Reading Together Events

A look back at some of the events that helped shape the 2009 Reading Together program.

March-April 2009

Addiction and the Family

Author and substance abuse expert Debra Jay’s “compassionate, hopeful” book, No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, effectively helps individuals and families affected by addiction. She has also co-authored two Hazelden Guidebooks ...

Bragg Family Dynamics

Genealogists, family therapists, health professionals, and others use genograms to help identify and interpret family relationships and dynamics, health history and heredity patterns. The graphic symbols used in genogram mapping help illustrate the forces that shape individuals, families, and even social associations. ...

Family Reunions

Jacque Eatmon will guide a Talking Circle, an exercise that can help family members share traits, values, health, and childhood stories. ...

Father Absence

Robin Wright King, author of Papa Was a Rolling Stone: A Daughter's Journey to Forgiveness, describes the financial, social, and emotional impact that an absent father has on his children. ...

Fried Chicken and Chess Pie

Explore the rich tradition of food in the culture and culinary history of the American South with three great Southern cooks. ...

In Praise of Cornbread

While found on dinner tables throughout the U.S., cornbread reigns supreme in the South. Discover the origins, styles and tasty variations of this beloved bread. ...

Mark Sahlgren - In Concert

Join musician Mark Sahlgren, co-host of WMUK’s Grassroots, with friends Lorraine Caron (Duffield/Caron Project) and Darcy Wilkin (Corn Fed Girls), in this special celebration of music from the South, author Rick Bragg and Reading Together. The program will feature great roots music plus a discussion of some antique instruments from Mark’s collection. ...

Meet Rick Bragg

The highlight of Reading Together 2009 is Rick Bragg’s appearance in Kalamazoo — an opportunity you shouldn’t miss. This Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and bestselling author will read from his books, tell stories, and answer your questions. ...

Memoir Writing

Writing a memoir compares to storytelling - they may sound like fiction even though the story is true. Rather than the full scope of an autobiography, memoirs focus on events and their impact on the writer. Learn how to sift through your past to capture meaningful moments still vivid in your memory. ...

Old-Fashioned Supper

Conclude Reading Together in true church potluck fashion. Bring a dish to pass: main dish if your last name starts with A-L; side dish or dessert for last names M-Z. ...

Pages and Pizza

Memoir writing for teens & tweens. Read Somebody Told Me: The Newspaper Stories of Rick Bragg. We’ll discuss memoir writing, what makes an interesting story, and create our own newspaper/journal/blog articles. ...

Readers Theatre

Ava’s Man - The rich characters and unforgettable stories of Charles, Ava and Rick come to life under the able hands of Whole Art Theatre director Tucker Rafferty. ...

The Book as Literature

What makes for great literature? Isaac Turner, English, writing, and rock & roll history instructor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and Nicolas S. Witschi, Associate Professor of English at Western Michigan University, will help you appreciate Rick Bragg’s books on a deeper level. ...

Writing Your Life: Bonnie Jo Campbell

Author Bonnie Jo Campbell shows aspiring memoir writers how to search the nooks and crannies of their lives for stories that others will want to read! ...

Writing Your Life: Michael Steinberg

Author Michael Steinberg will offer strategies, techniques, and examples to help memoir writers discover the stories they most urgently need to tell. ...