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Irish poet Paul Durcan to read work inspired by visits to Toledo Museum of Art & environs

Poet Paul Durcan is celebrated as a national treasure in his native Ireland. Illustrious literary figures, including British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, are to be found in the audience of his theatrical, dramatic readings – performed in his deep Irish brogue.        Now Durcan will cross the Atlantic to give a free reading of poetry he penned about works of art in the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection during a Masters Series on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle. Titled Wild, Wild Erie, the book was commissioned by the Museum’s Director Brian Kennedy, a fellow Irishman who asked whether Durcan would be willing to apply his heartfelt and humorous approach to prose about the TMA art collection.        The talk will be followed by a book signing at 7:15 p.m.        “Paul Durcan is one of Ireland’s great poets,” Kennedy said. “His wit, humor and intelligence make him a magnetic character in the cultural life of Ireland.”        This marks Durcan’s first project with an American museum. He embarked on similar collaborations twice before, with the National Gallery of Ireland (producing “Crazy About Women”) and the National Gallery, London (resulting in “Give…


Piano concert, job coaching all on tap at public library

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY The library’s popular “Job Coach,” HR expert Frank Day, will be available Wednesday, October 5 starting at 9:30 am to provide advice on polishing your resume, exploring online job sites, or filling out an online application. Please call ahead, 419-352-5050,  to make an appointment for your half-hour session with Mr. Day. “Tablet and Smartphone Classes,” presented in partnership with the Wood County Committee on Aging and the BGSU School of Media and Communications, will be held Tuesday, October 4 and 11 at 6:15 pm in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. These classes are structured to suit your needs and to help you to get the most from your phone or mobile device. Registration is required. For details and to register call the Senior Center at 419-353-5661. A popular concert series which showcases graduate students in piano studies at BGSU’s College of Musical Arts returns to the WCDPL Atrium on Monday October 3 at 7 pm. The program features three centuries of keyboard classics from composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Chopin. WCDPL’s full programming calendar, including youth programs and scheduling and selections for its popular book discussion groups during the month of October may…


Library offers programs on books, technology, cooking & more

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY September winds up at Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main St., Bowling Green) with book discussion groups (including a live conversation via Skype with author Sam Quinones), an opportunity for adults to treat themselves to an evening of coloring with friends, a class on getting the most from your tablet and smartphone, and a Skype presentation from the Federal Trade Commission on safe online practices and behaviors. Staff from the Federal Trade Commission share free resources and answer parents’ questions about online safety for kids during a live Skype presentation, “Living Life Online” on Monday, Sept. 19 at 7 pm in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Coffee Talk with Kristin Wetzel meets Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room to discuss “Fall of the Marigolds” by Susan Meissner. The library’s popular “Job Coach,” HR expert Frank Day, will be available Wednesday, Sept. 21 starting at 9:30 am to provide advice on polishing your resume, exploring online job sites, or filling out an online application. Please call ahead, 419-352-5050, to make an appointment for your half-hour session with Mr. Day. On Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 pm adults…


Wendell Mayo brings his “lonely ones” into the spotlight

By DAVIDDUPONT BG Independent News Writing stories can be a lonely job. Maybe that’s why fiction writers populate their stories with so many lonely souls. So when award-winning fiction writer Wendell Mayo took the stage last week in what was billed as the first in the Spotlight on the Arts series, his theme was All My Lonely Ones. But as a professor in the Bowling Green State University Creative Writing Program, he’s certainly not alone in his pursuit. Eschewing the usual introduction, he spent the first few minutes of his presentation singing the praises of BGSU Creative Writing Program. And as a former engineer, he did it with a string of numbers including 415 books published by graduates of the program and 226 awards bestowed on their work. And that includes the big one, a Pulitzer Prize in fiction, for Anthony Doerr. The program’s importance, though, is unquantifiable. “What we do here is bring authors from all over the world out of isolation,” he said. Together they share insights and learn the craft of writing.  Mayo said he started writing in the 1980s when he was living in the San Francisco and commuting by train to his job as a…


