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Please join us for an
Please join us for an Inclusion Celebration!! This special event celebrates the release of Dr. Kathryn Fishman-Weaver’s new book, When Your Child Learns Differently: A Family Approach for Navigating Special Education Services with Love and High Expectations. This family-friendly gathering features resource tables, children’s activities, and a book talk and signing with the author.
Additionally, we are thrilled to open with special performances by the DanceAbility dancers and possibly the Special Olympics Cheer team. Both this important new-release and our bookshop event celebrate advocacy, inclusion and community. All children’s activities have been designed with accessibility in mind. The following organizations will be participating in the festivities:
-Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
-Special Olympics Missouri
-Columbia, MO Special Education, Parent Teacher Association
Advocating for a child who learns differently can sometimes feel like an isolating and daunting task. Dr. Fishman-Weaver’s new book reminds families that they are not alone. When Your Child Learns Differently is a compassionate guide that:
-Helps families navigate special education services from the inside out.
-Offers targeted advice to families of children with a wide range of disabilities and challenges.
-Shares valuable information about special education language, policy, procedures, and supports.
-Reminds families that they are the most important advocates in their child’s success plan.
-Draws on the author’s experiences as both a parent and special education teacher.
We’re all familiar with sci-fi,
We’re all familiar with sci-fi, but… cli-fi? Absolutely. Just as historically some of the most powerful pieces of writing and art often have been created during turbulent times, so too has climate fiction (cli-fi) emerged as a response to the global warming crisis.
One important early example of this relatively new genre is Barbara Kingsolver’s 2012 novel Flight Behavior, which examines the potential influence of global warming on monarch butterflies. We’ll be discussing this book at our inaugural cli-fi bookclub on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. Additionally, if a discussion of Flight Behavior isn’t enticing enough, we are excited to open our gathering with 15-20 minutes of performance from the MU Theatre Department’s Life and Literature Series, featuring Climate Change Theatre Action with Heather Carver, artistic director.
According to its website, “Founded in 2015, Climate Change Theatre Action is a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays presented biennially to coincide with the United Nations COP [Conference of the Parties] meetings. A global participatory project, CCTA uses theater to bring communities together and encourage them to take local and global action on climate.”
The cli-fi literary genre is packed full of other books, and the list continues to grow. We’ll provide a selection of possibilities so that as a group we can choose a title for the next cli-fi bookclub meeting.
Hope to see you at this cool collaboration between Skylark and the MU Theatre Department, as we use literature and the arts to address global warming.
(Sunday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
We are VERY excited to
We are VERY excited to announce that we will be hosting a special party to celebrate the publication of the next installment in the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series – Wrecking Ball.
And this will be no ordinary party! We will have copies of the book specially SIGNED BY JEFF KINNEY for sale – available exclusively for people who attend the event – but so much more …
-There will be a Wrecking Ball-branded TOUR BUS parked outside the shop, and you’ll be able to have your photo taken in front of it.
-We will have a, um, “real” Greg Heffley on-hand for fun photo ops! #selfie
-There will be a THREE-FOOT-WIDE wrecking ball piñata FULL OF CANDY which people will have a chance to bust open!
-We’ll be playing Wimpy Kid Bingo, with fun prizes for the winners.
-There’ll also be specially-designed Wimpy Kid cookies for everyone.
-There will also be a ton of other fun games, activities and prizes.
This event is free for everyone to attend, but you’ll need to register here as numbers are limited and we do expect demand to be heavy.
Award-winning writer Nina Furstenau has
Award-winning writer Nina Furstenau has begun an exciting new project that celebrates and supports the craft of women from around the world. Arta Weavers brings gorgeous, hand-crafted items, all of which have been beautifully stitched, dyed and woven by women in villages, nonprofit community groups, and women-owned small enterprises from across the world. Proceeds from the sales of these amazing scarves, jackets and handbags are used to support the women who make them.
Arta Weavers already has a fabulous Etsy store, but this event will be the first time that customers will be able to peruse the items in person. Come by and see these beautiful pieces for yourself… in good time for the holidays!
We’re very excited to welcome
We’re very excited to welcome Elise Paschen, editor of a gorgeous new anthology of never-before-published poems, The Eloquent Poem. The book is divided into fourteen chapters by poetic approach ― some formal, some occasional, and some thematic ― and includes illuminating micro-essays from the poets on how each poem came to be and how it fits into (or disrupts) its poetic tradition.
Bound to inspire readers and writers, these are innovative poems to marvel at and learn from — among them ars poeticas by Joy Harjo and Cornelius Eady, litanies by Angela Jackson and Joy Ladin, epistles between Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevison, persona poems by Laura Kasischke and Marilyn Nelson, and collage poems by Kimiko Hahn and Major Jackson. Other chapters showcase aphorisms, aubades & nocturnes, concrete poems, eclogues, ekphrasis, poems in form, mirror poems, myth poems and prose poems.
In addition to Elise herself, we will be welcoming some of the poets whose work appears in the book to read and discuss their pieces: Jordi Alonso, Aliki Barnstone and Jake Young. It promises to be an unmissable evening.
We’re always happy to see
We’re always happy to see Missouri’s first Poet Laureate, Walter Bargen, at Skylark, especially when he has a new book to celebrate. Come and listen to Walter discuss and read from his new collection, Until Next Time. Books will be available for purchase and signing, of course.
We’re thrilled to be partnering
We’re thrilled to be partnering with La Petite Ecole, Columbia’s dual language immersion school, to present a Saturday Story Time with a difference on Nov. 23. On that Saturday afternoon, staff and teachers from La Petite Ecole will be reading their favorite stories to our audience — in French!
Studies have shown that early exposure to foreign languages is immensely beneficial to children’s linguistic and neurological development. And just because you and your kids don’t speak French doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy the stories or understand what is going on! The instructors at La Petite Ecole are experienced in communicating in all ways and you will be surprised at how much you’ll understand! This is a unique opportunity to expose you and your children to a brand new experience. Don’t miss it!
We’re pleased to welcome best-selling
We’re pleased to welcome best-selling and award-winning thriller author Allen Eskens to Skylark on the day after Thanksgiving. (If you don’t enjoy battling retail-crazy mobs on Black Friday, this might be a good alternative.) We’re especially excited because while Allen has made his name writing novels set in Minnesota, his latest book, Nothing More Dangerous, is set in the fictional town of Jessup, Missouri. (And some of us really like novels set in fictional Missouri towns.)
Allen is the author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, The Deep Dark Descending, and The Shadows We Hide. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award. His books have been translated into 26 languages and his novel, The Life We Bury, is in development for a feature film.
Allen grew up in Jefferson City, graduating from Helias High School. After that, he headed north to go to college, eventually getting a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University. He now lives in Greater Minnesota with his wife and their rescue dogs.