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2015 McFadden Memorial Lecture: Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini 2015 McFadden LectureThe entire community is invited as best-selling author Khaled Hosseini presents the 38th annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.

All tickets for the McFadden Lecture with Khaled Hosseini have been distributed. Approximately 15 minutes prior to the event, open seats will be released to patrons in line without tickets. Any line formed prior to 6:30 p.m. will not be honored. Any available seats will be released on a first-come, first-served basis.

This moderated discussion with Indianapolis Star columnist Matt Tully will feature the Afghan-American author discussing his popular works which include The Kite Runner (published in 2003), A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007), and And the Mountains Echoed (2013).

The Kite Runner, which Hosseini considers a father and son story, is set in Afghanistan during that country's most tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarcy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the U.S., and the rise of the Taliban regime. The book became an international bestseller and spent more than a hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

A Thousand Splendid Suns debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remained at that spot for fifteen weeks. Together, Hosseini's first two books have sold more than 38 million copies worldwide.

Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1965. His father was a diplomat in the Afghan Foreign Ministry which relocated the family to Paris in 1976. When they were ready to return in 1980, their homeland had witnessed a bloody communist coup and invasion of the Soviet army. The Hosseinis were granted political asylum in the U.S. in 1980 and moved to San Jose, California.

Khaled Hosseini graduated from Santa Clara University in 1988 with a degree in biology, earned a medical degree from the University of California - San Diego in 1993, completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles, and was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004. In March, 2001, while practicing medicine, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner, which became a beloved classic.

In 2006, Hosseini was named a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. He later established the Khaled Hosseini Foundation, which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

This event is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. 

Book sales and signings will follow the Lecture.

Call 275-4700 for more information about this free Library program.


Meet the Artists XXVII and Gala Reception!

Ethereal Sister II - Tasha BeckwithOne of the city's most celebrated cultural events will return for its 27th annual engagement when the works of 18 locally prominent African-American artists will be on display during "Meet the Artists,"
January 28 - March 28 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Sponsored by the Library's African-American History Committee, the exhibit provides an avenue for African-American artists to showcase their works which represent a variety of artistic mediums created under this year's theme, "Art With Passion."

This year's participating artists include James Pate (techno-cubism abstraction), Lisa Green (water colors), Mike Graves (graffiti), Latoya Marlin (oils), Aaron Underwood (color markers), Rebecca Robinson (acrylics), Omar Rashan (digital), Tasha Beckwith (mixed media), Lobyn Hamilton (vinyl and vinyl sculpture), Dennis Green (metal sculpture), D. DelReverda-Jennings (mixed media sculpture), Rehema McNeil (jewelry design), Tracy Morris (jewelry design), DeAndra Edmond (leather handbags, earrings and unique belts), La Monica Moore (nail artist), Pamela Carter (crochet) and Amani Tre Niner (tattoo art).

A youth art exhibit created by students from the summer art camp at the East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch, under the direction of artist and "Meet the Artists" curator Tony Radford, also will be featured.

The public will have an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment during a special Valentine's Day "Meet the Artists Gala Reception" on Saturday, February 14 from 5 - 10 p.m. at Central Library. This free event will feature a number of performances and presentations from the Urban Vibes African Drum Troupe; the Brian Reeves & Heart after God ministry gospel choir; spoken word artists VoCab Eyespeak, Tammy Burrus and Tony Styxx; and the Bullet Proof Band. The "Fashion Passion" Fashion Show will be coordinated by Alpha Blackburn.

In Between Purgatory - D. DelReverda-JenningsAlso, young people are invited to participate in workshops on storytelling, jewelry-making, crocheting and balloon sculpting taking place from 6 - 8:30 p.m. throughout Central Library.

A number of local authors also will be on hand to sell and sign copies of their books, including Sonny Bates (The Creole Affair); Dr. Stanley Warren (Crispus Attucks High School: Hail to the Green, Hail to the Gold); Faith McKinney (Schmingling); Cherlisa M. Richardson (Summer Rain); Rosemary Featherstone Turentine (Straight Talk "Unchained"); Theresa Washington (All I Got Left); and Jonathan Thompson (Together We Stand). The evening also will feature a special tribute to Indianapolis poet Mari Evans.

Participating artists also will appear at a First Friday event on Friday, March 6 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Central Library, during which the public can attend artist demonstrations and enjoy music and refreshments.

Meet the Artists XXVII is made possible by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

To learn more about the free "Meet the Artists" exhibit and Gala, call 275-4022 or visit www.indypl.org.


"We Love Our Libraries!" CEO Tour

We Love our LibrariesIndianapolis citizens are invited to meet with Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes during her "We Love Our Libraries" tour of all Indy Library locations from Tuesday, January 27 through Wednesday, March 4.

In addition to giving people a chance to express their views about Library service, a focus of this year's community meetings will be to gauge where individuals are on their personal digital journey. Questions include how digitally connected are Indianapolis residents, what activities would they like to learn more about, and how can the Library help in their experience. Results can assist the Library in determining which programs and services can be offered to help the community become more technologically savvy.

Joining CEO Nytes will be the Library's new Manager of Digitization, Meaghan Fukunaga, who will work to develop projects and community collaborations for the preservation and storage of items of local historic interest.

