Saturdays - 10:30 AM - Storytime with Carol & Friends starts up again on Saturday September 21.

Friday, October 4, 3:45 PM - French films for children beginning 10/4 and then every first Friday of the month

Wednesday, October 2, 6:15-7:30 - Chess with National Chess Master Manuel Ugarte, all levels and ages welcome.

And much more, see below for details about regular weekly programming and special activities coming in the fall.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Tragedy of Arthur - November 2, 2011

Diane Saarinen, Secretary of the Friends group wrote this piece on our most recent event for the Carroll Gardens Patch:

It took a bestselling author, a critically acclaimed Shakespearean troupe, a handful of hardworking volunteers and a community of curious attendees to turn an ordinary Wednesday night at the Carroll Gardens Library into a showcase for myth and magic.

And if you weren’t there at An Evening with Author Phillips at the Carroll Gardens Library November 2, you missed it.

Local resident – and bestselling novelist – Arthur Phillips presented his latest novel, The Tragedy of Arthur, to a crowd of approximately 50 in the library’s auditorium, which had been transformed (albeit just for an evening) into a low-lit, intimate setting for literature and drama. And he generously brought along his friends, the indie theater company Guerrilla Shakespeare Project.

Phillips’ latest book explores the theme of the author’s “con artist father” discovering what may – or may not -- be a play about King Arthur penned by William Shakespeare himself.  Both Phillips and the troupe presented readings to an engaged audience, which included Assemblywoman Joan Millman and a representative from Councilmember Brad Lander's office, Rachel Goodman. Signed books by the author were available for purchase at the end of the evening.

Area residents were thrilled with the evening (according to all reports and incidental gossip overheard!) – and also the promise of future events organized by the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library, chartered just this spring and already hosting several community events at the library in an effort to create a new hub for the community.

As the Secretary of the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library group, I could present a behind-the-curtains peek at the laborous work it took a few committed volunteers to bring the evening together. But I won’t! I can say as a spokesperson for our group that we’re exhausted, happy, and hope this is only the beginning for future exciting events.

And what’s that you say? How can you learn about the upcoming future events? You can stay in touch with us by friending us on Facebook, following us on Twitter or reading our blog.

Thanks Diane, couldn't have said it better myself.

Photos from the event
Arthur Phillips reads from his novel
The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project read scenes from the play within the novel

Author Phillips signed copies of his books

Arthur Phillips and the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project

1 comment:

  1. This is a clever satirical frolic that combines a "memoir" with a "classic" lost play while lampooning both genres and reviewers alike. Told in two parts (an "autobiographic" Introduction and an alleged Shakespearean play "The Tragedy of Arthur", fans will relish both entries; however, the biggest difficulty is not skipping the super pseudo memoir to read the play. Arthur Phillips proves a fabulous tragedy of two Arthurs.
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