Monday, September 10th, 6:30 - 9:00pm:  Author Mike Lankford, 'Becoming Leonardo'  - a Free Book Discussion

With immediacy and grace, Becoming Leonardo starts on a high note and gets better to the very end.”  

                                  —Wall Street Journal  (Daniel Levitin)

In a book unlike anything ever written about the Renaissance genius, Mike Lankford explodes every cliché about Leonardo da Vinci and then reconstructs him based on a rich trove of available evidence — bringing to life for the modern reader the man who has been studied by scholars for centuries, yet has remained as mysterious as ever.

Lankford brilliantly captures da Vinci’s life as the compelling and dangerous adventure it seems to have actually been—fleeing from one sanctuary to the next, somehow surviving in war zones beside his friend Machiavelli, struggling to make art his way or no way at all… and often paying dearly for those decisions.

Lankford is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and also the author of Life in Double Time: Confessions of an American Drummer, a memoir about his years as a white drummer in a black R&B band. The book was an Amazon editor’s pick, and was selected by eight major newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and the Austin Chronicle, as the best music book of the year.

 


Monday, September 24th, 6:30 - 8:00:  Author Visit - Jennifer Harvey

 Anyone involved in raising children today will appreciate Harvey’s new book, Raising White Kids:Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America.  This book is great for families, churches, educators, and communities who want to equip their children to be active and able participants in a society that is becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world while remaining full of racial tensions. While a great deal of public discussion exists regarding the impact of race and racism on children of color, meaningful dialogue about and resources for understanding the impact of race on white children are woefully absent. Raising White Kids steps into that void.

 


 Monday, October 15th, 6:30 - 9:00pm:  'We the Interwoven' - a Free Book Discussion

 

Enjoy a lively discussion by the writers who tell the story of a new Iowa. We the Interwoven brings together three Americans whose families have found home in the heartland over the past two generations. This collection brings together a variety of genres, including nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, to represent their unique experiences and amalgamation of influences, from the coast of Azerbaijan to the border towns of Mexico to the archipelago of the Philippines.

 


These stories reflect who they were, who they are, and who they hope to become with the help of Iowa's fields of opportunity. While the American Dream may bring to mind the quintessential white picket fence, the American experience it as unique as it is diverse.

 

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