Gathering Volumes in Perrysburg offers place for book lovers to congregate

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Like most booklovers, Denise Phillips can name her favorite bookstores. In Chicago, where she and her family lived until moving to Perrysburg five years ago, there is the Book Table. In Ann Arbor, where they’ve made regular trips in the past several years, there’s Literati. But until earlier this summer, she didn’t have one close to home. So Phillips, and her husband, Brian, took initiative and opened Gathering Volumes at 196 E. South Boundary in Perrysburg. “We’ve been searching for an independent bookstore,” she said. One that sells new books. Used bookstores are plentiful. “I think a bookstore is such a community hub,” Phillips said.  “You just feel at home, no matter if you’ve ever been there before.” With a stock reflecting local customers’ interests, book clubs geared to popular genres, and events featuring area authors, that’s just what she envisions Gathering Volumes to be. The store marks a career switch for her. She was a project manager for an information technology firm. When her father died, Phillips said, “I decided I wasn’t happy doing what I was doing, and this was something that was always there for me.” So two years ago she…


Author offers a cyber-age guide to female adolescence

By FRANCES BRENT Total Package Girl urges girls to “Discover The Ultimate You for Life!” Author,  Grown-up-but-Girl-Scout-Forever- Kristi K. Hoffman is a long time Girl Scout volunteer serving and consulting at many levels. She has created a book/guide/manual/workbook that combines the old time values of developing body, brain and spirit while living in a world of hash-tags and snapchats and an evolving world of social media. Her goal is to help adolescent  girls acquire the self-understanding and skills to emerge from adolescence as self-confident, positive leaders. As a young woman, Hoffman, University of Toledo graduate and former WTOL staffer,  took herself off to Boston University to earn a Master’s Degree, learn how to be self-sufficient in an unfamiliar environment and to find her purpose. She emerged as a young professional determined to make a difference in the world. The mother of two teenage boys and a  fit former yoga instructor, Hoffman is an enthusiastic entrepreneur heading her own enterpriseTotalPackageGlobal.com that also works,  consults and trains in the corporate world. Her book, “Total Package Girl,” is aimed at helping girls deal with the now of growing up in a Social Media world and looking at the long term picture of who…


Fiction writer Wendell Mayo “All My Lonely Ones” to initiate Spotlight on the Arts, Thursday, Sept. 1

From BG MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Dr. Wendell Mayo, prize-winning author and Fulbright Scholar, has lived two lives, the first as a chemical engineer, the second as a writer and BGSU faculty member. Mayo, a professor of English and creative writing, is the featured speaker for the University’s Spotlight on the Arts event Sept. 1. His presentation, titled “All My Lonely Ones: The Short Fiction of Wendell Mayo,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at The Wolfe Center for the Arts. The event is also part of the Creative Writing Program’s fall reading series. Mayo started as a chemical engineer at the behest of his father, a nuclear physicist. His mother continually encouraged him to “dream big” and use his imagination. “My mother, the whole time, encouraged anything that had to do with creativity in me. She would read all my writing, tell me, ‘Don’t listen to your father, someday you’ll be an artist.’ She thought I’d be a painter, or a lawyer.” Mayo started writing seriously around 1982 while working for Standard Oil, now BP, in San Francisco. He enrolled in the Vermont College of Fine Arts Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts…


