A survey for our friends in Rocca Sorrentina

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Gentlebeings

The Accademia di Scienza, Lettere e Arti di Rocca Sorrentina is planning its next discussion series in Enlightenment-era literature, and we find ourselves with an embarrassment of riches in works we might discuss. As a consequence, we look to you, The Informed Reader, to help us decide what we shall read.

Pray, of your goodness, waft gently through the aether to http://tinyurl.com/RoccaSorrentina2013-4Discussio and give us the benefit of your opinion, whim, fancy, predilection, sentiment, view, or inclination.

your servants

Professore Aldo Stern
Lady Sere Timeless
Sir JJ Drinkwater
For the Accademia di Scienza, Lettere e Arti di Rocca Sorrentina
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Magic, Monsters and Other Worlds: The Fantastic in Victorian Literature.
Winter 2012 through Spring 2014

The Victorian era  saw a great flourishing of fantasy literature. From the golden world of Neverland to the dark horror of Dracula’s stalking-grounds, from the absurdities of Wonderland to the reimagined Middle Ages of the Pre-Raphaelites, British authors invited readers into realms of the inexplicable and the marvelous. Was this a turning-away from the increasing rationalization and regimentation of their world, brought about by advances in science and technology?  A romantic rejection of industrialization and urbanization? An aspect of the Victorian fascination with spiritualism and the occult?  An escape from repressive social mores? A yearning after lost innocence? All of these and more?  Our discussions will explore the Victorian literature of the fantastic from numerous angles; through novels, stories, and poetry we’ll seek to understand what inspired fantasy authors and their audiences, and how their works still speak to us today.

Meetings will be the third Wednesday of the month, at 4pm SLT
Caledon Library Meeting Room
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Victoria%20City/160/118/23

Contact JJ Drinkwater or Kghia Gherardi for details

For further insight concerning Victorian Fantasy Literature consult
The Victorian Web: http://www.victorianweb.org/genre/fantov.html

Inaugural meeting Dec 19 2012
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
http://tinyurl.com/cdgy7kb
The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton by Charles Dickens
http://tinyurl.com/d5q5fch



Complete Schedule:


Dec 19, 2012: A Christmas Carol and The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton - Charles Dickens

Jan 16, 2013: Dracula - Bram Stoker
 
Feb 20, 2013: Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

Mar 20, 2013: The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde

April 17, 2013: "The Sword of Welleran", "The Fall of Babbulkund", & “The Highwaymen” - Lord Dunsany

May 15, 2013:  "The Lady of Shallot" & "The Lotos Eaters" - Lord Tennyson

June 19, 2013: "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" - Robert Browning

July 17, 2013: “The Hosting of the Sidhe”, “The Stolen Child”, & “The Song of Wandering Aengus” - William Butler Yeats

Aug 21, 2013: The Water of the Wondrous Isles - William Morris

Sept 18, 2013: The Princess and the Goblin - George MacDonald

Oct 16, 2013: Peter Pan - JM Barrie

Nov 20, 2013: "The Goblin Market" - Christina Rosetti

Dec 18, 2013: "La Belle Dame sans Merci" - John Keats

Jan 16, 2014: The King of the Golden River - John Ruskin

Feb 19, 2014: Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
Mad Tea Party! Caledon Library Great Lawn:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Victoria%20City/30/180/23

Mar 19, 2014: The Novel of the Black Seal - Arthur Machen

April 16,  2014: Overview & Favorites.


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New Discussion Series at the Caledon Library

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The Caledon Library is pleased to announce a new discussion series:
Magic, Monsters and Other Worlds: The Fantastic in Victorian Literature.
Winter 2012 through Spring 2014

The Victorian era saw a great flourishing of fantasy literature. From the golden world of Neverland to the dark horror of Dracula’s stalking-grounds, from the absurdities of Wonderland to the reimagined Middle Ages of the Pre-Raphaelites, British authors invited readers into realms of the inexplicable and the marvelous. Was this a turning-away from the increasing rationalization and regimentation of their world, brought about by advances in science and technology? A romantic rejection of industrialization and urbanization? An aspect of the Victorian fascination with spiritualism and the occult? An escape from repressive social mores? A yearning after lost innocence? All of these and more? Our discussions will explore the Victorian literature of the fantastic from numerous angles; through novels, stories, and poetry we’ll seek to understand what inspired fantasy authors and their audiences, and how their works still speak to us today.

