Butterfly’s Child by Angela Davis-Gardner
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 6 pm
Main Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library
When three-year-old Benji is plucked from the security of his home in Nagasaki to live with his American father, Lt. Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, and stepmother, Kate, on their farm in Illinois, the family conceals Benji’s true identity as a child born from a liaison between an officer and a geisha—and instead tells everyone that he is an orphan. When the truth surfaces, it will splinter this family’s fragile dynamic and send Benji on the journey of a lifetime from Illinois to the Japanese settlements in Denver and San Francisco, then across the ocean to Nagasaki, where he will uncover the truth about his mother’s tragic death.
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Discussion of Butterfly’s Child will be moderated by Joshua Borths.
Known for his innovative and thought-provoking productions of opera and musical theater, Borths is the current Director of Opera and Musical Theater at Capital University. Borths comes to Ohio directly from Phoenix where he served as the Resident Stage Director and Director of Education and Community Engagement at Arizona Opera. While at Arizona Opera, Borths directed mainstage performances while tripling the education department, reaching 70,000 people per season. As a part of these initiatives, Borths founded the Arizona Opera Book Club which landed him a feature in Opera News Magazine. In the summers, Borths is a member of the directing staff of Des Moines Metro Opera, and has held prestigious positions at various opera festivals and young artist programs across the country. As a freelance director, Borths’s favorite credits include new productions of Rusalka, Florencia en el Amazonas, La clemenza di Tito, The Magic Flute, and Camelot.
The Great Flood of 1913 by Conrade C. Hinds
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Beginning on Easter Sunday, March 23, 1913, Columbus and the Ohio Valley endured a downpour that would produce the largest flood in one hundred years. Heavy rains came on the heels of an especially cold winter, resulting in a torrent of runoff over saturated and frozen ground. Rivers and streams quickly overflowed and levees failed, sending tsunami-like floodwater into unsuspecting communities and claiming four hundred lives. There were ninety-six deaths in Columbus alone when the swollen Scioto River emptied water that ran nine to seventeen feet deep through the streets of the near west side. Join Conrade C. Hinds and the Columbus Landmarks Foundation in a closer look at a flood disaster that reshaped the American Midwest.
Sing for Your Life by Daniel Bergner
More information coming soon
SING FOR YOUR LIFE chronicles Ryan’s suspenseful, racially charged and artistically intricate journey from solitary confinement to stardom. Daniel Bergner takes readers on Ryan’s path toward redemption, introducing us to a cast of memorable characters–including the two teachers from his childhood who redirect his rage into music, and his long-lost father who finally reappears to hear Ryan sing. Bergner illuminates all that it takes–technically, creatively–to find and foster the beauty of the human voice. And Sing for Your Life sheds unique light on the enduring and complex realities of race in America.