Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Gnu's Room Events

Here's what's happening at the Gnu's Room this week:

Tuesday, April 20th, 2:00 p.m. - The Write Time

Writers at any level of expertise are invited to meet each week at the
Gnu's Room for an hour of inspiration, sharing and information. The
meetings are facilitated by Helen Silverstein, editor of The Southern
Women's Review. Each week you are encouraged to bring copies of work
you wish to share and have edited. Those in the group who have the
time may volunteer to critique/edit.  Please limit the work you bring
to between 10 and 20 pages, since this is a weekly group. During at
least every other group meeting, there will be a brief presentation on
different writing techniques. If you would like to participate, but
the meeting time is not convenient, or if you have any questions about
the meetings, please email Helen at

Wednesday, April 21st, 5:30 p.m. - Coffee Cupping

Join Sarah Barnett, proprietor of Mama Mocha's Coffee Roastery at the
Gnu's Room, for a professional coffee cupping. Barnett will be
offering a cupping (tasting) every Wednesday. Space is limited and is
on a first come, first served basis.  Experience coffee from three
different regions and learn the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle,
differences in beans from various countries. If you participate in a
cupping, you may purchase the featured beans at a 25% discount on the
day of the cupping.

Wednesday, April 21st, 7:00 p.m. - Singer/Songwriter Competition

Singer/songwriters are invited to participate in a monthly competition
at the Gnu's Room. The entry fee is only $4.00, payable the evening of
the competition, but you must email tina@thegnusroom.com in advance to
reserve your spot. Each contestant will be allotted 10 minutes to
perform two original songs. A panel of judges will narrow the field to
the top three, who will then perform one additional song. The winner
be chosen by the judges and awarded a cash prize of $100.00. General
admission is $5.00. Come and support your favorite performer!

Thursday, April 22nd, 6:30 p.m. - Science Cafe Auburn

Douglas Coutts, a visiting professor on assignment from the United
Nations World Food Programme in Auburn's Department of Nutrition and
Food Science, will be speaking on the topic: "The Empty Plate:
Addressing Local and World Hunger."  A brief Q&A will follow the

Coutts has developed and taught Auburn's first undergraduate course on
world hunger and has assisted in designing a hunger studies minor. He
has more than 25 years of experience with WFP, more recently as
country director for Bangladesh, where he oversaw the organization's
single-largest development operation in the world, which included
integrated food security, school feeding and refugee operations,
nutritional support and HIV/AIDS awareness and community health

Friday, April 23rd, 5:30 p.m. - Book Discussion
Marc Silverstein, Hollifield Professor of English at Auburn
University, specializes in modern and contemporary drama, feminist
theory, postmodernism and literary theory. Silverman will lead a book
discussion on Toni Morrison's Beloved. The discussion is open to the

Morrison's 1987 novel, Beloved, was a critical success and earned both
a Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the American Book Award. The novel,
her fifth, is loosely based on the life and legal case of the slave
Margaret Garner, about whom Morrison later wrote in the opera Margaret
Garner (2005). The book's epigraph reads: "Sixty Million and more," by
which Morrison refers to the estimated number of slaves who died in
the slave trade.

Friday, April 23rd, 7:00 p.m. - Live Music with Uncle Roy

Uncle Roy has been playing music for 40 years, learning it in truck
stops, roadhouses and honky tonks all over the world. He loves the
classics, as has played with some of the best including: Freddy
Fender, Jack Greene, Little Jimmie Dickens, Ace Cannon, Loretta Lynn,
and Junior Brown. The Uncle Roy Show is an eclectic mix of roots rock
and roll, hardcore honkytonk and soul, country rhythm & blues plus the
samba and bossa nova of Brazil with ethnic folkloric styles of Mexico,
the Caribbean, and Hawaii. As a self taught musician with too many
styles to name, let's just call it “folk music.”

Uncle Roy performed at this year's 280 Boogie, and is looking forward
to introducing his music to a whole new group of fans at the Gnu's
Room!  There is no cover for the event, but a suggested donation of
$5.00 will go to the musician. CDs will be available for purchase. For
more information, please see his website at www.theuncleroyshow.com

Saturday, April 24th, 7:00 p.m. - Fundraiser/Book Signing

Meet author/journalist/speaker Karen Spears Zacharias and help support
local ministries!

What does it really mean to be blessed by God? With Southern charm and
razor-sharp wit in "Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?" (Zondervan,
2010), author Karen Spears Zacharias shows how the “prosperity” gospel
has led us astray from true Christianity and has helped create people
and churches focused on greed.

Zacharias, who will be in town for several events related to her
latest book, "Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide? ('Cause I Need More
Room for my Plasma TV)," will be keeping with the theme of her latest
publication by speaking at two fundraising events. The first will take
place at the Auburn UU Fellowship, 450 E. Thach, on Saturday evening.
Your donations, plus 10% of all book sales will go to the East Alabama
Food Bank. Every dollar contributed enables the Food Bank to acquire
14 pounds of food through the national network. The event is sponsored
by the Gnu's Room and Mama Mocha's Coffee Roastery.

Sunday, April 25th, 6:00 p.m. - Fundraiser/Book Signing

Karen Spears Zacharias will be speaking at St. Dunstan’s, the
Episcopal Church at Auburn University,  136 E. Magnolia. Your
donations plus 10% of all book sales will go to St. Dunstan’s Outreach
to the Southside Veteran's Home. The event is sponsored by the Gnu's
Room and Mama Mocha's Coffee Roastery.


The Gnu's Room Bookstore & Coffee House
414 S Gay St
Auburn, AL 36830

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