2016

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott

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Introducing the selection for Centre County Reads 2016!

The Centre County Reads committee is pleased to announce this year's community read, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by best-selling author Karen Abbott. The true story of four American women who risked their lives to leave their mark on history, Abbott's book is a fast-paced, engrossing study of the oft-overlooked contributions of women to the Civil War.

Living History with Karen Abbott

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March 16, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Author Visit

Immerse yourself in a world of intrigue and adventure as best-selling author Karen Abbott shares the stories of four American women who helped shape the Civil War.

Secret Writing Contest

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March 1, 2016 (All day)

The Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) presents a Secret Writing Contest.

This contest is part of the 2016 community read of bestselling author Karen Abbott's Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. Abbott's work of historical nonfiction recounts the Civil War through the eyes of four different women whoe intrepidity leads to daring exploits, including smuggling secrets across enemy lines.

Imagining Our Civil War Past: The Kick-off Event

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February 20, 2016 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Kick off Centre County Reads in Historic Style!

Thrill your inner-spy with code-breaking activities for kids. Explore a wide selection of Civil War artifacts and regalia with objects on loan from both Centre County and Mifflin County Historical Societies. Examine 1860s era dress reproductions and learn ways that weaponry and messages were kept hidden

Learn about Civil War era artillery with Penns Valley reenactor Jimmy Brown. Enjoy live music of the era performed by pianist William Peightel on a rare 1890 Steinway Grand piano.

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Liar, Temptress Soldier, Spy Discussion Groups

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Join in the Discussion

Presented by Centre County Library and Schlow Centre Region Library 

Several library-sponsored book groups around Centre County will read and discuss Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy throughout February and March. Pick up a copy of the book at any library in Centre County and join one of the following group discussions, below.

"Re-Imagining the Civil War: Gender Roles and the Ethics of History" Roundtable

March 1, 2016 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Presented by The Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) and The Richards Civil War Era Center

Join a lively discussion about the oft-overlooked contributions by women to the Civil War effort. In this roundtable discussion, our featured panelists will use Abbott's book as a touchstone for a broader discussion about the responsibilities of history, the investigation of female participation in a changing cultural, wartime landscape, and its intersections with literary fact and fiction. Following their opening statements, the panelists will invite questions from the audience.

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