Roz Chast was at the College of Saint Benedict on February 14. As a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker, Chast uses humor to tackle the issues of our time, and more than 1,000 of her cartoons have been printed in the magazine since 1978. In addition to The New Yorker, Chast's cartoons have graced the pages of magazines such as Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, and Redbook. Chast combined her favorite cartoons into her first book, Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006, and illustrated comedian Steve Martin's best-selling children's book, The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter, Z.
A Conversation with Larry Haeg and Louis Johnston
Many joined us on February 27 for for a riveting interview with the author of Harriman vs Hill. Larry Haeg is an author and a former executive vice president of corporate communications for Wells Fargo, a former broadcast journalist, and a former Trustee of the College of Saint Benedict. His book is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. The conversation was led by Dr. Louis Johnston, Associate Professor of Economics and holder of the Joseph P. Farry Professorship at Saint John's University serving the students of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.
Hillman is a renowned poet, writing teacher, and non-violent activist. She has published seven collections of poetry and three chapbooks, as well as edited a collection of Emily Dickinson's poetry. Hillman has received numerous awards and fellowships for her work, including from the National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Foundation. Her newest collection, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award in poetry. Hillman was here for a poetry reading on Tuesday, November 12.
Straw into Gold
Students, faculty, and community members learned how to grow, process, and transform flax into fabric at a one day workshop on Saturday, October 9 and public demonstration on Sunday, October 10.
Katherine A. Powers
On Tuesday, October 22, Katherine A. Powers read from Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J. F. Powers, 1942-1963. Powers edited this collection of her father's letters published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
A writer, editor and eldest daughter of J.F. Powers, sits down with Luke Mancuso (Associate Professor of English) in a video interview about her widely-praised book, that was published in the fall of 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her book, Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J. F. Powers, is a collection of edited letters from her father that are compiled to show the true essence of J.F. Powers as a writer, an unorthodox Catholic and a family man. These letters show the undiscovered side of Powers. J.F. Powers (1917-99) won the 1963 National Book Award for his first novel, "Morte d'Urban," and was writer-in-residence here at CSB/SJU for a substantial amount of his career.
Recipient of the 2013 Sister Mariella Gable Prize
Born in Sri Lanka, Ru Freeman found inspiration for her work in her family and country's pasts. Her political writing focuses on international humanitarian assistance and workers' rights, while her creative writing has been featured in Guernica and World Literature Today. Freeman published her first novel, A Disobedient Girl, in 2009; it was long-listed for the DCS Prize for South Asian Literature and translated into several languages. Her newest book, On Sal Mal Lane, uses her characteristic sensory detail, language, and humor to describe the plight of a Sri Lankan community in the five years before the country's civil war.
Freeman was in residence October 21-25 and read on Wednesday, October 23 for the Centennial Celebration of Sister Mariella Gable.
The CSB Literary Arts Institute welcomed writers from the faculty and surrounding community for a reading on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. The community reading featured:
Sister Mara Faulkner, a just-retired faculty member, reading from her new poetry chapbook, Still Birth;
Karen Erickson, a faculty member, reading from her new poetry chapbook, Dwellings;
Larry Schug, a retired staff member, reading from his upcoming book of poetry, At Gloaming;
Bob Thimmesh, an alumnus of St. John's Prep and CSB/SJU, reading from his new book of poetry, Hear a Silence Roar;
Betsy Johnson-Miller, a faculty member, reading from her book of poetry, Fierce This Falling;
Rachel Marston, a faculty member, reading from her novel-in-progress, How to Speak to God;
Mary Willette Hughes, an alumna of CSB/SJU, reading from her book of poetry, The Shadow Loom Poems.
Austrian author Ludwig Laher presented "Literature, History and Civic Engagement: The Novel ´Heart Flesh Degeneration' and its Austrian Environment," at the College of Saint Benedict Tuesday, April 30th, 2013. The presentation covered his research on a Work Education Camp set up by the Nazi's near Salzburg Austria, in 1940.
Avivah Zornberg, one of the most captivating teachers of the Torah, and author of The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on Genesis, presnted and analysis of the narrative of Josephs dreams through the lens of literature, film, and psychoanalytical thought. Exposing the complex interplay between conscious and unconscious levels of experience reflected in the narratives message about what it means to be human. Her presentation at the College of Saint Benedict was held Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
In a second presentation, Zornberg drew on midrashic and Hasidic soureces as well as on philisophical and psychoanalytical thinking to explore the natrure of Moses' speech inhibition and explain why she considers this to be a pivotal issue in the Exodus narrative. the event was moderated by Krista Tippet, host of American Public Radio's "On Being." The event was held Thursday, April 18th, 2013.
