“Kiss” Acclaimed Novel Today At Bull’s Head

Triangle-area author Scott Blumenthal will be on campus today at Bull’s Head Bookshop, reading from his acclaimed new novel “The Kiss” at 3:30.

Set in Poland, 1941, “The Kiss” is the story of Aron Beckman, a 20-year-old Jewish musical prodigy whose music becomes a weapon of light against the darkness falling on Europe. It’s Blumenthal’s debut novel, and it’s won considerable acclaim – as well as the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal in the category of historical fiction.

Read an excerpt from “The Kiss.”

Scott Blumenthal spoke with Aaron Keck on WCHL earlier this week.

 

Blumenthal’s reading will take place at 3:30 Wednesday at the Bull’s Head Bookshop on South Road. He’ll be signing copies of the book as well.

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News Around Town: OCPL Strategic Plan; Love 2.0; Annual Passover Seder

CHAPEL HILL – The Orange County Public Library is seeking feedback from the public for its strategic plan that will guide it through the next three to five years.

A series of focus groups will take place on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. centering on older adults and members of the County’s Latino and refugee communities. Each session will last about an hour.

The first begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Seymour Senior Center on Homestead Road in Chapel Hill with the focus on older adults. The second revolves around the same topic and begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Orange Senior Center on Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.

The third session focuses on immigrants and refugees. It begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Human Rights Center on Barnes Street in Carrboro. Spanish, Burmese, and Karen interpreters will be available.

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Barbara Fredrickson is the latest author to stop by Bull’s Head Bookshop for a reading of her new book Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become.

Fredrickson is a principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at UNC. She focuses on positive emotions and human flourishing.

The reading takes place Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Bull’s Head Bookshop at UNC. You can pick up a hardcover copy of her book for five dollars off the suggested price at Bull’s Head.

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The Kehillah Synagogue hosts its Annual Passover Seder Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. inviting all members of the Jewish community to join.

Passover marks the birth of the Jewish people as a nation led out of slavery in Egypt by Moses more than 3,000 years ago. Rabbi Jennifer Feldman will lead the Seder.

More than 120 people are expected to attend this year.

Kehillah Synagogue is located on Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill. The cost is $45 and children under ten years old can get in for $24. Three percent of the contribution will be made to MAZON in keeping with the tradition of Passover that all who are hungry may come and eat.

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