We have experienced moments of radical change and upset socially and globally.
Recent events of various magnitudes and personal significance hold our world in a spotlight. Your personal perspective gauges your interest, opinion and level of sadness, outrage, effort, mobilization and/or concern.
Within the Clinton/Hill/Fort Greene community we’ve recently experienced “Attianexit”.
Her magnitude as a teacher, finance administrator, counselor, business broker, mediator, principal and confidant to generations of families is an immeasurable legacy. All the while, she has a wonderful adoring family at home. Thank you for sharing her with us this long.
While Brexist affects my stock, Attianexit affects my heart.
As the “The Film Lady”, I look forward to being allowed to continue the international and silent film presentations Ms. Attianese allowed me to pilot and for the children to embrace. I am grateful and always humbled by the enthusiasm the children and teachers have for these films!
Our Spring 2016 films again provided us with opportunities to engage and appreciate our world.
I have been encouraged to seek funding for afterschool viewings. Now as an Academy, perhaps enhanced attention of such possibilities could become actualized.
Thank you QAS Academy staff and children. See you in September!
Hi QASFF family. Contact me through this site if any of this years’ ICFF selections move you. Enjoy! Peace, Diane.
Our newly formed QAS Academy will continue our foreign language film appreciation via the QAS Film Forum. Last November our elementary school children and I shared wonderful adventures together. This week we are scheduled to continue our Film Forum tradition.
Thank you QAS teachers and children.
This past winter one of the books I really enjoyed reading was the bi-lingual book “Outlaws of the Marsh” written by Shi Nai’an and Luo Guanzhong.
Now I am reading “Dark Matters” by Simone Browne and “Black Metropolis” by John Gibbs St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton. I have renewed both books from the public library three times now because they each provide so much information.
What are you reading? Let’s share.
Peace, Diane Ward.
QAS BOOK READING FORUM August/ 2015
Our summer season is ending. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed some great literature.
What have you read lately? Have you read/ attended any great plays?
Prior to evolving into the QAS Academy, our upper grade students enjoyed discussing the craft of writing with guest playwright Garrett Robinson during Career Day on May 29th. Other literary guests are pre-scheduled for this coming school year.
I have a wide range of interests. The following is a sample of books I read this summer:
“Eddie Bell En Francais” (Mr. Bell has an informative web-site highlighting his interests and talents).
“Monkey” by WuCh’êng-ên.
“The Bluebird” by Maurice Maeterlinck.
I also discovered BookBub which provides selections designed from your self-styled profile. They have given me permission to advertise on our site: http://www.bookbub.com/deals/invite
I haven’t needed their suggestions to date, however I will probably utilize them in the coming months.
I am presently reading “Fire Wind” by Yván Yauri.
As you have noticed through these QASBRF years, I have an “international bend” in my selections. I encourage you to consider a variety of writers. Experiencing and appreciating other world views, times, experiences and places, real or imagined are exciting discoveries. We would have a great deal to discuss! Dialogue between our “reading spaces” has always been available. Interested?
Peace, Diane Ward.
- La Caasa Azul offers bi-lingual readings.
- Sunday, September 21 is the Brooklyn Book Festival at Borough Hall on Joralemon Street.
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Book Reading and Signing: The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho, a novel by Anjanette DelgadoFriday, September 5th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Puerto Rican novelist Anjanette Delgado will read from her new novel, The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho, about a psychic who refuses to see beyond the tip of her nose and must recover her gift in a hurry when her married lover turns up dead steps from her front door!Join Anjanette, Siempre Mujereditor Maria Marrero, and psychic Candi Fantacci for a Q&A session, signing, and a reading of the book… and of your future.Bilingual Book Reading by Kianny N. Antigua ofMía, Esteban and the New Words / Mía, Esteban y las nuevas palabrasSaturday, September 6, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
About the book: Mía is a little girl who is learning to talk. Since she is curious and friendly, she notices Esteban, her neighbor, a special kid. Mía offers him her friendship and, in exchange, Esteban will return Mía’s new words. This is a story of friendship, solidarity, compassion and hope.Free event, perfect for children ages 4-7!
Literacy for Incarcerated Teens Librería Project!
Saturday, September 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pmJoin us as Literacy for Incarcerated Teens (LIT) partners with La Casa Azul Bookstore to create a bilingual library at the Children’s Home of Kingston where a number of children are being detained as they await immigration proceedings. LIT, a volunteer-run non-profit organization, funds the creation of libraries and literacy programs in children’s detention facilities throughout New York State.
The Librería will be LIT’s first fully bilingual library collection. Books have been carefully curated by La Casa Azul Bookstore and feature an amazing array of works in Spanish and English, from moving young adult novels to colorful children’s books intended to assist in English-language learning.
Join us for food, music and good company as authors who work closely with LIT and volunteers alike discuss the wonder and power detained youth derive from books.Book Release Party for Martina and the Wondrous Waterfall by Yadhira Gonzalez-TaylorSaturday, September 6, 2014, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pmGet ready for a musical adventure, when La Cucarachita Martina, El Raton Miguel, and a band of new characters challenge each other to see which one plays the best instrument in the world. Let this team of quirky animals and insects take you around the world as you learn about the international flavor in Puerto Rican folkloric music, like bomba y plena. Yadhira’s first book, Martina Finds a Shiny Coin, an adaptation to the folktale of Martina and Perez, is currently available at La Casa Azul Bookstore.
Both books will be available for purchase and signing at the book party.Music, food and drinks — reading at 4:30pm followed by author signing. Free event, Perfect for children ages 4-7!
Like to plan ahead?
The event calendar for September is now online!
La Casa Azul Bookstore143 E. 103 rd StEl Barrio, NY 10029(212) 426-2626
6 Train to 103 rd StreetSUMMER HOURS:
We will be closed August 25 – 28, normal business hours resume on
Friday August 29.Regular store hours:Tuesday – Saturday12:00 pm – 8:00 pmSunday 12:00pm – 6:00 pmClosed Mondays
Calling all educators!
Did you know you can schedule a school trip to our store?
We have a variety of programs for school trips to choose from!Schedule your school trip by emailing:firstname.lastname@example.org
= = = = = = = = = = = =Thank you for your support of La Casa Azul Bookstore!Here is a great way to keep sharing the love, this year and beyond!Use cash or checks.
We happily accept credit cards at our shop, but paying us in cash or check means that we actually retain more money!
Not having to pay those sometimes-hefty credit card fees means we have more money to spend on more books, on excellent booksellers’ salaries, and more.
= = = = = = = = = = = =Please RSVP for events – it helps us to know how many people to expect per event. Register for all events via email:Please note, the entry to La Casa Azul Bookstore requires walking down two steps. The event spaces (gallery and back patio) are both in lower levels. If you will need accommodations during an event, please include that information in your rsvp email.
Save the date:
Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, September 21, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Rain or shine!Join us for a feast of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. La Casa Azul Bookstore and Las Comadres para las Americas will be bringing over 20 authors to the fair! Look for our tent.
Festival location: Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201