Wednesday
Jul162014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Erle Stanley Gardner, July 17

July 17, 2014 

Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970)

 

Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm  &  6:30pm - 9:00pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either at Wall Street & Battery Park Avenue  map link
or on Haywood Street near Malaprops  map link 
or at Southeast corner of North Lexington Avenue & Walnut Street  map link

 

 

 

Passersby are invited to chose from selections by this American detective and western fiction writer, the creator of Perry Mason. The selected passages will then be read to them.

 

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

 

 

More information about Erle Stanley Gardner can be found at these links from Wikipedia and The Thrilling Detective website.

 

“Dear Editor:

It's a damn good story.

If you have any comments, write them on the back of a check.”

 

 

Tuesday
Jul152014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Iris Murdoch, July 15

July 15, 2014 

Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)

Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either at Wall Street & Battery Park Avenue  map link
or on Haywood Street near Malaprops  map link 
or at Southeast corner of North Lexington Avenue & Walnut Street  map link

 

Passersby are invited to chose from selections by this Irish born novelist and philosophical writer who won the Booker Prize in 1978. The selected passages will then be read to them. After being diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease in 1994, Murdoch's husband John Bayley wrote two memoirs about their life together in the shadow of her disease.

 

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

 

More information about Iris Murdoch can be found at these links from Wikipedia and at Biography.

 

 

"Starting a novel is opening a door on a misty landscape; you can still see very little but you can smell the earth and feel the wind blowing."

 

Monday
Jul142014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Isaac Bashevis Singer, July 14

July 14, 2014 

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991)

(Singer's real birthday was November 21, 1902, but he used July 14, 1904, possibly to avoid being inscripted into the army as a young Jewish man in Poland by appearing younger than he was)

 

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either at Wall Street & Battery Park Avenue  map link
or on Haywood Street near Malaprops  map link 
or at Southeast corner of North Lexington Avenue & Walnut Street  map link

 

Passersby are invited to chose from selections by this Jewish novelist and short story writer, famous for his Yiddish stories and novels of Jewish life in the Polish ghettos and in Post World War II New York City. The selected passages will then be read to them.

 

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


 

More information about Isaac Bashevis Singer can be found at these links from Wikipedia and at the Nobel Prize website.

 

 

"When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer."

Saturday
Jul122014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Henry David Thoreau, July 12

July 12, 2014 

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)WALDEN POND

Time: 10:30pm to 12:30pm

Location: Manhattan

Near Turtle Pond and the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park

Map Link

 

Passersby are invited to chose from selections of Thoreau's essays or poems. The selection will then be read aloud to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

 

More information about Henry David Thoreau can be found here at Wikipedia or at the American Transcendentalism website.

 

"What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" 

 

THOREAU'S CABIN ON WALDEN POND

Friday
Jul112014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: EB White, July 11

July 11, 2014 

EB White (1899-1985)

Time: 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: Manhattan

Near the Carousel in Central Park Map Link

 

Passersby are invited to chose from selections of EB White's children's books or his essays. The selection will then be read aloud to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

 

 

More information about EB White can be found here at Wikipedia or at the Scholastic Books website.

 

 

"Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book."

Friday
Jul112014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Marcel Proust, July 10

July 10, 2014 

Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Manhattan

(near the Central Park Zoo walkways)

 

Passersby are invited to chose a volume of Proust's classic masterwork "In Search of Lost Time". The book of that volume will then be opened randomly and the Reader will read a timed 1.5 minute long selection.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

 

 

 

“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less, but to dream more, to dream all the time.”

Wednesday
Jul092014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: June Jordan, July 9

July 9, 2014 

June Jordan (1936-2002)

Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Manhattan

West 110th Street & Morningside Drive  Map Link

 

Passersby are invited to chose from selections by this American poet, autobiographer and essay writer. The selected passages will then be read to them.  (The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

 

 

 

 

More information about June Jordan can be found at these links from Wikipedia and The June Jordan website and The Poetry Foundation.

 

 

“And who will join this standing up
and the ones who stood without sweet company
will sing and sing
back into the mountains and
if necessary
even under the sea:

we are the ones we have been waiting for.”

