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College of the Redwoods Book of the Year Visual and Media Art Contest

 

 

The CR Book of the Year committee is seeking visual or media arts created by CR students that celebrate our 2014 2014/15 Book of the Year, War Dances, by Sherman Alexie.

 

Selected art pieces will be displayed in library on our Eureka campus from Tuesday, 4/28/15 through Thursday, 5/14/15, or hosted online on our Book of the Year website.  Winners will receive a gift certificate at the CR Bookstore. All entries must directly reference a theme, character or event in one of the poems or short stories from War Dances.

 

All submissions must be anonymous and include a cover letter with the following information:

 

Name, student ID number, contact information and a 200-word artistic statement describing the piece and how it was inspired by Alexie’s work.

 

Visual arts projects should be traditional two and three dimensional physical formats and can include but are not limited to:

 

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Collage
  • Photograph
  • Sculpture

Size limitations: Visual art projects must not exceed 58"(H) x 20"(W) x 30"(D) and must be submitted dry and ready to display (if in a frame it must have a wire on the back, etc.).  Nor can they exceed 50 pounds in weight.

 

Media Arts should be in a standard format that can be hosted online and viewed from the computers at College of the Redwoods. Students may submit their work on a flash drive, disc  or by providing a link. Media arts projects can include but are not limited to:

 

  • Music
  • Film
  • Video
  • PowerPoint
  • Websites

 

Size limitations: Media arts projects must not take an audience longer than 15 minutes to experience.

 

Deadline to submit:  All work must be submitted by noon, Friday 4/10/15. Visual art  prjects should be  delivered HU 108K.  Electronic media can be emailed to Vinnie-peloso@redwoods.edu.

 

All submissions will be judged by the members of the CR Multicultural and Diversity Committee.  Winners will be notified by Monday, 4/27.

 

For more information, call or email Vinnie Peloso, CR?HSU Book of the Year Committee Co-chair, 707-476-4565 or Vinnie-peloso@redwoods.edu

 

 

Events Associated with the Book

Book of the Year author Sherman Alexie to speak at CR

 

Sherman Alexie, author of the CR/HSU Book of the Year, War Dances, will speak at College of the Redwoods on Thursday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Theater on the main Eureka campus.   A Q & A session and a book signing will follow.  Selected copies of his many books will be for sale as well.  Admission is free, and the public is invited.  For more information about this event, contact Vinnie Peloso at 707-476-4565 or Vinnie-peloso@redwoods.edu

 

Alexie will appear at HSU that same evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Van Duzer Auditorium. Tickets are available at the HSU Ticket Office (open Monday-Friday 9-5).  For more information about this event, contact Sarah Fay Philips, 707-826-5589 or sp252@humboldt.edu

 

Both schools gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by Bear River Casino and Smith River Rancheria in bringing Mr. Alexie to Humboldt County as well as our partnership with the Humboldt County Library in supporting the Book of the Year program.

 

The 2014-15 CR/HSU Book of the Year is War Dances by Sherman Alexie. In this heartbreaking, hilarious collection of stories, Alexie explores the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world at large. His stories center around ordinary men on the brink of exceptional change: In the title story, a son recalls his father’s “natural Indian death” from alcohol and diabetes; one story dissects a vintage clothing store owner’s failing marriage; another story examines what happens when a politician’s son commits a hate crime (Amazon).

 

The Los Angeles Times declares that “the structure [in War Dances] is sophisticated yet playful, a subtle way to bring lightness to heavy topics such as senility, bigotry, cancer, and loneliness…. a mix tape of a book, with many voices, pieces of different length, shifting rhythms, an evolving story.”

 

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

 

For more information about Sherman Alexie, visit his website at http://fallsapart.com/   and for more information about the Book of the Year program, go to http://www.redwoods.edu/events/book-year/index.asp or https://library.humboldt.edu/war-dances

 

 

 

CR Offers Online Book of the Year Discussion Class

 

Are you interested in taking part in a book discussion group? Do you want college credit? Then register for College of the Redwood’s Book of the Year online discussion class. Read 10: Book of the Year Discussion Group, section #V7584, is a one-unit, late start 10-week class beginning February 3. This course is delivered and taught 100% online; there are no classroom meetings. You may also take the course P/NP.

Taught by CR faculty member Robyn Roberson, Read 10 is “a discussion-driven study and exploration of selected topics related to the current Book of the Year selection…” All interested CR students and community members are encouraged to sign up.

The 2014-15 CR/HSU Book of the Year is War Dances by Sherman Alexie. In this heartbreaking, hilarious collection of stories, Alexie explores the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world at large. His stories center around ordinary men on the brink of exceptional change: In the title story, a son recalls his father’s “natural Indian death” from alcohol and diabetes; one story dissects a vintage clothing store owner’s failing marriage; another story examines what happens when a politician’s son commits a hate crime (Amazon).

The Los Angeles Times declares that “the structure [in War Dances] is sophisticated yet playful, a subtle way to bring lightness to heavy topics such as senility, bigotry, cancer, and loneliness…. A mix tape of a book, with many voices, pieces of different length, shifting rhythms, an evolving story.”

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, A PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

To register for Read 10, call 707-476-4200 or visit http://redwoods.edu/admissions/guide/register-1.asp

Other events and activities organized around the book’s themes are posted at http://www.redwoods.edu/events/book-year/index.asp and at https://library.humboldt.edu/war-dances/

For more information about the class, contact Robyn Roberson at robyn-roberson@redwoods.edu.