We serve as one of the cultural hubs on campus, offering literary programs, classroom spaces, support to student groups, professional training, and—among other things—the chance to work with an antique printing press. Stop by for a cup of tea made in our kitchen, catch a poetry or fiction reading, or curl up with a thick book.
Chestertown’s annual celebration of writing about food and nutrition returns March 27-30 with a focus on making school lunches healthier and local farmers happier.
Young-adult fiction author Emily Danforth will visit the Lit House Tuesday, March 25.
Claudia Salazar Jiménez will address issues of gender and violence and read excerpts of her debut novel in Spanish when she comes to campus March 17.
The Lit House hosts Professors Deckman and Prud’homme to discuss the role of the Bible in America’s public schools.
The Rose O’Neill Literary House hosts author Cynthia Hand February 18 to read from her fiction for young adults.
Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy’s The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire, Jeffrey L. Pasley’s The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy, and Alan Taylor’s The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832.
Proper Girls by Lisa Ko
“There is a splinter of ice in the heart of a writer.” Graham Greene
March 17th, 2014
4:00pm - 5:00pm:
Women in/at War: Lesbian Writing in Latin America
Peruvian novelist Claudia Salazar will come to campus on Monday March 17 to celebrate the International Day of Women. She will give a talk entitled “Women in/at War: Gender, Political Violence and Lesbian Writing in South America”. She will also read and present in Spanish her novel, “La sangre de la aurora” (“Bloody Dawn” in English). Her talk is sponsored by the William James Forum, E. R. O. S., Sigma Delta Pi and the Department of Modern Languages.
March 21st, 2014
Nature Wars with Jim Sterba
CHESTERTOWN, MD—The Rose O’Neill Literary House will host veteran journalist and author Jim Sterba on Friday, March 21, at 5 p.m. to talk about his recent book, Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds.
Sterba will discuss why so many Americans have become detached and disassociated from the natural world outside their suburban homes, and the effect it has had on their interactions with animals just beyond their backdoors. The event takes place at the Literary House, 407 Washington Avenue, and is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow.
Shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Nature Wars tells the story of how the baby-boom generation neglected the wildlife around it, absorbed instead by the new and exciting possibilities of consumer goods and the newly discovered delights of television. NBC’s Tom Brokaw described it as a “smart, stylish and altogether provocative account of how we are confounded by that which we claim to hold so dear.”
Sterba aims to explain how what should have been a nature lover’s dream has become quite the opposite. “Today, it is quite likely that more people live in closer proximity to more wild animals, birds and trees in America than anywhere on the planet at any time in history,” he writes on his website (http://www.jimsterba.com). “This should be wonderful news—unless, perhaps, you are one of 4,000 drivers who will hit a deer today, your child’s soccer field is carpeted with goose droppings, coyotes are killing your pets, … beavers have flooded your driveway, or bears are looting your garbage cans. Nature Wars tells the story of how a wildlife comeback miracle became such a mess.”
Sterba has more than 40 years of experience in the journalism world, beginning with the now defunct Washington, D.C.-based Evening Star newspaper in 1967. His early years as a war correspondent took him to faraway posts including Cambodia, Laos, Afghanistan and Beijing. He then went on to serve as a foreign correspondent and a national reporter for both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
March 25th, 2014
An Evening of Fiction with Emily Danforth
Danforth is the third speaker in the Spring series: Writing for (and about) Young Adults.