December events at The Regulator
POETRY SERIES: Lola Haskins & Ephraim Scott Sommers
Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m
The Regulator welcomes Lola Haskins and Ephraim Scott Sommers for an evening of poetry and music. Free and open to the public. The Regulator’s Poetry Series is co-sponsored with the generous support of Jacar Press.
Lola Haskins serves as Honorary Chancellor of the Florida State Poets Association. Her fourteenth collection, 978-0822965800, was preceded by How Small, Confronting Morning (Jacar, 2016). In spring 2019, she collaborated with Dance Alive! National Ballet to create “Land of La Chua,” which featured selections from How Small. She has won the Iowa Poetry Prize, two NEAs, two Florida Book Awards, the Florida's Eden prize for environmental writing, and the Emily Dickinson prize from Poetry Society of America.
A singer-songwriter and poet, Ephraim Scott Sommers is the author of Someone You Love is Still Alive, selected by Ireland's Mary O'Donnell as the winner of the Jacar Press Full-Length Competition. He is also the author of The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire (2017), winner of the 2016 Patricia Bibby First Book Award. His recent work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, VerseDaily, and elsewhere. An assistant professor of English at Winthrop University, Ephraim, a singer-songwriter as well as a poet, lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina with his wife, Ann Reilly-Sommers.
Asylum: Improvisations on John Clare (Pitt Poetry Series), 9780822965800, Univ. of Pitt.
How Small, Confronting Morning, 9780936481043, Jacar Press
Someone You Love is Still Alive, 9780936481357, Jacar Press
COMMUNITY & SCHOLARS SERIES: Cristina Bejan, “Intellectuals and Fascism in Interwar Romania,” in conversation with Malachi Hacohen
Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Cristina A. Bejan in conversation with Malachi Hacohen, for a discussion of Bejan’s new book, Intellectuals and Fascism in Interwar Romania: The Criterion Association. This event is co-sponsored by Duke's Forum for Scholars and Publics. Free and open to the public.
Intellectuals and Fascism in Interwar Romania traces the lives of the young intellectual elite who made up Romania’s Young Generation and examines how many of them came to support fascism leading up to the disintegration of the liberal democratic state. Offering a new perspective on the cultural life of Bucharest during the interwar period through the lens of the Criterion Association, Bejan draws upon the writings of the Young Generation during and about the interwar period, including journals, autobiographies, published articles, and fiction and offers a fuller picture of Romanian fascism within the context of the rise of the far right in the early twentieth century.
Cristina A. Bejan (Ph.D., Oxford) is a Rhodes and Fulbright scholar. She has had fellowships at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), the Wilson Center and Georgetown University. While a researcher for USHMM, she authored 64 articles on camps in Africa and Europe for the "Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos - Vol. 3." Most recently she taught history at Duke University. A playwright and spoken word artist, her creative work has appeared in the US, UK, Romania, and Vanuatu. Bejan runs the arts and culture collective Bucharest Inside the Beltway, based in Denver and Bucharest.
Malachi Haim Hacohen (Ph.D., Columbia), Bass Fellow and Professor of History, Political Science and Religion, is Director of the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and member of the faculties of Slavic and Eurasian, German and Jewish Studies at Duke. He teaches intellectual history and Jewish European history and is a coordinator of the Triangle Intellectual History Seminar (Duke, NCSU, UNC, and Wake Forest University) and the North Carolina Jewish Studies Seminar.
Intellectuals and Fascism in Interwar Romania: The Criterion Association, 9783030201647, Macmillan Palgrave
ALLAN GURGANUS performs “A Fool for Christmas”
Thursday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.
Allan Gurganus will perform his beloved holiday tale "A Fool for Christmas" at The Regulator on Thursday evening, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Allan Gurganus's “A Fool for Christmas” first charmed audiences when he read it on NPR's “All Things Considered” in 2004. This year, Duke University Press will be publishing a limited-edition chapbook of Gurganus’s “A Fool for Christmas” that will be available for sale at the event. The publication of “A Fool for Christmas” is a partnership between Duke University Libraries (that acquired Gurganus's archives in 2018), Horse & Buggy Press, and Duke University Press.
During the Christmas season, mall pet store manager Vernon Ricketts splits his time between selling irresistible puppies and kittens festooned with holiday bows and shielding the mall's loiterers from its over-zealous manager, “Terminator” Vanderlip. Just days before Christmas, Vernon notices a small, bedraggled girl in a worn overcoat desperately trying to blend into the mall's background. Sensing she's a runaway in trouble, Vernon feels obliged to help. His kindness and their chance encounter will produce a Christmas miracle that becomes a legend as it changes lives.
Allan Gurganus's fiction has been translated into sixteen languages. Books include Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All; White People; Plays Well with Others; The Practical Heart; and Local Souls. Gurganus's essays are seen on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times and in The New York Review of Books. He has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the American Academy's Sue Kaufman Prize for best first novel, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lambda Literary Award, and the National Magazine Prize. Film adaptations of Gurganus's work have won four Emmys. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Gurganus cofounded Writers Against Jesse Helms. His novel in progress is “The Erotic History of a Country Baptist Church.”
A Fool for Christmas, 9781478009382, Duke University Press
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME with Amy Godfrey
Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11, 18 at 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m.
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey every Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m. (For ages 2ish to 5ish; siblings are welcome) Free!
(Please note: There will be no preschool story time on Dec. 25, due to the Christmas holiday.)