Category: Past Events

Dahlonega Lit Fest & UNG Chili Cookoff

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By , March 20, 2014 9:40 am

Last week was a fun, busy week for the University Press of North Georgia. Our managing editor, April, wore four different hats at the 2014 Dahloenga Literary Festival which took place on March 8 and 9. She not only attended the festival and represented the press at our vendor booth, she also gave a mini-workshop on preparing your manuscript for submission and was one of the festival organizers.

That following Tuesday was the UNG Staff Council Chili Cookoff. April participated, representing the Press. And though she didn’t win, it was an absolutely gorgeous day and fun was had by all.

Visiting Author: Quentin Falk Film Screening

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By , April 16, 2013 3:31 pm

Wednesday, April 10, Quentin Falk concluded his three day Visiting Authors tour with the University of North Georgia. He held a screening of the 1948 film The Fallen Idol, which is an adaptation of Graham Greene’s short story, “The Basement Room.”

The film is shot from the perspective of the French diplomat’s son, Phillipe, who witnesses the death of the butler’s wife. Phillipe idolizes the butler, Baines, but gets caught up in the lies and secrets of everyone. From Baines affair with Julie to Mrs. Baines plan to catch Baines in the act. However after an altercation between Baines and Mrs. Baines, she falls to her death from the window. Phillipe, believing Baines killed her, tries to protect him through lying. However Baines is eventually found not guilty when they find evidence that supports that Mrs. Baines death was upon her own accord.

Following the screening of the film, Falk discussed how the short story was adapted and the differences between the two. According to Falk, Graham Greene believed short stories were better to turn into films because it gave the story room to grow and to be created into something more. He also mentioned that the film had a profound affect because it was shot in black and white which allowed for the director to play with the shadows in the room. He also discussed that the entire success of the film depended solely on the acting of a boy who looked the part, but who had no experience in acting. Because of this, they gave him few lines and most takes are of Bobby Henrey, who plays Phillipe, by himself. Without giving the original story way, Falk stated that the main difference is that the film has a happier ending so that it was more accessible to the audience.

Following his analysis of the film, Falk held a brief Q&A followed by closing comments by Dr. Joyce Stavick, who awarded Quentin Falk with a t-shirt for him and his wife as well as a plaque.

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UNG students during the meet and greet with Quentin Falk

Visiting Authors: Quentin Falk Talk

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By , April 10, 2013 7:27 pm

photo (2)Tuesday, April 9, UK film critic Quentin Falk gave a talk entitled “Cinema, Celebrity, and the Courtroom,” in Shott Auditorium. After a brief introduction by Dr. Austin Reide, Falk began by discussing the different celebrities, both British and American, that he has interviewed throughout his career; celebrities such as Britney Spears, Barbara Streisand, Burt Reynolds, Madonna, John Wayne, and Clint Eastwood. Many of the American movie stars he met were in England promoting a recent film or shooting a current one.

 He then discussed some of his books including Biography of Anthony Hopkins: The Biography, Mr. Hitchcock, and Travels in Greeneland. He noted that he is the only person to ever write books about both Anthony Hopkins and Alfred Hitchcock; especially after the recent movie, Hitchcock, in which Hopkins played the title character.

 He then discussed his most recent book, The Musical Milkman Murders which is about a murder that occurred in his family cottage in thephoto(2) 1920s. George Bailey, a milkman, murdered his wife and sent his daughter to live with his sister. Although he claimed that he simply assisted her with her own suicide, he was found guilty and sentenced to death via hanging. Years later the judge, head prosecutor, and a star witness all committed suicide, which seemed like an odd coincidence to Falk. In the late 1960s after finding out the truth about her parents, Molly, the daughter, returned to the cottage in search of answers. Falk discussed that through speaking with her he became interested in writing the story about the murder. He also mentioned that his two favorite trail movies are To Kill a Mockingbird and A Few Good Men.

photo(4)After the talk, Falk answered questions from the audience. His favorite current movie is Argo directed by and starring Ben Affleck, and his favorite interview was with someone he has enjoy watching in the films for years, Tom Hanks. He ended the talk with the quote, “Celebrity is a mask that eats the face.”

