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'Harry Potter' films to be screened at UF


Published: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 7:44 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1": With an introduction by Steve Noll, UF senior lecturer of history, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Communicore Building, Room C1-4. Co-sponsored by the Smathers Libraries' PR&M Committee.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2": With an introduction by Konstantinos Kapparis, UF associate professor of classics, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Communicore Building, Room C1-7.

Library events

Author Lauren Groff: Acclaimed local author Groff will be reading from her works including "The Monsters of Templeton," a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and bestseller shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers; "Delicate Edible Birds," a collection of stories; and "Arcadia," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave. Free. (334-3939)

Meet Matthew Holm: The illustrator of the popular graphic novel series, "Babymouse" and "Squish"will be at the library 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Holm will be in town Tuesday through Thursday visiting local schools and the library. Books will not be sold at the event.

Author events

October Dante: Mary Watt reads and signs her recently published novel, "The Winds of Avignon," a work of historical fiction about Petrarca and Cola di Rienzo set in Rome and Avignon in the 14th century, 7 p.m. Oct. 22, The Village Tower Club, 2625 NW 77th Blvd. Watt is associate professor of Italian at University of Florida and Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Refreshments served. RSVP: 378-3939

The Graphic Novel: Tom Hart, the founder and executive editor of Gainesville's Sequential Artists Workshop, is guest speaker, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Millhopper Library, 3145 NW 43rd St.

Hart, creator of the Hutch Owen series of graphic novels and books, has been a core instructor at New York City's School of Visual Arts for 10 years teaching cartooning and "sequential art."

The "Collected Hutch Owen" was nominated for best graphic novel of 2000, and Hart was an early recipient of a Xeric Grant for self-publishing cartoonists.

Meetings

Feminist Book Club: Meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m. for food and drinks at Cafe Colette, Wild Iris Books, 802 W. University Ave. Free and open to the public. (375-7477)

Gainesville Poets & Writers: Meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Books-A-Million, 2601 NW 13th St.

Hawthorne Reading Circle: Group meets 11 a.m. the first and third Mondays, Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 SE 221st St., Hawthorne.

Mystery Reading Group: Bring any mysteries you have, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, High Springs Branch Library, 135 NW First Ave., High Springs. (454-2515)

Weekly Poetry Jam: Gainesville's longest-running open poetry reading, 9 p.m. Thursdays, Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St. (373-0010, CivicMediaCenter.org)

Writer's Alliance of Gainesville: Anyone interested in the written word is welcome, see www.WritersAlliance.org for exact dates, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Free.

Contests

Essay, Poetry, Art Contests: Fall 2012 entries for Creative Communication contests are being accepted.

Essay contest (grades 3-6, 7-9, and 10-12), write 250 words or less on any nonfiction topic. Deadline: Oct. 18.

Poetry contest (grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12), submit one original poem in English, 21 lines or less. Deadline: Dec. 6.

Enter online at www.poeticpower.com or mail entry to: Poetry Contest or Essay Contest, 159 N. Main, Smithfield, UT 84335. Include the author's name, address, city, state and zip, current grade, school name, school address and teacher's name. Selected entries will be published in an anthology.

Art contest for students in grades K-12. Go to www.celebratingart.com for contest information. Deadline: Nov. 29.

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