at right,) a novel in verse which tells the story of an adopted teenager who struggles to understand where she fits in her family and her world. Read more…

Wit, By Margaret Edson

Wit (play)

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By Mandy Webster

W;t. By Margaret Edson. New York, NY: Faber and Faber, Inc., 1999.

Just finished reading Wit, the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Margaret Edson, and I was simply blown away. Edson gives us a glimpse into the end of cancer patient, Vivian Bearing’s life in this startlingly funny story.

Vivian is a 50 year old professor of seventeenth-century poetry who believes herself a major asset to the academic world. Yet, when she finds she is suffering from stage 4 ovarian cancer, she becomes just another cancer patient in a robotic medical system.

I wish I had time to write a full review, but am pressed for time today. So I’m going to just share this trailer from the movie of the same title, starring Emma Thompson. My only complaint with this trailer is, it only shows the heartbreaking side of the story… the trailer completely misses out on the main theme of the play, which is apparent from it’s title, Wit.

Both heartrending and humorous, Wit left me asking some hard questions about how we treat our fellow humans within our health care system. Read more…

Read With Me: January Books

Cover of "A Short Story Writer's Companio...

Cover of A Short Story Writer's Companion

By Mandy Webster

It’s the first list of the new year, let’s see if I picked some decent ones this time.

  • When She Hollers by Cynthia Voigt. Another suggested read by a professor. I’m trying to read everything my professors have read so I can actually join in conversations at school!
  • Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo. Picked this one up at Wal-mart the other day from a $3 bin. I was really disappointed in one of the books I’d chosen for last month (still trying to finish it up by midnight tonight!) So, I thought I’d just grab something that looks like a good read: Something different with an actual plot and an original one at that. Check out the YouTube video below. The audience actually laughs while Evaristo reads an excerpt from the book.
  • A Short Story Writer’s Companion by Tom Bailey. Yeah, I know. I still haven’t managed to get through this one yet. But I aim to finish it by the time I start my next class the end of January! Read more…

Check it out : Stitchable Stationery

Stitchable Stationery by Chronicle Books

Chronicle Books Stitchable Stationery

I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for pretty stationery. I’m also into crafting when I can find the time to do it. So, when I saw this stitchable stationary from Chronicle Books, I had to share it. Check it out!

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“Books Unbound” Exhibit on Display at Marian Gallery

Cover of "Books Unbound"

Cover of Books Unbound

The Marian Art Gallery, located on the first floor of Mount Mary College’s Caroline Hall is currently hosting “Books Unbound.” Including artists from Milwaukee, Madison and the Chicago area, the “Books Unbound” exhibit features works by The Binders Guild, a group of regional artisans who meet regularly to explore and create unbound art works in a variety of media.

According to the gallery’s website, “This exhibit, created by a group of regional artisans, gives shape, texture, medium and creative edges to the unbound structure of books.”

Works on display will feature a variety of mediums, including works which highlight techniques often used in book making. Other pieces include doorways cut into books.

Some of the pieces will be available for purchase. Sample images are located on the Marian Art Gallery website. Read more…