September events at FLPL

By  | August 17, 2017 | Filed under: News

FLORENCE-The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library will be presenting two events to round out their September lineup.

An Afternoon with Mystery Author Debra H. Goldstein
Sunday, September 17, 2:00 pm
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

Mystery lovers are invited for a fun afternoon with mystery writer Debra H. Goldstein! Debra draws on her experiences as a judge and litigator—and on her Jewish background as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor—to craft suspenseful and entertaining mystery novels. Her latest book, Should Have Played Poker, follows young corporate lawyer Carrie Martin, who experiences two shocking discoveries: first, that her mother had once considered killing her father, and then that her mother has been murdered. Carrie teams up with a local group of Mah Jongg players to unravel the mysteries of Wahoo, Alabama.

Debra H. Goldstein’s debut novel, Maze in Blue, received a 2012 Independent Book Publisher (IPPY) Award and was reissued as a May 2014 selection by Harlequin Worldwide Mysteries. Her short fiction and nonfiction essays have also been published in multiple anthologies. Over her education and career, Debra has lived in New Jersey, Michigan, New York, and Georgia, but she now lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband.

This event is co-sponsored by Florence-Lauderdale Public Library and the Temple B’nai Israel. For more information, call 256-764-6564, ext. 28.

“Built for the People”: Cultural Productions of the TVA
Thursday, September 21, 6:00 pm
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

Dr. Ted Atkinson, Associate Professor of English at Mississippi State University, will visit FLPL to present “Built for the People”: Cultural Productions of the TVA.

In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote to Congress to recommend legislation to create the Tennessee Valley Authority. FDR pointed to rehabilitation of the industrial plant and supporting infrastructure constructed in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in 1918, as elements of a vision for the Tennessee River that “transcends mere power development” to benefit the region and the nation. “It touches and gives life to all human concerns,” he said, referring to the ambitious plan for programs ranging from flood control to hydroelectric power to soil conservation. Such visionary thinking required imagination so that people could see what the future might hold. While architects and engineers drew up the blueprints and oversaw construction of the massive infrastructure, the TVA enlisted and inspired work by writers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, and theater companies who lent artistic expression to the agency’s monumental designs. These cultural productions comprise a neglected arena of “TVA modernism” that is helpful for rethinking relations between the region and the nation in the 1930s and for better understanding the role of state-sponsored culture in the New Deal.

This program is sponsored by Florence-Lauderdale Public Library and the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area. For more information, call 256-764-6564, ext. 28.

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