Meetings will be the third Wednesday of the month, at 4pm SLT
Caledon Library Meeting Room in Caledon Victoria City.
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Victoria%20City/155/118/23

Except Feb 19 2014: Mad Tea Party! Caledon Library Great Lawn
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Victoria%20City/30/180/23

Contact JJ Drinkwater or Kghia Gherardi for more information.

For further insight concerning Victorian Fantasy Literature consult The Victorian Web
Fantasy Overview:http://www.victorianweb.org/genre/fantov.html

Schedule:
Dec 19 2012: A Christmas Carol and The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton - Charles Dickens

Jan 16 2013: Dracula - Bram Stoker

Feb 20 2013: Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

Mar 20 2013” The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde

April 17 2013: "The Sword of Welleran", "The Fall of Babbulkund", & “The Highwaymen” - Lord Dunsany

May 15 2013” "The Lady of Shallot" & "The Lotus Eaters" - Alfred Lord Tennyson

June 19 2013” "The Pied Piper" - Robert Browning

July 17 2013” “The Hosting of the Sidhe”, “The Stolen Child”, & “The Song of Wandering Aengus” - William Butler Yeats

Aug 21 2013: The Water of the Wondrous Isles - William Morris

Sept 18 2013: The Princess and the Goblin - George MacDonald

Oct 16 2013: Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie

Nov 20 2013: "The Goblin Market" - Christina Rosetti

Dec 18 2013: "La Belle Dame sans Merci" - John Keats

Jan 16 2014: The King of the Golden River - John Ruskin

Feb 19 2014: Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
Mad Tea Party! Caledon Library Great Lawn
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Victoria%20City/30/180/23

Mar 19 2014: The Novel of the Black Seal - Arthur Machen

April 16 2014: Overview & Favorites
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Girl Genius Discussion begins Oct. 14

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The Alexandrian Free Library is proud to present a monthly discussion of...
Girl Genius, the Adventures of Agatha Heterodyne!

This year-long series begins at the very beginning of "Miss Agatha's" saga, as depicted in Phil and Kaja Foglio's Gaslamp Fantasy Comic, and discusses a new volume of the story each month.

Adventure! Romance! MAD SCIENCE!

Discussions will take place in Rosehaven, Winterfell's Community Center, the second Sunday of the month at 1:30 pm.
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Winterfell%20Anodyne/127/23/23

Schedule:

October 14, 2012
Volume 1
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021104

Nov 11, 2012
Volume 2
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030512

Dec 9, 2012
Volume 3
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031231

Jan13, 2013
Volume 4
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041004

Feb 10, 2013
Volume 5
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050627

Mar 10, 2013
Volume 6
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060310

April 14, 2013
Volume 7
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070226

May 19, 2013
Volume 8
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080204

June 9, 2013
Volume 9
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090116

July 14, 2013
Volume 10
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091214

Aug 11, 2013
Volume 11
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101025

Sept 8, 2013
Volume 12
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101025

Oct 12, 2013
Vol 13

Nov 10, 2013
Vol 14
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Voices from the Civil War, Wednesday, Sept 28 2011

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Voices from the Civil War
A discussion at the Caledon Library
September 28  2011, 4pm SLT.
Caledon Library Meeting Room
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Victoria%20City/155/118/23

This is the 150-year anniversary of the American Civil War. Historians continue to tell its story, but at the bottom of the historians’ accounts are the voices of the men and women who experienced it first hand.Soldiers, nurses, slaves, and mothers all expressed the tragedies and triumphs of war, regardless of where their loyalties resided. Through letters, diaries, essays and excerpts, the Voices from the Civil War series will explore many of these voices and will help us gain insight into one of the defining events in American history. On the 4th Wednesday of each month we’ll meet to discuss a contemporary account of the war, and what it tells us about the war and the people who lived through it.

This week we'll discuss the reminiscences of Elijah P. Marrs, an African-American who fought with the Union Army during the latter part of the war.  All history buffs, Civil War enthusiasts, people interested in this defining period for the US, and lovers of good conversation are cordially invited to join us.

The reading for this week's discussion is taken from  Life and History of the Rev. Elijah P. Marrs, published in 1885
http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/marrs/marrs.html#p17

your servant

JJ Drinkwater