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Maya Angelou, On the Pulse of Mourning

| May 28, 2014

Starting with ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’ Maya Angelou’s seven-part autobiography redefined the art of memoir writing while giving voice to a form of literary jazz and blues that trace the liberation and triumphs of a black woman in a culture that, as a result, bears her mark.

Farewell To Bookstores:
Why I Won’t Miss Books-A-Million

| March 30, 2014

The closure of Books-A-Million is not as bad as it sounds: the chain bookstore was not living up to its billing as a cultural hub, and bookstores these days are becoming irrelevant thanks to Amazon, audio books and Google, which make the world’s libraries immediately accessible at a click.

Flagler Kills Together:
Bill O’Reilly’s Re-Assassination of JFK

| March 14, 2014

Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Kennedy,” this year’s choice for the annual Flagler Reads Together event, is not the usual O’Reilly polemic and provides in parts a fair summary of Kennedy’s presidency and the assassination, but it also has many flaws, writes Pierre Tristam.

Where Obama Fear and Loathing Comes From

| September 30, 2012

Charles Kesler’s new book on Barack Obama loathing is a window into the closing of the conservative mind, which Mark Lilla’s review opens a notch to let in a breath of wit–unusual for unusually dour liberals.

Ed Skellings’s Death Leaves Florida Without a Poet Laureate for the First Time in 32 Years

| September 3, 2012

A memorial to Ed Skellings will be held at the City Island library in Daytona Beach on Sept. 6 as the Florida State Poets Association lobbies the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott to formalize the poet laureate’s appointment and link it to Florida’s literary and literacy efforts.

Wallace Stevens Read by Bill Murray

| August 20, 2012

Bill Murray reads two poems by Wallace Stevens, “The Planet on the Table” and “A Rabbit As King of the Ghosts” as part of Poets House’s 17th Annual Poetry Walk.

E.M. Forster: Why I Stopped Writing Novels

| August 15, 2012

E.M. Forster describes why he stopped writing novels when he was just 45 in a BBC documentary. “Somehow I dried up” after The Passage to India, he says.

Florida Book Award Winner Caren Umbarger at Flagler Beach’s Beanery Saturday

| July 27, 2012

Caren Umbarger, who won the bronze medal for fiction for “Coming To” in the 2011 Florida Book Award, will be talking about the book and reading from it at the Beachhouse Beanery Saturday, July 28, at 1 p.m.

Bob Graham, the First Lady and Umbarger: Honoring Florida’s Book Award Winners

| April 7, 2012

Caren Umbarger, artistic director of the Flagler Youth Orchestra, was among the authors honored by First Lady Ann Scott at a Governor’s mansion luncheon recognizing the winners of the Florida Book Awards. Umbarger recounts the experience.

Flagler Reads Together: The Red Badge of Courage, Chapter 2

| March 13, 2012

Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, Chapter 2: Union soldier Henry Fleming, still anxious about his first battle, projects his anxieties and anger on generals around him.

Flagler Reads Together: The Red Badge of Courage, Chapter 1

| March 12, 2012

Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, Chapter 1: Union soldier Henry Fleming mulls his fears and apprehensions before his first battle against Confederate forces on the other side of the river.

Visits Decline 26% in 2 Years at Flagler County Public Library; E-Books Beginning Oct. 1

| February 20, 2012

Patrons will be able to borrow the books through their digital devices. The library’s plans for a cafe continue despite a setback, and it has no plans for scaling back its physical presence: to the contrary. Expansion plans are afoot for the main branch library in Palm Coast.

Flagler Youth Orchestra Leader Umbarger Wins Florida Book Award for 1st Novel

| February 5, 2012

Caren Umbarger, the Flagler Youth Orchestra’s artistic director, won a bronze medal for “Coming To,” her first novel, about a woman struggling for liberation from an imperious husband in Depression-era Iowa.

Philip Roth’s Everyman

| December 11, 2011

In Everyman, this is the Philip Roth writing the eulogy from behind the ordinariness, the Roth who reads hearts like America’s best social cardiologist, still writing like it’s a midday office tryst he can pull off with as much virility as Portnoy in his prime.

Coming To: A Woman Re-Imagined
And the Making of a First Novel

| October 15, 2011

Caren Umbarger, the artistic director of the Flagler Youth Orchestra, describes how she came to write Coming To, her first novel, which would resonate with “anyone who has struggled out of oppression to make a better life for themselves.”

The Lusty Joys of Book-Banning

| September 25, 2011

Parents who run their homes like North Korea aside, it is literally impossible to ban a book in America anymore. An excerpt from Pierre Tristam’s Banned Book Week address on Sept. 26 to the Friends of the Library in Palm Coast.

Capital Punishment As a Crime More Dreadful Than Murder: Dostoyevsky on the Guillotine

| July 30, 2011

The death penalty, in this passage from Dostoevsky’s “The Idiot,” is seen as a punishment mostly for what precedes it–and an indictment of those who impose capital punishment.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 42-43

| March 12, 2011

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 42-43, full text, With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations: Tom Sawyer Wounded.—The Doctor’s Story.—Tom Confesses.—Aunt Polly Arrives.—Hand Out Them Letters– Out of Bondage.—Paying the Captive.—Yours Truly, Huck Finn.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 41

| March 12, 2011

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 41, full text, With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations: The Doctor.—Uncle Silas.—Sister Hotchkiss.—Aunt Sally in Trouble.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 40

| March 12, 2011

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 40, full text, With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations: Fishing.—The Vigilance Committee.—A Lively Run.—Jim Advises a Doctor.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 39

| March 12, 2011

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 39, full text, With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations: Rats.—Lively Bed—fellows.—The Straw Dummy.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 38

| March 12, 2011

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 38, full text, With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations: The Coat of Arms.—A Skilled Superintendent.—Unpleasant Glory.—A Tearful Subject.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 37

| March 12, 2011

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 37, full text, With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations: The Last Shirt.—Mooning Around.—Sailing Orders.—The Witch Pie.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 36

| March 12, 2011

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 36, full text, With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations: The Lightning Rod.—His Level Best.—A Bequest to Posterity.—A High Figure.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 35

| March 12, 2011

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 35, full text, With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations: Escaping Properly.—Dark Schemes.—Discrimination in Stealing.—A Deep Hole.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 34

| March 12, 2011

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 34, full text, With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations: The Hut by the Ash Hopper.—Outrageous.—Climbing the Lightning Rod.—Troubled with Witches.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 33

| March 12, 2011

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 33, full text, With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations: A Nigger Stealer.—Southern Hospitality.—A Pretty Long Blessing.—Tar and Feathers.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 32

| March 12, 2011

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 32, full text, With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations: Still and Sunday-like.—Mistaken Identity.—Up a Stump.—In a Dilemma.

Flagler Reads Together, Year 10: March Is the Month of Huckleberry Finn

| March 1, 2011

It’s the 10th anniversary of Flagler Reads Together, and this year’s choice is Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. Join the Friends of the Library for a series of events–Twain reenactments, movies, book chats and even a river tour. And read the book.

N-Word Reckonings: Wrestling With ‘Nigger’ In and Out of Context

| February 19, 2011

This essay on the history “nigger” as word and weapon is a postscript to the Mockingbird controversy and an introduction to next weekend’s performances. It is presented in the spirit of education, discussion—and, hopefully, debate.

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