From Inspiration to Activism: Mary Lang Sollinger in conversation with Carol Koby.
Tuesday September 29 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
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Mary Lang Sollinger grew up in a small town in Wisconsin’s heartland. As a child she had no idea that she'd someday become a prodigious fundraiser and a community activist for causes and candidates she believes in, most notably, President Barack Obama. Because of her great successes in fundraising, she was asked to serve on President Obama’s National Finance Committee, both in 2008 and 2012.
Mary Lang Sollinger offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at political canvassing and fundraising while following ordinary people doing extraordinary things for the love of our country.
See more on her book here.
Carol Koby recently retired as Executive Producer and Host of All About Living, a weekly radio program she hosted for 18 years on Mid-West Family Broadcasting stations. Carol has extensive experience in broadcasting, activism, public affairs and volunteerism.
Carol Koby has a B.S. in Communications Arts with an emphasis in radio and television broadcasting and an M.S. in Continuing and Vocational Education with a focus on women and health – both degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mary is generously donating one signed copy of her book to be awarded at random to an attendee of this Zoom event!
Arcadia Book Club discusses "Summer"by Ali Smith
Wednesday October 07 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
A virtual Zoom event.
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James Bohnen will lead our virtual book club discussion of "Summer", the final book in Ali Smith's Seasonal Quartet.
In the autumn of 2015 Ali Smith embarked on a perilous adventure. She was determined to write a quartet of books, one a year, based on the seasons. Here was the catch: these novels would incorporate what was happening in England and the world at the moment. Her publisher agreed to take on the challenge. She began writing the first book, Autumn, early in 2016 when the upcoming Brexit vote seemed a mere formality that would keep England snugly in the EU. By the time the book was published in late autumn, Brexit had succeeded and all hell had broken loose. All she has needed to include in succeeding books were the migrant struggle, the climate crisis, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, the Australian bushfires, the Black Lives Matter movement, the murder of George Floyd, and the capstone, Covid-19.
Setting a goal of immediacy, and needing to include all the above in briskly composed novels seems a recipe, for if not disaster, at least ponderousness. But because she is Ali Smith, with a shimmering imagination, a deep sense of humor, a passion for narrative interruption, an endless stream of compelling characters, and an abundance of compassion, the seasonal quartet is an unforgettable experience. -James
Mill Town: A Reader's Discussion with Kerri Arsenault
Tuesday October 13 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
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If you attended Kerri Arsenault's event with Lacy Crawford in September, this is your second opportunity to ask Kerri about the story of Mill Town. This event will be like a book club with the conversation led by the participants.
This is a beautifully written story about two small towns in Maine, and the paper mill that is the foundation of their economy. It tells the much bigger story of the sacrifice of the workers, and the injustices to them and the environment. Arsenault masters the nuance of family and history which pulled me into the story in the first few pages and kept me there. A tender and honest reveal of her own family and hometown, and a truthful history of our nation. I'll be recommending this as a must read to our customers. -Todd
Billions of Besties: A Celebration of Fascinating and Simply Exceptional Friendships
Tuesday October 20 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
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In celebration of friendship and perfect pairings, author Susie Arons, and author and illustrator Peggy Panosh, bring you the perfect book to share with your bestie.
Join us to hear how they chose the featured BFFs and to learn more about Peggy's delightful illustrations.