Live! from the Library Videos
Vikram Amar: A Nation Divided
In conjunction with the traveling exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” UC Davis Constitutional Law Professor Vikram Amar presented Lincoln’s views on partisanship, states’ rights, and the institutional role of the Supreme Court and explored what lessons Lincoln’s approach might have for the modern era.
Songs and Poetry of the Civil War
As part of the series of Civil War-based programs, this moving event at the Walnut Creek Library highlighted the personal stories of the Civil War through popular wartime anthems and the poetry of some of the most prolific and profound Civil War-era writers.
The Remarkable Return of Ambrose Bierce
As part of the year-long commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Walnut Creek Library Foundation presented a discussion and reading by the playwright and lead actor of a new play, “The Remarkable Return of Ambrose Bierce,” in June 2012, at the Walnut Creek Library. Bay Area playwright Bart Schneider and veteran actor Felix Justice collaborate in a tribute to one of America’s greatest 19th century satirists and storywriters.
Poetry Live! with Camille Dungy
Award-winning poet Camille Dungy read from and discussed her book “Suck On the Marrow” (Red Hen Press, 2010), a powerful collection of poems written in the voices of Virginia slaves in the 1840s. Dungy appeared in April, 2012. The program was supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.
North Korea: Fact and Fiction
“The Orphan Master’s Son,” San Francisco author Adam Johnson’s searing fictionalized account of life in North Korea, has been called the “1984” of our era. This daring and remarkable novel, published January 2012 by Random House, is garnering critical raves and moving quickly up the best-seller list. Johnson appeared at the Walnut Creek Library on March 5, 2012.
Transformation of China
Dr. Vincent Yip shares the history of China and the changes over the past 30 years at the Walnut Creek Library in February, 2012.
Digging Into Your Past – Tips and Clues on How to Pursue Your Ancestry
Experts Bill Slocum, Martha Whittaker, Jane Lindsey and Diane DeGolia discussed the myriad of resources for tracking down family history including online databases, where to search for vital records, genealogy libraries, and how to overcome brick walls.
Eric Sanderson: The Mannahatta Project
October, 2011: Sanderson, graduate of Las Lomas High School now living in New York, is founder of The Mannahatta Project, a digital recreation of the original ecology of Manhattan Island, circa 1609, at the time of European discovery, when Henry Hudson first set eyes on the land that would become Manhattan. It’s difficult to imagine what Hudson saw, but for more than a decade, Sanderson did just that. Mannahatta is the astounding result of those efforts.
Gray Matters: Challenges of an Aging Society
June 2011: Local experts Elaine Welch, Executive Director of Senior Helpline Services, Linda Fodrini Johnson, Executive Director of Elder Care Services, and Shirley Krohn, member of the California Senior Legislature, discussed the issues facing the elderly and their families.
To Kill A Mockingbird: From Page to Stage
Center REP, the resident, professional theater company of the Lesher Center for the Arts, will present Harper Lee’s classic story, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” in April 2011.
The Library Foundation gathered the director and main actors in the play for a Live! from the Library program at the Walnut Creek Library. Director Michael Butler, Dan Hiatt (Atticus), Olivia Lowe (Scout) and Joseph Ingram (Tom Robinson) discussed the issues with bringing the well-known novel to the stage. Educator Meg Honey moderated and placed the novel in the context of Alabama in the 1930s when the story takes place.
Who Is Mark Twain?
Robert Hirst, editor of the “Mark Twain Project and Papers,” answered that question and more at the Walnut Creek Library in December 2010. The first volume of Twain’s autobiography was released in the fall of 2010 and quickly rose to the top of bestseller lists.
Krasny, host of the KQED Radio Forum program, discussed his latest book, Spiritual Envy: An Agnostics Quest, with Lisa Wrenn from the Contra Costa Times at the new Walnut Creek Library in September, 2010.
Poetry Live! – Becoming a Poet
Walnut Creek prize-winning poet Cheryl Dumesnil was joined by poets G. E. Patterson and Deema K. Shehabi at a panel discussion about poems and poetry at the third annual Poetry Live! program sponsored by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation.
Candor and Pearls:
An Evening of Social Satire from the Comic Pages
Fans of the comics pages were entertained by Stephan Pastis, “Pearls Before Swine,” and Darrin Bell, “Candorville,” nationally syndicated cartoonists who discussed their work and inspiration with Lisa Wrenn, Features Editor for the Contra Costa Times, at the Shadelands Art Center in Walnut Creek. November, 2009.
Poetry Live! The Voice That is Great Within Us
Brenda Hillman, Matthew Zapruder and Graham Foust discussed the rich and thriving community of poets in 21st Century America at the 2009 Poetry Live! event at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek.
Sunne Wright McPeak, member of the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force, environmental scientist Booker Holton, and Contra Costa Times environmental reporter Mike Taugher discuss the global, regional and local water crisis in February, 2009.
Ying Chang Compestine: A Writer in Two Worlds
Ying Chang Compestine, author of “Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party,” discussed growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution on October 22, 2008 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA. The program was presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation as part of their “Live! From the Library,” their speaker series that is free to the public.
Presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation and aired on Contra Costa Television. Air date: April 18, 2007The Mannahatta Project with Dr. Eric Sanderson