Celebrate with food, cocktails, and readings when The Pinch hosts a release party for its fall 2013 issue. The place: the Dixon Gallery & Gardens (4339 Park) on Friday, November 1st, 7-9 p.m. And you're invited.
So begins each of the Madeline stories by children's author/illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans, who died in 1962. So begins Madeline and the Old House in Paris (Viking), written and illustrated by John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of Ludwig and inheritor of his grandfather's style of storytelling and artwork. In this latest Madeline story, she's in the company of a ghost — the centuries-old ghost of an astronomer upset by the loss of his telescope. Pepito, Madeline's friend, is on hand. So too: Miss Clavel and Lord Cucuface.
"The Asian chick with the long hair."
That's how many viewers in the 1970s thought of her. That's how she's described more than once in Love, Peace, and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show (Backbeat Books). And that's how the author of that book remembered her in a recent phone interview with the Flyer.
The author is Ericka Blount Danois. The "chick" was dancer Cheryl Song. And the TV show was Soul Train, the longest-running first-run syndicated show in television history — 1,100 hours of what was billed as "the hippest trip in America." Meet Danois and have her sign your copy of Love, Peace, and Soul when she's in Memphis on Saturday, October 19th, at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music from 2 to 5 p.m. Former Stax Records chairman and owner Al Bell, who wrote the book's foreword, will be there too, with the book for sale in the museum's gift shop.
Danois, who lives in Baltimore and teaches journalism at the University of Maryland, isn't used to giving interviews. She's more comfortable conducting them. But with the publication of Love, Peace, and Soul and with a recent Q&A (and excerpt from the book) on the Huffington Post, she's getting used to answering rather than asking the questions. Don't ask her, though, about the chances of there being a line dance, Soul Train-style, at her Memphis signing. That question's been posed, and it has been answered:
That's when Edgar Award-winning writer Stuart Woods will be at The Booksellers at Laurelwood (3 p.m.) to sign his latest Stone Barrington thriller, Doing Hard Time (Putnam), a book that makes it, according to the publisher, Woods' 53rd (you read that right, 53rd) novel. Line ticket required for the signing, but it's free with purchase of the book.
That book is a collection of essays that showcases Darnton's scholarship and ability to communicate broad ideas in a straightforward prose style for specialists and general readers alike. But the book closes not with answers but on a single question: What is the history of books? That "history" is a field of enquiry Darnton has spent a scholar's lifetime helping to define.