The Woods Hole Public Library is pleased to continue its Story Hour for Grownups series with two readings on Sunday, November 18, at 3 pm at the Library. The series will continue through March, with monthly readings.
Experienced reader Sala Steinbach will open November’s event with an example of the trickster tale genre from the American Southwest. “The Senorita and the Cactus Thorn” by Kim Antieau relates the first meeting of a young woman from the city with her future mother-in-law, whom she is visiting at her home in the desert. The older woman is reputed to have a deep knowledge of magic, perhaps because she was once Coyote. The Senorita’s fiancé is away for three days, and the older woman decides to test her suitability as a future wife. By the end of the story it is not clear which of the two women is the more accomplished trickster.
English author Jeffrey Archer is a best-selling novelist and short story writer whose concomitant political career as a Member of Parliament ended dramatically when he was convicted of and imprisoned for perjury and perverting the course of justice in 2001. Popular Story Hour performer Frank Child will read Archer’s “Do Not Pass Go,” published in 1986. In this story a man who has escaped a death sentence in Iraq by settling in the U.S. goes to Turkey on business. The plane he takes for his return to his new homeland is forced to land in Baghdad, and the man fears for his life if he is recognized while on the ground. Archer’s plots typically have unexpected twists and turns, and this story is no exception.
November’s Story Hour for Grownups will take place on Sunday afternoon, November 18, at 3 p.m. at the Woods Hole Public Library in the downstairs community room. Doors will open at 2:30, and audience members are invited to come early to sample refreshments and mingle with other Story Hour devotees. The event is free and open to the public.