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Pasadena In Focus
March - April 2011

Month of Events Centers on 'Mudbound'

Author Hillary Jordan will come to Pasadena from her home in New York to discuss her stirring novel “Mudbound” during a community celebration Saturday, March 26, in the ballroom at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. The program will begin at 3 p.m. with Theatre Americana’s USO Show “One for the Boys” followed by a two-hour question-and-answer session with the novelist starting at 3:30 p.m. 

Jordan’s appearance caps a long list of March events as part of the ninth annual One City, One Story program created by the Pasadena Public Library to spark discussions across the city. 

The story of two celebrated soldiers returning home to the Mississippi Delta after World War II, “Mudbound” touches on family and friendship, courage and heroism, racism and social change.

Add your voice to the mix during a series of “Mudbound” discussions planned at all Pasadena branch libraries, Huntington Hospital and the Pacific Asia Museum. You’ll also enjoy Southern cooking demonstrations, panel discussions about the World War II era, an exploration of modern race discrimination, a film series, jazz concert and more.
Here is a partial lineup of events: 

• Mudbound Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 17, 4:30 p.m.
Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd.

• Mudbound Book Discussion Group
Friday, March 18, 2 p.m.
Villa Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St.

• Panel Discussion: Pasadena Stories (1940 - 1955)
Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.
Pasadena Senior Center Auditorium, 85 E. Holly St.

• Mudbound Book Discussion Group
Saturday, March 19, 2 p.m.
Linda Vista Branch Library, 1281 Bryant St.

• Workshop: Knowing and Growing the Land
Saturday, March 19, 2 to 3 p.m. 
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Library, 
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 
(626) 821-3213 for reservations.

• Panel Discussion: Race in Los Angeles – The Forties 
Tuesday, March 22, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
Pasadena City College, Creveling Lounge (Campus Center), 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.

• Mudbound Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, March 23, 4 p.m.
Hill Avenue Branch Library, 55 S. Hill Ave.

• Mudbound Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 24, 4 p.m.
San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 Nithsdale Rd.

• Panel Discussion: Mudbound – Freedom and Entrapment in Rural Mississippi
Friday, March 25, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Caltech, Baxter Lecture Hall (Building 77), 
1200 E. California Blvd.

• Mudbound Book Discussion Group
Monday, March 28, 11 a.m.
Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr.

• Live Musical Program: Southern 1940s Jazz 
Wednesday, March 30, 3:30 p.m.
Hill Avenue Branch Library, 55 S. Hill Ave.

• Exhibition: Photographic Interpretations of Mudbound by PUSD Students 
Through March 31
Central Library, North Entrance and Great Hall, 
285 E. Walnut Street

For the full line-up of One City, One Story events planned through March 31, visitwww.cityofpasadena.net/library or call 744-7270.