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Datebook: November 1 – Stephen Crane Turns 140

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Happy All Saints’ Day! It’s also the 140th birthday of American novelist, short story writer, poet, and journalist Stephen Crane. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation. Crane’s first novel was the 1893 Bowery tale Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, which critics generally consider the first work of American literary Naturalism. He won international acclaim for his 1895 Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage, which he wrote without any battle experience. Despite his success, Crane was plagued by financial difficulties and ill health, and died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium at the age of 28.

It’s Tuesday, November 1

Tonight Hopkinsville Community College shows the 2011 Robert Redford directed film, The Conspirator, at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium Lecture Hall. It compliments the national traveling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” being displayed in the HCC Library through Friday. Redford’s film centers on the trial of Mary Surratt.

UK Ag Extension is giving pedometers to walkers who get moving each Tuesday in November. Everyone’s invited to these Walk and Talk programs at Noble Park in Paducah. Meet at Shelter 19 at 10 a.m. Tuesdays to walk the Greenway Trail with friends. Walk at your own pace.

Thursday the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers hosts a show with silent auction at 7 p.m. with proceeds benefitting a village school in Guatemala. There’s also a benefit brisket and pork barbecue from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Rivers Senior Center. Goldenrod Milk supplies free cookies and milk at the show.

The WKMS Fundraiser has not met goal. Please add in your support now at wkms.org. Thank you.

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