Centre County Reads Kick-off Event


Saturday, February 10th

Noon - 3:00pm


Centre County Library and Historical Museum

Novice knitter? Or perhaps a bit more experienced? Join area knitting clubs for a knit-a-thon, where knitters of all ages and experience levels will gather to knit scarves and other goods for Housing Transitions, Inc. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any project that you are working on. Help warm the community!

The Art of Protest

Sponsored by the Center for American Literary Studies

$200 Grand Prize

Entries due by February 28.

Send submissions to cals@psu.edu

Please include a cover letter with your name, address, contact information, a brief biography, and contest category.

This contest is part of the 2018 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Sunil Yapa’s acclaimed first novel Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, which weaves the story of the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests through a variety of perspectives.

Yapa’s novel shows us that protest can be represented in many different ways. How does one capture the sometimes fast-paced, sometimes patient events of protests? Can one enact protest through writing or art? Submit your best writing or art representing or enacting protest in the following categories:

  • Best Short Fiction

  • Best Nonfiction

  • Best Poetry

  • Best Entry for a writer under 18

The Art of Protest - A Juried Art Exhibition

Enter Online


Application deadline: January 26, 2018

Notification sent: February 12, 2018

Accepted entries due: February 28, 2018 to Schlow Library

Exhibition dates: March 1-31, 2018

Pick up work: April 2, 2018 at Schlow Library

Call for Entries

Art used as a tool for persuasion, resistance, or a call to action, is a means of communication older than the printing press. Artists have made important contributions to debates on political, social, and economic issues with works as small as cartoons and as large as installations covering many acres. Both still and moving images can communicate with an immediacy that transcends language barriers.

The Art of Protest is an exhibition arranged in conjunction with the 2018 one-book, one community program Centre County Reads. This year’s selection, The Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, was written by State College native Sunil Yapa. This New York Times bestselling novel is set amid the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle.

Work entered in this show should attempt to persuade the viewer to take action in favor of a particular cause, such as peace, the environment, civil rights, freedom of speech or religion.


The exhibition will hang in the Betsy Allen Rodgers Gallery located in Schlow Centre Region Library on Allen Street in State College.


Open to artists whose primary residence is Centre County, PA. Digital images of original work produced within the last year may be submitted.


The Art of Protest will exhibit drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, hand-pulled prints, watercolors, fiber, paper, sculpture (no larger than 16” x 16” x 16”) and video (files not to exceed 10 mg). Work must be delivered framed and ready to hang.

The library is an all ages environment and so submissions should not contain excessive violence or nudity.


Award winning pieces will be announced at the Centre County Reads 2018 Author Event with Sunil Yapa on March 21, from 7pm-8:30pm in the Freeman Auditorium of the Hub-Robeson Cultural Center. The juror will award a Best in Show of $150 and up to two honorable mention awards of $50 each.

What is Activist Literature?

Roundtable Discussion


Tuesday, February 27

3:30 – 5:00pm


Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

In Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, Sunil Yapa reimagines the chaotic World Trade Organization (WTO) protests that took place in Seattle at the end of the twentieth century.

Inspired by the novel’s themes of activism, protest, and community, this roundtable discussion will feature three invited panelists who will use the novel as a touchstone for a broader discussion centered on the question of what makes a piece of literature “activist”? Following the panelists’ opening statements there will be ample time for question and answer with the audience.

Light refreshments will be served.

Evening With Sunil Yapa


Wednesday, March 21st

7:00 - 8:30pm


Hub-Robeson Center, University Park

Joins us for the culmination of the annual one book, one community read. Sunil Yapa will return to the Centre Region to discuss his novel.

Book signing to follow.

Book Discussions

  • Tuesday, February 20th, 6:30 - 7:30pm

    Schlow Library, State College

  • Wednesday,February 28th, 2 - 3pm

    Schlow Library, State College

  • Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 - 7:30pm

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Friday, February 23, 1:00 - 2:00pm

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Tuesday, March 13, 6:00 - 7:00pm

    Centre Hall Area Branch Library, Centre Hall

  • Monday, March 19, 6:00 - 7:00pm

    Holt Memorial Library, Philipsburg