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Christian women discuss taboo topics in book

Flyleaf Books will host a reading and discussion on Saturday about a new anthology that brings together essays by 40 women under 40 that tackle the taboos Christian women face in their communities. “Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith” is the fourth book in the “I Speak for Myself” series, a narrative collection of interfaith and intercultural books.

Durham gallery closes its doors after four years

For four years, Pamela Gutlon has brought the Triangle area together through a celebration of business, nonprofits and passion for making art. Gutlon, who owns Outsider’s Art and Collectibles, brought self-taught artists from all over the U.S.

Spotlight on Scholars lecture resurrects pre-modern Japan

Although many people are able to recognize the names of a few greats of contemporary history — Queen Elizabeth, Henry VIII, Ivan the Terrible — the name Tokugawa Ieyasu generally does not ring a bell. Morgan Pitelka, associate professor of Asian Studies and director of the Carolina Asia Center, is doing what he can to remedy that notion. Pitelka gave a lecture on Tuesday about Ieyasu at Flyleaf Books as part of the UNC Program in the Humanities’ “Spotlight on Scholars” series, a subset of the Program in the Humanities organization that focuses on scholars doing interesting work. Ieyasu founded the the Tokugawa Shogunate, the government that ruled Japan from 1603 until the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Pitelka said he wasn’t interested in a biographical approach, but instead wanted to look at Ieyasu in terms of his social context. “I’m especially interested in material culture — the history of things — and therefore focused on practices like the tea ceremony, gift giving, collecting, display, and the tools of warfare in my research.” Interim director of the UNC Program in the Humanities in Action, Max Owre, said the “Spotlight on Scholars” series does not differ much from the other Program in the Humanities, Humanities in Action, which Flyleaf also hosts.

Sacrificial Poets showcased local youth talent

The art of spoken word poetry turned competitive at the Carrboro Arts Center on Saturday with the “Voicebox Youth Slam.” The event was presented by UNC’s Sacrificial Poets. Participants from ages 13-19 will competed in three rounds of poetry slams at the event.

Flyleaf's October poetry reading gets festive

Flyleaf Books’ monthly poetry readings — which often feature award-winning poets — are places for friends and family to gather and discuss their passion for poetry. The poetry readings, which are held once a month, started in 2010, when the Flyleaf storeowner asked Debra Kaufman and Absher to begin organizing these events.

Children's book author champions the arts

You’re never too young to use your imagination, according to Jarrett J. Krosoczka Krosoczka, an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, was chosen to speak at the 2013 Steinfirst Lecture on Saturday at Wilson Library.

Children's literature roundtable explores community, empowerment

John Claude Bemis will visit Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books to host a discussion on children’s literature Saturday. Bemis is the current Piedmont Laureate and UNC School of Education Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. A cohort of local children’s book authors will also join the conversation.

Hillsborough artist trio "Capturing Light"

Three artists with entirely different artistic approaches have collaborated to present “Capturing Light,” an exhibit at the Hillsborough Gallery of Art that runs until Oct.

Ackland's exhibit made kid-friendly

Family Day at the Ackland Art Museum became a cultural milieu this past Sunday as the museum highlighted “The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India from 1989.” On Sunday, the museum elected to focus less on the politics behind the collective and more on the work as a celebration of Indian culture, said Jenny Marvel, the Ackland’s manager of school and community programs. “The Sahmat exhibition itself is definitely a little bit of higher thinking,” she said.