Wednesday, April 10, he will be giving a talk about the film The Fallen Idol, which is an adaptation of Graham Greene’s “The Basement Room,” in the Special Collections room in the UNG Library Technology Center at 7:00 PM.

Larry Weill Book Signing

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By , April 3, 2013 6:30 pm

On Thursday, March 28, the University Press of North Georgia hosted a book signing and reading by Kentucky author Lawrence Weill on hisIMG_0381 recently published book, Incarnate. Incarnate follows a mother named Lara Joyner who believes that her eldest son, Dale, is the second coming of Christ. Weill states this book is about the psychology of this mother who is suffering from schizophrenia rather than being about theology.

The event opened with a brief introduction by Press intern Toni Guest before giving Weill the audience’s attention.  3Because the majority of the audience was English students, Weill focused his reading on an explanation of the writing process and how he decided to shape his book. He discussed his influence by writers such as William Falkner and Ernest Hemingway, who shaped how he set up his story and personal writing style. He also informed the audience that the chapters alternate between Lara and other major characters’ perspectives. He then read two sections from Incarnate. He read the beginning of chapter one, in which some of the major characters are introduced. He explained that he created suspense by opening up the story from Lara’s dream and also showed her different relationships with her two sons, Dale and Louis, and her husband, Frank; as well as Dale and Louis’s relationship which plays a large role in later chapters. He then read “the beach scene” in chapter seven when Lara, hearing God’s voice, enters the sea and is consumed by her visions. Here Weill reveals that Lara is schizophrenic.

IMG_0385Following his reading, Weill opened the floor up for discussion. Students asked about how he came up with the idea for the story as well as the methods and research that went into his writing. He explained that some chapters actually came from writings he had completed as early as 1975. He discussed that while he knew how he wanted the story to unfold he did not have a hard outline for the structure of the story. As he continued to write the story became clearer for him. Because the novel focuses on multiple “New Age” practices such as tarot and kabbalah, he had to do extensive research on each so that he was able to portray them correctly.

Afterwards the University Press had a raffle for five copies of Incarnate, and the students were able to have their copies signed by Weill and even talk to him about their personal writings one-on-one.

Incarnate, published by Blackwyrm Publishing, is available for purchase from these retailers: Blackwyrm Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Sears.

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Book Signing: Poetry Facing Uncertainty

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By , March 12, 2013 3:17 pm

20130307_124926Thursday, March 7, the University Press held a book signing and reading of Poetry Facing Uncertainty by Gordon E. McNeer. This collection of poems consists of eleven of the newest popular Spanish-language poets who have had their works translated into English. These poets are from various Spanish-speaking countries including Spain, Argentina, Columbia, El Salvador, and others. This collection was originally published in Spain, and has been published in several other Spanish-speaking countries like Argentina.

McNeer opened the reading with an explanation as to why he decided to create this collection of poem translations. He stated that he had previously translated five collections of poetry by Spanish speaking poets such as José Hierro and Benjamín Prado, and in doing so built relationships several other poets.20130307_124959

He then began reading a poem by each of the eleven poets. Some poems included “Roadhouse” by Federico Diáz Granados (Columbia), “Why We Want to Be William” by Carlos Aldazábal (Argentina), and “Change of Plans” by Daniel Rodríguez (Spain). He provided background information on each of the poets and the selected poems. “Of My Grandfather” by Ana Wajszczuk (Argentina) describes her experience of discovering the fact that she has Polish heritage at her grandfather’s funeral. In the poem, she explains that she realized this based on the name he was given by her other cousins in a language she did not understand.  He even read one of them in both Spanish and English, upon request of one of the attendees.

The reading was followed by refreshments and autographing session.

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