Candy, the beloved spaniel, still smiling in Carole Sarkan’s new book

By FRANCES BRENT “And Candy Smiled” was Carole Sarkan’s first book about a wonderfully hyperactive dog that lost a leg to a passing car. Carole Sarkan’s simple words and Emily Christoff-Flowers’ lush illustrations  mesh to tell a story full of the joy and energy of life embodied by one cuddly and expressively noisy dog casually overcoming a real disability. In the just published companion book, “And Candy Lived,” the message of the power of love continues. Death is never mentioned and life goes on in settings created by love, imagination and memory.  The scenes and sentiments are “So North West  Ohio,” yet touch on the universal themes of love, family and transcending sorrow. These are books to be read aloud and then savored alone for the gorgeously romantic illustrations and the sheer dogginess that touches our human psyche. We love our dogs. Think how the New Orleans floods showed that bond. To say children’s author Carole Sarkan is local is almost to re-define the term. Born and schooled in Bowling Green, she graduated from BGSU and lives in Grand Rapids. Carole student taught in Bowling City  with her former sixth grade teacher and spent her entire public school career  teaching in the BG system. Keeping the local…


‘Orange Is the New Black’ author to visit BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Piper Kerman, best-selling author of “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” will be on BGSU’s campus Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 to discuss her book and her life story. Kerman will be presenting as part of the Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories lecture series sponsored by BGSU University Libraries and its Leadership Council. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation following at 7:30 p.m. A VIP event will begin at 5:30 p.m. All events are hosted in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Tickets for the event are $30 for dinner and $100 for the VIP event and dinner. Tickets are available now at bgsu.edu/libraryevent. Kerman’s book chronicles her 13 months spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. In her book she explores the experience of incarceration and the intersection of her life with the lives of the women she met while in prison: their friendships and families, mental illnesses and substance abuse issues, cliques and codes of behavior. Since her release, Kerman has worked tirelessly to promote criminal justice reform. She serves on the board of the Women’s Prison Association, which provides…


Winners of Ohioana Book Awards announced

From The OHIOANA LIBRARY COLIMBUS —  The Ohioana Library has announced the winners of the 2016 Ohioana Book Awards. The awards, established in 1942, honor Ohio authors in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Juvenile Literature, and Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature. The final category, About Ohio or an Ohioan, may also include books by non-Ohio authors. The Ohioana Awards are among the oldest and longest-established state literary prizes in the nation. “From the nearly 300 books that were eligible for this year’s awards, thirty finalists in six categories were selected by jurors,” said David Weaver, Executive Director of the Ohioana Library. “To make this short list is itself recognition of excellence and selecting a winner is a challenge. The books and authors chosen as 2016’s honorees are truly stellar.” This year marks the 75th anniversary of the awards, which will be presented at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Friday, September 23. The winners are: Fiction: Mary Doria Russell. Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral. Ecco, 2015. Nonfiction: Wil Haygood. Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America. Knopf, 2015. About Ohio or an Ohioan: David McCullough. The Wright Brothers. Simon & Schuster, 2015. Poetry: Nin Andrews. Why God Is a Woman. BOA Editions Ltd., 2015. Juvenile…


Lisa Chavers taps into love of relationships for first book

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Lisa Chavers holds onto friendships. She’s still is in touch with her best friend for first grade. Her 87-year-old mother says that Chavers, who turns 57 on July 4th, I “the most relational” person she knows. That’s not just because Chavers keeps in touch with people, but also because she thinks deeply about those relationships, what sustains them and how they shift over time, and sometimes how to discard them. The retired Bowling Green State University administrator has put those thoughts into a book “The Rhythm of Relationships.” She’ll have a reception and book signing for the book Saturday, July 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St., Bowling Green. “Over time, relationships can develop their own rhythm, pace, cadence, and unique sound,” she writes early in the book, and through its spare 105 pages, she explores how this happens. It’s told through the lens of her own life, growing up in Cleveland, both in the city and often visiting extended family in rural Twinsburg. A major aspect of her life is being a devote Christian. That’s how she was raised. “I know what I am and what…


