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March is “SDSU Month,” and on Saturday, March 19, the university will be holding its annual “Explore SDSU: Open House” day. We’ll be offering guided tours of the library at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m. Two of our librarians are also offering intriguing and helpful workshops: “Top 10 Things to Ask Your Doctor” will be held at 10 a.m. and “Ten Steps to Find Your Family Tree Online” will meet at 10:30 a.m. Both workshops will be held in Room 2203 of the Library Addition. To attend a workshop or tour, just show up at the dome entrance. We’ll have a table with information and smiling staff to help you find your way!

Salons—a gathering of people at a residence or hall to converse and to listen to works of literature and philosophy—were popular during the 17th and 18th centuries in France. However, considering the list I’ve included below, I believe the SDSU Library could rival even the most famous French salon, the Hotel de Rambouillet! At the Salon de Malcolm Love, you don’t have to know French to enjoy the brilliant writers and lecturers we’re hosting this spring. You just need a thirst for knowledge and a taste for literature.

In an earlier post, I promised you an updated list of our happenings, and here it is:

March 15: Glover Davis will give a poetry reading at 7 p.m. in Room LL108. Davis is a professor emeritus of creative writing at SDSU, where he taught for almost 40 years. His books of poetry include Bandaging Bread, August Fires, Legend, and Separate Lives. His most recent collection is Spring Drive. For more information, call (619) 594-6054. This event is part of the Spring 2011 Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series.
March 22: Poet Shadab Zeest Hashmi will be the featured artist at the Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading at 7 p.m. in Room LL430. Hashmi has been the editor of the annual Magee Park Poets Anthology since 2000. Originally from Pakistan, she now lives in San Diego. Her work has appeared in Nimrod International, New Millennium Writings, The Bitter Oleander, Poetry Conspiracy, San Diego Poetry Annual, and Pakistani Literature. Her book of poems, Baker of Tarifa, was published in 2010.
March 24: Author David Kirby will present a poetry reading at 7 p.m. in Room as part of the Poetry International Spring Reading Series. Kirby is a professor of English at Florida State University and the author of more than 20 books, including Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, The House on Boulevard St., and The Ha-Ha. His work has won numerous awards, including four Pushcart Prizes, the James Dickey Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Art, and the Guggenheim Foundation. For more information, call (619) 594-1522 or email poetry.international@yahoo.com.
April 13: Harold Jaffe will read from two recent books (Paris 60 and Induced Coma) at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 as part of the Spring 2011 Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series. Jaffe is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU and the author of 19 volumes of fiction, docufiction, and nonfiction. His books include Jesus Coyote, Terror-Dot-Gov, False Positive, and his most recent, Anti-Twitter: 150 50-Word Stories. He is the editor of Fiction International. For more information, call (619) 594-6054.
April 14: In conjunction with the SDSU Library’s Civil War exhibit, Ed Blum will discuss “Satan and the Civil War: Considering Ultimate Evil in the War that Shaped America.” The lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in Room LL430. Blum is an assistant professor of history at SDSU and the author of Reforging the White Republic and W. E. B. Du Bois, American Prophet.
April 18: Nikola Madirov will present a poetry reading at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 as part of the Poetry International Spring Reading Series. Madirov is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Locked in the City, Somewhere Nowhere, and Relocated Stone. He was the poetry editor for the Macedonian e-magazine Blesok and lives in Macedonia and works as a poet, essayist, and literary translator. For more information, call (619) 594-1522 or email poetry.international@yahoo.com.
April 20: “Neither Historian Nor Novelist: Captain Francis Moore & The Making of Civil War Memory” is the topic of a lecture to be given by Thomas Bahde, visiting scholar in the Department of History at UCSD, at 7:30 p.m. in Room LL430. Bahde is a specialist in nineteenth-century U.S. history with a focus on race, slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.The lecture is in conjunction with the library’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.
May 9: Writers Rikki Ducornet and Katie Farris will present a reading at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 as part of the Poetry International Spring Reading Series. Ducornet is the author of five books of poetry and eight novels, including the Fan Maker’s Inquisition and The Jade Cabinet.
Farris has been widely published in literary journals, and her first book, Boysgirls, is due out in spring 2011. For more information, call (619) 594-1522.

All of these events are free and open to the public. We’d enjoy hearing your feedback if you attended any of these events, so please leave a comment by clicking “Leave a Comment” under the post title.

Did you know that March 4 is National Pound Cake Day? No? Well, it may be too late to send out cards and decorate your house, but there’s plenty of time to bake a pound cake! Here’s a scrumdiddlyumptious recipe I plucked from The Montana Cookbook,* one of the 2,436 entries listed on the SDSU Library’s book catalog when you type in “cooking” under “subject”:

    Chocolate Pound Cake

    1 (4 oz.) package German sweet chocolate
    2 cups sugar
    1 cup butter
    4 eggs
    2 tsp. vanilla
    1 cup buttermilk
    3 cups sifted flour
    ¼ tsp. baking soda
    ½ tsp. salt

    Glaze:
    1 (4 oz.) package German sweet chocolate
    1 tbs. shortening
    ¼ cup water
    1 cup powdered sugar
    Dash of salt
    ½ tsp. vanilla

    To make cake: Melt chocolate in top of a double boiler. Cool and set aside. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add buttermilk and flour mixture to creamed mixture. Mix well. Stir in chocolate until well-blended. Pour batter into a well-greased and floured 9-inch tube pan or bundt pan. Bake 1-1/2 hours at 300 degrees. Remove from pan immediately and wrap in foil until cool.

    To make glaze: Melt chocolate and shortening over low heat. Combine sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Gradually stir in melted chocolate. Add vanilla and blend well. For a thinner glaze, add a small amount of water. Drizzle over cake. Serves 12-16.

Here’s fair warning: there are more national food days on the horizon this month. We have shelves of cookbooks on the 5th floor of Love Library if you want to get a jump on the festivities. Here’s what’s coming up in March:

    7th – National Crown Roast of Pork Day
    14th – National Potato Chip Day
    19th – Poultry Day
    23rd – National Chip & Dip Day
    24th – National Chocolate-Covered Raisins Day
    25th – Waffle Day
    28th – Something On A Stick Day
    31st – National Clams On The Half Shell Day

Bon appetit!

*The Montana Cookbook also has a recipe for Jellied Moose Nose. I kid you not. I think that would be the perfect dish to take to your next family potluck!