John Thavis's book The Vatican Diaries gives a behind-the-scenes look at the power, personalities and politics at the heart of the Catholic Church. Thavis, a Saint John's alumnus, is the former bureau chief of the Catholic News Service in Rome and is the recipient of the Francis de Sales Award, considered the highest honor in the Catholic press. He has written extensively on religous affairs in Europe and the Middle East and earned awards for his reporting on wars in the Balkans. He recently returned to the Untied States, and now lives in Bemidji, MN. His reading at Saint John's University was held April 4th, 2013.
Marie Howe has released three books of poetry. Her first book, The Good Thief, earned the 1987 Open Competition of the National Poetry Series. Other honors include the National Endowment for the Arts, and Guggenheim Fellowships. She was in in residency at the the College of Saint Benedict from March 16th to 19th, 2013.
Poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diana Ackerman has published two dozen works of nonfiction and poetry, which include the best-selling A Natural History of the Sense. Her newest book, One Hundred Names for Love, was among the finalists for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critic's Circle Award. Ackerman's reading on February 8th, 2012 was a co-sponsored event between LAI and the CSB Fine Arts Programming.
Deborah Baker received the 2012 Sister Mariella Gable Prize for The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism. On December 5th, 2012, she came to the College of Saint Benedict, where she visited classes and gave a public reading that night. In addition, the College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute serving the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (LAI) sponsored a reading at Common Good Books on December 6th, 2012. Baker appeared at these events as part of the Warner Reading Series through a generous grant from the Manitou Fund.
British writer Geoff Dyer was in residence at the College of Saint Benedict from November 18th t0 20th. At the November 18th, 2012 screening of Stalker, he provided insight on the Andrei Tarkovski film on which Dyer bases his newest book, Zona. Dyer read some essays from his additional works at the well-attended reading the next night.
Nick Flynn and Lili Taylor
Poet, memorist, and producer Nick Flynn joined us for two screenings of Being Flynn, at the College of Saint Benedict on Thursday, October 18th, and at the Walker Art Institute the following Saturday, October 20th. In the film based on Flynn's memoir, actress Lili Taylor played the character of Joy. Flynn read from his unpublished memoir, and the two of them answered questions from the audience and a moderated panel.
Scott Russell Sanders
On April 17, 2012 students and faculty from many departments welcomed back Scott Russell Sanders. He read from Earth Works: Selected Essays, which has received positive reviews from readers and critics alike, as well as shared predictions for the future, the combination of which made for an enjoyable and literary night.
New York Times' bestselling author Sarah Vowell was here on April 13th, 2012 to give an educational and entertaining presentation on the American history on which she bases her books. She read from a sampling of her books as well, which gave the audience an even greater sense of the wit that makes her so well-known on NPR's "This American Life" and her in columns for the New York Times.
Koo Nimo with Mary Hark
Papermaker and book artist Mary Hark, Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and CSB class of '78, was here to tell the story of TakeTime Press in Kumasi, Ghana, and its first publication, Listen, Listen - Adadam Agofomma. The evening included a showing of this book, acquired by Clemens Library, which honors the musical legacy of Ghana's National Living Treasure Koo Nimo.
Highlighting the December 6th, 2011 event, Koo Nimo shared stories and songs to celebrate Asante culture.
Asian Papermaking One-Day Workshop
Jana Pullman, book artist, binder and conservator, lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been involved in the book arts since 1983. She received her graduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the University of Iowa and has held numerous positions in the book arts. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty member in the Art Department at the University of Minnesota, an instructor at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and teaches workshops throughout the country.
Pullman gave one-day workshops on November 12th and 13th in the Welle Book Arts Studio.
Seamus Heaney has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University from 1985 to 2006; he was a Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory from 1985 to 1997 and Ralph Waldo Emerson Poet in Residence from 1998 to 2006. A native of Northern Ireland, he presently resides in Dublin. He joined us for a poetry reading on October 2nd.
Heaney is widely regarded as one of the major poets of the twentieth century. He has attracted a readership on multiple continents and has won prestegious literary awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize in 1995.