Wednesday
Jul022014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Franz Kafka, July 3

July 3, 2014 

Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm  &  6:30pm - 9:30pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either at Wall Street & Battery Park Avenue  map link
or on Haywood Street near Malaprops  map link

or at Southeast corner of North Lexington Avenue & West Walnut Avenue  map link

Passersby are invited to chose from selections by this Czech novelist and short story writer, famous for his modern classics such as "Metamorphosis" and "The Hunger Artist". The selected passages will then be read to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

More information about Franz Kafka can be found at these links from Wikipedia and at The Kafka Project.

 

 

 

 

“I am a cage, in search of a bird.”

Wednesday
Jul022014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Hermann Hesse, July 2

July 2, 2014 

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC in the Pack Place area  map link

Passersby are invited to chose from selections by this German novelist, short story writer and poet who won the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1946. The selected passages will then be read to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

More information about Hermann Hesse can be found at these links from Wikipedia and at the Nobel Prize website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 "Sentimentality is a basking in feelings that in reality you don't take seriously enough to make the slightest sacrifice to or ever translate into action."

Monday
Jun302014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: George Sand, July 1

July 1, 2014 

George Sand (1804-1876) 


Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Downtown Highlands NC on Main Street

Passersby are invited to chose from passages from novels by this classic French novelist. The selected passage will then be read to them. George Sand was the pseudonym used by Amantine-Lucille-Aurore Dupin. She was a prolific popular writer, publishing over 40 novels and a dozen plays.

 

More information about George Sand can be found at these links from Wikipedia and archives from Mt Holyoke College and a wonderful article from the New York Times books section.

 

 

 

 

 

"His genius was filled with the mysterious sounds of nature, but transformed into sublime equivalents in musical thought, and not through slavish imitation of the actual external sounds. His composition of that night was surely filled with raindrops, resounding clearly on the tiles of the Charterhouse, but it had been transformed in his imagination and in his song into tears falling upon his heart from the sky. ... The gift of Chopin is [the expression of] the deepest and fullest feelings and emotions that have ever existed. He made a single instrument speak a language of infinity. He could often sum up, in ten lines that a child could play, poems of a boundless exaltation, dramas of unequalled power.”

Monday
Jun302014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Czeslaw Milosz, June 30

June 30, 2014 

Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004)

(pronounced "CHEH-swahv MEE-wohsh")


Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either at Wall Street & Battery Park Avenue map link 

or in the Pack Place area  map link

Passersby are invited to chose from poems by this Polish-American poet and Nobel Prize of Literature in 1980. The selected poem will then be read to them. Born in Lithuania, growing up in Poland, he defected to the West in 1951 and became an American citizen in 1970.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

More information about Czeslaw Milosz l can be found at these links from Wikipedia and The Poetry Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

May the gentle mountains and the bells of the flock

Remind us of everything we have lost,

For we have seen on our way and fallen in love

With the world that will pass in a twinkling.

-- from “On Pilgrimage”

Monday
Jun302014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, June 29

June 29, 2014 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944)

Time: 2pm-3pm

Location: Roan Mountain TN

Attendees at an Alexander Technique teachers retreat were read to from the author of the children's classic "The Little Prince" (Le petit prince) memoir "Wind, Sand and Stars" (Terres des hommes).

 

More information about Antoine Saint-Exupéry can be found at these links from Wikipedia and Poem Hunter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."

Monday
Jun302014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Luigi Pirandello, June 28

June 28, 2014 

Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936)

Time: 7pm-8pm

Location: Roan Mountain TN

Attendees at an Alexander Technique teachers retreat were invited to pick from one of Pirandello's plays. The scene was then read to them. Pirandello was one of the fathers of modern theater, a master of the question "What is art? What is reality?", and a brilliant short story writer of tales of his native Sicily. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934. His plays still feel completely contemporary.

More information about Luigi Pirandello can be found at these links from Wikipedia and the Nobel Prize website. 

 

"If only we could see in advance all the harm that can come from the good we think we are doing."

Friday
Jun272014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Paul Laurence Dunbar, June 27

June 27, 2014 

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

 

Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Location: Downtown, Main Street, Highlands NC

Passersby are invited to chose from writings by this American poet, novelist and lyricist. The selection will then be read to them.

