Big Read

Hellenistic Art with Dr. Tony Morris

Watch with us from The Hall at the Alhambra or from Home!
Led by Dr. Tony Morris, Department Chair of APSU Art + Design with Ph.D. in Art History.
The story of Circe bridges the gap between the gods and man, showing human-like fatal flaws and imperfections in immortal beings which allow us to relate to them on a personal level. The Hellenistic period cultivated the same connection, bringing a new level of naturalism and expression to the gods and heroes of the Classical age. Dr. Tony Morris leads us on an exploration of the art and architecture of the Hellenistic period.
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Thanks to our book sponsor Planters Bank for providing free copies of Madeline Miller’s “Circe” to our community for this year’s Big Read!

Big Read Kickoff with Author Madeline Miller

|| Streaming Online & Limited In-Person Seating ||
Join us to kick off this year’s Big Read with a virtual program from Author Madeline Miller. Books will be given away to the first 100 registered participants – 1 copy per family. Book pickup can be arranged during business hours for online participants.
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Madeline Miller grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She has taught and tutored Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students for over fifteen years.
She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms.
The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. Miller was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. Her second novel, Circe, was an instant number 1 New York Times bestseller, and won the Indies Choice Best Adult Fiction of the Year Award and the Indies Choice Best Audiobook of the Year Award, as well as being shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Circe also won The Red Tentacle Award, an American Library Association Alex Award (adult books of special interest to teen readers), and the 2018 Elle Big Book Award. It is currently being adapted for a series with HBO Max.
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Thanks to our book sponsor Planters Bank for providing free copies of Madeline Miller’s “Circe” to our community for this year’s Big Read!

Ghosts on the Page – at Milkweed health & harmony emporium

Everyone loves a good ghost story – what role does a ghost play in literary fiction and Our Town? Writing instructor Addison James will lead the discussion.

The Wizard of Oz – at Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

Join the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library at their showing of the classic movie, filmed in 1939, The Wizard of Oz.

Rated G | Free Admission

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.

[Just like in Our Town, Dorothy learns to live in the moment and appreciate her family and hometown more.]

For more information on the Big Read Hopkinsville 2019, visit https://www.facebook.com/thebigreadhopkinsville .

Haunted Hoptown Walking Tour – at Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum

Join the Big Read-Hopkinsville and the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County as they haunt the streets and share some of Hoptown’s strangest, most bizarre, and darkest stories. From murder and mystery to tragedy and scandal – this tour is sure to put a spooky twist on Our Town. The walking tour starts at Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum.

$10 per Person | $5 for Museum Members. Get your tickets here!

For more information on the Big Read Hopkinsville 2019, visit https://www.facebook.com/thebigreadhopkinsville .

What Role Does the Audience Play? – at Books On Main

Come join English Professor Caitlin Chester at her discussion at Books on Main – “Is the audience a character in the play?”, and “How does breaking the fourth wall help the audience connect with the characters?”

Trivia Night – at Davo’s

Test your knowledge of local history in this special “Hoptown Connection” edition of trivia night.

For more information on the Big Read Hopkinsville 2019, visit https://www.facebook.com/thebigreadhopkinsville .

Hocus Pocus – at Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

Join the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library at their showing of the movie Hocus Pocus.

Rated PG | Free Admission

After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

[Small town meets spooky in this classic Halloween tale.]

For more information on the Big Read Hopkinsville 2019, visit https://www.facebook.com/thebigreadhopkinsville .

Our Town Paint Party

Come out and join The Big Read and The Pennyroyal Arts Council at Griffin’s Studio for their “Our Town Paint Party.”
You will have a choice to paint the Alhambra, the Clock Tower, the Train Depot, or the Hopkinsville Museum on a 9″x12″ canvas.
Registration is $5, call 270-874-2028 to reserve your spot.

History on Tap

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at the next History on Tap program at Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 pm. Robert Martin deep dives into the history of an iconic local landmark in “If Walls Could Talk.”

For more information on the Big Read Hopkinsville 2019, visit https://www.facebook.com/thebigreadhopkinsville .