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Author Meet & Greet: Aileen Kilgore Henderson and Anne Weston
The Horses of Lost Valley and My Brother Needs a Boa
10:30AM - 12:30PM
Tillery Hubbs, a twelve-year-old wimp in 1960's San Diego, discovers a neglected horse in Lost Valley. Struggling against the horse's wealthy owner--and his own family--Till succeeds in saving the horse. He gains the courage to fight flood and fire and protect the other horses of Lost Valley. But when a new danger threatens, Till may be powerless to stop it.
The Horses of Lost Valley recently won two Purple Dragonfly Awards for 2017.
Benito has a problem: he owns the only store in his remote rainforest village, and a pesky rat is driving away all his customers. The only solution? A boa constrictor, of course! But none of the snakes his neighbors find are just right for chasing away the rat as soon as possible. Benito rejects one after another until, finally, the perfect snake chooses Benito! The vivid and richly textured illustrations in My Brother Needs a Boa are full of charming details, and children will enjoy identifying all the animals that complete this picture of life in a rainforest community.
Author Meet & Greet: Jack Drake
Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers: Reflections from the Deep South 1964-1980
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Civil rights lawyers were handmaidens of change who worked in the back rooms during twentieth-century America's era of profound social upheaval. Kent Spriggs, a noted lawyer of the period, gathers stories of legal maneuvers and memories of racial injustices from 26 voices--white and black, male and female, Northern-born, and Southern-born--many of whom share their own defining moments as civil rights lawyers. This collective perspective adds depth to the history of the era and its window on the legal and extralegal activities that occurred away from the actual protest venues. The framing materials place civil rights litigation into the context of major events from the 1960s, and the concluding section reflects on contemporary relevancies and continuing legacies.
Join us as we welcome Jack Drake, contributor to Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers: Prior to his retirement on July 31, 2013, Jack Drake was one of the leading constitutional rights lawyers of his generation. After graduation from the University of Alabama Law School in 1969, Mr. Drake went to work as staff counsel for the Selma Interreligious Project which was a Civil Rights organization dedicated to helping create economic opportunity for African-Americans in Alabama's Black Belt. In that capacity, he worked with the Freedom Quilting Bee, helped establish several daycare centers and worked with numerous farmers as well as farmers' organizations. Mr. Drake was one of the Plaintiff lawyers in Wyatt v. Stickney, a landmark case that set minimum standards of care for patients in mental hospitals in Alabama and subsequently the nation. He was also involved in other constitutional litigation which improved conditions in Alabama's prisons as well as local jails. Mr. Drake represented consumers and victims of all types for almost 45 years.
Author Meet & Greet: Ann Powers
Good Booty: Love & Sex, Black & White, Body & Soul in American Music
3:00PM - 4:30PM
In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR's acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate both emotionally and truthfully about our most fraught social issues, sex and race.
In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form. She takes us from nineteenth-century New Orleans through dance-crazed Jazz Age New York to the teen scream years of mid-twentieth-century rock and roll and the cutting-edge adventures of today's viral pop stars. Drawing on her deep knowledge of gender and sexuality, Powers recounts stories of forbidden lovers, wild shimmy-shakers, orgasmic gospel singers, countercultural perverts, soft-rock sensitivos, punk Puritans, and the cyborg known as Britney Spears to illuminate how eroticism--not merely sex, but love, bodily freedom, and liberating joy--became entwined within the rhythms and melodies of American song. This cohesion, she reveals, touches the heart of America's anxieties and hopes about race, feminism, marriage, youth, and freedom.
Spanning more than a century of music, Powers both heralds little-known artists--such as Florence Mills, a contemporary of Josephine Baker, and gospel queen Dorothy Love Coates--and sheds new light on artists we think we know well, from the Beatles and Jim Morrison to Madonna and Beyonce. In telling the history of how American popular music and sexuality intersect, Good Booty--Powers's magnum opus over two decades in the making--offers new insights into our national psyche and our soul.
Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent and one of the nation's leading music writers. She began her career at San Francisco Weekly, and has held positions at the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, Blender, and the Experience Music Project. Her books include Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America; Tori Amos: Piece by Piece, which she cowrote with Amos; and Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Rap, and Pop, which she coedited with Evelyn McDonnell. She was also the editor of Best Music Writing 2010. She lives in Nashville.