In addition to his many volumes of poetry and his novels, Dunbar wrote the lyrics for the first all African-American musical on Broadway: “In Dahomey” in 1903. It was one of the most successful musical comedies of its era and toured the US for 4 years.

 

 

More information about Paul Laurence Dunbar can be found at these links from Wikipedia and The Poetry Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,-
When he beats his bars and would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings-
I know why the caged bird sings!

 

Thursday
Jun262014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Pearl S. Buck, June 26

June 26, 2014 

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)

 

Time: 6pm-7:30pm

Location: The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Highlands NC

Passersby are invited to chose from writings by this American writer who grew up in China and wrote the Pullitzer Prize winning novel, "The Good Earth" and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. The selection will then be read to them.

 

More information about Pearl S. Buck can be found at these links from Wikipedia and biography.

Here is a link to a fascinating video interview she did on February 8, 1958 with Mike Wallace - about "the battle between men and women" as he phrased it! It was in response to the provocative statement she had made, "Most women make their homes their graves"...

 

"The future of America depends on immigration— it must, or we who are here will grow stagnant with too little life of our own."

from "On Discovering America" (1937)

 

Tuesday
Jun242014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: George Orwell, June 25

June 25, 2014 

George Orwell (born Eric Arthur Blair) 1903-1950

 

Time: 12:30pm -3pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either at Wall Street & Battery Park Avenue  map link

or at Southeast corner of North Lexington Avenue & West Walnut Avenue  map link

Passersby are invited to chose from writings by this British writer of essays and novels, including his great novel, "1984". The selection will then be read to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

More information about George Orwell can be found at these links from Wikipedia and the BBC.

 

A link to how his book "1984" was in this week's news:  This Monday, Thai citizens were arrested in Bangkok for being seen reading Orwell's book in public as an act of protest to recent repressive government actions there.

 

“It is curious how people take it for granted that they have a right to preach at you and pray over you as soon as your income falls below a certain level.”

from "Down and Out in Paris and London"

Monday
Jun232014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Ambrose Bierce, June 24

June 24, 2014 

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?)

 

Location:

Downtown Asheville NC

Southeast corner of North Lexington Avenue & West Walnut Avenue  map link

From 11am-2pm

 

Passersby are invited to chose from writings by the American satirist, poet and ghost story writer Ambrose Bierce, including entries from his sly lexicon, "The Devil's Dictionary" (1911). The selection will then be read to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

More information about Ambrose Bierce can be found at these links from The Poetry Foundation and Wikipedia.

A link to his famous story, "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge".

Sunday
Jun222014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Anna Akhmatova, June 23

June 23, 2014 

Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) - pseudonym of Russian poet Anna Andreyevna Gorenko)

 

Downtown Asheville NC

SouthEast corner of North Lexington Avenue & West Walnut Avenue

From 12pm-3pm

 map link

Passersby are invited to chose from poems by the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova which will then be read publicly.

(please note: readers may occasionally need to move to alternative sites depending on changing weather or site circumstances)


Links to information about Anna Akhmatova

from the Poetry Foundation,

Poets.org,

and Wikipedia.

Saturday
Jun212014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Anne Morrow Lindbergh, June 22

June 22, 2014

Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)

 

Asheville NC

Downtown on the SouthEast corner of North Lexington Avenue & West Walnut Avenue

From 12:30pm-3:30pm

Passersby are invited to chose from texts by Lindbergh which we will then read publicly. Texts will include essays, poems, letters and diary entries. (Reader may occasionally need to move to alternative sites depending on changing weather or site circumstances)

 

 

 

 

Links to information about Anne Morrow Lindbergh and an Interview with her daughter, Reeve Lindbergh.

 

“Grief can't be shared. Everyone carries it alone, his own burden, his own way.”

Friday
Jun202014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Jean-Paul Sartre, June 21

June 21, 2014

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

 

Asheville NC

Downtown on Haywood Street near Malaprops bookstore and the Pack Place Main Library

From 1pm-4pm

 

 

On this, the Longest Day of the Year, passersby are invited to chose from texts by Sartre which we will then read publicly. Texts will include novels, plays, essays and philosophical writings.

 

 

"Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat."