Homer Big Read Events

Big Read Kick-Off Event

6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14

Alice’s, 195 E. Pioneer Ave.

Listen to a staged reading of Our Town by Pier One Theatre at Alice’s Champagne Palace.

Book Club

4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, Homer Public Library

The Homer Public Library offers a regular monthly book club the last Tuesday of every month. In January they will discuss The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town. All are welcome.

Love Letters in the Snow with Erin Hollowell

6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, Kachemak Bay Campus

The literature of love has a long history. From the very beginning, we’ve used words to woo those we desire. In this short workshop, we’ll read some examples throughout history and learn how to craft love letters that speak effectively of love. We’ll explore ways to write truthfully without sentimentality. We’ll talk metaphor, detail, and tone. You’ll leave with a love letter or poem of your own for your sweetheart or perhaps to win the one you’ve admired from afar. Please sign up in advance at the library.

Faith, Love and Loss: A Panel Discussion on The Bridge of San Luis Rey

6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27,

Fireplace Lounge, Homer Public Library

Presenters Toby Widdicombe, Linda Chamberlain, Kathy Carssow, and Lisa Marie Talbott will discuss the themes from The Bridge of San Luis Rey through the lens of their various disciplines.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey Book Discussion

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, Homer Public Library

Thornton Wilder won the Pulitzer for this novel, which stylistically is very different than what we are accustomed to from him. What was Wilder experimenting with? American Literature professor Toby Widdicombe will discuss the narrative structure and other contexts that help the reader understand this novel.

Top Drawer Playwriting Competition deadline

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Homer Public Library

The Friends of the Homer Library seeks submissions for plays about the history of Homer and/or contemporary life in Homer. The winner will receive a $250 cash prize, a bound copy of their play, and a staged reading of their play performed at Pier One Theatre during the 2017 summer season. The Homer Public Library will also keep a bound copy of the play in their collection.

Book Discussion at Kachemak Bay Campus

6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2,

Kachemak Bay Campus

Share your thoughts on the Big Read selections The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town during a guided discussion with Lia Calhoun, assistant professor of English at Kachemak Bay Campus.

Storytelling for Radio Workshop with Kathleen Gustafson

11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 – Sunday, Feb. 5

Homer Council on the Arts

How do you tell a story on the radio? What’s your Homer story? Come learn about the art of storytelling on the radio from Kathleen Gustafson. Come to one or both days of the workshop. Sign up at the library.

An Evening with Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder

6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, Homer Public Library

Thornton Wilder and Gertrude Stein exchanged letters over many years, which influenced both their creative and personal lives. Kathleen Gustafson will perform Stein and James Anderson will perform Wilder while reading selections from their letters.

Our Town High School Production

7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10

3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11

Mariner Theatre, Homer High School

Homer High School, Homer Council on the Arts, Pier One Theatre, and Friends of the Homer Library join forces to present a live production of Our Town. Tickets will be available at the Homer Public Library, Homer Council on the Arts, and the Homer Bookstore.

Book Discussion with Rich Chiappone and Tom Kizzia

6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15

Alice’s Champagne Palace

Share your thoughts on the Big Read selections The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town with guided discussion by local authors Rich Chiappone and Tom Kizzia.


Our Town: The Homer Experience

6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16

Pratt Museum

What makes up the stories of our town? Celebrate the radio stories and listen to locals share moments of their lives in Homer.

KBBI On-Air Book Discussion with Erin Hollowell and Dana Stabenow

Monday, Feb. 20., TBA

On the air, KBBI AM 890

Call in to join the conversation. 907-235-7721

Meet and Greet with Michael Dirda

10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24

Bunnell Street Arts Center

Welcome Michael Dirda to the Homer community. We’ll have coffee and morning refreshments while we get to know this Pulitzer Prize-winning author.


Craft Talk with Michael Dirda

6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24

Kachemak Bay Campus

Sign up in advance at Homer Public Library.

Keynote Presentation by Michael Dirda

6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25

Place TBA

Hailed as the “best read man in America,” Michael Dirda will give a talk on the merits of living a reading life, as well as share about the life and works of Thornton Wilder.

For an ADA accommodation, contact the library at 907-235-3180 or library@ci.homer.ak.us.


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