Sunday, January 2, 2011


Free author/writing events at the Enoch Pratt Library this week:

hellen_verShiori (Kathleen Hellen)
reads from her poetry collection,
The Girl Who Loved Mothra

the girl who loved mothraShiori was born in Tokyo, Japan, six years after the end of World War II. She describes herself as hapa, half-American, half-Japanese. In her first collection of poetry, she weaves memoir and historical record into a lyrical and moving portrait of post-war immigration to the United States.

Shiori's work has appeared in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Frogpond, Hawai'i Review, and other publications. Her awards include the Washington Square Review, James Still and Thomas Merton poetry prizes. A contributing editor for the Baltimore Review, she teaches creative writing and journalism at Coppin State University.

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 5 (6:30 PM)
Central Library, Poe Room
Suggested Audience: Adults, Seniors 

Author John Monahan John Monahan
talks about his book, They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge.

they called me mad_coverThe origins of the "mad scientist" stereotype can be found in the sometimes eccentric real life of men and women who challenged our view of the world and broke new scientific frontiers. In They Called Me Mad, John Monahan recounts amazing true stories of famous scientists and luminaries such as Archimedes, Isaac Newton, and Nikola Tesla. Monahan writes, "it is their vision, their passion, their determination in the face of opposition, and their creative genius that helped forge the modern age we live in."

John Monahan is a science teacher in Baltimore and a member of the National Science Teachers Association.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 05 (6:00 PM)
  Waverly Branch   (click on the location to see map)
Suggested Audience:  Adults, Seniors 

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Maxine Bigby Cunningham
talks about her book, Power Walking, A Journey to Wholeness.

power walking _ picAfter surviving a stroke, Maxine Bigby Cunningham embraced a wholistic approach to getting back on her feet and learning to walk again. In her book of poetry and prose, she uses walking as a metaphor for attaining a life of physical, mental, emotional and spirtual well-being. As Cunningham shares her testimony and celebrates her survival, readers are invited to examine their own lives and to recognize that all moments provide lessons and offer choices on taking the next step.

Maxine Bigby Cunningham served for nearly 30 years with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development before beginning a second career with grassroots nonprofits organizations. She earned degrees from Goucher College and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Pulbic Affairs, Syracuse University.

WHEN:  Saturday, January 8 (2:00 PM)
WHERE: Edmondson Avenue Branch  (click on the location to see map)
Suggested Audience: Adults, Seniors