UCLA PROFESSOR WILL ADDRESS MEDIA BIAS MEMOIRIST EXPOSES HIS FAMILY'S SECRETS LIBRARIES' OBOC CAMPAIGN DREW MANY TO 'ZEITOUN' WRITER TO SPEAK ON LOCAL NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE QUAKER PASTOR-AUTHOR VISITS E-TOWN CHURCH 'PA BOOKS' FOCUSES ON ILLUSTRATO
Using a mathematical formula, Tim Groseclose measures the political content of news and the "political quotient," or PQ, of voters and politicians.
He's found all mainstream media outlets have a liberal bias. And though The Washington Times and "Fox News' Special Report" lean rightward, their conservative bias is less than the liberal bias of most mainstream outlets.
Groseclose wrote of his findings in "Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind," which he will read from and discuss at 8 p.m. Thursday in Gibble Auditorium, Elizabethtown College, as the Lefever Lecturer.
This presentation of the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at University of California, Los Angeles, is free to the public.
For more information contact Sunday News columnist April Kelly-Woessner at 361-1285 or email@example.com.
Pennsylvania native Jay Varner will read from his memoir, "Nothing Left to Burn," at 8 p.m. Thursday at Bowers Writers House, Elizabethtown College.
The book looks at his family's fascination with fire. His father had been the fire chief and a hero in McVeytown. His grandfather was a convicted arsonist. And he, as a newspaper reporter, covered news of fires. The book is billed as being "about the kinds of secrets we don't even want to tell ourselves."
Varner now teaches at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
Thousands of residents in the south-central region of the state participated in this fall's ninth One Book, One Community reading campaign, a press release from the Library System of Lancaster County says.
The campaign, which encourages discussion of issues raised in selected books, centered in 2012 on "Zeitoun," David Eggers' nonfiction account of the ordeal faced by one Muslim family in New Orleans during and after the Hurricane Katrina crisis due to religious and ethnic prejudice and government malfeasance.
The book was borrowed 2,916 times from libraries. Stores in the region saw increased sales of it. And 750 people attended the 60 library programs related to the book, the release says.
For more information, visit oboc.org.
Manheim Township Historical Society Enrichment Series will present a program on local Native American culture from 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday at The Manor (formerly Armstrong Manor), 2025 Lititz Pike.
Local historian, author and Lancaster Newspapers "Scribbler" columnist Jack Brubaker will talk from 2-3 p.m., giving an in-depth account of the last of Lancaster's Conestoga Indians. He wrote the book "Massacre of the Conestogas: On the Trail of the Paxton Boys in Lancaster County," which he will sign.
Admission is $10. For more information, call 569-6638.
Quaker pastor and author Philip Gulley, of Danville, Ind., reaches people with stories from his life, novels and humor -- along with his theological writings. Among his 17 books is the Harmony series of novels chronicling life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Ind.; his best-selling Porch Talk series of inspirational and humorous essays; and a memoir.
Next weekend he will visit Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 777 N. Mount Joy St., Elizabethtown.
A session on storytelling is set for 7 p.m. Friday. At 6 p.m. Saturday, he'll present "The Evolution of Faith." In that book, subtitled "How God Is Creating a Better Christianity," Gulley proposes a fresh direction for Christianity. He will also address the 10:30 a.m. worship service Feb. 10.
All three events are free to the public. For additional information, contact the church at 367-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to philipgulley.org.
At 9 p.m. Sunday, PCN cable network's "PA Books" program will feature editor Heather Campbell Coyle's book "Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered."
Essays by leading scholars in art history and literature explore the work of the man who illustrated the works of Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson and Oliver Wendell Holmes and shaped visions of Robin Hood, the Arthurian legends and pirates in his own books. He also collaborated with Woodrow Wilson and Henry Cabot Lodge to portray scenes from American history.
lAt 9 p.m. Feb. 10, "PA Books" will feature "On the Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics," by Philadelphia Daily News political columnist John Baer, whose opinions also appear on the Intelligencer Journal editorial page.
Lancaster Public Library invites those ages 11-20 to a Shakespeare Club meeting from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 125 N. Duke St. Register at lpl-speareteens.eventbrite.com.
lOlder admirers of the Bard are invited to "Will to Read Shakespeare Aloud" from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the library. Each session begins with a brief lecture on one of his plays. The group then reads a scene out loud, views a movie version of the scene, and participates in a guided discussion. The focus this month is on "Richard III." Register online at lpl-willtoread13.eventbrite.com.
Lancaster nurse Kate Loving Shenk recently published the second volume in her Prayer Prescriptions For Nurse Healers series, "365 Prayer Prescriptions For Dog and Cat Lovers."
The book is dedicated to Jessica Lynne Adams, 10, granddaughter of a friend, who lost the family dog, Hogan, in October.
"The passing of our dear companion animals is a rocky experience, emotionally and spiritually. The quiet, the loneliness after their passing can be unbearable," Shenk writes at katelovingshenk.com.
More than 400 pages, the book was published through CreateSpace and is available as a $16 paperback or a $3.99 Kindle e-book.
Katherine Applegate's "The One and Only Ivan" won the John Newbery Medal for the outstanding book of 2012, while Jon Klassen's "This Is Not My Hat" received the Randolph Caldecott Medal for outstanding illustration, The Associated Press reported last week.
The Newbery and Caldecott awards are the top honors for children's literature given by the American Library Association.
Applegate's book tells of a daydreaming gorilla and the life lessons he learns through his friendship with a baby elephant. It was inspired by a real gorilla, one who lived decades without meeting another of his kind before spending his final, happy years at an Atlanta zoo.
Klassen is both author and illustrator of his picture story about a fish and his blue hat, successor to his popular book "I Want My Hat Back."
Bryan Collier's illustration for a book edition of Langston Hughes' poem "I, Too, Am America" received a Coretta Scott King prize for outstanding work by an African-American. Andrea Davis Pinkney's "Hand in Hand" won the King award for best text.
Alire Saenz's "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" won the Stonewall Book Award, for works about the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender experience and the Pura Belpre Award for best Latino/Latina author.
David Diaz's work on "Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert" won the Belpre for illustration.
Katherine Paterson, 80, winner of the Newbery, the National Book Award and many other honors, received the Laura Ingalls Wilder prize for lifetime achievement.
Steve Sheinkin's "Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon" was named the best nonfiction book and the "most distinguished informational" book.n