Posts Tagged ‘Novello’

Novello kicks off with a very funny start.

October 9, 2009

The first Novello event, an Evening with Christopher Buckley, was a hoot! But don’t take our word for it — read the article by Pam Kelley of the Charlotte Observer, Satirist Christopher Buckley keeps audiences giggling at Novello kickoff.”

If you missed last night’s event, it’s not too late to get tickets to another Novello event that’s sure to be a hit — A Novello Evening with Clyde Edgerton on Friday, October 23. One of North Carolina’s favorite authors, Clyde Edgerton and his band, the Rank Strangers, promises to provide a Novello evening unlike any other. Readings, story songs, food and fun are all rolled into one wonderful evening. Tickets are $35, and you can purchase online.

See the entire Novello lineup, including free events for both adults and children, at


A Celebration of African American Poetry

October 30, 2008
This past Thursday, our Novello Festival of Reading event was “Grown Dkleep Like the Rivers, a celebration of African American Poetry.”  What a great celebration of local talent this night turned out to be! The senior drummers from the McCrory YMCA started the evening for us — a terrific group of 21 senior citizens, ages 55-84.

Other participating artists and poets included: T.J. Reddy, Connie Williams, May Orr, Emery L. Rann III, Willie Stratford, Jr., a group of teens from A.D.A.P.T. (African Diaspora Arts Program and Theater), Quentin Talley, and SlamCharlotte poets including Bluz, BlkSwan and Mike Simms. We were also pleased to introduce Leslie Corbin, winning poet in a recent WQNC sponsored poetry contest.

T.J. Reddy at Novello

Tom Hanchett, historian at the Levine Museum of the New South and Theresea Elder, a community activist worked with the Public Library to bring the vision for this program to life as part of Novello.

Tom Hanchett summed up the evening with this great comment: An awesome event….(made) visible the vibrant traditions right here in our own community, honoring elders who have gone on, connecting past masters with the rising generation, and helping us all realize that the joy of words is not just something found on the Best Seller lists, but something we all can create.

McCrory YMCA Drummers
McCrory YMCA Drummers

Graphic Novel Titans: Harvey Pekar & Alison Bechdel

October 24, 2008
Alison Bechdel talks about her work at Novello

Alison Bechdel sharing her work at Novello

Friday night, Graphic Novel readers were in for a treat as the Library brought both Harvey Pekar and Alison Bechdel to our Novello Festival of Reading.  Pekar shared his beginnings in comics — how he originally thought that comics were a intrinsically limiting media, but then realized that comics are just words and pictures and you can do anything with words and pictures! Bechdel showed us how she goes about creating with some new software she’s working with. It’s always a treat to see the creative process. These phenomenally successful, award-winning authors were down to earth, funny, and generous in answering lots of questions from the audience. This event, and the audience, demonstrated that graphic novels aren’t just for kids. If you haven’t discovered graphic novels yet, check out our collection at the Public Library.

Book Lust with Nancy Pearl

October 12, 2008
Nancy Pearl Signing Books and Her Librarian Action Figure

Nancy Pearl Signing Books and Her Librarian Action Figure for Novello Attendees

Here’s what I learned this afternoon about Nancy Pearl:

  • One of her best friends is Wade, the UPS delivery guy who until her recent move delivered about 100 books a week to her home
  • She’s got a thing about loafers with tassels
  • She still checks out books from the library, even though a lot of publishers send her books to review
  • She clearly and personally remembers why libraries and librarians matter so much to children and has, I’m positive, gone on to impact the lives of so many youngsters (and adults) just like Ms. Whitehead did for her when she was growing up in Detroit.

Nancy doesn’t think she’s great at small talk — but the crowd at today’s Novello Festival of Reading event was clearly listening to every word she said. In fact, most of us had pen and paper out to quickly catch all the titles and authors she mentioned to us this afternoon.

Want to know just a few a her recommendations from today? Lee Child if you like to read thrillers; The Paperboy by Pete Dexter; Sunshine by Robin McKinley; I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith; and Andersonsville by MacKinlay Kantor for Civil War history buffs. 

For more great insights from Nancy Pearl — a person whose knowlegde of and love for books is unmatched — you need to check out one of her books. Book Lust, More Book Lust and Book Crush are waiting for you at the public library.  We would love to introduce you to a few great books.