February 2015 Book Recommendations

GONE WITH THE WIND
by Margaret Mitchell
Considered the Great American Novel, it was the author’s only major work. The unforgettable Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler were introduced.

THE SOURCE
by James Michener
The evolution of religion.

A WOMAN OF INDEPENDENT MEANS
by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
A 19th/20th century woman’s life is told in exquisite letters.

THE PASSIONS OF THE MIND: A NOVEL OF SIGMUND FREUD
by Irving Stone
The Father of Psychoanalysis is re-examined.

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David Bruce Smith and Erin Carlson Mast Discuss American History on DC’s Let’s Talk Live

David Bruce Smith, Founder of the Grateful American™ Foundation, and Erin Carlson Mast, Director of President Lincoln’s Cottage, were featured on News Channel 8′s “Let’s Talk Live.” Reporter Sonya Gavankar spoke to them about The Grateful American™ Foundation and Lincoln’s Cottage.

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Jewish Lit Live! 2015 Welcomes Nick Kotz

Nick Kotz

Nick Kotz

The George Washington University and its Department of English welcome Pulitzer-winning journalist Nick Kotz who will speak on Thursday, February 5 at the Marvin Center Amphitheater from 7:00 – 8:30 PM.

As a reporter for the Washington Post and the Des Moines Register, and in six path-breaking books, Nick Kotz won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, the National Magazine Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, and eight other renowned prizes. Kotz most recent book, The Harness Maker’s Dream, is a memoir about his grandfather.

He is a Marine Corps veteran, educated at Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics, Kotz and his wife, author Mary Lynn Kotz, live on a cattle farm in Broad Run, Virginia.

Jewish Lit Live hosts rising and renowned Jewish American writers to speak with the GW and literary community. Guest Speakers include emerging leaders, National Humanities Award Recipients, international bestsellers, and UN-Award Winning Writers, e.g. Michael Chabon, E.L. Doctorow, Nicole Krauss, and Erica Jong.

Jewish Literature Live was established by David Bruce Smith, BA ’79, a member of GW’s Board of Trustees and an alumnus of the English Department. All events are FREE and open to the public and take place in the GW Marvin Center.

Jewish Lit Live Spring 2015 Schedule >>

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Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Events

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Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 5pm
Prince Theatre at the Garfield Center – 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD
4th Annual Commemoration Concert for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. features music, poetry, dance and spoken word. Admission is free, but donations will go to the charities supported by the MLK Breakfast Event.

2015 Commemoration Concert for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. PROGRAM

Welcome
Rev. Ellsworth Tolliver & Leslie Prince Raimond

EmCee ~Rev. Nina Johnson

MiKenZi  Tamika Lewis, Kenyetta Bowser,  Zita Seals

Irene Moore and the Combined Choir of St. George

New Life United Methodist Men of Centreville

The Garfield Gang: Peter Heck, Mary Simmons, Rebecca Pitre, Debbie Campbell

Chris Cerino

Pam Ortiz Band: Pam & Bob Ortiz, Philip Dutton, Ford Schumann, Nevin Dawson

Intermission

Robert Earl Price

Potters House Ministries’ Praise Dancers

Andre Sisco

Burke Family Singers

Daryl Deaton & Men of Janes Choir

God’s Wealth

Monday, January 19, 2015 7:00 am
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration
Rock Hall Fire Hall

Monday, January 19, 2015  11:30 am to 5:00 pm
First Annual King Day Film Festival
Charles Sumner Post #25 GAR – 206 S. Queen St. Chestertown, MD
Admission is free. Popcorn will be served.

The festival begins at 11:30 a.m. with The Boy King, a one hour made-for-television film that portrays the childhood and teen years of Dr. King’s life. Especially selected for young audiences, this Peabody-award-winning film humanizes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a telling yet entertaining fashion.

At 1 p.m. The Olando Bagwell documentary Citizen King will be screened. This two hour film places the legend in a balanced historical context and reveals aspects of the man behind the dream.

At 3:30 p.m. the festival will screen the classic, Nothing But A Man, starring Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln. A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America. This film is about one and half hours. The film festival will wrap-up around 5 p.m.

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2015 Pat Nielsen Poetry Prize Accepting Submissions

Submissions for the 2015 Pat Nielsen Poetry Prize will be accepted through February 12, 2015.

The Chester River Association will host the 6th Annual Pat Nielsen Poetry Prize presentation at 6 p.m. on March 4 at the Bookplate, 112 S. Cross Street

First prize will be $100 and a printed broadside of the winning poem in hand-set letterpress limited edition.

Poems must be unpublished and not previously submitted to the contest. Length should not exceed one page. Subject matter should reflect some aspect of the Chester River or a river and its environs. Submit up to 3 poems in typed manuscript or electronic form. Include name, address, e-mail address, and phone number on separate page. E-mail submissions should be attached in a Word file or pasted into the body of the message. Do not include identifying information on poems themselves.

Send To: Chester River Association, Attn: Nielsen Poetry Prize, 400 S. Cross St. #2, Chestertown, MD 21620. Or mhadaway2@washcoll.edu.

Sponsors: The Chester River Association and the Kent County Arts Council

Poetry Night Coordinator: Meredith Davies Hadaway, author of Fishing Secrets of the Dead, The River is a Reason, and At the Narrows.

 

Pat Nielson Poetry Competition 2015

Louise Mirrer Takes Us On a Tour of the Treasures at New-York Historical Society

Grateful American™ TV Show co-hosts David Bruce Smith and Hope Katz Gibbs talked to Louise Mirrer about how educators, parents and grandparents can make American history more exciting for their students, children, and grandchildren.

The New-York Historical Society, located in the heart of New York City honors the history and legacy of New York. Since 2004, Louise Mirrer has raised more than $100 million to enhance the organization, including a major renovation.

