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Afternoon Writers Reading Event, Evening Lecture

Feb. 29, 2012
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      Highlighting the Women’s History Month Celebration in March at Anne Arundel Community College is an afternoon writers reading and an evening lecture by National Public Radio journalist, author and Wiccan priestess Margot Adler.

      Adler will read excerpts from her books, "Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America Today" (1979) and "Heretic's Heart: A Journey Through Spirit and Revolution" (1997), at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 for the “Writers Reading @ AACC” 2011-2012 series. During the reading, she plans to discuss her current project involving the sociocultural factors driving a renewed focus on vampires in American literature. Adler recently aired a related story for NPR’s “All Things Considered” entitled “For Love Of Do-Good Vampires: A Bloody Book List.” 

      The AACC Bookstore will have copies of “Drawing Down the Moon” for sale at the reading from 12:30-1:10 p.m. for those wishing to purchase a signed copy of the book. The reading takes place in the AACC Center for Applied Learning and Technology Room 107 on the Arnold campus. Book sales will also take place 30 minutes before the evening lecture, which takes place in the same building but in Room 100.

        Adler’s 7 p.m. presentation is entitled “Walking in Many Worlds: Margot Adler Reflects on Journalism, Activism and Spirituality.” An NPR correspondent based in New York, Adler covers a variety of topics for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and “Evening Edition.” Her most recent stories were “Knicks Star Jeremy Lin Captures Big Apple's Heart ,” “Warm Winter Leads To Early Blooms In Northeast” and “Film Noir: Weegee Was His Name; Murder Was His Game.”

      She also has prepared detailed features involving the controversial proposal to build the Islamic Cultural Center near Ground Zero in NYC, effects of budget cuts on education, the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, the death penalty and affirmative action.

      Her reports for NPR’s Arts desk included the first American radio interview with J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series; the fad of Percy Jackson books and popularity of vampires. From 1999-2008 she hosted NPR’s “Justice Talking” weekly show about constitutional controversies in American courts. This longtime correspondent also covered the winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988 and in Sarajevo in 1984.

      Her book “Drawing Down the Moon” is a study of contemporary nature religions. She co-produced the award-winning radio drama “War Day” and has created and hosted live talks shows at a New York City station.

      The reading is sponsored by the AACC Cultural Events Committee. Sponsoring the lecture are the AACC Women’s History Month Committee, Student Activities and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. Both events are free. For writers reading information contact Susan Cohen, 410-777-2545 or sacohen3@aacc.edu. For information on the evening lecture contact Jaquelyn Lyman, 410-777-2802 or jslyman@aacc.edu. The Arnold campus is at 101 College Parkway.