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Fall 2009: Celebrating Abraham Lincoln and the Bicentennial

This Tue., November 3, 2009 -- Drs. Bill Parrish, John Marszalek, Michael Ballard, and Duffy Neubauer discuss Abraham Lincoln Revisited at the Sportsplex Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Photo left: George Buss as Abraham Lincoln. Photo by Pat Schley

Thur., November 12 at 6:30 p.m. George Buss (left) comes to Starkville as Abraham Lincoln. Everyone is invited to the Starkville High School Theater. The program is co-sponsored by the Starkville School District. All programs are free and open to the public.

Fri. November 13, 2009--George Buss appears at Armstrong Middle School and Starkville High School as Abraham Lincoln.

Mon. November 30 at Barnes and Noble at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Clyde Williams leads a discussion on the book Abraham Lincoln by James McPherson.

Starkville Reads Picks Fall Reads: DONATES LINCOLN BOOKS TO LIBRARIES by Harry FreemanSHS hold Lincoln books for  fall Starkville Reads program.

Starkville Reads has chosen Abraham Lincoln by James McPherson and Mrs. Lincoln: A Life by Catherine Clinton as the featured books for the One Book, One Community fall program. The books were chosen in part to tie Starkville Reads' program with the Lincoln Bicentennial, a national celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Lincoln in 1809. Planning for a program of November events related to the books, to the Civil War period, and to the celebration of Lincoln's life is underway. (See dates above)

Photo right: Starkville High students, Dennis Thompson, Imelda Nevarez, Peter Kuykendall, and Allison Price display copies of the Lincoln books donated to the SHS library by Starkville Reads for its fall One Book, One Community read.

The McPherson book is a short. 65 page summary of Lincoln's life. About the book, David Herbert Donald, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of a classic Lincoln biography, wrote, "James McPherson's Abraham Lincoln is a gem. This is the very best biography of our sixteenth president ever written." About Mrs. Lincoln: A Life, Doris Kearns Goodwin Mrs. Lincoln by Catherine Clintonwrote, " In this remarkable book, Catherine Clinton displays an emotional depth in her understanding of Mary Lincoln that has rarely been revealed in the Lincoln literature. This engaging, wonderfully written narrative provides fresh insight into this complex woman, whose intelligence and loving capacities were continually beset by insecurities. It is a triumph."

Every Starkville area reader is encouraged to read these books and participate in the planned discussions and events. Starkville Reads has provided extra copies of the books to the public library and the to the libraries at Armstrong Middle School and Starkville High School. We thank Starkville/ Oktibbeha Achieving Results ( SOAR) for the grant that partially supports our purchase of books. Mrs. Lincoln: A Life was chosen by the SDN Book Club as their September book. For more information about the SDN Book club, contact Gwen Sisson at the SDN. The books are available for purchase at discounted prices at Barnes and Noble on the MSU campus.

Right: Armstrong Middle School seventh graders, Matthew Myles and Sabrina Micha, display books donated to AMS by Starkville Reads to help Armstrong students participate in Starkville Reads' fall One Book, One Community program.

COMING IN NOVEMBER!Abraham Lincoln as portrayed by George Buss

Meet Mr. Lincoln in person!

Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Starkville High School Theater.

Everyone is invited!

Co-sponsored by the Starkville School District

Friday, Nov. 13 at AMS and SHS

Photo right: George Buss as Abraham Lincoln

Below: Kara Roberts and Susan Hamilton catalog the Lincoln books donated to the Starkville Public Library by Starkville Reads.









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