Book Discussion: May 18, 2021 at 6pm
With the promise of warmer weather on the way, we are pleased to announce our very own first-ever book discussion opportunity hosted here at Ballyhoo Books!
Our first book selection for discussion was inspired by the overwhelming response to the U.S. youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman's recitation of her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inaugural. As serendipity would have it, we had just recently fallen in love with a little book titled How Poetry Can Change Your Heart by spoken-word poets Andrea Gibson and Megan Falley and decided in the afterglow of the inaugural poetry love-fest that this was the book we wanted as our first offering…and being able to announce it during National Poetry Month was just icing on the proverbial cake.
This shiny gem of a book is a vibrant invitation to everyone on the wide spectrum of poetry experience – from passionate poetry lovers to the most ardent poetry skeptics – to widen and deepen our understanding and appreciation of what poetry is and can be. Here is a taste from the introduction:
Whoever first said that poetry is dead failed to provide the autopsy. If poetry is dead, what a rowdy and glorious ghost. Poetry haunts. Poetry permeates the walls we put up. Poetry startles us awake and into our own aliveness. Poetry rustles the hairs on the backs of our necks and chases us into more compassionate rooms. Though it is difficult to change a stubborn mind, poetry can change our hearts in an instant.
The date, time, and location for this book discussion event is Tuesday, May 18 at 6pm* right here at Ballyhoo Books. We will hold the group discussion outside (on the southwest side of the store) under a canopy…weather permitting. We will do a virtual gathering over Zoom if the weather is uncooperative. Our discussion will be facilitated by Ballyhoo Grand Poo-bah Curator-in-Chief, Dawn Daniels (not her actual title).
The book How Poetry Can Change Your Heart
($12.95) is available both at our storefront as well as through our online affiliate, bookshop.org
Advance registration is required -
please register below.
*The number of participants for this event date is limited to ten (10) people. If more than that number registers, we will offer additional discussion group dates and/or consider making it a virtual event option. And don't hesitate to call us at 989.763.3704 if you have any questions or need more info.
Woo-hoo! So excited for our first book discussion event!