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The Starkville Reads NEA Big Read Schedule for Fall 2008

The Call of the Wild

Fall Schedule

Book discussion groups and dates will be announced soon for Jack London's The Call of the Wild.

Admission to all Starkville Reads events is free to everyone.


September 25 Thursday

3:30 pm Film :"The Far North" (Documentary) at Starkville Public Library with Clyde Williams

4:30--5:15 pm Children's Library Club at Starkville Public Library

7:00 pm Kirkpatricks' Call of the WIld at Greensboro Center


Kickoff speakers:
Stephen and Marlo Kirkpatrick

Hear them discuss and see gorgeous photos of their trip to the Amazon as they discuss another
"Call of the Wild,"
the Peruvian rainforest
in a program called

The Kirpatricks will also do a book signing with several of their beautiful books available.
More information about the
Kirkpatricks and their work photographing nature is
available here.

The Call of the Wild books will also be available for sale.

Greensboro Center

September 27

Sat. 9:30 am to noon

Talking with Wolves with the Wolf Lady (Patricia High) and her Tame Wolves

Bruce Leopold on carnivores, C. T. Carley and Frank Davis with gold-panning for kids and more

Moncrief Park

October 4

Saturday 10:00 am to noon



How to Handle Your Dog with animal trainer Russell Gaines

Survivors! Arctic Stories, Insects, and Shelter (Children's Library Club)

Moncrief Park


Public Library

October 14

Film: Hatchet-- Children's Library Club
5:30 to 8:00 pm

Panel 7:00 pm

Hatchet for children at 5:30

Panel Discussion: What is the "Call of the Wild? Then and Now"
with moderator Nancy Hargrove and panelists Noel Polk, Bonnie O'Neill, and Robert Phillips exploring the novel's ideas, themes, and narrative elements.

Starkville Public Library

October 18

Saturday 3:00 pm

Marshall Grant tells about the "wild" life of Johnny Cash because he was "there when it happened."

Book signing from 2:30 to 3:00 pm Program at 3:00 pm at State Theater

In conjunction with the
Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival


State Theater



October 21

5:30 p.m.

The Call of the Wild book discussion at Book Mart Cafe
Book Mart Cafe

October 23

3:00 pm

The Klondike and American Gold Rushes with Susan Rensing
Barnes and Noble on MSU campus

October 28
Cafe Scientique
Time TBA

Arctic Science --including climate, chemistry of gold, and more
Creative Warehouse

October 30
10:00 am

Book Discussion of
The Call of the Wild

Starkville Senior Center

November 6

Thur. 7:00 pm

Author Peggy Webb discusses
her new book about Elvis, a not-so-wild basset hound dog, called
Elvis and the Dearly Departed

Starkville Public Library

November 7
Friday 5:00 pm
Deadline for essay contest entries for
The Call of the Wild
"Wind Blowing:
Story and Essay Contest"
Mail to:
Starkville Reads
P.O. Box 80100
Starkville, MS 39759

November 13
Thursday 6 p.m.

Panel: Readers Going to the Dogs with Emily Jones, Danny Gardner, Sherrie Wiygul *(Co-sponsored by the Humane Society) Please bring pet food donations for Humane Society!

First United Methodist Church

November 21, 22
Friday and Saturday, 7:00 pm

Reader's Theater: The Call of the Wild

Under Polaris: Cold, Gold, Songs, Sounds, and Silence

Starkville Community Theater on Main

The Call of the Wild was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post. Click here to read the novel online or use the GradeSaver Study Guide. You can also review the NEA Big Read discussion questions here.


Sponsors for the Big Read Fall 2008
Starkville Reads thanks the following sponsors for their help in making the fall program a success.

National Endowment for the Arts

State Theater Bebe Freeman Fund
Starkville School District

Starkville Daily News Statewide Federal Credit Union
Starkville Rotary Club

Commercial Dispatch

Starkville Public Library

Starkville Community Theater

Gun Dog Supply

Starkville Arts Council Northeast Mississippi Bottling Company

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts
in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.


Sheriff Bryan reads The Call of the Wild.

Photo of Sheriff Bryan by C. T. Carley





Click here for important Starkville Reads Links, Advisory Committee, Sponsors, Guides, and more.



Portland Trailblazer Travis Outlaw, his parents John and Markeeta Outlaw, and his sister get started reading The Call of the Wild.

Photo of the Outlaw family by Clyde Williams


Get Starkville Reads' Calendar of Events on Big Read Site here.

Read the Community Description of Starkville Reads' Big Read.

For more information about Peggy Webb or Marshall Grant, click on their names above.

Click here for important information about Mississippi writers as well as musicians, artists, and actors.


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