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World Hopping

Back from World Fantasy 2009 full of thoughts and interesting questions.  One of the panels I attended was about how laws and cultural ideologies would change when supernatural beings are accepted as fact and not fiction.  What legal ramifications would be involved in "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" if vampires and werewolves were our neighbors?  Could they run for office?  Talk about one long senatorial run if you had an immortal in the seat.

Ursula K. Le Guin's 80th Birthday!

Copyright © by Marian Wood KolischFor 45 years, Ursula K. Le Guin has been reaching audiences of all ages with her stories.  Several honors have come her way for the over twenty books, collections, children's stories, and more she has written.  To see a list of all her achievements, she has a wonderful website.  HCPL carries many of her stories for some great reads

Happy Birthday!

 

Photo courtesy of official website. Copyright © by Marian Wood Kolisch

 

World Fantasy Convention 2009: San Jose, CA

This year the World Fantasy Convention honors the 200th Anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe's Birth.  Don't know what World Fantasy Convention is?  As stated on their website:

The World Fantasy Convention is a professional networking event that regularly attracts several hundred of the top authors in the field every year. Editors, agents, critics and PR professionals make up the bulk of the rest of the attendees....  The convention is also home to the World Fantasy Awards, one of the world's top awards for speculative fiction. These are presented at a gala banquet on the Sunday afternoon.

Craft Club: Tote Bags

Like to be creative?   Then join us for crafting fun! Tonight, October 20 at 7:00 PM, we're making decoupage tote bags that can be used for the upcoming holidays, birthdays, and so much more!  Supplies are provided, instruction given, and all that is missing is you.  Join us tonight for our Adult Craft Club.

Top SF Reads for September 2009

Around Harris County Public Library system, these were the top ten reads of Science Ficton / Fantasy.

Heed the call, Poets!

Bring your poems and your creative energy to the Atascocita Poetry Club on Thursday, October 15th at 7 PM. This is an opportunity to share and discuss your work with other poets, as they share their work with you. We will also discuss work on the Atascocita Poetry Club Chapbook that we will be publishing in January of 2010. There is still time to get your work included in the chapbook! All you have to do is attend a meeting. Please note that this is a program for adults age 18 and older.

Free Tax Talk Oct 1, 7 PM

Come by the library for a special presentation by H & R Block on October 1, 7:00 PM.  Their representative will cover topics including recovery rebate credit, tax implications of unemployment benefits, job deductions, and first time home buyer's credit.  Join us for the opportunity to have your tax questions answered in preparation for 2010.

New World Archaeology

Palenque Ruins, Creative Commons author ChmouelJoin us for a double feature on September 29 at 7:00 PM!  Our first film focuses on the ancient art and culture of the Maya, and our second film will focus on Olmec discoveries.

To attend this presentation, we ask that you sign up online through the library's Events Calendar or in the library at the Information Desk.

There and Back Again

The Lord of the RingsSure, September 22 this year was the Autumnal Equinox, but it is also known as the birthdays for Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, by Shire reckoning.  It is also this time of year that I inevitably pull down The Lord of the Rings from the shelf and start the adventure anew.  Now, yes, "There and Back Again" actually refers to

Atascocita Writers' Group

Atascocita Writer's GroupThe Atascocita Writers' Group welcomes writers ages 18 years and over to join us Mondays at 2:00 PM.  On September 21, 2009, we will be talking about query letters, some other tips and tricks, as well as working on our first round of critiques.  Writers are encouraged to bring 5 pages of their work for critiquing.

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