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February events at The Regulator

Announcing the 2020 Great Durham Pun Championship, Sponsored by The Regulator Bookshop!
Tuesday evening February 4, 7:30 p.m. at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham

Please note: This is offsite, ticket event is SOLD OUT. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-great-durham-pun-championship-tickets-88788963179?aff=bandlink

An evening of fun and games! Come to be amazed, to laugh, to groan, to boycott POTUS’s “State of the Onion” address which will be happening the same night!

Get your tickets early--the last five pun contests were sell-outs!

Now in its ninth year, The Great Durham Pun Championship remains a thoroughly irrespunsible event which threatens the underpunnings of polite society. You have been warned!

A portion of the proceeds from this year's event will be donated to the Durham Literacy Center.

Wednesday, February 5, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime with Amy Godfrey at The Regulator. For ages 2-5; siblings, caregivers, and grandparents welcome. Free!

4  Wednesdays:  Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26;  6:00 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m.  -- please note time
Book Discussion: “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”

Over four consecutive sessions, join us to discuss White Fragility by Robin Diangelo, a white author. The conversation will be intended for as a space for white folks to openly discuss the book, their own behaviors related to racism and white fragility, and how to meaningfully engage in antiracist work. People are encouraged to read the book in advance and bring their own reflections and questions. Each conversation will last two hours and the discussions will build upon one another. People of color who attend have the option to listen to the conversation and do not have to speak unless it is their choice.

About the facilitators: Meg Stein is a visual artist and Jessica Ruhle is an arts educator. They are both interested in how works of art can provide an opportunity to discuss challenging topics, including racism. In their similar but different ways, they both create spaces to openly discuss and examine racism with friends, coworkers, and strangers.

JUDY DEARLOVE, “Play On: A Novel”
Tuesday, February 11
The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Judy Dearlove, author of the debut novel,  Play On!, for a reading and book signing.

In pursuit of an improbable goal, Maxine gathers an eclectic band of bridge buddies from her retirement community and a few eccentric young people for an adventure that becomes part cat-and-mouse caper and part soul-searching quest. Together, they follow their dreams with grace, great good humor, and a skilled sense of gamesmanship. Play On! celebrates the resiliency and creativity of characters who acknowledge their own mortality while embracing the life-affirming values of friendship and solidarity.

“This is the funniest book I’ve read in years. Dearlove gives us characters to believe in, whip-smart dialogue, and a plot that keeps us reading. A must-read book.” —Frank McNair, author of the novel Life on the Line

Judy Dearlove has enjoyed a variety of careers: English professor, technical writer, manager of ergonomic engineers, director of a college tutoring center, and novelist. She lives and writes in Durham.

Play On!, 9780996087679, RCWMS Press

Wednesday, February 12, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime with Amy Godfrey at The Regulator. For ages 2-5; siblings, caregivers, and grandparents welcome. Free!

Poetry Series: L. Lamar Wilson and Tsitsi Jaji
Thursday, February 13, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator Bookshop welcomes poets L. Lamar Wilson and Tsitsi Jaji for a reading and signing as part of its Poetry Series. The evening will open with a special tribute to poet Lucille Clifton on the anniversary of her transition. This event is co-sponsored with the generous support of Jacar Press.

L. Lamar Wilson (MFA, Virginia Tech; UNC-CH, Ph.D) is the author of Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press, 2013), a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award. Wilson is a multi-genre writer and filmmaker invested in documentary poetics. He is co-author of Prime: Poetry and Conversation (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). Wilson’s recent work centers the voices and experiences of black and brown folk thriving in the rural South despite relentless, centuries-long homegrown terrorism. After nearly 18 years of award-winning editing in several of the nation’s top newsrooms, including the Times and the Post, Wilson teaches on the creative writing faculty at Wake Forest University and in the low-residency MFA program at Mississippi University for Women. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Tsitsi Jaji  (Cornell, Ph.D.) is an associate professor of English at Duke with expertise in African and African American literary and cultural studies, with special interests in music, poetry, and black feminisms. She previously taught at UPenn and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center, Mellon Foundation, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, and National Humanities Center. Her book, Africa in Stereo: Music, Modernism and Pan-African Solidarity (Oxford), won the African Literature Association’s First Book Prize. Originally from Zimbabwe, Jaji is also a poet. Her collection, Beating the Graves (2017) was published through the African Poetry Book Fund with University of Nebraska Press  and her chapbook Carnaval (2014) appears in New Generation African Poets box set.

PLEASE NOTE: The COMMUNITY & SCHOLARS event with Thomas Goldsmith, author of “Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” that was originally scheduled for February 18 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Please make note of the change in your calendars. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 19, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime with Amy Godfrey at The Regulator. For ages 2-5; siblings, caregivers, and grandparents welcome. Free!

COMMUNITY & SCHOLARS: WESLEY C. HOGAN, “On the Freedom Side: How Five Decades of Youth Activists Have Remixed American History,” in conversation with D’ATRA JACKSON
Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Wesley C. Hogan, Director of the Center for Documentary Studies, for a reading and signing of her new book, On the Freedom Side: How Five Decades of Youth Activists Have Remixed American History. Hogan will be joined in conversation by activist D'atra Jackson. This Community & Scholars event is co-sponsored by Duke University's Forum or Community & Scholars.

As Wesley C. Hogan sees it, the future of democracy belongs to young people.

Beginning with reflections on the inspiring example of Ella Baker and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, Hogan profiles youth-led organizations and their recent work. As Hogan reveals, the legacy of Ella Baker and the civil rights movement has often been carried forward by young people at the margins of power and wealth in U.S. society. This book foregrounds their voices and gathers their inventions--not in a comprehensive survey, but as an activist mixtape--with lively, fresh perspectives on the promise of twenty-first-century U.S. democracy.

Wesley C. Hogan is the director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and author of Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC's Dream for a New America.

D’atra Jackson (she/her) is the Co-Director of Ignite NC, which works with mostly Black, mostly queer, young organizers across to state to shift the culture of organizing in North Carolina.  Jackson is also co-founder of the Durham Chapter of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) and BYP100’s National Director. Jackson has had her hand in efforts and actions such as bringing Participatory Budgeting to Durham, #DurhamBeyondPolicing, Justice for Reefa campaign, Black Mama’s/Black August Bail Outs, and others.

On the Freedom Side: How Five Decades of Youth Activists Have Remixed American History, 978-1-4696-5248-1, UNC Press


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