This weekend’s events

Reading with Miyoko Conley and Thaïs Miller
Miyoko Conley is a playwright and actor. Recent plays include Interchangeable Parts (Second Generation/2g), The Joke (Walking Fish Theatre; Winner of 2g’s Free Range festival), Real Optimized Boyfriend (The Tank), Seiza no Ai (Constellation Love) (Gallatin School of Individualized Study), and Stories of Eternal Light (Experimental Theatre Wing). She also collaborated on Hamlet Rave, a multimedia interpretation of Hamlet, and on Paper Wings, a shadow-puppet play. BFA, Theatre, NYU; MA, Playwriting and Japanese Popular Culture, NYU.

Raised in LA, Thaïs Miller studied at the Iowa Writers Workshop and received her MA in Creative Writing for Social Activism from NYU in May 2011 under the mentorship of E. L. Doctorow and Darin Strauss. Brown Paper Publishing released her feminist short story collection, The Subconscious Mutiny and Other Stories in 2009, as well as Our Machinery, her dystopian science fiction novel about two artists fighting against a government’s death machine, in 2008.

Melissa Jones, author of The Blueberry Bandit, presents her book and baila video for a fun kids session. There will be plush dolls of the main character of the book available for purchase! In The Blueberry Bandit, a boy moves into a town called Jaloonsville where his love for blueberries becomes big news. A bilingual (English and Spanish) program for ages 4-8.

Abe’s Peanut contributor Jacque Lynn Schiller will read her story “Special Delivery” and lead kids in a craft project that involves fishing line, postcards, and markers!

Abe’s Peanut combines loves for reading, art, and sending mail to create a whole new experience for kids. First of all, we hand address each postcard to your child. Second, though many of our children’s writers and illustrators publish professionally, their work for Abe’s Peanut is often entirely new, stories you won’t find any place else. Third, did you know that children in the US spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school? Abe’s Peanut gives kids something to look forward to that doesn’t come from the computer or the TV. Fourth, and finally, the creators are sisters who spent lots of time sending postcards as kids. We’re making mail magical again! And not just for kids: parents will get a kick out of these weekly deliveries, too. An annual subscription = 12 collaborations x 4 postcards each = 48 postcards. A program in English for ages 6-10.

Word Up keeps its doors open beyond closing time to host acoustic performances by Hugh Noble (UK), Giosafari, Human Hands, and Half Rational Animal.


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