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The Big Read - Wichita: F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby” (Oct. 1-Nov. 21, 2012)

9/12/2012
Jennifer Heinicke, Special Projects Librarian | JHeinicke@wichita.gov | (316) 261-8524

Big Read Events (as of Sept. 12, 2012)

All events listed are free of charge, unless otherwise noted. The biggest of The Big Read events are in large type. For more information about these events, please contact the hosting organization.

Understanding the Jazz Age
Are you getting ready for The Big Read - Wichita? Will you be leading a book club session or want to go to a discussion fully prepared? This informational session will provide you with background on the era, the context for F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and other relevant information to better understand and discuss the novel. Kerry Jones, MFA, has taught "Literature of the Jazz Age" at Wichita State University. Registration begins Wednesday, Sept. 12; call 337-9456.

  • 2:30-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, Wichita Public Library-Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, Wichita, KS 67212, (316) 337-9456

"What Have You Read Lately?"
Learn more about The Big Read and receive an introduction to "The Great Gatsby" at LifeVentures. Fee.

  • 9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, LifeVentures, 4407 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67218, (316) 682-0376

Art Start: The Big Read - "Jazzmatazz!"
Art Start is a preschool immersion program that encourages reading abilities, communication, motor skills and visual proficiency for children ages 3-5. Classes take place at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays for children with a parent or adult sponsor and on Thursday and Fridays for small preschool groups. Free for 3-5 year olds and their adult chaperones, children over 5 are $3/person. Children under 3 must be in a stroller or front pack. Reserve at 316-268-4929.

  • Children and parents: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, and Oct. 30, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203, (316) 268-4921
  • Small preschool groups: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Thursdays, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, and Oct. 25, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203, (316) 268-4921
  • Small preschool groups: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Fridays, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, and Oct. 26, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203, (316) 268-4921

Midday Movie - "Maxfield Parrish"
Enjoy a movie after a brief informative introduction. Free with admission.

  • 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203, (316) 268-4921

Book Discussion: "The Great Gatsby"
Join the Linwood Senior Center's book discussion group.

  • 1:30-2:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 20, Linwood Senior Center, 1901 S. Kansas, Wichita, KS, 67211, (316) 263-3703

The Big Read Movie Night
Intrigued by the time period of the "The Great Gatsby"? Come watch part one of the PBS documentary detailing the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition.

  • 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove, Derby, KS, 67037, (316) 788-0760

Big Read "Challenge" Kickoff
The kickoff will include readings by students from area high schools, period music performances and an author profile.

  • 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, Watermark Books and Café, 4701 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS, 67218, (316) 682-1181

Book Discussion: "The Great Gatsby"
Join the Evergreen Branch Library - 1st Thursdays group as they discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, Wichita Public Library-Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, Wichita, KS 67204, (316) 303-8181

The Big Read Kickoff
Celebrate the Jazz Age with the Roberto Bernardinello Band, vocalist Kylie Jo Smith and Ballet Wichita. Autos from the era will be on display outside. Free books while supplies last.

  • 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203, (316) 268-4921

Midday Movie - "American Visions: A Wave from the Atlantic"
Enjoy a movie after a brief informative introduction. Free with admission.

  • 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203, (316) 268-4921

The Big Read Movie Night
The highs and lows of the 1920s continue in part two of the PBS documentary about the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition.

  • 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove, Derby, KS, 67037, (316) 788-0760

Senior Wednesday: 1920s Automobiles and Early Wichita Dealerships
Dr. Jim Mershon reveals the history of Wichita's early automobile dealerships in this illustrated lecture. Offered in cooperation with other cultural institutions in Wichita, Senior Wednesdays are designed for active seniors and made possible by the Kansas Health Foundation, a private philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. See all listings at www.seniorwednesday.org.

  • 1:30-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, Wichita Public Library-Central Library, 223 S. Main, Wichita, KS 67202, (316) 261-8500

Gatsby Movie Teaser
We'll show the 1972 movie version of "The Great Gatsby" . . . but only up to Chapter 5! It should help give your reading a boost!

  • 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, Watermark Books and Café, 4701 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS, 67218, (316) 682-1181

"The Great Gatsby" Out Loud
Come experience readings from "The Great Gatsby" from F. Scott Fitzgerald and a lively book discussion.

  • 5-5:45 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, Barnes & Noble at Bradley Fair, 1920 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS, 67206, (316) 315-0421

"Bootlegging in Wichita" by Pat O'Connor
In 1922, Wichitans consumed over two hundred gallons of bootlegged liquor each day and spent over $2 million a year to do so. Illicit liquor could be obtained in all economic strata, from the Ideal Shining Parlor to the (members only) Wichita Athletic Club. Court dockets show that alcohol related arrest totals were often quite low: from November 1923 to August 1924, Wichita police made just nine arrests for alcohol-related offenses. Was there a fix in? This talk will explore Joshua Yearout’s research into bootlegging in Wichita in the 1920s and 1930s, published in his book "Wichita Jazz and Vice Between the World Wars." A limited number of copies of the book will be on sale for $10.00.

