Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library

Past Friends Events 2008

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Book Talk
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the community
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, is back once again, this time to lead a discussion on the winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction --The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz.

Diaz has spun the heartbreak and loneliness of the immigrant experience into literary gold with memorable stories of marginalized outsiders caught between two cultures, never completely fitting into either one. This is the long-awaited-and thrillingly satisfying, genuinely original-first novel from the unmistakable voice behind the story collection, Drown.

About the book
Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukú americanus--the curse that has haunted the Oscar’s family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.
Díaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. A true literary triumph, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao confirms as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time -- Penguin Publishers

The event is free and open to CSU faculty, staff, and students and to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.

Join Junot Diaz in his visit to the Cleveland Public Library on Sunday, October 19 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Find out more.

Dr. Rajshekhar G. Javalgi

20th Annual Scholars & Artists Reception
Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 3:00 p.m.
In the Library’s Special Collections Room
Guest Speaker, Dr. Rajshekhar “Raj” G. Javalgi, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives & Research ; Professor of Marketing & International Business

The campus community is invited to attend the 20th Annual Scholars and Artists Reception honoring faculty, staff, and emeriti creativity. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library, will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. in the Special Collections room on the 3rd floor of the Library.

This year’s keynote speaker/scholar is from the Nance College of Business Administration —Dr. Rajshekhar “Raj” G. Javalgi, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Research as well as Professor of Marketing and International Business. His talk is titled “Entrepreneurship Education in a Changing Global Marketplace.”

During the reception, guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and browse the display of recently published books, scholarly papers, art, music, web sites, and other works by Cleveland State University faculty, staff, and emeriti.

Submission still being accepted
Faculty, staff, and emeriti are encouraged to submit materials they have published in the past year (including books, scholarly papers, art, music, websites, and DVDs). Complete the appropriate information on the submission form and send as instructed with your published works by Thursday, October 23, 2008 (5:00 p.m.).

Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

2008 Bibliography

Book covers for Persepolis 1 and 2

Book Talk
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the community
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library and his colleague, Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, Head of the Computer Learning Connection at CPL, will lead a discussion on Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return. Ms. Diamond-Ortiz, who also worked in the CPL Popular Library and developed their Graphic Novel collection, will begin with an overview of graphic novels.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return is the continuation of her fascinating story. In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna. Once there, she faces the trials of adolescence far from her friends and family, and while she soon carves out a place for herself among a group of fellow outsiders, she continues to struggle for a sense of belonging. Persepolis 2 is as funny and poignant as its predecessor.

The event is free and open to CSU faculty, staff, and students and to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.

First-year students enrolled in ASC 101 as part of the Common Reading Experience are also encouraged to attend.

Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She now lives in Paris, where she is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout the world, including The New Yorker and the New York Times. She is the author of several children's books, as well as the critically acclaimed and internationally best-selling memoir Persepolis, which has been translated into twelve languages, was a New York Times Notable Book, and was awarded the first Fernando Buesa Blanco Peace Prize in Spain and an Alex Award from the American Library Association.

Book cover for The Uncommon Reader

Book Talk
March 27, 2008
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the community
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, is back by popular demand to lead a Friends of the Library book discussion on a briskly original and subversively funny novella, The Uncommon Reader, by popular British writer Alan Bennett.

When Queen Elizabeth II in pursuit of her runaway puppy stumbles upon a mobile library, she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen's transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word. With the dawn of her sensibility, mistaken for the onset of senility, plots are hatched by the prime minister and the queen's staff to dispatch Norman and discourage the queen's preoccupation with books. Ultimately, it is her own growing self-awareness that leads her away from reading toward writing, with astonishing results. Bennett has fun with the proper behavior and protocol at the palace, and the few instances of mild coarseness seem almost scandalous.

Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call 216-875-9734.