IRISH & SCOTS IMMIGRATION: INTO THE U.S. & CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA

WHEN

Saturday, February 15

11:30am - 12:30m

WHERE

Holt Memorial Library, Philipsburg

What would it take for our ancestors to pick up their lives and sail to an unfamiliar land to begin a new life?  Join us at Holt Memorial Library as local historian and genealogist Justin Houser describes waves of immigration of Irish and Scots people to the United States, and into Central Pennsylvania.

CAREFUL WRITING

$200 GRAND PRIZE

Entries due by March 27.

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 2020 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of National Book Award Winner Alice McDermott’s novel Charming Billy, in which various characters try to figure out the best ways to show care for the titular Billy as he battles with his ultimately fatal alcoholism. 

Tracing the experiences of an extended Irish-American family across the twentieth century, the novel invites us to consider to whom we show care and how we show that care. As Billy navigates relationships with friends, family, and lovers, we as readers might also consider how to show care in ways that sustain ourselves and the objects of our care. Inspired by this ongoing negotiation of human connection, enter your best example of writing—7,500 words or less—in which someone or something receive care in one of the following categories: 

  • Best Short Fiction
  • Best Nonfiction
  • Best Poetry
  • Best Entry for a writer under 18

Winning entries to be displayed at Schlow Centre Region Library and cals.la.psu.edu.

SPONSORED BY THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN LITERARY STUDIES

AMERICAN DREAMS: ROMANCE & REALITY ROUNDTABLE

WHEN

Monday, March 30

3:30 – 5:00pm

WHERE

Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

"American Dreams: Romance & Reality" | Monday, March 30, 3:30-5pm | Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

In Alice McDermott’s National Book Award-winning novel Charming Billy (1998), second-generation Irish American cousins living in Queens, NY inherit the dreams—and the American dream—of their immigrant parents. At a wake held in the 1990s for the title character Billy Lynch, a tight-knit community of mourners meditate on the romantic underpinnings of, and the darker lived realities often belying, hopes and dreams passed on from one generation to the next. In this roundtable discussion, three invited panelists will use McDermott’s novel as a touchstone for a broader discussion about how, why, and to what end immigrant dreams are passed on, taken up, and transposed across generations in American literature and history. 

Following the panelists’ opening statements there will be ample time for questions and answer with the audience.  Light refreshments will be served. 

EVENING WITH ALICE McDERMOTT

WHEN

Thursday, April 16th

7:30 - 9:00pm

WHERE

HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium.

Parking available at HUB parking deck.

Join us for the culminating event. National Book Award-winning novelist, Alice McDermott will visit the Centre Region to discuss and read from her works.

BOOK SIGNING TO FOLLOW.

Free and open to the public; no registration necessary.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS

  • Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 - 7:30pm

    Schlow Library, State College

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2:00 - 3:00pm

    Schlow Library, State College

  • Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 - 7:30pm

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Friday, March 27, 1:00 - 2:00pm

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

STORYTIMES

  • Saturday Stories Alive

    Saturday, February 29, 11:00am

    Schlow Library, State College

  • Pre-K Storytime (Ages 3-6)

    Monday, March 9, 10:30am

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Baby Storytime (Ages 0-1)

    Wednesday, March 11, 9:30am

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Toddler Storytime (Ages 1-3)

    Wednesday, March 11, 10:30am

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte