Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thursday August 30th at 7pm:Cryptofiction from William Hope Hodgson with Shandon Loring

CRYPTOFICTION
from William Hope Hodgson
1877 - 1918

Cryptofiction from an early master of the 19th century. Sea monsters, ghost ships, and things that go bump.

Tonight:
Demons of the Sea
The Thing in the Weeds


stories from
"The Collected Works of William Hope Hodgson"

ASIN#: B003B657CG

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

WEDNESDAY, August 29th at 7:00PM: The Conclusion ~ ZORA AND ME

Zora has a theory that the legendary Gator King is stalking Eatonville, bringing death and distruction. In their search for truth, Zora and her friends Carrie and Teddy stumble unwittingly into an ugly web of envy, lies, deceit and betrayal. Just as unexpectedly, the three friends are the key that unlocks the mystery and the unlikely saviors of Eatonville itself. Written by authors Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon, this is a fictionalization of the early years of a literary giant. This astonishing novel is the first project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not authored by Hurston herself.
Visit the Zora and Me Website!

Presented live in Voice.

Monday, August 27, 2012

TUESDAY 28 August at 7pm: Crap Mariner with a tribute to David Rakoff


According to WikiPedia, David Rakoff described himself as a "New York writer" who also happened to be a "Canadian writer", a "mega Jewish writer", a "gay writer" and an "East Asian Studies major who has forgotten most of his Japanese" writer

Sadly, this talented and twisted contributor to shows like This American Life has recently become a "Dead writer", succumbing to the cancer that he wrote quite a bit about in his recent book, 
Half Empty.

Crap Mariner will be reading selections of David Rakoff's work Tuesday August 28th at 7PM at the Seanchai Library in voice.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

MONDAY, AUGUST 27th at 7:00PM: FANTASTIC ALICE !

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'

He chortled in his joy.

Today's masters of modern fantasy pay tribute to Alice in Wonderland and its inspired creator, Lewis Carroll, in this short story anthology celebration. Edited, with an introduction by Margaret Weiss. Selections presented by Shandon Loring and Caledonia Skytower. Live in Voice.

Visit The Lewis Carroll Society of North America Website!
Or The Lewis Carroll Society in the UK   

  (Poem excerpt by Lewis Carroll – Jabberwocky from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

SUNDAY, August 26th at 2:00PM: TEA TIME on Baker Street

Summer is the time for adventure, and we spice up our tea Time for Summer with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Master Detective, Sherlock Holmes. Grab a cuppa and a smackerel of something and join Caledonia in the lower level of the library for mystery and intrigue!


TODAY: "The Man With the Twisted Lip." Dr. Watson is called upon late at night by a female friend of his wife. Her husband has been absent for several days and, as he is an opium addict, she is sure he has been indulging in a lengthy drug binge in a dangerous East End opium den. Frantic with worry, she seeks Dr. Watson's help in fetching him home. Watson does this, but he also finds his friend Sherlock Holmes in the den, disguised as an old man, trying to extract information about a new case from the addicts in the den.

Visit 221b Baker Street yourself, on the web at the Sherlock Holmes Museum site!  
Presented Live in Voice.

Aug. 26 - Sept. 2 at Seanchai Library

WELCOME TO THE SEANCHAI LIBRARY ON IMAGINATION ISLAND!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."


Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, August 26 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time at Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower

Monday, August 27 at 7 p.m. - Fantastic Alice: New Stories from Wonderland with Caledonia and Shandon

Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m. - Crap Mariner salutes David Rakoff

Wednesday, August 29 at 7 p.m. - Zora and Me (Part 4) with Caledonia Skytower

Thursday, August 30 at 7 p.m. - Stories from William Hope Hodgson with Shandon Loring


All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In July and August we'll be asking for donations toward the real world charity Little Kids Rock! Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.

Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Be sure and check out our Flickr group for great images of past story sessions.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

THURSDAY, August 23rd at 7:00pm: Selections from BLACKBIRD HOUSE

"Blackbird House" is  a collection of short stories by contemporary author Alice Hoffman.  The stories chronicle the occupants of a certain farmhouse, out in the wilds of Cape Cod, over the course of 200 years.  Hoffman is also known for such works as "Practical Magic", "The Red Garden", "Local Gifts" and recently "The Dovekeepers" plus more than two dozen others.   

Derry McMahon presents in Voice.

