AUTHOR KICKS OFF LANCASTER ROOTS 2013 BOOK DISCUSSIONS FOR ALL DOGSTAR ANNIVERSARY, STORYTIMES ANNOUNCED F&M'S WRITERS HOUSE HOSTS FACULTY GUESTS ANOTHER STOP FOR BEARS
Mennonite missionary and author Donald R. Jacobs will present "Stories of Boyhood, Missions in Africa and Sizing Up Life" at 7 p.m. Monday at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church, 333 Delp Road.
Jacobs and wife Anna Ruth were missionaries in Tanzania and Kenya from 1954 to 1973. He wrote "What a Life! A Memoir" and "As the Wind Blows," an account of his ancestors.
His talk marks the beginning of Lancaster Roots 2013, a year-long schedule of storytelling, concerts, classes, field trips, exhibits and sales organized by Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and the 1719 Hans Herr House.
A complete schedule is online at lancasterroots.org. Brochures are available by calling Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at 393-9745.
Join in the discussions of these books in February:
lEva Stachnick's "The Winter Palace," 3 p.m. Feb. 3, Aaron's Books, Lititz.
lAdriana Trigiani's "The Shoemaker's Wife," 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4, Strasburg-Heisler Library; 7 p.m., Eastern Lancaster County Library, New Holland.
lMargaret Atwood's "The Blind Assassin," 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5, Ephrata Public Library.
lJanet Wallach's "Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell", 6 p.m. Feb. 6, Lancaster Public Library.
lTom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff," 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Ephrata Public Library.
lJ.J. Murphy's "Friendly Game of Murder," 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Aaron's Books, Lititz.
lAnne Tyler's "The Accidental Tourist," 1:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Quarryville Library.
lChris Cleve's "Little Bee," Feb. 13, Manheim Township Public Library.
lWalter Miller's "A Canticle For Leibowitz," 10 a.m. Feb. 14, Lancaster Public Library.
lLolly Winston's "Good Grief," 9:15 a.m. Feb. 16, Elizabethtown Public Library.
lMargaret Peterson Haddix's "Running Out of Time,"4 p.m. Feb. 18, Ephrata Public Library (tweens).
lTimothy Egan's "The Worst Hard Time," 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Aaron's Books, Lititz.
lBenson Bobrick's "Master of War: The Life of General George H. Thomas," 6 p.m. Feb. 20, Lancaster Public Library.
lEmily Ansara Baines' "The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook: From Lady Mary's Crab Canapes to Mrs. Patmore's Christmas Pudding -- More Than 150 Recipes from Upstairs and Downstairs," 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Ephrata Public Library. (Prepare dish from the book and bring it along for sampling.)
lAnna Solomon's "The Little Bride," 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Klehr Center for Jewish Life, Franklin & Marshall College.
lCaroline Graham's "A Ghost in the Machine," 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Ephrata Public Library.
lCarol Shields' "Unless," 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Adamstown Area Library (women).
lAdam Johnson's "The Orphan Master's Son," 10 a.m. Feb. 22, Lititz Public Library.
lRobin Jones Gunn's "Sister Chicks in Wooden Shoes," 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Ephrata Public Library.
lBarbara Kingsolver's "Flight Behavior," 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Milanof-Schock Library, Mount Joy.
lCassandra Clare's "Clockwork Angel," 4 p.m. Feb. 28 , Ephrata Public Library (teens).
DogStar Books, 401 W. Lemon St., will celebrate eight years as a shop from 5-9 p.m. First Friday with food, drink, 20 percent off all book inventory, and an exhibit of John Weaver's "Compositions: Clear and Unclear."
nStore owner Brian Frailey also announced that The Book Witch, Louise Imm Cooper, will read to children ages 3-6 from 1-2 p.m. Feb. 6 and 13 at the store. Call 823-6605 to register. Storytimes are usually the first Wednesday of each month.
Current and former Franklin & Marshall College faculty members will be featured at the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House on campus.
lJerome Hodos, professor of sociology and author of "Second Cities: Globalization and Local Politics in Manchester, England, and Philadelphia," will talk at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
His book, which examines the economics, culture, migration patterns and other qualities in the two cities' urban centers, recently won the Urban History Association's Kenneth Jackson Best Book Award.
lFormer professor Stephanie Reents, whose short-story collection, "The Kissing List," was published last year, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Her fiction, which has been published in numerous journals, has been included in the O. Henry Prize Stories and noted in Best American Short Stories.
Stan and Jan Berenstain's storybook characters Brother Bear and Sister Bear will appear in costume at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Eastern Lancaster County Library, New Holland.n