  • 2-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main, Wichita, KS, 67204, (316) 265-9314

Midday Movie - "JC Leyendecker"
Enjoy a movie after a brief informative introduction. Free with admission.

  • 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203, (316) 268-4921

Book Discussion: "The Great Gatsby"
Join the Westlink Branch Library - 3rd Tuesdays group as they discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."

  • 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, Wichita Public Library-Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, Wichita, KS 67212, (316) 337-9456

The Big Read Movie Night
Watch the finale of the PBS documentary about the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition.

  • 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove, Derby, KS, 67037, (316) 788-0760

Book Discussion: "The Great Gatsby"
Join the On the Same Page group (Central Library - 3rd Tuesdays) as they discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, Wichita Public Library-Central Library, 223 S. Main, Wichita, KS 67202, (316) 261-8500

The Big Read - Wichita
The Wichita Public Library's Racine Zackula is the lunchtime speaker, sharing information about The Big Read and "The Great Gatsby" at The Shepherd's Center of West Wichita. Fee.

  • 12:30-1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, Shepherd's Center of West Wichita, 745 N. Westlink, Wichita, KS 67212, (316) 721-2208

Jazz Storytime for Kids
Come for a special storytime including a reading of the book "Jazzmatazz" by Stephanie Calmenson as well as other fun jazz-related titles. Followed by a cool treat and smooth treat.

  • 11-11:45 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, Barnes & Noble at Bradley Fair, 1920 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS, 67206, (316) 315-0421

Monopoly® Game Tournament
Go directly to the Evergreen Branch Library! Do not pass Go! Do not collect $200! Release your inner desire for money, ambition, and greed. Will you win big or will you lose it all? For adults and teens aged 13 and up. Registration begins Wednesday, Oct. 3: call 303-8181.

  • 2-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, Wichita Public Library-Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, Wichita, KS 67204, (316) 303-8181

Three One-Acts by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"The Broken Lute," "Mr. Icky", and "Porcelain and Pink." Fitzgerald’s avant-garde one-act plays as featured in his collections "The Beautiful and the Damned" and "Tales of the Jazz Age." For ages 13 and up. Thanks also go to Wichita Area Technical College and South Central Kansas Library System. Free, but donations accepted.

Jazz Music from the Jazz Age
F. Scott Fitzgerald coined the term "The Jazz Age." Come hear the Friends University Jazz Band play the music that defined an era.

  • 6-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, Wichita Public Library-Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, Wichita, KS 67208, (316) 688-9361
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, Wichita Public Library-Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, Wichita, KS 67214, (316) 688-9580

"The Great Gatsby" Book Discussion
Take part in the book discussion of the classic novel "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Sign up at the front desk to receive your own copy while supplies last.

  • 6-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove, Derby, KS, 67037, (316) 788-0760

Midday Movie - "Mansions, Monuments and Masterpieces: Deco Days"
Enjoy a movie after a brief informative introduction. Free with admission.

  • 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203, (316) 268-4921

The Big Read Movie Night
You've read the book, now watch the classic movie starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.

  • 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove, Derby, KS, 67037, (316) 788-0760

Big Read "Challenge" - 1st Discussion
We'll have more period music performances and we'll discuss pages 1 through 96.

  • 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, Watermark Books and Café, 4701 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS, 67218, (316) 682-1181

Great Gatsby, Great Jazz & Great Coffee @ Mojo's
Get into you Gatsby mode at Mojo's Coffee Bar with Bethel jazz groups to entertain you while you enjoy Mojo's brews and food. Come in Gatsby-period clothing for a discount on your Mojo's order.

  • 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, Mojo's Coffee Bar, Bethel College, 300 E. 27th, North Newton, KS, 67117, (316) 284-5204

Family Artventure: The Roaring Twenties
Explore the art and culture from 1920s America, the setting for the Big Read's book "The Great Gatsby." Stop by the Welcome Desk for an activity sheet that will take you through the Museum and end with making a jazz-inspired artwork to take home. No reservations are required; lasts about an hour.

  • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203, (316) 268-4921

The Big Read Matinee: "The Great Gatsby"
Robert Redford brings the unforgettable character of Jay Gatsby to life on the big screen in this 1974 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." Commentary follows.

