MARCH - APRIL 2019
ABOUT THE BOOK
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child – not powerful like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, Circe discovers she does possess power – the power of witchcraft – which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods, themselves. "Gods and monsters aside," Miller says, "they are intensely human." See why Circe is called "a triumph of storytelling" and "a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world."
Madeline Miller grew up in New York City and Philadelphia, near where she lives now. At Brown University she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Classics. She has taught and tutored Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for the past 20 years. Miller has also studied at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy Department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms.
"Circe," her second novel, was an instant No.1 New York Times Bestseller, and won the 2018 Elle Big Book Award. Ms. Miller's essays have appeared in a number of publications including the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Telegraph, Lapham's Quarterly and NPR.org. The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was a New York Times Bestseller.
Read why Madeline Miller was inspired to tackle mythology in her interview with the Library.
OPA! IT'S ONE BIG PARTY!
A Greek Wine Tasting
Celebrate the One Read book, "Circe" on Saturday, March 2. Enjoy regional Greek wines, dancing and more!
Myths and Muses: Transforming Classic Tales Through Art
The Springfield Regional Arts Council is hosting an artists' challenge and exhibit at the Creamery Arts Center inspired by "Circe" as part of the One Read celebration. Local artists working in all media are challenged to transform classic tales and muses into something new and modern.
Submission Deadline: February 22, 2019
Exhibition Dates: March 4 - March 29, 2019, at the Creamery Arts Center and at library branches in March and April. The show will open with a First Friday Artwalk reception March 1 at the Creamery.
"Every culture has its myths, monsters, heroes and villains. We want to see how local, contemporary artists interpret these themes," says Rachel Johnson, Director of Exhibits and Programming.