"We Love Our Libraries" tour dates include:

  • Tuesday, January 27 from 2 – 4 p.m. Warren Branch, 9701 E. 21s Street
  • Tuesday, January 27 from 6 – 8 p.m. Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue
  • Wednesday, February 4 from 6 – 8 p.m. East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch, 5420 E. 38th Street
  • Thursday, February 5 from 2 – 4 p.m. Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street
  • Friday, February 6 from 1 – 3 p.m. Southport Branch, 2630 E. Stop 11 Road
  • Monday, February 9 from 1 – 3 p.m. Decatur Branch, 5301 Kentucky Avenue
  • Wednesday, February 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. Irvington Branch, 5626 E. Washington Street
  • Thursday, February 12 from 1 – 3 p.m. Brightwood Branch, 2435 N. Sherman Drive
  • Thursday, February 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. Eagle Branch, 3325 Lowry Road
  • Monday, February 16 from 2 – 4 p.m. Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road
  • Tuesday, February 17 from 3 – 5 p.m. Haughville Branch, 2121 W. Michigan Street
  • Tuesday, February 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. Fountain Square Branch, 1066 Virginia Avenue
  • Wednesday, February 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. Franklin Road Branch, 5550 S. Franklin Road
  • Tuesday, February 24 from 2 – 4 p.m. Spades Park Branch, 1801 Nowland Avenue
  • Tuesday, February 24 from 6 – 8 p.m. Garfield Park Branch, 2502 Shelby Street
  • Wednesday, February 25 from 2 – 4 p.m. Wayne Branch, 198 S. Girls School Road
  • Wednesday, February 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. West Indianapolis Branch, 1216 S. Kappes Street
  • Thursday, February 26 from 4 – 6 p.m. Lawrence Branch, 7898 N. Hague Road
  • Monday, March 2 from 2 – 4 p.m. College Avenue Branch, 4180 N. College Avenue
  • Monday, March 2 from 6 – 8 p.m. East Washington Branch, 2822 E. Washington Street
  • Tuesday, March 3 from 2 – 4 p.m. Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue
  • Tuesday, March 3 from 6 – 8 p.m. Flanner House Branch, 2424 Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Blvd.
  • Wednesday, March 4 from 2 – 4 p.m. InfoZone at The Children's Museum, 3000 N. Meridian Street.

For more information on the "We Love Our Libraries" tour, call 275-4022 or visit www.indypl.org.


The Big Read in Indy! The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu

DinawMengestu.jpgIndianapolis residents are invited to read and celebrate The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Ethiopian-American author Dinaw Mengestu from March 11 - April 30 as part of the national campaign, "The Big Read," which is designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture.

As one of 77 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indy Library will host programs relating to the book chosen among 36 Big Read book selections in U.S. or world literature. The title provides an opportunity to highlight a growing immigrant population Indianapolis' international community. Its theme highlights the differences between the expectations of American life and its reality and is one that resonates with new citizens' own experiences.

Mengestu is a graduate of Georgetown University and Columbia University and was named a "20 Under 40" writer by The New Yorker. His book received the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" award. The book focuses on the life of an Ethiopian immigrant who, after fleeing his country's revolution, faces an inner crisis of displacement and the challenges of living between worlds. Mengestu strongly identifies with his characters' sense of alienation and detachment because he lived in between different cultures and worlds as an Ethiopian immigrant in Illinois.

In addition to reading the book, local residents are invited to "The Big Read Opening Reception" on Wednesday, March 11 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street. The event will feature Ethiopian food, music and a presentation of a traditional coffee ceremony of Ethiopia. It will also serve as the opening of an exhibit showcasing historical maps and information about Ethiopia, Ethiopian traditional clothing, artworks and artifacts. The exhibit also will highlight Indianapolis families of Ethiopian adoption as well as current efforts to foster adoption of children within Ethiopia. The exhibit will continue through April 30 and can be viewed during regular Central Library hours.

Other activities as part of "The Big Read" will include book discussions at various Indy Libraries and community locations led by expert discussion guides from the Indiana Writers Center. Book discussion kits will be available for pick-up from Library locations for book groups who want to read and discuss The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.

The author himself will appear on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at Central Library to share his experiences as an Ethiopian immigrant and give insight into the process of writing his novel. Book signings will follow.

Other April events will include the "Ethiopian Lunch and Learn Series" at select Indy Library locations, during which attendees can enjoy traditional food of Ethiopia and learn about its history and culture. Also, there will be a screening of the documentary, "Sincerely, Ethiopia," a film that highlights the positive community-building taking place to combat issues faced by Ethiopians to help create a brighter future.

"The Big Read" is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and is made possible with additional support from The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund, The International Center, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation, and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Call 275-4099 for more information about these free Library events.


Hot Jazz for Cool Kids

Children of all ages and families are invited to an outstanding series of family-friendly performances by Indy's leading jazz musicians during "Hot Jazz for Cool Kids," continuing through March at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The series is intended as a way to share jazz music with children that will be educational and fun for everyone.

The first performance in the series will feature Kenny Phelps and Friends on Sunday, January 11 at 3 p.m. Back by popular demand, jazz educator and drummer Kenny Phelps will guide the audience to that moment when they recognize the building blocks of jazz, including rhythm, melody and improv. This program will include interactive fun and a presentation of great music.

The series continues on Sunday, February 22 at 3 p.m. with a performance by DM Jazz 8. Eight is enough for this big band sound that will feature co-leaders trombonist Rich Dole and drummer Gene Markiewicz who will have children and adults alike swinging with this band of veteran jazz professionals.

The series wraps up on Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. with a performance by the Joel Tucker Band. Representing the next jazz generation, this young group carries on the Indianapolis legacy of jazz in a performance that will inspire future musicians.

"Hot Jazz for Cool Kids" is presented by the Learning Curve at Central Library in partnership with The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and the Indy Jazz Fest.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free series.