Reading poetry, saying “yes” and encountering evil and terror

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, April 17th

11:30 Crazy Eights: A Celebration of Poetry

PoetryFounded by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month takes place every April as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.

To mark the month, Seanchai Library has invited ten Second Life Poets to share both their own poetry and their favourite works of poetry by other poets.

Taking place at the the Crazy Eights special events area, A Celebration of Poetry presents Dubhna Rhiadra, Sabreman Carter. Seersha Heart, Michael Romani, Stranger Nightfire, Morgue McMillan, Talkwithmarie Resident, Rosedrop Rust, Sangreal Arnica, and Klannex Northmead.

Monday April 18th, 19:00 at Crazy Eights: Silent Running

silent runningGyro Muggins concludes reading Harlan Thompson’s novelization of the 1972 screenplay for Silent Running, by screenplay by Mike Cimino, Deric Washburn, and Steven Bochco.

In the future, all plant life on Earth has become extinct. A few specimens have been preserved in enormous, greenhouse-like geodesic domes attached to a fleet of space freighters, currently just beyond the orbit of Saturn.

Freeman Lowell, one of four crewmen aboard the freighter Valley Forge, is the resident botanist and ecologist who carefully preserves a variety of plants for their eventual return to Earth and the reforestation of the planet. Lowell spends most of his time in the domes, both cultivating the crops and attending to the animal life.

Then, orders come from Earth to jettison and destroy the domes with nuclear charges and return the freighters to commercial service. Orders Lowell’s crewmates are only too happy to follow if it means a return to Earth. Lowell, however, is less than sanguine about this new turn of events.

Tuesday April 19th, 19:00: Year of Yes

Year of YesCaledonia Skytower reads selections from Shonda Rhimes’ bestseller.

Shonda Rhimes is best known as the creator of television’s Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, as well as an executive TV producer. Despite her success and career, she is introverted and prefers to say “no” to invitations and engagements.

Then her sister presents a challenge to which Shonda reluctantly agrees: spend a year saying “yes” to unexpected invitations and opportunities.

This book is a record of that year, and how just saying one simple word – “yes” – had a positive and transformative impact on one woman’s life.

Wednesday April 20th 19:00: Dead Man’s Chest

Shandon Loring presents a reading of the second instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, Dead Man’s Chest.

Thursday, April 21st

19:00: Solomon Kane

Shandon Loring reads from the exploits of Robert E. Howard’s 16th/17th fictional Puritan, Solomon Kane.

A “tall, sombre and gloomy man of pale skin, gaunt face and cold eyes”, Solomon Kane travels through Europe and Africa, seeking to vanquish evil wherever he might encounter it, armed with a rapier, a dagger, a brace of pistols – and the Staff of Solomon.

whispers21:00: Whispers from the Abyss

Shandon Loring opens the pages of this anthology of 33 short stories inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, edited by Kat Rocha.

On the subway, during lunch, or even under the fluorescent glow of your cubical—there is no escape! Now your slow descent into madness can follow you through the day.

Created as a ebook to be read by people on the move, the stories each present concentrated spine-chilling terror by the likes of Greg Stolze, Nick Mamata, Tim PrattDennis Detwiller, Greg Van Eekhout, A.C. Wise, David Tallerman and Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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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 March / April is Project Children, building peace in Ireland one child at a time.

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