October Is Magical with Albion's Big Read


October 2, 2015

The Big Read in Albion, Michigan, October 2015, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts with support from Arts Midwest.Albion—the College, the City and the surrounding community—will celebrate The Big Read throughout October. In addition to a number of book discussions on Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, community businesses and groups are sponsoring events and activities related to The Big Read themes of community dialogue and youth empowerment.

"Albion’s Big Read program reveals how much art is already part of our community," said English professor and Albion Big Read Director Jess Roberts, explaining that everything from the Forks Senior Center to Kids 'N' Stuff Children's Museum are supporting events in their own ways. "Book clubs already existed; concerts were already in the works; money was already in place to bring powerful speakers. The Big Read gave us a way of bringing all of it together, of showing ourselves to ourselves."

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Below are some of the Albion Big Read's highlight events. Many more are listed at the Albion Big Read website. For more information, contact Madeline Drury, assistant director of community programming, at , or contact Roberts at 517/629-0232.

Albion Big Read Featured Events

October 3, 1 p.m.: The Magic of Albion – Big Read Kick-Off. Parade begins at 1 p.m. at City Hall and proceeds to Holland Park. The afternoon includes live music, a photo booth, circus performers, professional face painters, local food vendors, art projects, and more.

Throughout the month: "White-Washed Cover Art," at the Albion District Library. This exhibit displays book illustrations in which characters of color are misrepresented, often with the assumption that readers are more likely to choose a book with a white character on the cover.

Through October 17: A Wizard of Earthsea Anime Contest. Open to teens, who can submit up to two anime illustrations of characters or scenes from A Wizard of Earthsea. Winners will be recognized at an awards dinner on October 20. Sponsored by the Albion District Library.

October 6, 7 p.m., Bohm Theatre, downtown Albion: Big Read Lecture by Christopher Myers
Myers, an award-winning children's book illustrator and author, will discuss the power of words, images and imagination. He recently collaborated with Misty Copeland on her critically acclaimed children's book Firebird, which tells the story of Copeland's journey from a Boys and Girls Club ballet class to her position as principal soloist with the American Ballet Theatre.

October 13-15, Albion District Library: Drop-in Sharpie Quilt Squares
All community members are invited to visit the library and design a square for the Big Read Big Quilt.

October 16, 7 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church (119 W. Erie): The Fantasia and the Big Read
Albion College piano professors David Abbott and Lia Jensen-Abbott will describe and perform some "fantasia," a music genre with fascinating connections to literary fantasy.

October 17, 2 p.m., Albion District Library: Crayon batik quilt squares
Community members can drop in and make crayon batik square for the Big Read Big Quilt.

October 18, 6 p.m., Caring Community Church (1015 Irwin Ave.): More of Albion's Music through the Ages
The novel's very first page explains that Ged's deeds are sung by bards long after his death. Sharing history through song occurs in our own world and is the focus of this concert. Sponsored by the Albion Historical Society.

October 25, 7 p.m., Bobbitt Visual Arts Center (Hannah and Cass streets): "The Mask We Wear" Screening and Discussion
This powerful documentary examines masculinity in America and its devastating relationship to violence. A community discussion will follow.

October 27, 7 p.m., Bohm Theatre: Keynote Address and Celebration
National Book Award-winning young-adult novelist M.T. Anderson helps us celebrate the power of books. the sometimes tenuous boundary between the real and the unreal, and our Albion community. This event will also include recognition of the Big Read youth leaders.

October 29, 4 p.m., Ford Senior Center (101 N. Albion): Glittering Dragons: a Grandparents Event
Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to create dragon-themed art. Materials will be provided.

October 31, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Albion Community School: Geekend
Fifth through eighth graders from across Michigan will enjoy an incredible STEM day with the magic of science, the science of magic, 3D printing, playing Quidditch and more. Pre-registration is required, see www.albioncommunityschools.net for online registration.

A Wizard of Earthsea Book Discussions
Read more about the selection of A Wizard of Earthsea and the efforts made to bring The Big Read to Albion.
Read more about the selection of A Wizard of Earthsea and the efforts made to bring The Big Read to Albion.

October 4, 2 p.m., Gardner House Museum. Chapter 1 will be read to the group, followed by discussion and refreshments. Sponsored by the Albion Historical Society.

October 9, 10:30 a.m., Nora's and More (115 N. Superior). Hosted by Albion College first-year students.

October 10, 11:30 a.m., Albion College President's House (501 E. Michigan). Hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

October 11, 2 p.m., Albion First Presbyterian (305 E. Porter). Hosted by Albion AAUW.

October 12, 6:15 p.m., Books and More (119 N. Superior). Discussion led by Big Read youth leaders.

October 14, 5 p.m., Biggby Coffee (217 E. Michigan). Hosted by Albion's Sister City committee, this discussion will also include excerpts from the French translation.

October 14, 7 p.m., Cascarelli's (119 S. Superior)

October 15, 7 p.m., Albion Community School. This event is hosted by the ACS PTO and will include activities.

October 19, noon, Albion College Baldwin Dining Hall (Hannah and East Cass streets). Hosted by the Albion College Alumni/ae Chapter.

October 19, 5 p.m., Albion City Hall (112 Cass St.). Discussion will be led by Big Read youth leaders.

October 21, 5:30 p.m., Albion College Baldwin Hall (Hannah and East Cass streets). Hosted by Sisters Influencing Society.

Dragons Galore Film Series at the Bohm Theatre

October 10, 11 a.m.: Shrek

October 17, 11 a.m.: How to Train Your Dragon

October 24, 11 a.m.: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

October 31, 11 a.m.: Tales of Earthsea