Literary Hook: Events at the Library—part two

Last week, we previewed the Sandra Benitez book discussions sponsored by the Rockford Public Library with a promise to look at other library events forthcoming.

Something very special is right around the corner—A Literary Evening Downtown. To be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 22, the Rockford Public Library will host “an evening of great books with your favorite Rockfordians.”

Joining the honorable Mayor Larry Morrissey will be The Rock River Times’ Frank Schier, presenting poems from a recent collection of “best poems” edited by Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Strand.

In addition, Steve Stadelman, Eric Wilson, Judy Emerson, Nancy Kalchbrenner and others will be leading the event, sharing their favorite books.

The evening is a benefit for the Rockford Public Library and the Rockford Woman’s Club. Appetizers, cocktails and discussions are on the menu. Cost is $35. For more information, contact Dave Oberg at 965-6611.

Another interesting event that captures some of the diversity of Rockford is “Myths, Types, and Stereotypes: Latinos in Hollywood.” This event will be presented by Beatriz Badikian-Gartler.

Here is what the brochure says about “Myths, Types, and Stereotypes: Latinos in Hollywood”: “The depiction of Latinos in Hollywood has evolved from bandits to lovers, from merely background figures to central protagonists.”

Some of the celebrities pictured in this brochure are Antonio Banderas, Sonja Braga, Ricky Martin, George Lopez, Benicio del Toro, Jennifer Lopez and more. If you have an abiding interest in popular culture and Latino culture in particular, check out this program.

“Myths, Types, and Stereotypes…” will be presented from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 24, at the Main Auditorium, Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet who has written several books of poetry and formerly wrote a column called “The Writer’s Garret” for this newspaper.

From the April 19-25, 2006, issue

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