Tales from other galaxies, and of weddings, WASPS and the old west

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library.

As always, all times SLT, and unless otherwise stated, events will be held on the Seanchai Library’s home on Imagination Island.

Sunday, April 26th

11:00: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker – Seanchai Kitely

So, where were you in 1977?  Do you remember the first time you saw the first film?  The first 25 times you saw the first film?  Maybe you have never seen it at all.  Join Caledonia on Seanchai Library’s Spaceworld to enjoy for the first time (or re-live the joy) of those first adventures from an edition penned by Director George Lucas himself!

Seanchai Kitely: grid.kitely.com:8002/Inis Eirc

13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Caledonia, Kaydon and Corwyn read The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor, which first saw print in April, 1892 in The Strand Magazine, and was later included in the volume of tales The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Was it nerve that cause Miss Hatty Doran to drop her bouquet at her wedding? and who was the gentleman who picked it up for her?
Was it nerve that cause Miss Hatty Doran to drop her bouquet at her wedding? and who was the gentleman who picked it up for her?  – Sidney Paget, The Strand Magazine, 1892

It should have been one of the happiest days in a couple’s life: the day on which they are wed. And so it seemed for Lord St. Simon and his bride, Miss Hatty Doran of San Francisco.

Prior to the wedding, Miss Doran had seemed utterly delighted in her forthcoming nuptials, up to and including the ceremony itself. Indeed, it may have been excitement – or perhaps nerves – which caused her to drop her bouquet in church, prompting a gentleman in the front pew the pick it up and return it to her.

Yet immediately after the wedding, and much to Lord St. Simon’s confusion, his wife became uncharacteristically sharp with him. Then, at the wedding breakfast, there was a commotion when a former companion of Lord St. Simon attempted to gain entry, followed by his young wife claiming a “sudden imposition” and the need to retire to her room – only to vanish, her wedding dress and ring later being found the banks of the Serpentine?

Despite the seemingly perplexing questions surrounding the entire wedding and disappearance, the solution for Sherlock Holmes proves rather … elementary.

Monday April 26th, 19:00: The Wizard of Karres

Gyro Muggins returns to the universe created by James H. Schmitz and given form through his 1949 novel, The Witches of Karres, as he continues reading the 2004 sequel, The Wizard of Karres, penned by by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Dave Freer, which reunites the reader with some familiar characters.

Wizard of KarresFor Captain Pausert, it would seem that the old saying that no good deed ever goes unpunished should perhaps become the family motto. As a “reward” for thwarting the plans of the space pirates and eliminating the threat of the Worm World, Pausert is given the secret mission of stopping the nanite plague, a self-aware disease that lay waste to entire planets worlds.

Only someone has once convinced the Imperial Navy, unaware of his true mission, that Pausert is actually a wanted man. so it is that the Navy set out to hunt him down – and almost succeed, managing to cripple his ship. When Pausert discovers his funding has also been cut-off, leaving him without the means to get his ship repaired, he and his companions, Goth and the Leewit, the Witches of Karres, are forced to go undercover – and join a travelling circus.

After all, the show – and the mission – must go on, and thus the adventures continue.

Tuesday April 28th, 19:00: The Journey of the English Language

Trace the evolution of the Anglo-Saxon language through poems and short stories with Caedmon Sharkfin.

Wednesday April 29th

06:00: WASP, Where is Thy Sting?

Freda Frostbite and Trolly Trollop return to the thoughts and writings of Florence King.

WaspWASP, Where is Thy Sting? was first published as a series of magazine essays in the 1970s prior to becoming a book in its own right, is a study by Ms. King focusing on the subject of White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (the WASPs) of the title.

While biased towards her own background as a member of an Anglo-Southron Washington DC family, and perhaps slightly dated today, the book explores the various varieties of Protestantism in the United States, which have often been based on social background and ethnicity far more than specific doctrinal differences, and can still resonate with readers today, as one reviewer notes:

After the various ethnic studies which began showing up through the ’60s and ’70s, Miss King decided that WASPs, as an ethnic group, needed to be delineated and explained to everyone else. Overall, she does a decent job. Yes, this is a humorous book, but there are too many parallels to people I’ve known and grown up with to doubt her accuracy. And there are plenty of Miss King’s delicious aphorisms (referring to many WASP womens’ idea of fashion as “Calamity Jane Eyre Chic” is a good example). There are many such quotable bits throughout the book.

19:00: Christie’s Detectives

Join Caledonia Skytower as she presents short stories featuring Agatha Christe’s beloved detectives: Parker Pyne, Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot.

Thursday April 30th

19:00: The Shell Box (75 minutes)

With Shandon Loring.

21:00: Seanchai Late Night

With Finn Zeddmore

Saturday May 2nd, 12:00 Noon: Seanchai Kitely: Lost Legends of the Old West

With Shandon Loring at Seanchai Kitely: grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai


Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule. The featured charity for April / May is Habitat for Humanity, with a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live – a safe and clean place to call home.

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