Learn about her many accomplishments — including launching groundbreaking exhibitions such as “Slavery in New York” and “WWII & NYC,” along with an an array of intellectually engaging lectures, debates and family programs in the January 2015 cover story of The Grateful American Foundation.

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First Annual King Day Film Festival at Charles Sumner Post #25

The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Hall, 206 Queen Street, will host The First Annual King Day Film Festival on Monday, January 19, 2015. The Film Festival will present three films relevant to the telling of the King story.

the boy king mlkjrThe festival begins at 11:30 a.m. with The Boy King, a one hour made-for-television film that portrays the childhood and teen years of Dr. King’s life. Especially selected for young audiences, this Peabody-award-winning film humanizes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a telling yet entertaining fashion.

 

 
 

 

51W7R2JGB8L._SX425_At 1 p.m. The Olando Bagwell documentary Citizen King will be screened. This two hour film places the legend in a balanced historical context and reveals aspects of the man behind the dream.

 

 

 

imagesAt 3:30 p.m. the festival will screen the classic, Nothing But A Man, starring Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln. A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America. This film is about one and half hours. The film festival will wrap-up around 5 p.m.

Events in January & February 2015

Andre SiscoFriday, January 9, 2015 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Andre Sisco
Charles Sumner Post #25 GAR – 206 S. Queen St. Chestertown, MD
Andre Sisco, native of Kent County and product of the soulful upbringing of the waterman’s culture, delivers a blend of blues, soul and gospel that is an embodiment of the rich culture of our area.  His renditions of popular artists (Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Bobby Womack) are unique to his personality and character and bring audiences to remembrances of less complicated times.

Kevin Harris Art Show Jan 16 2014Friday, January 16, 2015 5:00 pm
Kevin Harris Art Show
Charles Sumner Post #25 GAR – 206 S. Queen St. Chestertown, MD
The GAR will be featuring the artwork of Kevin Harris from January 16th through the month of February. Harris, a native of Kent County, studied commercial art in high school, and graphic layout at the Digital Arts Institute in Baltimore. He has been painting on and off for over thirty years. His rebirth as an artist occurred three years ago, and since then has focused on abstract work representing African American culture with an emphasis on spirituality and experience in the community today. His highly original work is painted on glass, from behind with acrylics and other mediums. Curated by Marilee Schumann and Fai Wilson.

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 10.19.14 AMSaturday, January 17, 2015 5:00 pm
Lift Up Our Voices in Song
Prince Theatre at the Garfield Center – 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD
4th Annual Commemoration Concert for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. features music, poetry, dance and spoken word. Admission is free, but donations will go to the charities supported by the MLK Breakfast Event.

Monday, January 19, 2015 7:00 am
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration
Rock Hall Fire Hall

the boy king mlkjrMonday, January 19, 2015  11:30 am to 5:00 pm
First Annual King Day Film Festival
Charles Sumner Post #25 GAR – 206 S. Queen St. Chestertown, MD
Documentaries including The Boy King, and others will be shown throughout the afternoon. Admission is free. Popcorn will be provided.

 

 

 

 

 

ASE_5960Wednesday, February 11, 2015
American Spiritual Ensemble in concert
Decker Theatre Washington College – 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD
Vocal workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm Bethel AME Church

January 2015 Newsletter – Here’s to a Book-Centric 2015

Doug Bradburn on George Washington: The Tantalizing Man Behind the Myth

What made George Washington the profoundly effective leader that he was? That’s the question we asked Doug Bradburn, the Founding Director of Mount Vernon’s Fred W. Smith National Library.

In this episode of the Grateful American™ TV Show, co-hosts David Bruce Smith and Hope Katz Gibbs interview the specialist on Washington, and you’ll be fascinated by the insights that Bradburn provides about the man behind the myth.

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What is the Future of American History Education? A Q&A with John Gray + Bruce Cole

John Gray, the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Bruce Cole, the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities discuss the future of American History with David Bruce Smith and Hope Katz Gibbs, co-hosts of the Grateful American ™ Radio Show.

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Book Review: “Watch Me: A Memoir” by Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston comes from royal cinematic lineage. Her grandfather and father, Walter and John Huston, were Academy Award winners and widely respected directors whose comprehensive oeuvres remain relevant. But, despite that paternalistic precedent of patina, it has not always been easy for the actress to further herself in film.

Reviewed by David Bruce Smith for Washington Independent Review of Books.

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More Book Reviews by David Bruce Smith >>

 


January Book Recommendations

Four books that should not be missed.

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2014 in Review

books_1448404c2014 was filled with many book related projects – Book Recommendations, Book of the Week, Book Reviews and the new Grateful American™ Book Club. MORE >>

 



Spotlight on John Marshall

John Marshall profileThe children’s book, American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States, authored by David Bruce Smith and illustrated by Clarice Smith, is a must-have for anyone interested in the nation’s Founding Fathers
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The Grateful American™ Book Club

558065758_1376563182Join The Grateful American™ Book Club for book reviews of American History Books.
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January 2015 Book Recommendations

FIRST, YOU CRY
by Betty Rollin
The 1976 memoir by the NBC news reporter who was unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer. Later, a television movie with Mary Tyler Moore.

BUNNER SISTERS
by Edith Wharton
Two siblings own a modest shop, struggle to survive–and keep up appearances. A re-discovered novel by the Pulitzer Prize winning author.

MYSTERY OF THE MUSICAL UMBRELLA
by Friedrick Feld
Mr. Aldemar, in despair, loses his umbrella, but Martin, Helen, and their dog find it. Illustrated by Doris Jackson.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE
by Tennessee Williams
A play about delusion, disappointment and familial division, by America’s Shakespeare.

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