CLICK HERE for more on Alice Hoffman and her work.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WEDNESDAY, August 22nd at 7PM: ZORA AND ME ~ Part 3

Whether she’s telling the truth or stretching it, Zora Neale Hurston is a riveting storyteller. By turns tender, intimate, then brutal, this child’s eye view of race in the South, and the mysteries behind home, and the ones you love is compelling. Written by authors Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon, this is a fictionalization of the early years of a literary giant. This astonishing novel is the first project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not authored by Hurston herself.
Visit the Zora and Me Website!

Presented live in Voice.

Monday, August 20, 2012

TUESDAY 21 August at 7pm: Arthur and the Sword!

"Who so Pulleth Out This Sword of this Stone and Anvil, is Rightwise King Born of all England."

Young Emrys - now known as Arthur - comes into his own.  He is acknowledged by his father, King Uther Pendragon, but he still has to prove himself in order to be accepted as King.  It is time for him to take up Macsen's Sword and attain the throne.  Join Derry McMahon for the thrilling conclusion to Mary Stewart's "The Hollow Hills".  Story in voice.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

MONDAY, August 20th at 7PM: BEAUTIFUL POETRY with Aoife Lorefield

There's just no doubt that Aoife Lorefield has fantastic taste in poetry. Whether it is W.B. Yeats, Billy Collins, or Mary Oliver she has an infallible instinct for meaningful, expressive, thought-provoking compositions that inspire, and enliven. Come see what Aoife has to share tonight!



Presented live in Voice.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

August 19 to 26 at Seanchai Library

WELCOME TO THE SEANCHAI LIBRARY ON IMAGINATION ISLAND!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."


Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Monday, August 20 at 7 p.m. - Beautiful Poetry with Aoife Lorefield

Tuesday, August 21 at 7 p.m. - Arthur! Rightwise King of All Britain! (part 3) with Derry McMahon

Wednesday, August 22 at 7 p.m. - Zora and Me (Part 3) with Caledonia Skytower

Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m. - Stories from William Hope Hodgson with Shandon Loring

Sunday, August 26 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time at Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower


Join us at these off-campus events too!

Sunday, August 19 at noon to 1:30 p.m. - Bard on the Beach at Mango in Fruit Islands

Sunday, August 19 at 6 p.m. - MagicLand Storytime with Caledonia Skytower


All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In July and August we'll be asking for donations toward the real world charity Little Kids Rock! Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.

Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Be sure and check out our Flickr group for great images of past story sessions.

Friday, August 17, 2012

BARD ON THE VIRTUAL BEACH 2012!

A weekend festival celebrating the Bard of Avon: Shakespeare and Shakespeare- inspired presentations on the Beach at Mango, in the Fruit Islands - Presented live in Voice.  You'll find some of your Seanchai Friends there as well as actors, storytellers, and other performers from around the grid.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mango/87/136/23





Saturday and Sunday feature different performance line-ups.
Check StoryFest Events Blog for Schedule and Updates:  http://storyfestsl2011.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Thursday August 16th at 7pm: LEGENDS OF THE CELTS with Shandon Loring


LEGENDS OF THE CELTS
The enthralling mything legacy of the Celts - embracing goodness and courage, revenge, violence and fatal destiny - is vividly retold, capturing their ancient world and heroic ideals. From the great cauldron of human experience and need, these tales from the historic oral tradition and rare ancient manuscripts of the Celts will enchant and inspire.



Tonight: 
The Beginning of Celtic Legend
DEIRDRE & THE SONS OF USNA
THE TALE OF CULHWCH AND OLWEN

Stories from "Legends of the Celts" by Frank Delaney
ISBN#0-8069-8351-5

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

WEDNESDAY, August 15th at 7pm: Part 2 ~ ZORA AND ME

Whether she’s telling the truth or stretching it, Zora Neale Hurston is a riveting storyteller. Her latest creation is a shape-shifting gator man who lurks in the marshes, waiting to steal human souls. But when boastful Sonny Wrapped loses a wrestling match with an elusive alligator named Ghost — and a man is found murdered by the railroad tracks soon after — young Zora’s tales of a mythical evil creature take on an ominous and far more complicated complexion, jeopardizing the peace and security of an entire town and forcing three children to come to terms with the dual-edged power of pretending.

Zora’s best friend, Carrie, narrates this coming-of-age story set in the Eden-like town of Eatonville, Florida, where justice isn’t merely an exercise in retribution, but a testimony to the power of community, love, and pride. A fictionalization of the early years of a literary giant, this astonishing novel is the first project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not authored by Hurston herself.

Presented Live in Voice.

Find out more about this work and its authors Online: CLICK HERE

Monday, August 13, 2012

TUESDAY 14 August at 7pm: Merlin and Arthur Tales with Derry


Tonight, in excerpts from Mary Stewart's "The Hollow Hills" we learn how a young lad named Emrys grew up in the house of Sir Ector, under the tutelage of the holy man who tended the shrine.  The holy man was Merlin, the lad was Arthur, and plans were being made for their futures that would surprise the lad, and even surprise the holy man.  Join Derry for these stories in voice.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

MONDAY, August 13th at 7pm: ALL THE TRAPS OF EARTH Concludes

"He was no longer Richard Daniel, runaway from Earth. He'd dodged all the traps of Man, he'd covered all his tracks, and he was on his way."  Will Richard make it to his goal and attain the freedom he desires?


From author Clifford D. Simak's award-winning novella: a classic piece of Science Fiction - Fantasy literature! Tonight: The Conclusion

Presented by Gyro Muggins, Live in voice.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

SUNDAY, August 12th at 2pm: TEA TIME at Baker Street

More Spicy Tea for Summer with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Master Detective, Sherlock Holmes. Grab a cuppa and a smackerel of something and join Caledonia in the lower level of the library for mytsery and intrigue!
THIS WEEK: The Five Orange Pips! A young Sussex gentleman named John Openshaw has a strange story: in 1869 his uncle Elias Openshaw had suddenly come back to England to settle on an estate at Horsham, West Sussex after living for years in the United States as a planter in Florida and serving as a Colonel in the Confederate Army.

Not being married, Elias had allowed his nephew to stay at his estate. Strange incidents have occurred; one is that although John could go anywhere in the house he could never enter a locked room containing his uncle's trunks. Another peculiarity was that in March 1883 a letter postmarked from Pondicherry, India arrived for the Colonel inscribed only "K.K.K." with five orange pips enclosed.
Presented Live in Voice.

August 12 to 19 at Seanchai Library

WELCOME TO THE SEANCHAI LIBRARY ON IMAGINATION ISLAND!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."


Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time at Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower

Monday, August 13 at 7 p.m. - All the Traps of Earth (part 2) with Gyro Muggins

Tuesday, August 14 at 7 p.m. - Merlin and Arthur (part 2) with Derry McMahon

Wednesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. - Zora and Me (Part 2) with Caledonia Skytower

Thursday, August 16 at 7 p.m. - Legends of the Celts with Shandon Loring

Sunday, August 19 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time at Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower


Join us at these off-campus events too!

Sunday, August 12 at 10 a.m. - International Tales at Mango in Fruit Islands with Derry and Bear

Sunday, August 12 at 1 p.m. - Pirate Tales with Bear, Derry and the Tinies at Raglan Shire (Biggies welcome too).

Saturday, August 18 at 3 to 4:30 p.m. - Bard on the Beach at Mango in Fruit Islands

Sunday, August 19 at noon to 1:30 p.m. - Bard on the Beach II at Mango in Fruit Islands

Sunday, August 22 at 6 p.m. - MagicLand Storytime with Caledonia Skytower


All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In July and August we'll be asking for donations toward the real world charity Little Kids Rock! Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.

Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Be sure and check out our Flickr group for great images of past story sessions.

Friday, August 10, 2012

SUNDAY 12 August at 10 & 1: Traveler's Tales & Tiny Pirates

Derry and Bear will be out and about on Sunday!  

At 10am, in a final salute the Olympic spirit, they will offer tales from around the world.  Today's locales include hiking in Italy, aphrodisiacs in Mexico, shopping in Kuwait, running in France, adventures in Thailand and more.  Stories at the gallery in Mango on Fruit Islands.

At 1pm they will be in Raglan Shire for Pirate Stories!  Biggies and Tinys are both welcome to this friendly place.  Time to get your ARRRRRR on!!   Notices will be sent with LMs for both events!  All stories in voice!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

THURSDAY, August 9th at 7 p.m.: The Hardwood Pile, by L. Sprague de Camp


Never pick a fight with a dryad!

Long ago, someone imported a Norway Maple sapling to New England, where it thrived and grew into a tree. But the sapling was aslo home to Aceria, a maple spite, who came along for the ride. She didn't mind being transplanted; she was happy anywhere, just so long as her tree was safe.
   "Sprague possesses a sharp wit and a fine sense of humor."
-- Issac Asimov
First published in the September 1940 issue of "Astounding," The Hardwood Pile is a classic example of L. Sprague de Camp at his finest.

De Camp was widely regarded as one of the most imaginative and innovative writers from the late 1930's through the late 1940's, the heyday of science fiction.

