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May 2015
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Free Prompt-Writing Class with Nancy Peacock

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Serious writing begins with playful writing. Please join this unique ongoing group of supportive adult writers and play your way into the possibilities of the written word. Based on the work of Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones) we set a timer for fifteen minutes and write using prompts as our launch pads. This class is free and open to the public.  Nancy Peacock lives in Chatham County and runs writing workshops in her studio as well as this free…

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Sarah Dessen reads from her new YA novel “Saint Anything”

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pre-order Saint Anything to reserve your ticket for the signing line!  All pre-orders will also come with a special swag pack!  This event is FREE but you must purchase Saint Anything from Flyleaf to be admitted into the signing line.  The event will start with a reading from Saint Anything followed by a question and answer session and book signing. You may also purchase autographed and personalized copies of any book by Sarah Dessen year-round which we will fulfill depending…

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Jessica Hopper discusses her book “The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic”

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Jessica Hopper’s music criticism has earned her a reputation as a firebrand, a keen observer and fearless critic not just of music but the culture around it. With this volume spanning from her punk fanzine roots to her landmark piece on R. Kelly’s past, The First Collection leaves no doubt why The New York Times has called Hopper’s work “influential.” Not merely a selection of two decades of Hopper’s most engaging, thoughtful, and humorous writing, this book documents the last…

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Jeffrey Deaver discusses “Solitude Creek,” his new Kathryn Dance thriller

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A tragedy occurs at a small concert venue on the Monterey Peninsula. Cries of “fire” are raised and, panicked, people run for the doors, only to find them blocked. A half dozen people die and others are seriously injured. But it’s the panic and the stampede that killed; there was no fire. Kathryn Dance – a brilliant California Bureau of Investigation agent and body language expert – discovers that the stampede was caused intentionally and that the perpetrator, a man obsessed with…

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Flyleaf YA Book Club discusses “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”

May 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Whether you’re an actual “young adult” or an older adult who appreciates a good YA novel, join us for our young adult book club. The past several meetings have been lively and enthusiastic – there may be some contention about the books themselves, but we’ve got snacks and libations on hand to cool off the debate. Dare I say, this is one of the most easy-going and fun groups of readers in town? Well, I just said it. This month,…

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Renee Ahdieh reads from her debut YA novel, “The Wrath and the Dawn”

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights. Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the…

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Mary Robinette Kowal and Marie Brennan read from “Of Noble Family” and “Voyage of the Basilisk”

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mary Robinette Kowal and Marie Brennan make a joint appearance at Flyleaf to promote their latest novels: Of Noble Family, the final book of the acclaimed Kowal’s Glamourist History series, and Voyage of the Basilisk, the third book in Brennan’s Memoires of Lady Trent series. They will appear in costume with light entertainment! Related

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The Decline of the U.S. Congress

May 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The public’s confidence in the U.S. Congress to adequately address the problems faced by the country has never been lower. Congress now gets worse poll numbers than root canals and head lice. Jason Roberts will address the causes of the crisis of confidence that Congress faces today. He will also consider the consequences that this decline has had on policy-making and on the relative power of the executive and judicial branches of government. All Spotlight on Scholars events take place…

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Gurudev Hamsah Nandatha discusses “In The Presence of Truth”

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In this book, his first in English, Gurudev Hamsah Nandatha gives you the essence of his transformative teaching. You live in a world of certainties, he says, you have accepted so many things to be true, and yet this is the very cause of your misery. Accept nothing as true except what you yourself experience. Who are you? What is the true purpose of your life? What prevents you from living in a state of absolute balance and inner joy,…

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June 2015
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The American Musical: From “Show Boat” to “Oklahoma!”

June 6 @ 9:15 pm

A Distinguished Scholar Seminar Featuring Tim Carter, David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music June 6, 2015 Join Adventure in Ideas favorite, Tim Carter, as he brings an important era in the history of American musicals to life through four lectures. The 1930s marked a formative decade for American musical theater on the stage and the silver screen. The issue was not just how the arts might best respond to difficult economic circumstances (the Great Depression) and changing political circumstances…

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Was Congress Always Like This? Will It Always Be Like This?

June 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Headlines proclaim that our most recent full Congress was the least productive, and some go so far as to call it “the worst” Congress in decades. Tom Carsey will explore possible reasons for these claims, looking backward to evaluate whether today’s Congress is unique as well as forward to speculate on whether we can expect more of the same. Is Congress broken, and if so, can it be fixed? All Spotlight on Scholars events take place at Flyleaf Books in…

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Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”

June 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Yearning to revisit some of your old favorites with engaged peers and a learned discussion leader? After a successful first semester, we are pleased to continue our Great Books Reading Groups this summer in partnership with Flyleaf Books of Chapel Hill. Join Hilary Lithgow for a session on context and meaning, and then return in two weeks to tackle substantive issues in Heart of Darkness. To be sure we are literally on the same page, every participant will receive a…

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The Chinese Eco-City and Urbanization Planning

June 30 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

China has promoted sustainable urban development since the early 2000s, particularly new urbanism ideals of transit-oriented development (TOD) of satellite towns. Yet most experts indicate that these new cities ultimately fail to meet their sustainability goals. Robin Visser analyzes three case studies of Chinese “eco-city” development in the context of China’s rapidly evolving urbanization strategies. All Spotlight on Scholars events take place at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. There are no preparatory readings for these events. Program Tuition: Tuition is $20…

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