Trevecca Nazarene University

Fall Reading Festival held today

Julia Simmons reads with vocal and visual animation as she shows the pictures to the audience.
The Fourth Annual Fall Reading Festival took place on the front lawn of Waggoner Library on this sunny  Monday morning. The event attracted students, faculty, staff, and administration to hear professors read aloud from favorite pieces of literature. Themed "Friendship in Literature," all the readings conveyed elements and examples of friendships that occured in fiction and non-fiction writings.

Attendees enjoyed cookies and punch provided by Waggoner Library staff while they sat in the shade and listened to following readers and works:
Julia Simmons: "Officer Buckle and Gloria" by Peggy Rathmann and "Bunny My Honey" by Anita Jeram
Alice Patterson: "Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)"
Leroy Pepper: excerpts from the chapter titled "The Friendship," in Joseph P. Ellis' 2000/2001 Pulitzer Prize winning work, Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation
Donna Gray:  "Jo’s Boys" by Louisa May Alcott
Diana Hardin: "Friendship" from the Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett
Mary Ann Meiners: "A Song I Knew By Heart" by Brett Lott
Rob Blann: Selections of his original poetry--
          “Shakespeare Would Have Liked My Son”
          “Playing Tarzan in a Lonely French Wood”
          “Birthday #48”
          “What’s So Great about Reading (!/?)”
Lena Welch – Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells