Join State Library
Services for the presentation of
Koran by Heart. This documentary follows three 10-year-old
children who leave their native countries to participate in the International
Holy Koran Competition, the world's oldest and most prestigious Koran reciting
contest, in Cairo. Up against much older students, the youngsters have
committed the 600 pages of the Koran to memory and will put their skills to the
test before the world's Muslim community. In the midst of the
competitions, the young competitors face uncertain futures at home as they are
caught between fundamentalist and moderate versions of Islam.
This event is free and open
to the public.
Where: Library Commission State Library Services JD Waggoner Reading Room Culture Center, Building 9
August's Capitol Read is Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry 1950-1999, edited by Barbara Smith and Kirk Judd.
With insights into Japanese flower gardening and hog butchering, into
mother-daughter relations and horse trading, in verse that is wistful
or bright or drenched in rural beauty, WIld Sweet Notes surprises
and delights...This varied collection of remarkably high poetic quality
will enchant readers throughout the English-speaking world.
The editors, longtime aficianados of their state's poetic production
and well-established poets in the own right, professed themselves
gratified and inspired by the quality they found in an outpouring of
submissions. More than one hundred ten living West Virginia poets and
some twenty deceased are represented here.
This book will appeal to readers young and old, to students and
gardeners, to political activists, to anyone who responds to natural
beauty and to truth. Former West Virginia Poet Laureate Irene McKinney
has said that poetry is the one form of art that can't "sell out." This
book doesn't either.
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