This Week in English | Nov. 3-Nov. 13

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We have a supplemental Week in English this week, needed because so many things are happening starting today and through next week. Please read on!


Features fiction writer Giada Scodellaro, today, reading from her acclaimed book Some of Them Will Carry Me. This event is free and takes place at 4:30 in the Fernald APPE Space. 104 Stewart Commons. Says Georgie Fehringer in a review, in The Rumpus, “These are Black characters whose existence in their surreal landscape is as natural as the soft mentions of cocoa butter on thighs. A world immediately recognizable even in its strangeness. A world confident in and of itself. These are the soft and fragrant spaces of the dreams of Black writers and readers alike. The wholeness of the marginalized existence, what it is like inside the body and inside the love when not viewed from the outside.”

CultureFest, a lively celebration of countries and cultures from around the world,

will be taking place on Saturday at the New Balance Rec Center, from 11-3:30. It’s always a great time, with food, dance, and things to learn.

Poet Jennifer Moxley Reading:

Professor of English Jennifer Moxley will be a participant at the 2022 Florida Writers Festival, hosted by the University of Florida. Moxley will be reading on November 5 at 8:00 p.m. and will deliver a craft talk at 2:00 p.m. Moxley is a poet, essayist, and translator whose recent books include For the Good of All, Do Not Destroy the Birds: Essays (Flood Editions, 2021), Druthers (Flood Editions, 2018), The Open Secret (Flood Editions, 2014) There Are Things We Live Among (Flood Editions, 2012), and Clampdown (Flood Editions, 2009).

Stovall reading on Monday, featured in the BDN:

The Bangor Daily News featured Ryan Stovall, University of Maine alum and former Green Beret, and his first book, Black Snowflakes: Smothering a Torch. Stovall’s book will help others with post-traumatic stress disorder know they’re not alone and inform readers of how nuanced the effects of trauma can be. The book will be released Nov. 1. Stovall will do a book reading and signing event in the Memorial Union at 10 a.m. on Nov. 9.

Villacorta on Translation and gender dynamics:

On Monday, November 9 at noon in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union, the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies “WGS@Work” series hosts a talk by Carlos Villacorta titled “Trece padres: Translation of Spanish fiction into English.” Villacorta, an associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Classics, will talk about his Spanish-language fiction, deconstructing the image of the father and the task of working with translator Gillian Esquivia-Cohen to assess the gender dynamics from his short story “Trece padres” in Spanish into its final version “Thirteen Fathers,” in English.

 Monday November 9th, noon to 1:00 in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union (pizza included!).   

Professor Bicks featured in Financial Times podcast:

Caroline Bicks, professor of English, was featured on FT Weekend, a podcast from the Financial Times, discussing the enduring appeal of Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice.” The conversation also featured Brooke Masters, U.S. investment and industries editor at the Financial Times.

As we move towards the last third of the semester, and everyone begins to retreat into writing/grading/testing mode, don’t forget to get out and enjoy the events our community provides, and the beautiful outdoors that surround us here in Maine!