(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.