This week in brief

Monday, May 12
4:00 PM – Winter LS Meeting
Founders Hall Basement Lounge

7:00 PM – “Fifty Years of Space Research at the University of Iowa”
Olin Center Auditorium

Tuesday, May 13
11:30 – 11:50 AM – Reflections – Chris Madden & Rachel Lawson, ‘08
Ascension Chapel, Founders

8:00 PM – Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall

Wednesday, May 14
8:00 PM – Jazz Combo Soiree
Wallenberg Hall

9:30 PM – Wednesday Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, Founders

Thursday, May 15
10:30 – 11:45 AM – Honors Convocation
Centennial Hall

3:45 – 5:00 PM – Year of the Book “Book Studies” lecture series
Tredway Library
2nd Floor, south end

Friday, May 16
9:00 – 10:00 AM – Walk-In Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

3:30 – 5:00 PM – Friday Conversations –  Reception sponsored by CVR
Wilson Center

8:00 PM – Augustana Choir – LOCATION CHANGED
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport

Saturday, May 17
1:00 PM – Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall

4:00 PM – Joint Band Concert
Centennial Hall

6:00 PM – Violapalooza
Larson Hall
Rescheduled from April 20

8:00 PM – Steven Boone Webster Vocal Competition
Wallenberg Hall

Sunday, May 18
No events scheduled

Volume 5, Issue 30• May 12, 2008


It’s the end of the year, and the end of the library’s serial e-novel, Naked Came the Librarian. Margi Rogal contributes the eighth and final chapter of the saga set at Riverbend College. Find out what happens to Lia, Dan, Ethan, and the rest of the characters by visiting the library’s blog here

Thursday, May 15th  -  3:45 – 5:00 PM – Year of the Book “Book Studies” lecture series
Tredway Library, 2nd Floor, south end
Sarah Horowitz, Special Collections Librarian
“A Vibration in the Soul” – The Ernest and Mary Belle Espelie Collection of Children’s Books
Refreshments and conversation will begin at 3:45

Book collecting, as famously defined by A.W. Pollard, is “the bringing together of books which in their contents, their form or the history of the individual copy posses some element of permanent interest, and either actually or prospectively are rare, in the sense of being difficult to procure.” 

The Ernest and Mary Belle Espelie collection of children’s books, held in Augustana Special Collections, contains 109 titles, most of which were published between 1930 and 1950.  A somewhat unusual and pioneering collection based mainly on individual taste and interest, it provides an in-depth look at the types of illustrated children’s books published over the time period it covers. 

Please join Special Collections Librarian Sarah Horowitz on Thursday, May 15th for a discussion of Espelie's collection in the context of the history of children’s book collecting and the rare book market during Espelie’s time, as well as various unique aspects of the collection, including letters to Espelie from some of the authors and illustrators whose works he purchased.

Time to Apply for NEH Summer Stipends

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced its annual Summer Stipends that provide an outright award of $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. The deadline is August 1. In contrast to years past, applications must now be made on-line. If you are interested, please contact Jeff Abernathy.  More detailed information is available here.

Lit Wits: Writers Read at Augustana announces the series for 2008-09
All readings are held in Wallenberg Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 18, 2008 
Farah Marklevits, poetry
An alumna of Augustana College (1999), Marklevits is now instructor of English and faculty tutor in the Reading and Writing Center, and author of Three New Poets: Sarah C. Harwell, Farah Marklevits, Courtney Queeney (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2006).

Thursday, October 23, 2008  
Rick Moody, fiction & memoir
Author of seven books of fiction, including The Ice Storm (Little Brown, 1994), Moody published a memoir The Black Veil: A  Memoir with Digressions in 2007 (Little Brown).

Thursday, January 29, 2009  
Li-Young Lee, poetry
Lee’s new book of poetry, his fourth, is Behind My Eyes (Norton, 2008). He has also written a memoir, The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (Simon & Schuster, 1995).

Thursday, March 26, 2009 
Aryn Kyle, fiction
Making a splash with her first novel, The God of Animals (Scribner, 2007), Kyle received her MFA in fiction at the University of Montana. In 2008, her novel won an Alex Award from the American Library Association which recognizes adult books with teen appeal.

Thursday, May 7, 2009 
Marvin Bell, poetry
A faculty member at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop for over thirty years and poet laureate of Iowa from 2000 to 2004, Bell is the author of eighteen books of poetry including Mars Being Red (Copper Canyon, 2007). Bell will be a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Augustana for the week of May 4.

Mark your calendars for the Fall Faculty Retreat to be held August 18-19, 2008.