Library ready to color your world with programs for adults

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY As June winds down, the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green provides several programs for adults that will help beat the “summertime blues.” Join us for a bike ride along the Slippery Elm Trail, learn about five free apps you may be unaware of for reading free eBooks; rediscover coloring as a creative and relaxing pastime, and much more. Events are free and open to all. See you at the library.  Wednesday, June 22, 10 a.m. “Coloring: It’s Not Just for Kids.” Adults, rediscover the relaxing and creative pastime of coloring.Second Floor Meeting Room.  Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m. “Slow Roll BG: A Social Bike Ride.” Families are invited to join a leisurely bike ride along the Slippery Elm Trail. Led by a Wood County Parks Ranger, the Slow Roll starts promptly at 7 p.m., rain or shine, from the trail’s Sand Ridge Road entrance (at the Montessori School). Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. WCDPL’s IT specialist Nick Sluka shares tips and tricks for finding your way around and getting the most out of your computer. Due to space limitation, registration is required. Call 419-352-5050 to register. Second Floor TechLab. Tuesday, June 28, 10:30…


Start a new chapter by learning to play ukulele at library

From Wood County District Public Library Book groups and ukuleles take center stage at Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main St., BG) in the library’s upcoming adult programming for the week of June 13 – 19. Events are free and open to all. Monday, June 13 · Kristin Wetzel leads the Page to Table cookbook discussion group meeting at 6:30 pm in the Carter House. This month’s meeting focuses on “Food Network Stars.” Participants, may bring a dish prepared from a cookbook by their favorite Food Network chef, along with a copy of the recipe, noting any changes made. The library will supply flatware and dinnerware. Tuesday, June 14 · The library’s Diversity in America book group, led by Jim Litwin meets in the 1st Floor Meeting Room to discuss Sally Denton’s American Massacre. Thursday, June 16 · Coffee Talk book group, led by Kristin Wetzel, holds its annual “Book to Film Day” in the 1st Floor Meeting Room. At 10:00 am the group will discuss Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Following a break for lunch, the group resumes its meeting at 1:00 pm to watch the book’s critically acclaimed film adaptation (Oscar nominee Best Film and Best Screenplay,…


Library offers adult summer reading programs & more

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Reading contributes to a limber mind, so Summer Reading Programs aren’t just for kids at Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green. A Summer Reading Program for Adults, “Exercise Your Mind: Read!” has begun and will continue through July 29. Participation is easy—simply report books read this summer either online at wcdpl.org/Adult_SRP or by completing an entry form available at the library. Sponsors of the program include the Friends of the Library, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation, and Wendy’s. The library also has more activities for adults in store in the upcoming week: Monday, June 6 Monday Mysteries book group meets at 7pm at the Carter House (directly behind the library) to discuss Blackout by Connie Willis. The group is led by Mary Callahan Boone and Doris Ann Norris. Thursday, June 9 “BG’s Got Talent” starts at 6:30 pm in the Atrium. Enjoy an evening of family-friendly performances featuring Bowling Green’s brightest stars. Saturday, June 11 WCDPL IT assistant Nick Sluka offers an Introduction to Computers in the library’s TechLab starting at 10 am. Ideal for beginners, this class covers the basics of operating systems, parts of the computer—including important buttons and ports, and…


Authors contend cooperation essential in solving problems

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Despite our best efforts, our attempts to resolve conflict sometimes fall short, and that feeling of being stuck at a dead end can cause us to give up and walk away. Yet we are social beings, and are instinctively drawn to working together, say Dr. Donald Scherer, a professor emeritus of philosophy, and Carolyn Jabs, journalist, author and BGSU alumna. When cooperation fails, “What is the missing ingredient and what steps can we take to supply it?” Scherer asked. In their new book, “Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart,” published by Green Wave Press, Scherer and Jabs explore this vexing question and posit five virtues that can help jumpstart efforts at solving problems together. For each virtue, they include three concrete practices to use. “There will always be conflict,” Scherer observed, whether in public or private life, among organizations and individuals. “We can’t prevent that, but we offer tools to resolve it and initiatives that show good faith — constructive steps that ameliorate the problem and help ward off further problems.” The virtues he and Jabs present are: Proactive Compassion: becoming more attuned to what is really distressing to the…