In a writing career spanning 60 years, he wrote science fiction, fantasy and heroic fantasy along with notable works of non-fiction, including the definitive biography of H.P. Lovecraft.
Presented live in voice by Bear Silvershade

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

WEDNESDAY, August 8th at 7pm: Part 1 ~ ZORA AND ME

Winner of the 2011 John Steptoe New Talent (Author) Award!
Racial duplicity threatens an idyllic African American community in the turn-of-the-century South in a dazzling debut inspired by the early life of Zora Neale Hurston.  A fictionalization of the early years of a literary giant, this astonishing novel is the first project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not authored by Hurston herself.  Created by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon.

"Whether she’s telling the truth or stretching it, Zora Neale Hurston is a riveting storyteller. Her latest creation is a shape-shifting gator man who lurks in the marshes, waiting to steal human souls..."

Visit the Zora and Me online!

Presented in Voice.



TUESDAY 7 Aug at 7pm: "The Sword in the Stone" with Derry


Join Derry as she begins a 3 part series of excerpts from Mary Stewart's "The Hollow Hills".  Tonight Merlin hunts down Macsen's sword and readies it for Arthur.  Arthur comes riding through the forest and meets Merlin, having no idea who he is nor the pedigree they share.  Stories in voice.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

MONDAY, August 6th at 7PM: ALL THE TRAPS OF EARTH

Among the personal possessions of the deceased Barrington line is "One domestic robot, Richard Daniel, antiquated but in good repair."  Facing a legally required memory wipe, he goes on the lam, trying to evade "All the Traps of Earth." 

From author Clifford D. Simak's award-winning novella: a classic piece of Science Fiction - Fantasy literature! 

Presented in two parts ... Tonight:  Part One! Gyro Muggins, Live in voice.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

SUNDAY, August 5th at 2PM: TEA TIME at Baker Street

Summer is the time for adventure, and we spice up our tea Time for Summer with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Master Detective, Sherlock Holmes.  Grab a cuppa and a smackerel of something and join Caledonia in the lower level of the library for mytsery and intrigue! 

THIS WEEK:  The Boscombe Vally Mystery!  Lestrade summons Holmes to a community in Herefordshire, where a local land owner has been murdered outdoors. The deceased's estranged son is strongly implicated. Holmes quickly determines that a mysterious third man may be responsible for the crime, unraveling a thread involving a secret criminal past, thwarted love, and blackmail.

Presented Live in Voice.

August 5 to 12 in Seanchai Library

WELCOME TO THE SEANCHAI LIBRARY ON IMAGINATION ISLAND!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."


Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time at Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower

Monday, August 6 at 7 p.m. - All the Traps of Earth with Gyro Muggins

Tuesday, August 7 at 7 p.m. - The Sword in the Stone with Derry McMahon

Wednesday, August 8 at 7 p.m. - Zora and Me with Caledonia Skytower

Thursday, August 9 at 7 p.m. - L. Sprague de Camp's The Hardwood Pile with Bear Silvershade

Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time at Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower


Join us at these off-campus events too!

Sunday, August 5 at 6 p.m. - Alice Hoffman’s Aquamarine at MagicLand Storytime with Caledonia Skytower



All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In May and June we'll be asking for donations towards our home organization: Community Virtual Library!. Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.

Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Be sure and check out our Flickr group for great images of past story sessions.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Thursday August 2nd at 7pm: THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS from Neil Gaiman, presented by Shandon Loring

THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS
 from Neil Gaiman
presented by Shandon Loring
A very small but very dangerous man hires Calum MacInnes as a guide to take him to a mysterious cave in the black mountains on the Misty Isle, where a fabulous treasure awaits them.

"You ask me if I can forgive myself? I can forgive myself for many things. For where I left him. For what I did. But I will not forgive myself for the year that I..."

WEDNESDAY, August 1 @ 7PM: More from "BOXEN"

Come along and join Caledonia in "C.S. Lewis' Attic" for more incredible early adventures including "Scenes from Boxonian City Life," and "Than Kyu."

Half a century before The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis created another imaginary world. The tales of "Animal Land," which eight-year old Jack (as his family knew him) had shared with his brother Warnie, soon developed into the Chronicles of the kingdom of "Boxen." In a succession of stories over the next few years, the young Lewis explored its history, geography, and the colorful exploits of its inhabitants in vivid detail, finally concluding with his Encyclopedia Boxomania in April 1928.

Tonight, more adventures from "Jack & Warnie" as they let their imaginations run wild in attic of their childhood Belfast home.  Presented live in Voice.