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The Hausmann Quartet performed today as part of Art Under the Dome. Their beautiful music brightened a dreary, rainy afternoon.

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Will Eisner Week posterThis is your chance to learn about one of the greats of the comics world: Will Eisner. The library is celebrating “Will Eisner Week”—March 1- 7, 2014—with a series of events and an exhibit that will not only educate you, but entertain you, and hopefully enlighten you about one of America’s greatest writers and cartoonists.

On February 28, an exhibit featuring examples of Eisner’s work will open in the Reference Services area on the 1st floor of the Library Addition. Included in the exhibit are comics from the Word Balloons series created by SDSU illustration students. The exhibit will run through March 10.

On March 4, filmmaker Neil Kendricks will discuss “A Comic-Book Odyssey: Through the Paper Menagerie of Graphic Narrative to ‘Comics Are Everywhere!’ then Back Again.” Kendricks serves as film curator for San Diego’s Museum of Contemporary Art and is currently teaching a screenwriting class at SDSU. His documentary, Comics Are Everywhere, is currently in production. The lecture will be held at 2 p.m. in Room LL430.

The documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist will be screened on March 5 at 1 p.m. in Room LL430. The documentary details Eisner’s story and documents the influence his career had on the world of comics.

Eisner created one of the genre’s most lasting characters, The Spirit, whose adventures were first presented in the Sunday newspaper comic book inserts that Eisner produced for select American newspapers every week from 1940 to 1952. After then spending several years running American Visuals Company, which produced instructional manuals in comic book form for business and government, Eisner revived The Spirit in a series of reprints starting in the 1970s. It was also during that decade that Eisner began producing the works that would cement his reputation; a series of “graphic novels,” a term that he helped popularize and that helped bring a new level of seriousness to the comic arts. As an indication of his lasting legacy, the awards given out at Comic-Con International’s annual ceremony to honor the best works in the industry bear his name: the Eisner Awards.

The Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series is featuring an impressive slate of authors for Spring 2013. The readings are free, and you don’t need reservations to attend. All of the readings listed below will be held at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 of the SDSU Library.

March 5: Monika Zobel’s poems and translations have been published or are forthcoming in Redivider, DIAGRAM, Beloit Poetry Journal, Mid-American Review, Drunken Boat, and Best New Poets 2010, to name a few. She is a senior editor at The California Journal of Poetics and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She now resides in Vienna, Austria. Monika Zobel
March 12: Sherwin Bitsui grew up on a Navajo reservation and now lives in Tucson. He is the author of two books, Flood Song and Shapeshift, and has published poems in American Poet, The Iowa Review, and Lit Magazine. His recent honors include a 2011 Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and a 2011 Native Arts & Culture Foundation Arts Fellowship. He is also the recipient of 2010 PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award, and a Whiting Writers Award. Sherwin Bitsui
March 19: Renee Swindle received her MFA in creative writing at San Diego State University. She is the author of Please, Please, Please, which was an Essence Magazine bestseller, and more recently Shake Down the Stars. Swindle is the Spring 2014 Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading artist. Renee Swindle
March 26: Mel Freilicher teaches literature at SDSU and UCSD. He is the author of The Unmaking of Americans: 7 Lives, 120 Days in the FBI: My Untold Story by Jane Eyre, and Encyclopedia of Rebels. His work has been published in Bigbridge, Fiction International, New Novel Review, and the San Diego Reader. He is the former editor of the literary magazine Crawl Out Your Window. Mel Freilicher
April 9: Jessica Piazza is the author of two poetry collections: Interrobang and the chapbook This Is Not a Sky. While studying at the University of Texas at Austin, she co-founded and edited Bat City Review and won the Keene Prize for Literature during her final year at UT Austin. Piazza is currently a contributing editor at The Offending Adam. Her work has been published in The National Poetry Review, Agni, Indiana Review, 32 Poems, and The Missouri Review. Jessica Piazza
April 16: Janice Steinberg is an award-winning arts journalist who has published more than 400 articles in The San Diego Union-Tribune, Dance Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She is also the author of five mystery novels, including the Shamus Award–nominated Death in a City of Mystics. She has taught novel writing at the University of California, San Diego extension, and dance criticism at San Diego State University. Janice Steinberg
May 7: Rick Bass began his career not as an environmental writer, but as a petroleum geologist. During that time, he began to write short stories, which eventually led to a career in writing. Bass is the author of several novels, including Where the Sea Used to Be and All the Land That Holds Us. His fiction has received O. Henry Awards, numerous Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. His nonfiction books include The Deer Pasture, The New Wolves, and The Black Rhinos of Namibia. His stories, articles, and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others. Rick Bass

For more information about any of these readings, please contact Meagan Marshall at or “like” the Living Writers Series on Facebook.

Our Valentine’s Day “Art Under the Dome” really covered the arts: music, theatre, and dance. SDSU theatre students presented readings from Romeo and Juliet, using the dome’s balcony for the famous balcony scene in Shakespeare’s play. A student chamber music and jazz ensembles and a mariachi band filled the dome with amazing music and great entertainment. Improv and Modern Techniques dance students began their performance outside the dome and worked their way in, molding their choreography to the interior of the library. If you didn’t see any of these performances today, you are poorer for it!

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singer dancing
mariachi musicians
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Are you trying to think of something fun and romantic and FREE to do with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? The library has the answer for you! We’re featuring theatre, music, and dance under the dome throughout the day. Here’s what’s happening:

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Dramatic readings from Romeo and Juliet featuring SDSU Theatre students
12:00 p.m. Mariachi Azteca and jazz ensemble
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. “Breathe Together.” Students from Modern Techniques and Improv classes join forces to showcase dance

Hope you can join us on Valentine’s Day!

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In celebration of Black History Month, the library is presenting several events organized by Gloria Rhodes, the library’s outreach librarian.

An Evening Honoring Nelson Mandela
“An Evening Honoring Nelson Mandela” will be held on Tuesday, February 18, at 7 p.m. in Room LL430/31. The event will begin with a screening of the documentary Amandla: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony. The film pays tribute to the role played by protest songs in the nonviolent revolution that brought an end to apartheid. Nomsa Burkhardt will facilitate a discussion following the film. Burkhardt is a dancer, folk singer, and percussionist of Zulu heritage. She was born in Soweto, South Africa, and now lives in San Diego. She is the cofounder of IZINDE, an Afro-fusion band comprised of artists from around the world.
Documentary: Cracking the Codes
A screening and discussion of the documentary Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity will be held in Room LL430/31 on Wednesday, February 19, at 4 p.m. The film, by director Shakti Butler, asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic racial inequity. At the showing, film segments will be braided with shared dialogue facilitated by Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers, assistant professor of Africana Studies at SDSU, as well as colleagues from across the campus.
African American Art Exhibition
A tribute to African American art by SDSU African American students will be held in Room LL430/31 on Wednesday, February 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibition will spotlight SDSU African American students and the art that influences their work.

Free parking is available for the event in Parking Structure 1 on College Avenue. We hope you can join us for one or more of these exciting events!

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