Fairies and Wishes and Witches, Oh, My! The Import of Fairy Tales in All of Our Lives -- a Book Discussion/Lecture/Film Series at White Mountains Community College
White Mountains Community College Fortier Library and the Berlin Public Library are pleased to announce they will co-host a book discussion//lecture/film series entitled “Fairies and Wishes and Witches, Oh, My! The Import of Fairy Tales in All of Our Lives” starting on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 7 p.m. at White Mountains Community College’s Fortier Library supported by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council with funds from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The sessions will explore how and why fairy tales have endured for centuries. Local scholar, Ingrid Graff, will lead all the sessions which will be comprised of one talk, two book discussions, and a film viewing/ discussion.
The first program on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7 pm, will be a talk given by Ingrid Graff entitled “Not in Front of the Children: the Art and Importance of Fairy Tales,” which will be held at the WMCC Fortier Library. On Wednesday, February 6th at 7 pm Ingrid will lead a discussion of Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose, a modern young adult novel which incorporates the Sleeping Beauty theme in a modern setting. Ingrid will return to the WMCC Library on Wednesday, March 20th at 7 pm to talk about Stella Gibbons’ Nightingale Wood which uses the Cinderella theme set in 1930s England.
On Wednesday, March 27th at 6 pm (please note the earlier starting time), we will watch Stephen Sondheim’s musical play Into the Woods. After the showing Ingrid will lead a discussion of the play which weaves numerous fairy tales into one narrative.
All four sessions of the series will be held at the Fortier Library at White Mountains Community College. Copies of the books will be available for loan at both the White Mountains Community College Fortier Library and Berlin Public Library. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Berlin Public Library at 752-5210 or the WMCC Fortier Library at 752-1113 x 3087.