"Women Who Write" by Stefan Bollman, with foreword by Francine Prose, will be the subject at the May 3 Book Review Luncheon program.
The book celebrates female literary achievements. Brief biographies of women writers through the ages to the present are depicted discussing the highlights of their careers and the major themes of their work.
Presenter will be Ani Apelian, a musician and poet. Born in Williamsport, Apelian left after graduating from high school, having received a scholarship as a flutist to the Julliard School of Music in New York City.
Focusing on the flute and the viola, she went on to receive a master's degree from the Manhattan School for Music. She also taught at the Manhattan School for Music and performed professionally for several years in chamber groups in the New York City area.
Courses taken on ethnomusicology at Columbia University added to her extensive musical background and knowledge.
Switching gears somewhat, Apelian playing several instruments, wrote songs and lyrics which she and a partner performed throughout the New England area. Her partner stopped after three years but Apelian continued by herself for some time.
Returning to Williamsport eight years ago "was a culture shock" but she stepped right into the culture scene here, starting The Poetry Forum at the James V. Brown Library. Participants in the forum are invited to read, discuss, explore and listen to poetry.
The Book Review Luncheons are open to the public and are held in the Lowry Theatre of the Welch Family wing of the JVBrown Library.
The room is easily accessed from the metered parking lot on Market Street by taking the elevator to the third floor. These events are provided free of charge by the Friends of the JVB Library, unless you choose to order the lunch, which is prepared.
Lunch starts at noon followed by an interesting and thought provoking review at 12:30 p.m. You can reserve a lunch for $5 by calling the information desk of the library at 326-0536 before 3 p.m. May 1.
You also are welcome to bring your own lunch or just come for the review and discussion from 12:30 until 1 p.m.
This will be the last BRL until the fall.