Episode 30 - Our 3rd Giveaway and 3rd Read-along!

Aaron Mahnke host of the Lore podcast discussing his book The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures at the Yale Bookstore.

Aaron Mahnke host of the Lore podcast discussing his book The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures at the Yale Bookstore.

Episode Thirty Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

Join our Goodreads Group!
Let us know what you want us to choose as the next read along. You can email, tweet or join the discussion on the Goodreads page.

We have two upcoming read-along’s:
December – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
       Send in questions or comments by Dec 7th – we will discuss on December 12th episode
February – Maurice by E.M. Forster

GIVEAWAY for our 30th episode is a copy of each of the read-along books noted above.
Please email us at bookcougars@gmail.com to throw your hat in the ring.

– Just Read –
And Fire Came Down (Caleb Zelic #2) – Emma Viskic (CW)
The Last Chinese Chef – Nicole Mones (EF)
The Child Finder – Rene Denfeld (EF)
Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward (EF)

– Currently Reading/Listening –
Death Comes: A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery – Sue Hallgrath (CW)
The Leader’s Bookshelf – James Stavridis, R Manning Ancell
Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado (EF)
Peregrine Island – Diane B. Saxton (EF)

 – Biblio Adventures –
Chris missed an event with Nelson Demille – his new book is The Cuban Affair
Chris went to the Yale Bookstore to see Aaron Mahnke discuss his new book The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures and his podcast Lore.
Emily has been working at the Noah P. Webster Library in West Hartford Library and got the chance to visit the Welles Turner Memorial Library in Glastonbury.

– Upcoming Jaunts –
October 16 – Denise Kiernan author of The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home
October 17 – Gabrielle Zevin author of Young Jane Young at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT
October 19 – Anna Quindlen – West Hartford Reads at Town Hall
October 21 – Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon
October 24 – Tisa Joy Wenger author of Religious Freedom: The Contested History of an American Ideal at Yale Bookstore

The Pink Marine: One Boy's Journey Through Boot Camp to Manhood by Greg Cope White with approval from Buddy Fitzwilliam Tholak. 

The Pink Marine: One Boy's Journey Through Boot Camp to Manhood by Greg Cope White with approval from Buddy Fitzwilliam Tholak. 

– Upcoming Reads –
Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula – Bram Stoker (CW)
The Pink Marine: One Boy’s Journey Through Boot Camp to Manhood – Greg Cope White (CW)
Bluebird, Bluebird – Attica Locke (EF)

– Also Mentioned –
2017 Connecticut Center for the Book awards
Fiction nominees are:
Back Lash 
by Chris Knopf
I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb
Shadows of Paris by Eric D. Lehman
Cajun Waltz by Robert H. Patton
Beneath a Shooting Star by Susan Harrison Rashid

Literary Disco podcast – specifically the two-part poetry episode #112 and #113
Too Afraid to Cry – Ali Cobby Eckermann
Russell Gray – Inkandpaperblog.com
Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward
Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is coming up on October 21. Check out this hashtag – #30daysofreadathon

 

Kindness
Naomi Shihab Nye

from The Words Under the Words: Selected Poems

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. 
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where
like a shadow or a friend.