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R.F. Burton Library Corner

The Flash Fiction Contest is open! Submit your entries at
the library. Miss Capalini has posted guidelines for this year’s contest on
the ning.  Don’t forget. Write those stories.

Also, our first ever book discussion will be this Saturday
at 1:30 pm slt.  Homunculus by
James Blaylock is the novel. Two sets of villains! A spaceship! Reanimated
dead! A missing demon! Egad! Eek! Horrors!


Alexandrian Free Library: (Caledon, Winterfell, Steelhead, New Toulouse,

New Babbage, Amatsu Shima, & Deadwood) Library Events for October 31 through November 13, 2012.

Continuing Exhibits:

Babbage Library Flash Fiction Contest
Where: RF Burton Public Library, Babbage Canals
When: November 1, 2012 – December 15, 2012
Beginning November 1st through December 15th, the R.F. Burton Library will be accepting submissions of the Flash Fiction genre.  There will be a mailbox located on the first floor of the R.F. Burton Library where notecards can be submitted. Alternately, they may be given to Canolli Capalini directly.
For contest description and rules, please see the announcement at:

Events of the Week:

Melioria Tristram Shandy Discussion
Saturday, 3 November, 2012
10:00am – 11:00 am SLT
Where: The Principato di Melioria Accademia, Westphalia
The precursor of the psychological novel, Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy is a masterpiece of satire, taking as its subject not only manners and morals, philosophy, religion, and the arts and sciences, but the act of writing itself, and the whole project of literature. Drawing heavily on the work of Rabelais and Cervantes, Locke and Swift, the novel takes us deep into the 18th century imagination and view of the world. A resounding success when it was published in the middle of the 18th century, it has been studied and enjoyed ever since for its innovative writerly techniques and comic genius.
The Alexandrian Free Library and the Missouri Humanities Council present a monthly discussion series on this rich and rewarding novel. We’ll meet at 10am slt, the first Saturday of every month, beginning March 3rd  2012  and end  March 2nd 2013. Contact Aldo Stern or JJ Drinkwater for more information

Homunculus Book Discussion
Saturday, 10 November, 2012
1:30pm – 2:30pm SLT
Where: RF Burton Public Library, Babbage Canals
“Does the night seem uncommonly full of dead men and severed heads to you?”

In 1870s London, a city of contradictions and improbabilities, a dead man pilots an airship and living men are willing to risk all to steal a carp. Here, a night of bangers and ale at the local pub can result in an eternity. ( summary)

Homunculus by James P. Blaylock will be our first ever book discussion at the R.F.Burton Library. Join us on Saturday, November 10 at 1:30 pm slt.  

If you’re in the mood for a surreal British comedy in the vein of Monty Python or Fawlty Towers, James P. Blaylock’s Homunculus will fit the bill nicely. Published in 1986, this is one of the earlier steampunk novels. In fact, Blaylock, along with friends K.W. Jeter and Tim Powers, all of whom studied with Philip K. Dick, are considered fathers of modern steampunk, and it was Jeter who coined the term to describe their work. Homunculus won the Philip K. Dick Award in 1986 (review by Kat Hooper)

AlexLib Girl Genius Discussion
Sunday, 11 November, 2012
1:30pm – 2:30pm SLT
Where: Winterfell Library, Rosehaven, Winterfell Anodyne
The Alexandrian Free Library is proud to present a monthly discussion of…
Girl Genius, the Adventures of Agatha Heterodyne!

This year-long series begins at the very beginning of “Miss Agatha’s” saga, as depicted in Phil and Kaja Foglio’s celebrated Gaslamp Fantasy Comic, and discusses a new volume of the story each month.
Adventure! Romance! MAD SCIENCE!

Discussions will take place at the Winterfell Library, in Rosehaven, Winterfell’s community center, the second Sunday of the month.


Nov 11  2012
Volume 2

Dec 9 2012
Volume 3

Jan13 2013
Volume 4

Feb 10 2013
Volume 5

Mar 10 2013
Volume 6

I will post the rest of the dates later. 


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