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Book Club -- April -- Hildegard of Bingen hosted by the Center for Sacred Sciences Library When: Thursday, April 2, 2015 Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm Where: 5440 Saratoga Street, Eugene, OR 97405, USA
Description: For April we're trying a new experiment, reading different books on the same subject so more people can borrow books from CSS and Eugene Public Library, our two primary selections are a novel on the life of Hildegard and a biography of Hildegard:
"Mary Sharratt has outdone herself with Illuminations. She brings one of the most famous and enigmatic women of the Middle Ages to vibrant life in this tour de force, which will captivate the reader from the very first page."--Sharon Kay Penman, of Time and Chance
Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen reveals the unforgettable story of how Hildegard, offered as a tithe to the Church at the age of eight, triumphed against impossible odds to become the greatest woman of her age. Combining fiction, history, and Hildegardian philosophy, Illuminations presents an arresting portrait of a woman of faith and power--a visionary in every sense of the word.
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Benedictine abbess and polymath, composed an entire corpus of sacred music and wrote nine books on subjects as diverse as theology, natural science, medicine, and human sexuality—a prodigious intellectual outpouring that put many of her male contemporaries to shame. Her prophecies earned her the title Sibyl of the Rhine. An outspoken critic of political and ecclesiastical corruption, she courted controversy and nearly died an excommunicant. Her courage and originality of thought continue to inspire people today.
Illuminations will be released in October 9 to celebrate Hildegard's long awaited canonization and elevation to Doctor of the Church.
"An enchanting beginning to the story of the perennially fascinating 12th-century mystic, Hildegard of Bingen. It is easy to paint a picture of a saint from the outside but much more difficult to show them from the inside. Mary Sharratt has undertaken this with sensitivity and grace."--Margaret George, author of Mary, Called Magdalene
Minnesota Book Award Finalist Mary Sharratt is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Summit Avenue (Coffee House Press, 2000), The Real Minerva (Houghton Mifflin, 2004), and The Vanishing Point (Houghton Mifflin, 2006).Sharratt is also the coeditor of the subversive fiction anthology Bitch Lit, a celebration of female antiheroes, strong women who break all the rules. Mary has lived in the Pendle region of Lancashire, England, for the past seven years, but returns regularly to her hometown of Minneapolis, where she teaches workshops at The Loft Literary Center. Learn more at www.marysharratt.com
Location: Street: 38 S Snelling Ave City: Saint Paul, Province: Minnesota Postal Code: 55105 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (lisätietoja)
Award-winning author and Minneapolis native, Mary Sharratt will discuss her new book, Daughters of the Witching Hill, on Wednesday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis. Set in the Pendle region of Lancashire England, Sharratt recounts the Pendle witch tragedy from the accused witch’s point of view. Based on her own research and experiences as a resident of the Pendle region, Sharratt recounts one of the most meticulously documented trials in English history when in 1612 seven women and two men from Pendle Forest were condemned and hanged as witches. This work of historical fiction gives these women what the world denied them—their own voice. Sharratt will sign copies of her book following the discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to order a signed copy visit www.bookstore.umn.edu/genref/authors.html (UMNBookstore)… (lisätietoja)
British author Mary Sharratt travels to our shores to present Daughters of the Witching Hill (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ISBN 9780547069678, April 2010, $24). This “gorgeously imagined novel” (Publisher’s Weekly starred review) tells the story of a family from the Pendle Forest who is caught up in the witch trials of 1612 Lancashire England, and wonders if there may have been some truth to the accusations, after all. Fans of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and The Heretic’s Daughter should not miss this newest addition to the literary renaissance examining this classic topic. (CornerstoneBooks)… (lisätietoja)