Events – Spring 2008

Cheerleaders - photo courtesy of Kate Torgovnick

April 4

Cheerleaders - photo courtesy of Kate Torgovnick

Journalist and first-time author Kate Torgovnick reads and signs her new book, Cheer!, a journey into the world of competitive cheerleading. Joyce Carol Oates has called the book “a spirited, fascinating, at times disturbing and always absorbing book.” Kate is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University and a former associate editor at Jane magazine. She is now a freelance writer whose work appears regularly in The New York Times. The Duke cheerleaders will join Kate for her reading at the library. Friday, 4 April, 4pm, the terrace between the Perkins and Bostock libraries

April 11

Don Eagle - photo courtesy of Brenda Neece

Rare Music in the Rare Book Room: Cornet Cornucopia, featuring Don Eagle with Deborah Hollis. Don Eagle, Duke faculty member, world class trumpet player, and member of the North Carolina Symphony, will perform on several cornets from the Eddy Collection, which is one of the Duke University Musical Instrument Collections. He will be assisted by pianist Deborah Hollis. Friday, 11 April, Perkins Library Biddle Rare Book Room


April 16

Courtesy of Melissa DelbridgeMelissa Delbridge will read and sign Family Bible, a collection of her short stories just published by the University of Iowa Press. Reynolds Price, James B. Duke Professor of English, says, “Melissa Delbridge’s memories of her early life are dead-accurate, hilarious, and tragic and will surely prove enduring as a guide to the Deepest South—a place and a culture that continue to prove alarmingly vital. I mean to keep this book handy, for pleasure and real guidance.” Melissa has published essays and short stories in the Antioch Review, Southern Humanities Review, Third Coast, and other journals. She is an archivist at Duke’s Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. Wednesday, 16 April, 4:30pm, Perkins Library, Biddle Rare Book Room

Courtesy of Melissa Delbridge