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Love, Nature Magic: Shamanic Journeys into the Heart of My Garden
Join bestselling author, activist, and garden expert Maria Rodale on her shamanic journeys as she reflects on her surprising conversations with the spirits of the familiar plants and animals around us—and the knowledge they share with us. Maria is in conversation with Jungian scholar Rebecca Migdal, the co-owner of Book & Puppet Company.
Polymath: The Life and Professions of ‘Joy of Sex’ author Alex Comfort
We have so much more to learn about Alex Comfort, the author of “The Joy of Sex.” Eric Laursen’s biography covers it all: the life of a young poet, pacifism, anarchist activism, academic life, the 60s counterculture, starting over in California, “The Joy of Sex,” aging and death. “Polymath” is the first biography of one of the most remarkable and wide-ranging intellectuals of the second half of the 20th century. Eric Laursen is interviewed by Melissa Hope Ditmore.
Biblical Reception in Folklores of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas: Panel Discussion
“The Bible in Folklore Worldwide”, a two-volume, illustrated Handbook, provides readers with original studies of the reception of the Bible in the folklores of different cultures. The second volume focuses on biblically-derived characters, tales, and motifs, in Asian, African, Oceanic, and American cultures. Contributing scholars from around the world discuss their essays with editor Eric Ziolkowski, Helen H. P. Manson Professor of Bible at Lafayette College. The panelists are: – John T. P. Lai: Professor in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Regional focus: biblical reception in folklore of China. – Isabel Mukonyora: Professor of Religion and Theology in the History Department at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY, and Co-Chairperson of the Association for African Study of Religion (AASR) and Editorial Board member of the National Theta Alpha Kappa Honors Society. Regional focus: biblical reception in folklore of Southern, Eastern, and Central Africa. – Herman Tull: Independent Scholar, Princeton, NJ. Regional focus: biblical reception in folklore of India (Southern Asia). – Christal Whelan: Independent scholar based in the Barre, MA. Regional focus: biblical reception in folklore of Japan.
How Memoirs Heal the Social Fabric: Panel Discussion
While memoirs, at first glance, appear to be a self-oriented genre, these three panelists will show how they use life-story writing to bring people together, increase empathy, and heal social wounds. Featuring: Jerry Waxler, Lorraine Ash, and Jennifer Lader. -- Link to the follow-on workshop at Mariandale, discussed in the video: https://centeratmariandale.secure.nonprofitsoapbox.com/calendar/event/1263
How to Resist Amazon and Why & How to Protect Bookstores and Why
Readers understand that Amazon is a danger, while bookstores support community life. Bookseller Danny Caine’s manifestos have galvanized booklovers, explaining concretely the issues which bookbuyers have grasped intuitively. Easton Book Festival director Andy Laties—author of “Rebel Bookseller”—interviews Danny Caine about the power of books and the many missions of bookselling.
Words in the Ward Open Mic: Virtual Book Festival Edition
Words in the Ward is a West Ward based poetry series, started in 2014. It was hosted in various locations, open to all. When the pandemic hit in 2020, the series was included in the Easton Book Festival through videos featuring poets and storytellers. This year, participation in the festival will be virtual to provide an alternative to the in person poetry events. Hosted by E. Lynn Alexander.
Buried Treasures: The Power of Political Fairy Tales
Jack Zipes-in conversation with Festival director Andy Laties-describes his passion for uncovering political fairy tales of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, explaining why these deserve greater attention and appreciation.
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