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THURSDAY December 26th at 7pm: VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES

VICTORIAN
CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES
"Move nearer the fire and hearken!"

Reading a ghost story on Christmas Eve was once as much a part of traditional Christmas celebrations as turkey, eggnog, and Santa Claus.
The Christmas ghost story; elaborate descriptions of the food and drink, games, and bedclothes of the time. And the contrast between the Victorian home’s cheery interior and the piercing cold of the snow, ice, and terrors outside.
Book: VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES Editor: Simon Stern

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THURSDAY December 12th at 7pm: ROCK CRYSTAL - A Christmas Tale pt2

"terrifying and beautiful"
ROCK CRYSTAL
A Christmas Tale pt2

An unusual, moving, and memorable Christmas story. Two children—Conrad and his little sister, Sanna—set out from their village high up in the Alps to visit their grandparents in the neighboring valley. It is the day before Christmas but the weather is mild, though of course night falls early in December and the children are warned not to linger. The grandparents welcome the children with presents and pack them off with kisses. Then snow begins to fall, ever more thickly and steadily. Undaunted, the children press on, only to take a wrong turn. The snow rises higher and higher, time passes: it is deep night when the sky clears and Conrad and Sanna discover themselves out on a glacier, terrifying and beautiful, the heart of the void. Rock Crystal was written in 1845 by Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter, about two missing children on Christmas Eve. It has been called "a suspenseful, simple, myth-like story with majestic depictions of nature. A quiet and beautiful parable about the relation of people to places; of man to nature." The author was said to be "one of the most extraordinary, the most enigmatic, the most secretly daring and the most strangely gripping narrators in world literature." It was translated from German to English in 1945. The story has been adapted to film and TV several times.

Book: Rock Crystal Author: Adalbert Stifter

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THURSDAY December 5th at 7pm: ROCK CRYSTAL - A Christmas Tale pt1

"terrifying and beautiful"
ROCK CRYSTAL
A Christmas Tale pt1

An unusual, moving, and memorable Christmas story. Two children—Conrad and his little sister, Sanna—set out from their village high up in the Alps to visit their grandparents in the neighboring valley. It is the day before Christmas but the weather is mild, though of course night falls early in December and the children are warned not to linger. The grandparents welcome the children with presents and pack them off with kisses. Then snow begins to fall, ever more thickly and steadily. Undaunted, the children press on, only to take a wrong turn. The snow rises higher and higher, time passes: it is deep night when the sky clears and Conrad and Sanna discover themselves out on a glacier, terrifying and beautiful, the heart of the void. Rock Crystal was written in 1845 by Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter, about two missing children on Christmas Eve. It has been called "a suspenseful, simple, myth-like story with majestic depictions of nature. A quiet and beautiful parable about the relation of people to places; of man to nature." The author was said to be "one of the most extraordinary, the most enigmatic, the most secretly daring and the most strangely gripping narrators in world literature." It was translated from German to English in 1945. The story has been adapted to film and TV several times.

Book: Rock Crystal Author: Adalbert Stifter


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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28th at 10am: ALICES RESTAURANT MASSACREE

ALICE'S RESTAURANT REVISITED
The song is one of Arlo Guthrie's most prominent works, based on a true incident from his life that began on Thanksgiving Day 1965 with a citation for littering, and ended with the refusal of the U.S. Army to draft him because of his conviction for that crime. The ironic punch line of the story is that, in the words of Guthrie, "I'm sittin' here on the Group W bench 'cause you want to know if I'm moral enough to join the Army - burn women, kids, houses and villages - after bein' a litterbug." The final part of the song is an encouragement for the listeners to sing along, to resist the draft, and to end war.

The "song" is in fact a spoken monologue, presented by Shandon Loring today for your listening pleasure or just to groan at and be Thankful when it's over.

PRESENTED IN LIVE VOICE at SEANCHAI LIBRARY

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THURSDAY November 21st at 7pm: AN OLD FASHIONED THANKSGIVING by Louisa May Alcott

"A simple story of a time long ago"
AN OLD FASHIONED THANKSGIVING

Mother and Father are called away suddenly the day before Thanksgiving because Grandma was “failin’ fast,” leaving their 8 children behind. The oldest girls, Tilly and Prue, decide to finish the dinner though they had never made a turkey with stuffing before, nor had they ever cooked plum pudding. All does not turn out perfectly, but at the end of the day, everyone is happy, warm and fed. Book: AN OLD FASHIONED THANKSGIVING Author: Louisa May Alcott Review by Susan Bailey:https://louisamayalcottismypassion.com/2011/11/28/an-old-fashioned-louisa-may-alcott-thanksgiving/

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THURSDAY November 14th at 7pm: ANTONY and CLEOPATRA - Shakespeare in story

"Make death proud to take us"
ANTONY and CLEOPATRA
William Shakespeare's play, told in story format

Mark Antony, one of three rulers of Rome, is in love with Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Antony is summoned back to Rome, where he clashes with another ruler Octavius before returning to Cleopatra in Egypt. Now in battle with Octavius, Antony and Cleopatra suffer losses and miscommunication, and both eventually commit suicide. Book: Shakespeare's Stories - The Histories Authors: William Shakespeare and Beverly Birch


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