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Clarksville Arts and Heritage invites Organizations to Apply for ABC Grants to Fund Arts Activities

 

Free workshop to be held at Customs House Museum in Clarksville on April 28th

Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development CouncilClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council invites organizations seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community to apply for an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant.

Arts Build Communities (ABC) is a program funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and administered by the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council (AHDC) in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC).

ABC grants offer financial support for arts projects in all disciplines such as dance, music, opera/musical theatre, theatre, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary and folk arts.

Organizations Invited to Apply for ABC Grants to Fund Arts Activities

Organizations Invited to Apply for ABC Grants to Fund Arts Activities

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Author Gore Vidal Dead at 86

 

Author Gore Vidal

Author Gore Vidal
(October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012)
Photo By David Shankbone

Novelist, essayist, playwright, Gore Vidal died at home in Hollywood Hills on Tuesday at age 86. Born on October 3, 1925, at West Point, New York, he succumbed to complications from pneumonia.

Author of Myra Breckenridge, Lincoln, and Burr among 26 novels, 26 works of nonfiction, eight plays and 14 screenplays, he is also especially remembered for contributions to “Caligula” and “Ben Hur.”

A political liberal, he was known for his outspoken comments on candidates and officeholders, the rich and famous, anyone about whom he wished to make a comment alike, and challenge authority at every turn. He enraged mainstream critics and wrecked his political ambitions because he announced his homosexuality. For about 30 years, he lived with his partner, Howard Austen, in Ravello, Italy; he insisted that the success of their relationship was based on their not having sex together. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Women of Color Book Club Honor Local Author

 

Clarksville, TN – On November 19th, 2011, at the Harbor Café, the Women of Color Book Club honored local author Richard “Reason” Garrett. His 2nd novel titled, “Reality Check” was selected as the November book of the month and during their monthly meeting Richard was invited to participate as the featured author to sign books personally and answer questions about the novel.

The novel centers on the Hollow Point Clicc, a notorious crew from Clarksville, TN. It invites readers on a journey to discover that the “Game” can be played just as hard in small towns. Leaving the over saturated settings of New York, Cali, and ATL; HPC vividly portrays images ranging from the grit and the grime to the glamour and the glory of street life where only what is done for Christ will last.

Women of Color Book Club honored local author Richard “Reason” Garrett for his 2nd Novel entitled Reality Check.

Women of Color Book Club honored local author Richard “Reason” Garrett for his 2nd Novel entitled Reality Check.

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State Requests Public Input on Textbooks

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee education officials are looking for input on textbooks proposed for the 2012-2013 school year in the following subjects: section VI, visual arts, music, theater arts, dance, spelling, literature, driver education, computer science, health sciences education, business technology, marketing education, technology engineering, education and trade and industrial education.

The textbooks are now on display in 10 district collection sites across Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»

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Organizations Invited to Apply for ABC Grants to Fund Arts Activities

 

Arts and Heritage Development CouncilClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council invites organizations seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community to apply for an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant.
 
Arts Build Communities (ABC) is a program funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered by the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council (AHDC) in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). ABC grants offer financial support for arts projects in all disciplines such as dance, music, opera/musical theater, theater, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary, and folk arts.

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New APSU Program Seeks to Use Children’s Literature to Teach STEM Concepts

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Dr. Ann Assad, associate professor of mathematics and statistics at Austin Peay State University, set a stack of children’s literature books on the table. She flipped briefly through the titles, pausing occasionally to admire the bright, colorful covers of the books.

“We need to engage children in wanting to learn, wanting to solve problems,” she said. “One way we can interest them is through literature.”

That’s not such a groundbreaking statement when talking about a language arts class, but Assad was specifically referring to something completely different – a mathematics class. She, along with APSU assistant professor of education Dr. Lauren Wells, wants to use children’s literature to boost elementary school students’ science and mathematics comprehension skills, and a new $138,202 grant is helping them do just that. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU professor and Poet Blas Falconer wins national award

 
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Blas Falconer

Austin Peay State University LogoBlas Falconer, a professor at Austin Peay State University, has been named a recipient of the Maureen Egan Writers Exchange Award, according to Poets and Writers magazine.

Falconer, along with fellow Tennessee fiction writer, Jeanne McDonald, were selected for the award.

The Maureen Egan Writers Exchange Award gives emerging writers the opportunity to interact with the literary community in New York City. Writers of poetry and fiction are annually chosen from one state to participate in the competition. To be eligible, writers must not have more than one full-length book in publication. «Read the rest of this article»

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Bookfest welcomes Lit lovers, ‘foodies’

 

Free event features hundreds of award-winning authors including Wroblewski, Alexie, Bragg and Maraniss

NASHVILLE – The Southern Festival of Books is just two weeks away and organizers are gearing up to welcome more than 20,000 patrons and an all-star lineup of authors, cooks and musicians this October 10-12, on Nashville’s War Memorial Plaza.

From beloved authors and first-timers, to former U.S. Congressmen and Pulitzer Prize winners, the 20-year old festival features more than 200 authors from around the nation and in every genre for interactive presentations, readings, panel discussions and book signings.

You can even hear from David Wroblewski, the author of the Oprah’s Book Club pick, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, from Noon-1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12 at War Memorial Auditorium (no advance reservations required, first come – first served seating). A free book signing follows the reading. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Harry Potter tops hit list of those seeking to ban books

 

In celebration of Banned Books Week, Clarksville Online will offer our readers articles, and Best Books lists — yes, lists — of the best in literature for both adults and children.  Have you read a banned Book? We hope so!

Apart from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter phenomenon, the most challenged books of the 21st century (2000-2005) include a number of books taught as classic and “relevant” books in terms of content and history.

In celebrating Banned Books Week (September 23-30, 2006), the American Library Association (ALA) compiled the top 10 most challenged books from 2000-2005, with the Harry Potter series of books leading the pack. The 10 most challenged books of the 21st Century (2000-2005) are:

  1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  2. “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier
  3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  4. “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck
  5. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
  6. “Fallen Angels” by Walter Dean Myers
  7. “It’s Perfectly Normal” by Robie Harris
  8. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz
  9. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
  10. “Forever” by Judy Blume «Read the rest of this article»
 

Children’s book on male penguins raising chick remains on list of most challenged books

 

In celebration of Banned Books Week, Clarksville Online will offer our readers articles, and Best Books lists — yes, lists — of the best in literature for both adults and children.  Have you read a banned Book? We hope so!

Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell’s award-winning “And Tango Makes Three,” a children’s book about two male penguins caring for an orphaned egg, topped the list of American Library Association’s (ALA) 10 Most Challenged Books of 2007. A year ago. This year’s tally of challenges has three more months to go.

Three books are new to the list “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes; “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman; and “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle.“Free access to information is a core American value that should be protected,” said Judith F. Krug, director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. “Not every book is right for each reader, but an individual’s interpretation of a book should not take away my right to select reading materials for my family or myself.” «Read the rest of this article»

 



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