March 22, 2013
“Do You Dream in Color? reveals Rubin’s strong personality, an honesty that is refreshing and beautiful and her adamant refusal to slip into the shadows and be ignored.”
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March 22, 2013
Laurie Rubin, acclaimed mezzo soprano and author of Do You Dream in Color?, recently appeared at the Free Library of Philadelphia in an moving, inspiring event created in partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History. If you were unable to attend the event, you can listen to a free podcast at the Free Library’s website.
March 22, 2013
Check out this wonderful 2008 interview with Ronald Takaki, the author of A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America.
March 21, 2013
Earlier this month, Sarah Erdreich–author of the upcoming Generation Roe (on sale March 26th, 2013)–appeared at the Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future of the pro-choice movement and what the next step will be for abortion rights in America. The event was broadcast on C-SPAN’s Book TV, and you can now view the entire hour-long program on Book TV’s Web site.
Erdreich has been identified as a leading pro-choice activist by Newsweek, and her incisive writings on abortion rights have been noted by Jezebel, Feministing, and the National Partnership for Women and Families. Now, in Generation Roe, Erdreich tells the true stories of those whose lives are most changed by this issue, and outlines the outrageous legal battlegrounds that have popped up across the country, all with frankness and candor. Gloria Steinem says Erdreich “replaces lies with honesty and myth with reality” in this, her first book.
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March 21, 2013
Laurie Rubin, author of the memoir Do You Dream In Color?, has been everywhere this week, making appearances yesterday at the Free Library of Philadelphia and on WHYY’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. Mezzo-soprano Rubin talked with Coane about her experiences as a blind singer, revealing her experiences with music directors who refused to allow her to perform in operas due to concerns over her disability.
Don’t miss her charming performance at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where she delighted crowds singing with her partner, Jenny Taira accompanying her on piano, and read an excerpt from her memoir.
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March 18, 2013
TONIGHT at the 92nd St. Y James Lecesne, author of Trevor: A Novella for young adults and co-founder of the Trevor Project, hosts an evening on how writers are working to make it better for LGBT youth. He is joined by writers Amy Bloom, Michael Cunningham, Paul Rudnick, Brian Selznick, Doug Wright and Laurie Rubin, who will read their own letters from The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves.
March 15, 2013
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In between the parade and a cold glass of Guinness, if you’d like to explore Irish culture on a deeper level, check out Martha Long’s memoir on growing up in the slums of Dublin in 1950s, MA, HE SOLD ME FOR A FEW CIGARETTES.
As Alice Walker says about the book,
“Reading this startling testament to one child’s valiant attempts to live until the age of sixteen is a worthy reminder that we can do better as adults if we turn to embrace the children who are suffering, anywhere on earth…”
And Counterpunch says,
“This is a searing account of childhood survival. No more haunting memoir has been published this year.”
Check out an interview with Martha on WORT-FM.
March 15, 2013
Queer in America, featuring James Lecesne and Laurie Rubin, was ranked as the #4 Critic Pick event on the book listings page! Don’t miss this one of a kind event dedicated to how writers are trying to make a better life for LGBT youth.
Join Laurie Rubin (Do You Dream in Color?, Seven Stories Press), Amy Bloom (Come to Me, HarperCollins), Michael Cunningham (The Hours, Picador), Paul Rudnick (I Hate Hamlet), and Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Scholastic Press), to discuss how they are working towards a better and more accepting place for LGBT youth. Moderated by James Lecesne and featuring a screening of his award-winning documentary Trevor, this event is $29 at the 92nd St Y. For more information, go to the event page.
March 12, 2013
Economist and author of The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy spoke at at Powell’s Books in Portland to a full house yesterday. We are standing on the brink of a momentous time in history, when the natural resources that the global economy has relied upon for the past century are drying up. There is a necessity for change, but what will that change look like and will it come soon enough? Economist Joel Magnuson explains that the choices we make today as we adapt to mounting scarcity may be the most important historical events of the 21st century.
As Magnuson makes clear, an economy so deeply reliant on fast-disappearing resources has no future. Economists have been cautioning us for decades that the approaching decline in oil will seriously impair food production, along with almost every other major industry.
Magnuson takes an uplifting approach of looking beyond corporate globalization to alternative systems such as localization.
March 7, 2013
Laurie Rubin is not only the author of Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight, but she is also a world-renowned mezzo-soprano, jewelry maker, and co-founder and associate artistic director of Ohana Arts. MISS, the online site for creative women by Gabriella Khorasane, interviewed Laurie as part of its “Women Making History” feature.
MISS: Your story is so inspiring – how have you gone about spreading your message and why is it important to you?
LR: I have gone about spreading my message mostly via my concerts and some motivational speaking engagements. In my concerts, I often tell stories from my life which pertain to the pieces I’m about to sing because I always go on stage thinking that there is someone in that audience who needs some lifting up, some encouragement, or else just a fun evening to let their hair down. When I bring my point home with the music, it really gives my message the emotional context it needs for each individual person with his or her own unique story.