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"Learning to Haight" : A Reading with Andrew Bardin Williams
Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
New Haven, CT
The Institute Library presents a reading by author Andrew Bardin Williams Thursday, January 31, at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Williams will read "The Great Shark Hunt," a short story adapted from his novel, Learning to Haight.
Andrew Bardin Williams is an author and copywriter in New Haven, Connecticut. Inspired by the beats, Andrew strives to provide readers a sense of place in his fiction writing, using real-world locations (a laundromat, a café, a public square) to create setting, build tension, and develop character. His novel Learning to Haight was launched at the Beat Museum in San Francisco, named a finalist for the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Award in literary fiction, and featured by Kerouac.com and Dante’s Hot Tub on Radio Valencia.
A new member of the New Haven arts community, Andrew is a participant in the “Get to the Point” storytelling series at Cafe Nine and is documenting the relationship between geography and New Haven based literature through a grant from the Arts Council. Discover his work at learningtohaight.com.
“The Sixties didn’t teach us how to change the world. It taught us that we should change the world.”
On the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, new reporter Jack McClure is assigned to write an article about an influential figure from San Francisco's past. A beatnik, a hippie and a one-time movie star, Dean Simmons is anything but an easy interview, but Jack knows that uncovering the "real" Dean is his ticket off the news desk. Along the way, Jack learns what it means be an activist and to make a name for himself.
Learning to Haight is the story of San Francisco and its effect on the young men and women who are drawn there to find themselves. The city does something to people--what will it do to Jack?
Complimentary coffee and light refreshments will be provided by Atticus Bookstore and Café, and beer and wine will be available for $5.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so please make your reservation today!
Sponsored by Atticus.
The Institute Library, New Haven’s oldest independent literary institution and one of America’s last remaining membership libraries, was founded in 1826 by eight young working men dedicated to “intellectual and moral improvement” through a shared book collection and mutual encouragement in writing and declamation. Known variously during the 19th century as the “Apprentices Literary Association,” “Young Mechanics Library,” and “New Haven Young Men’s Institute,” the library flourished for decades as the heart of democratic intellectual life in New Haven, offering lectures, literature, debates, and classes to men and women from a wide range of social and educational backgrounds.
In 2011, the library formally renewed its commitment to the cultural life of New Haven with expanded space and hours, community partnerships, and a wide range of new events and programs. To learn more, please visit the library or email HERE today!
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