“Oh what a night…”
|Featured speaker, Dr. John W. Crowley and Bill Berry, Jr., CEO/Publisher, aaduna|
John W. Crowley conducted a well-paced informative lecture fueled by scholarly knowledge, wit, booming laughter, and a soft cadence that resonated with his audience. His topic dealt with the history and scope of 19th century books illuminated by historical anecdotes, publishing formats, and behind the scenes historical observances.
|Mark Twain's "The Innocents Abroad (1869) book cover|
Dr. Crowley covered pre-Civil War and subsequent book publishing initiatives and direct marketing strategies to solicit the ordering of subscription books by the general public, and then delivering those purchased books into the hands of a welcoming public. His “lecture” was a panorama of words in a concise, deliberative style that kept the audience engaged and attentive.
The evening’s Q&A enhanced the lecture style of Crowley’s presentation, and engaged the audience in further intellectual enrichment. Clearly, it was a fine evening of brain food and broadening one’s sense of a particular subject matter, namely antique books and the worthiness of collecting and sharing such items. And this is not intellectual chauvinism to diminish beer and live music venues that abound throughout the community. It is an intriguing testament to the simple fact that broadening reflective thought, intellectual discourse and conversational engagement is alive and well with room to grow and expand. John Crowley facilitated those objectives in fine form as the “word, revisited” featured speaker. Hats off and loud hand claps to Dr. Crowley. The evening continued with lively conversation during the intermission as a backdrop to the next scheduled anticipated aspect of the evening.
The number of open mic readers was further evidence that creativity via words is an energetic and welcoming opportunity to share and nurture one’s literary spirit with others. Once again, the themes and styles of expression were diverse while readers explored interesting pathways to deliver poetry and prose to a well-versed audience.
So, move over Dells. ‘Cause it was “Oh What a Night” at the Carriage House Theater in Auburn, NY !
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