An Evening with Terry Eagleton
Terry Eagleton served as a Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford from 1992 to 2001 and John Edward Taylor Professor of English at the University of Manchester from 2001 to 2008. In 2009, he came back to the University of Notre Dame as a Distinguished Visitor in the Department of English. He traveled to the College of Saint Benedict for a talk on September 26.
Eagleton is known as one of Britain's most influencial literary theorists. He has written more than forty books.
World Voices, Midwest Tour
Hervé Le Tellier, David Bezmozgis, Kyung-sook Shin and Deborah Baker were the featured award-winning authors for this book reading event.
Card Making Event
Mary Bruno, owner of Bruno Press, taught 20 students how to make their own cards using a letterpress. They received 10 of their own own handmade cards, envelopes, and an inside look at printing from an expert. Not a CSBSJU Student but interested in attending a workshop like this? Contact Mary Bruno at her website mcbpress.com for more information about other classes!
A Reading by Tiphanie Yanique
Tiphanie Yanique is a professor of Creative Writing at Drew University. She is from the Virgin Islands and lives most of the year in Brooklyn, New York. She joined us for a book reading of How to Escape from a Leper Colony on April 4th.
Yanique is a fiction writer, poet and essayist. She's the winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Kore Press Fiction Prize, The Academy of American Poets Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship in writing, the Boston Review Fiction Prize, and the 2010 Rona Jaffe Prize in Fiction.
Her story collection How to Escape from a Leper Colony was published by Graywolf Press.
Sustainability and Publishing Panel
Economics professor Dr. Ernie Diedrich moderated a panel with guests Don Leeper, the president of BookMobile, Keith Goetzman, from The Utne Reader, and Kelly Spitzner, Communications Coordinator at the Green Press Initiative. As they examined the impact of publishing on the environment and green practices at publishing companies, the audience engaged in asking questions about the controversial role of technology supporting sustainability.
Bryan Welch, a guest of the Sustainability and Publishing panel, has a new book Beautiful and Abundant, that focuses on starting fresh with the global environment and "building the world we want." Click here or use the coupon website address for a special CSBSJU discount! Enter the promotional code MMEINB21 to save 20% off his new book today!
Book Lover's Night featuring Peter Smith
SJU alum Peter Smith is the author of fiction, poetry, magazine and op-ed articles, along with weekly appearances on Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition with Cathy Wurzer. Smith discussed his new collection of essays, A Porch Sofa Almanac, which portrays and reflects on everyday Minnesotan life. According to Smith, "The entire state comes across as some wonderful, slightly quirky treasure unearthed at a church basement rummage sale." Smith is currently a resident of Hopkins, MN.
A Reading by Doreen Baingana
Doreen grew up in Uganda and currently works as an editor for a small literary press called Storymoja in Nairobi, Kenya.
Her collection of short stories, Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe, published in 2005, won the prestigious Association of Writer's and Writing Programs (AWP) prize for short fiction and the Commonwealth Writer's prize for best first book in the African region.
An Evening with David Sedaris
"An Evening with David Sedaris" was co-sponsored by fine Arts Programming and LAI.
David Sedaris is a master satirist with a penchant for the absurd and politically incorrect. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers.
Sedaris is the author of collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When Your are Engulfed in Flames, each of which became a bestseller.
Book Lovers Night featuring Bill Meissner
Bill Meissner, a creative writing teacher at St. Cloud State University, discussed the writing process at this event.
Book Lover's Night is a regular event sponsored by the CSB/SJU Libraries, LAI and CSB College Relations.
Per Petterson, Norwegian-born author of internationally-acclaimed novel, Out Stealing Horses, visited the College of Saint Benedict to read from his new novel, I Curse The River Of Time. This was one out of only five public appearances he made in the United States in support of his new book.
Thursday, July 1st, 2010, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saint John's University campus
Participants will meet at the Prairie Kiosk to get a brief description of the plants used to make this signature paper. We will then move to the New Science Center to see the rest of the process and make our own paper. There will be a $5 fee for Arboretum Members age 10 and up, a $10 fee for non-members, and children ages 9 and under can participate free of charge. Please register online, email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 320-363-3163 by June 30th at noon.
Book Arts Exhibit
The Spreading the Word Exhibit was held in the Benedicta Arts Center and allowed visitors the chance to engage with a variety of book arts projects.
Louise Erdrich shares creativity with campus
"An Evening with Louise Erdrich," which was co-sponsored by Fine Arts Programming at CSB/SJU and LAI, hoped to give insight into Erdrich's work and the importance of creativity in our lives and communities.