Did you know that we have over 300 books by ASIJ authors in the HS Library? Check out the list here!
A first edition copy of John Steinbeck’s The Long Valley, is currently on display at the ASIJ High School library. The book was lent to the library by high school math teacher, Roy Tomlinson. It is a compilation of Steinbeck’s stories including The Red Pony, and although shows some age and wear, is in incredibly good condition. Mr. Tomlinson shared with us how the book came into his possession.
“My grandmother gave me the book in 1996. She told me her cousin, the lady addressed in the signature, was her first cousin who passed away in the late 60’s and gave her the book. My grandmother lived in Monterey, a fixture in Steinbeck’s books, so it’s quite a treasure for me. My grandmother kept that book for a long time, before giving it to me, knowing that “The Red Pony”, one of my favorite childhood stories, is in the book. As a first edition, it’s amazing that I have it. Signed? Overwhelming.”
Next week author Leza Lowitz will be spending the day at ASIJ, conducting two keynote presentations to the middle school about the March 2011 tsunami and the making of her latest book; teaching a college composition class in the HS; and participating in the High School Book Club’s discussion of Up from the Sea. The book is a powerful novel-in-verse account about how one teen boy survives the March 2011 tsunami that devastates his coastal Japanese village (Amazon).
Ms. Lowitz is not only an author, but also a yoga teacher, and owner of Sun and Moon Yoga Studio in Tokyo. For over two decades, she’s been bringing together the worlds of writing and spirituality, charting her quest in over seventeen books and in the New York Times online, Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, The Best Buddhist Writing 2011, The Huffington Post, The Japan Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others.
If you are interested in participating in the High School Book Club’s discussion of Up from the Sea, come by the IdeaXchange Thursday, March 10th at 1:00pm. The High School Library has a few copies of the book available for check out.
During the week of January 25-29, ASIJ has the honor of hosting the internationally recognized and award-winning poet, Naomi Shihab Nye. Students will have the opportunity to work with Ms. Nye in both large and small groups throughout the week of her visit. An exciting tradition, that always accompanies an author’s visit, is a book signing by the author.
In preparation for Naomi Shihab Nye’s visit next week, there are a number of activities taking place this week around the High School. Enjoy!
Hemingway was 24 years old and on his way to Paris where he would spend time with other expatriate and French writers and authors, including F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Picasso, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, Thornton Wilder, Sherwood Anderson, and Henri Rousseau. Watch the movie, “Midnight in Paris” to get the idea! Hemingway wrote about his time in Paris and the gatherings at the the Stein salon at 27 rue de Fleurus in the book, A Moveable Feast.
Ernest Hemingway 1923 Passport Photograph (National Archives Identifier: 192693); Photographs: Paris Years, 1922-1930, 01/01/1922 – 01/10/1930; Collection JFK-EHEMC: Ernest Hemingway Collection, 01/01/1880 – 12/31/1999 ; John F. Kennedy Library; National Archives and Records Administration. (Government images are in the public domain)
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Anthropologist Ruth Behar spoke in Spanish to an audience of students, teachers and parents on the community of Jews still remaining in Cuba.
Come to the HS Library after school on Tuesday, March 19 to meet the author of the Joey Pigza and Rotten Ralph books, as well as the Newbery and Scott O’Dell award winner, Dead
End in Norvelt. Refreshments will be served!