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The Truro Library has enjoyed twenty years in its current building, and the Highland House Museum is hosting an exhibit looking back at the history of the library. See floor plans, photos, and other objects that reflect back on the library’s growth and evolution. The exhibit will be on display through September.
When creating a piece of art there is a certain thought that can propel me into the beginnings of a piece, that initial jolt of inspiration. From that point, the work evolves based on what is natural for me, what I have learned both on my own and from outside influences, and surprising right side of the brain occurrences. I work until a feeling of unity is comfortably conveyed. As the Truro Public Library celebrates its 20th Anniversary by looking at the past, reviewing the efforts made to make change and looking ahead to what is in store, this exhibit is intended to mirror some of those ideals. For this exhibit, I’ve included a selection of work from my portfolio, especially work that grew out of the excitement of my own exploration and discovery.
ZOË LEWIS is a band in a body! She plays jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk, funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! Troubadour, vaudevillian, storyteller, adventurer, singer-songwriter!
Photo: Joanne Bartone
The Guest Book follows three generations of a powerful American family, a family that “used to run the world.” And when the novel begins in 1935, they still do. Kitty and Ogden Milton appear to have everything―perfect children, good looks, a love everyone envies. But after a tragedy befalls them, Ogden tries to bring Kitty back to life by purchasing an island in Maine. That island, and its house, come to define and burnish the Milton family, year after year after year. And it is there that Kitty issues a refusal that will haunt her till the day she dies. In 1959, a young Jewish man, Len Levy, will get a job in Ogden’s bank and earn the admiration of Ogden and one of his daughters, but the scorn of everyone else. Len’s best friend, Reg Pauling, has always been the only black man in the room―at Harvard, at work, and finally at the Miltons’ island in Maine. An island that, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, this last generation doesn’t have the money to keep. When Kitty’s granddaughter hears that she and her cousins might be forced to sell it, and when her husband brings back disturbing evidence about her grandfather’s past, she realizes she is on the verge of finally understanding the silences that have hovered just below the surface of her family all her life. An ambitious novel that weaves the American past with its present, The Guest Book looks at racism and power that has been systemically embedded in the U.S. for generations. Sarah Blake is the author of the novels, Grange House and the internationally best-selling The Postmistress; a chapbook of poems, Full Turn; and Runaway Girls, an artist book in collaboration with the artist, Robin Kahn. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, the poet Joshua Weiner, and their two sons.
Toast and Jam writes and performs original bluegrass, modern folk, Americana, swing, and more. Featuring Tim Dickey, Julie Charland, Laird Boles, and Alice Malone. Note: this and next week the concert starts at 6:00 p.m.!
We are pleased to welcome Stephen Kinzer to talk about his September 2019 release, Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control. In this latest book, the bestselling author of All the Shah’s Men and The Brothers tells the astonishing story of the man who oversaw the CIA’s secret drug and mind-control experiments of the 1950s and ’60s. The visionary chemist Sidney Gottlieb was the CIA’s master magician and gentlehearted torturer―the agency’s “poisoner in chief.” As head of the MK-ULTRA mind control project, he directed brutal experiments at secret prisons on three continents. He made pills, powders, and potions that could kill or maim without a trace―including some intended for Fidel Castro and other foreign leaders. He paid prostitutes to lure clients to CIA-run bordellos, where they were secretly dosed with mind-altering drugs. His experiments spread LSD across the United States, making him a hidden godfather of the 1960s counterculture. For years he was the chief supplier of spy tools used by CIA officers around the world. Stephen Kinzer, author of groundbreaking books about U.S. clandestine operations, draws on new documentary research and original interviews to bring to life one of the most powerful unknown Americans of the twentieth century. Gottlieb’s reckless experiments on “expendable” human subjects destroyed many lives, yet he considered himself deeply spiritual. He lived in a remote cabin without running water, meditated, and rose before dawn to milk his goats. During his twenty-two years at the CIA, Gottlieb worked in the deepest secrecy. Only since his death has it become possible to piece together his astonishing career at the intersection of extreme science and covert action. Poisoner in Chief reveals him as a clandestine conjurer on an epic scale. Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.” The author of The Brothers, Overthrow, All the Shah's Men, and other books, Kinzer spent more than 20 years working for the New York Times, most of it as a foreign correspondent, and served as their Bureau Chief in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey. His foreign postings placed him at the center of historic events and, at times, in the line of fire. After leaving the Times in 2005, Kinzer taught journalism, political science, and international relations at Northwestern University and Boston University. He is now a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, and writes a world affairs column for The Boston Globe.
The Grab Brothers are true brothers—Larry and Marc Grab—with music that explodes in a kick-ass blend of “Retro for Today” lead guitar crunching rhythms, mystical-leaning lyrics and arena-filling vocals that pull your heart strings on a whim. But there’s more. These brothers can also strum you a pot-full of acoustical gems and have you singing along to their life-fulfilling stories even when you’ve never heard the songs before. Larry Grab – Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Harmonica, Sax and Vocals; Marc Grab – Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Trombone and Vocals; Rob Scott – Keyboards and Vocals; Tom Corshia – Drums. Note: This week the concert starts at 6:00 p.m.!
Food for Kids!
The Truro Public Library will offer free lunches on Thursdays and Fridays through August 30, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. They will be served outside on the back deck when weather permits, and are preceded at 10:30 a.m by our StoryTime program on Thursdays, and other fun programs on Fridays.