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April 26, 2013

8th Annual Southwest Author Series May 3

charles_martin.jpg Come to the 8th Annual Southwest Author Series presented in partnership with The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips featuring NY Times Bestselling author Charles Martin. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Book sale and signing will follow the program. This event is free and light refreshments will be served.

To learn more about Charles Martin, visit http://charlesmartinbooks.com/
Friday, May 3
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library
(located at 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, FL 32819)

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

Charles Martin is the author of seven novels. He and his family live in Jacksonville, Florida. His newest novel, Unwritten will be published May 2013.

April 12, 2013

Art at the Library

The Southwest Library is proud to present the paintings of Cuban-American artist Dalgis Edelson. Dalgis explores beauty and ugliness and the gains and losses of life, in her wonderfully complex oil paintings cast on regular canvas and wood. Drawing from her deep sense of spirituality, dreams and imaginative wanderings, Edelson creates worlds infused with symbolism and meaning meant to probe the intuitive flow of human experience.
Inspired by Goya, Dali, Kahlo and the Old Masters, Edelson's paintings delve into the mysteries of humanity and the universe to touch the viewer and lend greater insight into humanity's emotional terrains.

The library is also featuring the Kirigami work of Al Aki. Kirigami is a variation of origami that includes paper folding and cutting to create beautiful designs. Al is a local origami artist/expert as well as an actor and voiceover artist. Al is also a Japanese storyteller at Walt Disney World.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the art or the artists, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest at ocls.info. More of Dalgis Edelson's work can be found on her website, www.dalgis-edelson.fineartamerica.com. Al Aki may be contacted at akial2003 at yahoo.com or through www.origamiland.com.

Both of these exhibits will be on display April through June 2013 at the Southwest Library.

April 9, 2013

Southwest Book Club Meets April 16


Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie. Rushdie writes a memoir of his nine years spent underground after he was sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini for his controversial novel, The Satanic Verses.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Tuesday, April 16
7:00 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

Discussion Questions
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. The memoir is written in the third-person, an unusual perspective for memoirs, which are usually first-person accounts. Why might Rushdie have used this point-of-view?

2. How does the Islamic world view The Satanic Verses? Why is it considered blasphemous? What is Rushdie's own view of the book? In what way does he say that the work is a "much more personal, interior exploration" than, say, Midnight's Children?

3. Rushdie considers the fatwa, as "a terrorist act that had to be confronted." He believes the world's leaders had and have an obligation to "defend his right to be a troublemaker." Do you agree?

4. In September, 2012, the very month that Joseph Anton was published, a film derogatory to Islam and Mohammed, produced by a small group in California, was released on YouTube. Considered blasphemous, the film inflamed Muslim anger throughout the Middle East. Should there be limits to the freedom of artistic speech? Criticism of religions is illegal in Germany, for instance. In the U.S. and other Western countries, however, free speech is granted almost absolute protection. Is it a government's responsibility to protect authors like Rushdie, cartoonists in the Netherlands, or film producers in California, who allegedly blaspheme religions? What do you think?

Discussion questions obtained at http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/14-non-fiction/8919-joseph-anton-rushdie

April 2, 2013

Poetry Playground with Charles Waters April 6

It's time to have fun with poetry. Come join Charles Waters, charles_waters.jpgchildren's poet and actor to celebrate National Poetry Month. Write your own name poem too!

To learn more about Charles and his poetry, visit www.charleswaters.net and http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCharlesWaters

This program is for kids ages 6-12.

Saturday, April 6
10:30 a.m
Southwest Library

Registration required.
For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info