Library's Adult Winter Reading Program Features An Afternoon of "Woemance" - Stories and Songs of Love Gone Wrong

Love on the Rocks
Join Bernard Norcott-Mahany and a cast of local actors and entertainers for an afternoon of stories and songs about “love gone wrong,” part of the Library’s Adult Winter Reading Program, Love on the Rocks. Mournful ballads and lovelorn blues songs intersperse performances of classic, ill-fated romances.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Program: 
2:00 pm
RSVP Required

Join Bernard Norcott-Mahany and friends in an afternoon of stories and songs about “love gone wrong,” part of the Library’s Adult Winter Reading Program themed Love on the Rocks. The annual, two-month event spotlights books about broken hearts, bad romances, and the unfortunate reality that not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.

Norcott-Mahany, a senior technical assistant at the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch, is accompanied by a cast of local actors and entertainers in staging scenes of ill-fated romance from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Homer’s Odyssey, James Thurber’s short story “A Couple of Hamburgers,” and other familiar works. Mournful ballads and classic, lovelorn blues songs intersperse the performances.

Tue, 02/10/2015
Steven Woolfolk
Library's Adult Winter Reading Program Features<br> An Afternoon of "Woemance" - Stories and Songs of Love Gone Wrong

(Kansas City, Missouri) - Not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.

The Kansas City Public Library underscores that tongue-in-cheek theme of its 2015 Adult Winter Reading Program with An Afternoon of "Woemance"—a series of stories and songs about love gone wrong—on Saturday, February 22, 2015. The program, featuring the Library's Bernard Norcott-Mahany and a cast of local actors and entertainers, begins at 2 p.m. at the Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.

The players stage scenes of ill-fated romance from Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Homer's Odyssey, James Thurber's short story "A Couple of Hamburgers," and other familiar works. Mournful ballads and classic, lovelorn blues songs intersperse the performances.

Norcott-Mahany is a senior technical assistant at the Library's L.H. Bluford Branch.

This year's Winter Reading Program, formally themed Love on the Rocks, offers book discussions, film screenings, and other events revolving around dozens of suggested titles about broken hearts, bad romance, star-crossed lovers, and rancid relationships. It runs through March 20.

Love on the Rocks encompasses nonfiction, memoirs, historical fiction, young adult novels, classics, and fiction. Also on the suggested reading list are such well-known titles as Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate, and Jeff Guinn's Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde.

Participants are encouraged to read five or more books from the suggested reading list or anything else of their choosing. Details are available at kclibrary.org/reading2015.

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