Mystery Novels: A young writer’s beginnings

Saturday, April 29th, 2pm at Duzer’s Local Cafe,  387 Van Duzer St (off Beach St), SINY 10304.

By popular demand, Staten Island OutLOUD’s series for The Big Read on Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” continues into Spring 2017.  Join Island writer Marguerite Maria Rivas for a conversation & reading on some of the mystery novels that have shaped writers’ careers.  What we read as children and as teens can have a powerful effect on our future writing.  For example, the best-selling New York mystery novelist Linda Fairstein notes that the Nancy Drew novels that she read voraciously as a girl helped shape her adult voice as a mystery writer; Prof. Rivas frequently cites the Nancy Drew novels that captured her imagination as a very young writer.

Indeed, Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle influenced the work of Dashiell Hammett, and Hammett in turn inspired the work of many modern mystery writers and crime novelists. Join us for coffee and conversation.

Free copies of “The Maltese Falcon” while supplies last.

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Free Film Screening: The Maltese Falcon

Saturday, Dec 17, 12pm at the Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St, SINY 10302 (@Heberton Ave)

Free screening of the classic 1941 film,; starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre (when he was very young and very slim).  Free & fabulous. Book giveaway while supplies last

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Tales from Shakespeare – St George’s Day

Shakespeare_supermanSaturday, April 23, 2016, at 1pm.   At Every Thing Goes Book Cafe (in the garden), 208 Bay St, SINY 10301

Join Staten Island OutLOUD at our community’s annual St George’s Day Festival.  We’re marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death with readings from Tales from Shakespeare – Free, fun & family-friendly.

You should come!

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100th Anniversary of the Irish State: The 1916 Easter Rising

Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 2pm at Historic Richmond Town’s Courthouse, 441 Clarke Ave, SINY 10306

Staten Island OutLOUD honors the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Irish Rising (sometimes called the Easter Rebellion), on Saturday, March 19, 2pm at Historic Richmond Town’s Courthouse, 441 Clarke Ave, SINY 10306. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public.

On a spring morning in 1916, a band of Irish revolutionaries staged a surprise attack in Dublin: an armed rebellion against British rule and declared the independence of the modern Irish state.  Their uprising was overpowered in a week by massive British forces – some called it a hopeless cause.  But “The Rising” forged the promise of a new Irish nation: a republic of equal citizens.  In the words of the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats:  “All changed – changed utterly.  A terrible beauty is born.”

Staten Island OutLOUD will share the powerful story of The 1916 Rising with Irish poetry, music, historic texts and eyewitness accounts.  Featured performers: Elizabeth McFadden, James Donlon, James Hill, Gary Moore, and special musical guests: members of Sanchie Bobrow’s Mighty String Demons –  Violinists Sophia Inzerillo, Teresa Lynch, Anna Rose Maj, and Emma Shay.

 

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Why read “To Kill a Mockingbird”

As Staten Island OutLOUD prepares for our Autumn 2014 series on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for The Big Read – Our friend Ted Lochwyn recalls the first time he read Mockingbird as a young boy.

Here’s the link: http://youtu.be/ZPHvImTcLG4

Why read “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Staten Island OutLOUD’s friend Ted Lochwyn recalls the first time he read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.  Ted was a young boy, and Scout was the first female hero he encountered in literature.

Here’s the link:  http://youtu.be/ZPHvImTcLG4

A Medley of Staten Island OutLOUD Video Features

This short video presents an overview of Staten Island OutLOUD’s work with people of all ages & backgrounds.  It describes our variety of programs featuring poetry, prose, historic texts and other compelling works.  Click on this link: http://youtu.be/fwJUddyiSyk   (To view this video clip, you may have to sign in via your own YouTube account)

And here’s a quick DIY video of two Staten Island OutLOUD guests’ impromptu bilingual reading from The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-jan, on a sunny afternoon.  Click on this link: http://youtu.be/35co9RN36Fg   (To view this video clip, you may have to sign in via your own YouTube account)

Staten Island OutLOUD is proud to host readings of poetry & prose by Native American writers, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. We’re always pleased to welcome diverse families & individuals to these events. During one such reading, a young Dad was so touched that he spontaneously sang to his kids and to all our guests. To hear his brief but exuberant song, click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcPIByijMDU    (In order to view this video clip, you may have to sign in via your own YouTube account)

Staten Island OutLOUD was proud to receive the 2009 Achievement In Arts & Humanities Award from the Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island (now known as Staten Island Arts).  Here’s a link to a short video that COAHSI and our friends at Time-Warner created for the awards gala: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lURryAcPoI

Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday Party – OutLOUD

By popular demand, Staten Island OutLOUD added some extra Big Read events in January & February 2014, to continue our series, Stories & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.   We celebrated Edgar’s Birthday at the beautiful newly-renovated Stapleton Branch Library, with Poe’s poetry, readings & music by Gary Moore, and hosted by OutLOUD’s Board member Doris Nielsen – with nearly 70 neighborhood kids & their parents, together with our special guests Jean Jamate & the fabulous staff at the Stapleton Branch.  Some kids were so inspired by Poe’s poems & stories, that they improvised their own rhymes & tales, right on the spot (sometimes with a little help from Gary & Doris)!

Below is a photo collage, courtesy of the Stapleton Branch Library: Poe Birthday -Stapleton NYPL collage

 

 

And that’s not all!  NY1-TV reporter Patti Murphy stopped by to celebrate with us!  Check out her feature video, in the link below:

http://www.ny1.com/content/pages/202190/stapleton-kids-read-aloud-poe-s-popular-works

“The Things They Carried” & Vietnamese Poetry

We continued our series of events for The Big Read at Staten Island’s stunning Tibetan Museum, where we read and discussed Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, together with a selection of Vietnamese poetry.  We love working with our friends at the Tibetan Museum, and we were pleased to welcome an intergenerational group of guests who engaged in lively conversation that afternoon.

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Triangle Shirtwaist Fire – 100th Anniversary

S.I. Families Remember Ancestors Affected By Triangle Shirtwaist Fire – NY1.comFor the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Staten Island S.I. Families Remember Ancestors Affected By Triangle Shirtwaist Fire – NY1.comOutLOUD hosted a reading of historic documents on the tragedy, together with songs and music (sung in Yiddish and in English).  We met at Historic Richmond Town, just a few steps from the cemetery where a number of Triangle workers are buried.  Some of our guests were family members of Triangle workers.