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Summer 2014: The Great American Book Rescue

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For our final Friday of our summer series, and our final summer blog post, we want to piggy back on the announcement our Development Director Cozy Faber made at our parent meeting last night, about an exciting event coming this fall… here are the details:

The Great American Book Rescue is coming to SLOCA!

Saving books and authors from deconstruction one student at time!

Save the date for Thursday October 23rd!  SLO Classical Academy is proud to present two-time Newbery Award winning author and Medievalist Gary Schmidt for an incredible evening! Mr. Schmidt is the highly acclaimed author of The Wednesday Wars and Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy.  His book Okay for Now has been selected as NPR’s Backseat Book Club on All Things Considered and we are honored to host him this coming October at a very special evening event that you are all invited to attend.

    

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Authors through the ages have written to share with the world at large the inner machinations of their minds, of their hearts and of their contemporary societies.  Books allow for a conversation that takes place between the author and his reader regardless of when or where that book is picked up or by whom it is read.  Through the ages we have learned about the human experience through Dickens, Poe, Twain, Shakespeare and more. In order to make the conversation more than just a snippet, a book must be consumed in its entirety.  Reading just a portion of a novel is akin to cutting a Monet into pieces and attempting to understand his effort with only a corner of the canvas.  Deconstructing literature will deconstruct our ability to understand and learn from those before us.  It is a path which will certainly handicap our children who will be the ones to sorely miss their opportunity to wholly consume the insights of the great authors.

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Join us on October 23rd at the Madonna Expo Center for a free evening event where the eloquent and charming author Gary Schmidt will extoll for us his perception of reading whole books.  As a professor of English Literature with a training and degree in Medieval History, we are certainly in for a treat!  Guests will also have the opportunity to pledge their support as a proud advocate of SLO Classical Academy where whole books are daily faire!  This evening is free and open to the public, so please share this exciting invitation with everyone you know! 

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