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Bristol Public Library Announces the 2011 Discovery Series Schedule

March 02, 2011

The Bristol Public Library is pleased to announce the 2011 Discovery Series Schedule. The past three years have been very successful for the Discovery Series. The Discovery Series committee was formed two years ago to ensure that we bring only the best and most sought after speakers, authors, and workshops. We are very pleased by the final decisions made to the line-up and anticipate outstanding attendance to these events. It is our hope that we will continue to magnify Albert C. Noble’s Mission by Expanding Minds and Building Community at your Bristol Public Library.

We are very excited to announce our line-up for the 2011 Discovery Series:

Bob Gibson, Virginia Sorenson Institute | Tuesday, March 22, 7pm

Bristol Public Library, J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room | General Admission Free

“Bipartisanship – Is It Possible?”

According to Bob Gibson, politics are changing at an ever-faster pace, spurred by unrealistic timelines, short attention spans, and vast quantities of impatience. Gibson is a 1972 graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in government and foreign affairs. He will be speaking on today’s political climate and the idea that a government that can’t compromise is a government that can quickly fail. Gibson claims; “Now is a good time for injecting ethics, civility, respect and trust in politics along with a belief in the value of working together across the aisle to get things done for the people of our localities, our state, and our nation.”

Dorothea Benton Frank | Saturday, April 16, 1:30pm

Bristol Public Library, J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room

Reserved seating $20. General Admission Free

Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. The New York Times bestselling author of Sullivan’s Island and Plantation, she is a nationally recognized volunteer fundraiser for the arts and education, and an advocate of literacy programs and women’s issues. Frank is one of those authors who can create characters that stay in your mind and your heart long after you’ve finished the book. Her stories, always filled with wisdom, hilarious moments, and memorable scenes vividly capture the wild beauty, laid-back atmosphere, earthy characters, and charming lifestyles of South Carolina's Lowcountry.

Lefty Kreh & Flip Pallott | Saturday, May 21, 10am

Sugar Hollow Park, Bristol, Virginia | Free to the Public

Keep Bristol Beautiful will host a Rain Barrel project in conjunction with Fishing Clinic

Fishing enthusiasts or those who wish to learn are invited to the Fishing Clinic with Lefty Kreh and Flip Pallot. This is an all day clinic presented by two top experts in the field. Lefty has written for almost every outdoor magazine in the country, while Flip is a longtime ESPN personality. Bring your fly or spinning rod to join these instructors at Sugar Hollow Park for an exciting and informative day.

Liquid Assets | Thursday, May 26, 6:30pm

Bristol Public Library, J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room | General Admission Free

Liquid Assets is a public media and outreach initiative that seeks to inform the nation about the critical role that our water infrastructure plays in protecting public health and promoting economic prosperity. Liquid Assets explores the history, engineering, and political and economic challenges of our water infrastructure, and engages communities in local discussion about public water and wastewater issues. A 15 minute overview of the documentary will be shown, followed by a question and answer session with Ms Ingrid Luffman, ETSU Geosciences, Dr. Brajesh Dubey, ETSU Environmental Health, and Mr. David L. St. John, Water Plant Superintendent for the city of Bristol, TN.

James Howe | Wednesday, July 20th, 10:30am

Bristol Public Library, J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room | General Admission Free

"Humor is the most precious gift I can give to my reader," James Howe once noted in Horn Book. Best known for the laugh-out-loud tales of vampire bunnies and talking pets that comprise his "Bunnicula" books, Howe is also the author of sometimes painfully funny coming-of-age stories for those in middle school. Over the years James Howe has learned that there’s more to being a children’s author than writing books. There’s the thrill of seeing each idea develop, the satisfaction of receiving letters from readers, and the pleasure of meeting them face-to-face. He has come to realize that there’s more to writing than his own amusement; “There’s the reward of fun that’s shared. And you can make a living at it! So, there’s a moral to this story: except when she’s telling you to eat mushrooms, listen to your mother!”

