On Friday, we are participating in the World Storytelling Day Story Quest, which is organized by Jenaia Morane of The Virtual Worlds Story Project. I can’t wait to see the stories produced from the Quest! This is an all day event, starting at midnight.
As always, we have book trivia scheduled for Saturday at noon. This week’s topic is speed. Simeon chose the topic, and I don’t know if it is a reference to the literature or the quickness with which folks are expected to answer the questions.
After the quiz, Simeon and I will be participating in the West of Ireland Library’s charity Read-a-thon. I hope you can make some time to stop in to listen. It should be a great way to discover some new authors!
We will discussion books featuring “local color” or “regionalism” on Sunday at 11 a.m. What is local color? According to Donna M. Campbell’s website,
Local color or regional literature is fiction and poetry that focuses on the characters, dialect, customs, topography, and other features particular to a specific region. Influenced by Southwestern and Down East humor, between the Civil War and the end of the nineteenth century this mode of writing became dominant in American literature. According to the Oxford Companion to American Literature, “In local-color literature one finds the dual influence of romanticism and realism, since the author frequently looks away from ordinary life to distant lands, strange customs, or exotic scenes, but retains through minute detail a sense of fidelity and accuracy of description” (439). Its weaknesses may include nostalgia or sentimentality. Its customary form is the sketch or short story, although Hamlin Garland argued for the novel of local color.
Some key authors include the following:
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Rose Terry Cooke
- Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
- Sarah Orne Jewett
- Kate Chopin
- Charles W. Chesnutt
- Bret Harte
- Mark Twain
I hope to see you at the discussion.
Our final event on Sunday is the Poetry Libre open mic event. Hosted by Leonardo Zimring and Serene Bechir, this well attended event is a great way to hear some of Second Life’s best poets.