September – November 2013
Caldwell, N.J. – August 16, 2013 - Caldwell University Jennings Library will present Christina Baker-Kline, author of “Orphan Train” at noon Friday Sept. 13. The author visit and book discussion is free and open to the public.
“Orphan Train” is a novel highlighting the orphan trains that ran from East coast cities to Midwest farmlands from 1854 to 1929 carrying thousands of abandoned children. This little-known period in American history became the premise of the book. .
The power of human resilience and unexpected friendship are at the heart of this novel. Kline seamlessly blends contemporary and historical storylines, while alternating between present-day Maine, where readers meet seventeen-year-old foster child and Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer and 91-year-old Irish immigrant Vivian Daly, and Minnesota in the early 20th century, where readers learn about Vivian’s past.
Kline is the author of five novels, including Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be. Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University from 2007-2011, Kline is a recent recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship and several research fellowships (to Ireland and Minnesota), and has been a Writer-in-Residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives with husband and three sons in Montclair, New Jersey, and spends as much time as possible in northern Minnesota and on the coast of Maine, where she grew up. For more information, visit her Facebook author page www.facebook.com/CBakerKline and on the web at www.christinabakerkline.com.
For more information about the event, please contact Joan Reamer in Jennings Library at email@example.com or 973-618-3564.
The Garden State Opera, assisted by the Caldwell University Choir and Kennedy Dancers will perform Donizetti’s one-act comedy Il Campanello di Notte and the premiere of Tamar da Timna. Sung in Italian with English super-titles, the performance will be accompanied by full orchestra and conducted by GSO founder and artistic director, Francesco Santelli. For more information go to www.gardenstateopera.homestead.com.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.
Sky Band is a Haitian band that plays Kompa Direk, music that reflects the spirit of Haiti and its people living in New York City. The music is vibrant, cultural, and spiritual with strong beats and melodic rhythms. It tells of the desire to continue the Haitian Culture while learning and loving a new language and culture. Special ticket price of $10.