‘Let’s Talk About It’ series starts
For the fourth consecutive year, Rowan Public Library is joining with the Salisbury branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the North Carolina Humanities Council to present the “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion series.
This year’s series is called “Journeys Across Time and Place: Mapping Southern Identities.”
The first discussion will center on “Shiloh and Other Stories” by Bobbie Ann Mason. The book won the 1982 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for distinguished first books of fiction. On Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in RPL’s Hurley Room, visiting scholar David Trask of Guilford Technical Community College will introduce the book and lead the discussion.
Other book discussions will follow every other Thursday evening through March 27.
Other books the group will read include:
– Feb. 14 ó “The Known World” by Edward P. Jones.
– Feb. 28 ó “Nowhere Else on Earth” by Josephine Humphreys.
– March 13 ó “Wolf Whistle” by Lewis Nordan.
– March 27 ó “Song of Solomon” by Toni Morrison.
Books will be loaned to participants by the North Carolina Center for the Book. For more information or to sign up, call 704-216-8230.
Library film series
Join patrons in Stanback Room at the headquarters in Salisbury for Chinese movies in January. Please note the earlier times this month.
– “To Live,” Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
When the irresponsible Xu Fugui loses his family’s fortune during a gambling spree, he causes his loved ones incredible hardship. Fugui’s father dies from a heart attack upon hearing the news, and his pregnant wife abandons him. Unable to put bread on the table, even for himself, Fugui works as a street vendor, until the local loan shark gives him his old shadow puppets. Soon, Fugui masters the art of puppetry, which increases his paltry income ó but also serves as propaganda for the imminent Communist Revolution.
– “Raise the Red Lantern,” Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m.
When a beautiful young woman is selected to serve as concubine to an affluent man, she sadly accepts ó knowing that she has no other alternative to survive financially. Her fate, however, turns from bad to worse when her master’s other wives, all older and not as attractive, callously alienate the newcomer due to their sexual jealousy.
– “Fearless,” Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m.
Jet Li’s “Fearless” reunites the actor and martial arts superstar with producer Bill Kong and action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping as he portrays martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia, who became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced incredible personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, forever defining the true spirit of martial arts. His self-discovery, and the choices he made, inspired his nation.
ó Film summary excerpts from rotten tomatoes.com.
Morgan coming to Davie
The Davie County Public Library will host a visit from Robert Morgan, author of “Boone: A Biography,” to the library on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m.
Morgan will talk about his book and Daniel Boone, and will sign copies of the book afterwards. The presentation is free and open to the public. Boone was once a Davie County resident and his parents are buried there.
For questions, call the library at 336-753-6030.