I would rate Lynn Sherr’s book, Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words, 4 stars out of 5. Lynn Sherr does an excellent job of composing the book from historical resources, enlightening readers on Susan B. Anthony. Sherr clarifies and elaborates many of Anthony’s words so it flows steadily. By letting us read Anthony’s own words, we understand Susan B. Anthony. Who she is as a woman, friend, and as a women’s rights activist. In this book Anthony’s undeterred character and optimistic view shines through the pages. Not only that, you learn that she is humorous, caring, and loyal too.
On Tuesday, January 10th, we were delighted to celebrate the literary arts at Loomis Chaffee through our second annual LC Authors Out Loud event. Sponsored by the Katharine Brush Library and the Loomis Chaffee Arts department, this event enabled students, faculty and staff to share with an audience their original work, which spans a wide range of literary genres.
Having the reading at the Richmond Arts Center on the same night as the community art show and visiting artist show openings gave attendees the unique opportunity to experience a vibrant spoken word event alongside beautiful visual art displayed at the gallery. The event also featured acoustic live music performed by a quartet of faculty musicians.
We look forward to putting on more of these events in years to come!
When we think of a nonfiction book, what usually comes to mind is something like the narrative prose of a true story like a biography. Generally, the nonfiction genre is not as popular as the fiction genre because nonfiction stories are slower and do not require as much analysis. I always believed that nonfiction stories tend to drag on longer than they should and I thought it was inevitable to lose interest after the first few chapters. However, my opinion of the nonfiction genre changed when I took an English course this term called the Craft of Nonfiction.
One of my favorite books from the class was Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. The book focuses on an antique dealer named Jim Williams who is accused of murdering one of his workers and a male hustler named Danny Hansford. The story takes place in Savannah, Georgia and the author shifts his focus from one character to another and from one event to another. Therefore, Berendt tests the limits of the boundaries that puts a story under the category of nonfiction. He does not tell the story chronologically since he rearranges the sequence of events to dramatize them and to take the readers by surprise. While reading the book, I had to keep reminding myself that the peculiar characters and the beautiful yet isolated setting of Savannah are all real. This book is definitely recommended to readers who want to try nonfiction.