  • 1:30-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway St., Wichita, KS 67202, (316) 263-0884

F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby," and the American Dream
The 1920s was a decade of glitz and glamour, flappers, gin and petting parties, and false opulence. At the center of it all was its self-appointed king, F. Scott Fitzgerald, who is today best remembered for his tragic hero, Jay Gatsby. Keynote delivered by Kerry Jones, MFA, Wichita State University Department of English.

  • 2:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, Wichita Public Library-Central Library, 223 S. Main, Wichita, KS 67202, (316) 261-8500

"The Great Gatsby": Age as a Lens
How does your personal chronological age affect how you look at literature? Does required reading get a new glow as one matures? Come discuss "Gatsby" and how the experience of re-reading a book can change one's perspective (or not).

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, Wichita Public Library-Central Library, 223 S. Main, Wichita, KS 67202, (316) 261-8500

Midday Movie - "Edward Steichen"
Enjoy a movie after a brief informative introduction. Free with admission.

  • 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203, (316) 268-4921

"The Great Gatsby"
A book discussion on F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," moderated by John Sheriff, Bethel College Ernest E. Leisy Professor Emeritus of English.

  • 7-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak, Newton, KS, 67114, (316) 283-2890

Book Discussion: "The Great Gatsby"
Join the Orchard Park Branch Library - 1st Fridays group as they discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."

  • 2:15-3:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, Wichita Public Library-Orchard Park Branch Library, 4808 W. 9th, Wichita, KS 67212, (316) 337-9084

Zelda Fitzgerald: Muse to Madness
Zelda Fitzgerald and her husband, writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, were the golden couple of the 1920s, epitomizing the roaring promise of the decade. They were wealthy, glamorous and talented, and their pictures were splashed across newspapers and magazines worldwide. She was America’s first flapper and served as the model for Scott’s fictional heroines. Zelda and Scott’s brilliance and their excesses defined the age. And like the decade itself, their brief, tempestuous lives ended in calamity. Beginning at age 30, Zelda spent much of her remaining years in mental hospitals, receiving treatment for schizophrenia. She perished at age 48 in a fire at Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. "Muse to Madness" allows Zelda herself to tell the story of her glory and her disintegration. Zelda (as portrayed by Debra Conner) takes her guests on a journey through memory, recounting her life as wife and muse to one of America’s greatest writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of "The Great Gatsby." It is, as one writer described it, “the saddest story you’ve ever heard.”

  • 2-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, Friends University, Alumni Auditorium (Davis Hall), 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, KS 67213, (316) 295-5880

Book Discussion: "The Great Gatsby"
Join the Evergreen Branch Library - 1st Tuesdays group as they discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."

  • 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, Wichita Public Library-Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, Wichita, KS 67204, (316) 303-8181

Big Read "Challenge" - 2nd Discussion
More period music performances followed by discussion of pages 97 through 180.

  • 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, Watermark Books and Café, 4701 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS, 67218, (316) 682-1181

"The Great Gatsby": The 1974 Movie
"The Great Gatsby" movie with Robert Redford starring as Gatsby will be shown, with talk and snack break to discuss the movie and its adaption of the book. You're welcome to bring your own meal or snacks to share.

  • 5:45-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak, Newton, KS, 67114, (316) 283-2890

KMUW Music Tasting
Chris Heim, music host and producer of "Global Village," "Night Train," and "Crossroads" will discuss the music of the 1920s as well as offer a taste of it at Abode Venue. Larkspur Restaurant will offer heavy appetizers and Xclusive Bartending will offer beverages, including a special gin cocktail in honor of Gatsby. Guests are invited to wear suits, long pearls and flapper dresses. Tickets are $15 and will be available for purchase at www.kmuw.org starting Monday, October 1.

  • 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67214, event info at www.kmuw.org and (316) 978-6789

Jazz and Swing Music Concert
Get out your flapper gear and join the party. Blue Moon Music Productions present Pivot Point Band as they perform jazz and swing music of the era. For all ages.

  • 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove, Derby, KS, 67037, (316) 788-0760

Watermark Classic Book Club Reads More Fitzgerald
The Watermark Classic Book Club will read and discuss more work by F. Scott Fitzgerald, including "Winter Dreams" -- a precursor to "The Great Gatsby."

  • 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, Watermark Books and Café, 4701 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS, 67218, (316) 682-1181

Big Read Movie Night
We will hold a book discussion and show the 1974 movie version of "The Great Gatsby" starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. There will also be free popcorn for everyone.

  • 7-10 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, Pratt Public Library, 401 S. Jackson, Pratt, KS, 67124, (620) 672-3041

Gatsby Movie Reward
We'll show the second half of the 1972 movie version of "The Great Gatsby" to reward those who finished the challenge!

  • 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21, Watermark Books and Café, 4701 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS, 67218, (316) 682-1181

Watch www.bigreadwichita.org for additional updates!

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