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Upcoming Bookstacks Events

OK, I’ve been a slacker on posting to the blog this week. I apologize and promise to do better. Really, I do. That said, here are the upcoming events for Bookstacks.


Noon – Book Trivia: High Life and Low Lives

What high life and low lifes have you read about?  Simeon will try to challenge your memory (and googling skill) this Saturday at noon when he asks questions about that very topic.  Limber up your fingers, as the fastest with the right answers will win the 500L prize… Dress to suit the topic and you could win another 500L for doing so.

6:00 p.m. – Musical Guest: HatHead Rickenbacker

HatHead has played Bookstacks before, but this is his first performance at Bookstacks Isle. He performs on keyboards, creating rich tapestries of music and sound in real time, every performance exploring new fusions of jazz, blues, electronica and world music.


11:00 a.m. – Book Discussion: Books & Food

From Proust’s madelines to Fast Food Nation, food is a favorite topic of writers and readers. On Sunday, share you food and reading experiences. Feel free to bring favorite recipes on a notecard, and I’ll share them with the group after I’ve collected them all.

3:00 p.m. – Poetry Libre Open Mic

As always, Serene Bechir and Leonard Zimring lead a trust band of poets through the open mic experience. New poets and old friends share their work, and everyone is welcome.


11:00 a.m. – Cozy Mystery Discussion: Death of a Charming Man (M.C. Beaton)

Lludmila Mirrikh will lead a discussion of our first Cozy Mystery reading group. Please note the time should be conducive to our European members.


4:00 p.m. – By Whitman, Bi-Weekly

Kghia Gherardi hosts a continuing discussion of Walt Whitman’s 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass. This week the discussion focuses on the first 100 lines of Song of Myself. Please join Kghia at the Caledon Library & Welcome Centre and join in this lively talk.

Next week, more book trivia, a Sunday Social, the Paranormal Book Group will be discussion An Interview with a Vampire, and we have an Off the Shelf taping with JJ Drinkwater and Dulcie Mills.

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Posted by on May 15, 2009 in events, trivia


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Bookstacks Weekend Events for March 20-22

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.

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Book Fair April 25-27

This weekend is the annual Book Island/Publishers Island Book Fair. Activities begin Friday evening and run through Sunday. Simeon Beresford will be hosting his weekly trivia game at Book Island on Sunday at 11 a.m. The complete events calendar is included below.

Friday 25th

  • 2pm Opening Ceremony (Cartland Court)
  • 3pm Marylmagner Munz reading from The Big Secret by Mary Magner (Beach Area)
  • 3pm Threik Wilkinson reading from The Courage of Intimacy by Keith Ainsworth (Open Books)
  • 3pm Kabbalah Today – live Kabbalah concert and Q&A session (Publishing Island stage)
  • 4pm tbc.
  • 5pm Madddyyy Schnook – Building for Beginners (Slguides Virtual Learning Centre)
  • 5pm-7pm – DJs Shannah Halberd and Rat Halberd from Simkast (Cartland Court)
  • 7pm Poetry and prose readings from INKsters and ANON magazine (Publishing Island stage)

Saturday 26th

  • 6am Discussion: Death Penalty, Right or Wrong? Selina Greene (Beach Area)
  • 7am tbc
  • 8am Nebbisk Oh – ‘Fictionary’ game where you make up definitions to fool your opponents. (Beach Area)
  • 9am Madddyyy Schnook – Marketing and Sales in virtual worlds (Book Island stage)
  • 10am Babu Writer – Amazon and POD – what’s going on? (Publishing Island stage)
  • 10am Selina Greene – the RL Book publishing process – talk and Q&A (Book Island stage)
  • 11am Cricket Gears – How Art and Music Can Change the World (Cartland Court stage)
  • 12pm Trinity Dechou, Voodoo Buwan – Rez Magazine debate on inworld Publishing (Cartland Court stage)
  • 1pm Noble Charron – Characterization – the Soul of the Story – Lecture and Q&A by bestselling author, Michael A Stackpole (Beach Area)
  • 2pm Elan Neruda – Paying the Bills While Paying Your Dues: a partially practical guide to writing genre fiction for a living (Publishing Island stage)
  • 2pm-4pm Miriam Antonelli DJ (Cartland Court)
  • 3pm Madddyyy Schnook – Building for Beginners (SLGuides)
  • 4pm Diana Allandale – Promoting Yourself, from and Author’s POV, workshop with author Diana Hunter (Beach Area)
  • 5pm Wilbur Rich – reading

Sunday 27th

  • 6am Discussion: What’s SLove got to do with it? RL/SL relationship pleasures and pitfalls. Selina Greene (Beach Area)
  • 7am DJ Doubledown Tandino spins his signature blend of nujazz and house in a live turntable mix (Cartland Court)
  • 8am Discussion – What makes a book a cult book, rather than just a good book? Selina Greene (Beach Area)
  • 9am Jilly Kidd hosts readings from writers in the Written Word group (beach area)
  • 10am Sean Voss – Author Sean Percival, The Second Life In-World Travel Guide talk, Q&A (Book Island stage)
  • 10am Madddyyy Schbook – Building for Beginners (SLGuides)
  • 11am Simeon Beresford – Literary quiz (Book Island stage)
  • 12pm Poetry and prose readings from INKsters and ANON magazine (Publishing Island stage)
  • 1pm Kitumscheid Writer – the publishing process for illustrated books, based on experiences from her book, Pirate’s Alphabet (Publishing Island stage)
  • 1pm-3pm – DJ Ravishal Bentham from Kona Radio (Cartland Court)
  • 3pm – Diana Allandale – The Ins and Outs of Writing Erotica workshop with author, Diana Hunter (Beach Area)
  • 4pm Arton Tripsa – The Writing Life: The Creation Of A Novel, a talk/Q&A with Jane Watson, author of the Hindustan Contessa (Book Island stage)
  • 5pm Closing ceremony and after party (Cartland Court)


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