Ellen Hopkins | Tuesday, August 16th, 7pm

Bristol Public Library, J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room | General Admission Free

Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, and Fallout. Her novels are praised by teens and adults alike, and she has been called the "bestselling living poet in the U.S." by mediabistro.com. Her books open the eyes of teens and adults alike to the dangers of illegal substances and bad choices. Not only are her books written as narrative poems, Hopkins also uses strong emotions and poetic rhythm to impact how one should live their life, make good choices, and stay above the influence of others.

Bill Bass & Jon Jefferson | Saturday, September 24, 1:30pm

A Worldview Scholarship Series Event, Virginia Intermont College, Kegley Auditorium

The Body Farm- The Evolving Way Scientists Look at Death.

Reserved Seating $20. General Admission Free

On three acres surrounded by razor-wire and a wooden fence near the University of Tennessee Medical Center, about 40 bodies rot away at any given time. They're stuffed into car trunks, left lying in the sun or shade, buried in shallow graves, covered with brush or submerged in ponds. These bodies are often observed by Dr. Bill Bass, world-renowned forensic anthropologist who founded the University of Tennessee’s Body Farm. Bass, along with journalist, science writer, and documentary filmmaker, Jon Jefferson, has released numerous publications about the Body Farm such as Bones of Betrayal and The Bone Thief. Bass and Jefferson’s dual perspectives create a thrilling and thought-provoking narrative voice that takes readers straight into the occasional darkly and humorous images of “death’s acre.”

Oliver North | Saturday, October 8, 1:30pm

A Worldview Scholarship Series Event, Virginia Intermont College, Kegley Auditorium

America in the New Millennium

Reserved seating $20. General admission free.

In 1986, it was revealed that a secret U.S. operation had been selling military equipment to Iran, in exchange for the release of U.S. hostages, and that money from the arms’ sales was being illegally diverted to help anti-socialist forces fight the government of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. From May until August of 1987 the Iran-Contra scandal and its televised hearings put the spotlight on North, who donned his uniform and admitted that he acted illegally, but out of patriotism. His felony convictions were eventually overturned, and depending on who's talking, North was either a traitorous drug smuggler or a national hero who saved Central America from communism. Whose side would you support? What if this happened again in today’s world?

Mary Kay Andrews | Saturday, November 5, 1:30pm

Bristol Public Library, J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room

Reserved seating $20. General admission free.

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling Savannah Breeze and Blue Christmas, as well as Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues. Her novels are often informed by her own love of junking, fixing up derelict beach houses, cooking, entertaining and dealing with family dramas and traumas. Her characters are colorful and never boring. A southern girl herself, she sure knows her South and can weave a good story, serving up mystery and laugh-out-loud humor along with good food and recipes.

Buddy Valastro “Cake Boss” | Thursday, December 1, 7pm

Viking Hall Civic Center

Christmas with the Cake Boss

Reserved seating $50. General admission free.

For Buddy Valastro, mixing eggs, sugar, butter and flour mean a lot more than “making a cake.” As a fourth generation baker, it’s a constant source of pleasure, pride and creativity. His mastery of fondant icing techniques and introduction of the art of designer cakes to a broader audience continues the Carlo’s Bakery legacy. Buddy’s first book, CAKE BOSS: The Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia, shares his and his family’s inspiring, fascinating, and poignant life story along with recipes for the bakery's most popular treats. Buddy’s beautifully designed cakes are the stuff of legend—and so is the remarkable story of his father, a beloved pillar of the community and himself a talented baker who set the stage for his family’s rise to the pinnacle of their industry. “Christmas with the Cake Boss” will be an exciting time of competition, laughter, and learning for our entire community.

Brochures for this year’s Discovery Series will be available soon. Please call 276.821.6148 or visit www.bristol-library.org for more information on dates, times, and tickets.