NashvilleReads: An Open Mic Night to Celebrate Life of Pi

NashvilleReads: An Open Mic Night to Celebrate Life of Pi is in the past.

The Lipscomb University Writing Studio, Department of English and the Beaman Library present An Open Mic Night to Celebrate Life of Pi, on Tuesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the University Theater. This free event is part of Mayor Karl Dean’s and the Nashville Public Library’s NashvilleReads campaign, the second annual citywide event to encourage teens and adults to read the same book at the same time to create a shared experience. 

The book chosen by Mayor Dean is Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, the basis for the 2013 Academy Award-winning movie by director Ang Lee. The book tells the story of a young boy trapped on a life raft with a tiger. NashvilleReads kicked off with an appearance by Martel on March 2 at the Nashville Public Library’s main location downtown.

Lipscomb’s April 2 event will be a creative evening of poetry, creative writing and music presentations in an open mic format.  The themes of  Life of Pi will be explored through student submissions of poetry, short story excerpts, novel excerpts or song, 

Highlighting the evening will be readings by featured poet, Jeff Hardin, whose new collection, Notes From a Praise Book, has just been released.  At the end of the program, Hardin’s books will be available for purchase and signing. 

Refreshments will be served.

About Jeff Hardin

Hardin is an assistant professor of English at Columbia State Community College. He holds a B. S. from Austin Peay State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, where he twice won the Academy of American Poets Award.  His poems have been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize and two of his manuscripts have placed in first book competitions.  He continually publishes widely in reputable poetry journals. His first published collection, Fall Sanctuary, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize.

Other NashvilleReads events this month include:

Life of Pi Dinner with VEA Supper Club at the Nashville Farmer’s Market
Thursday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m.}
Tickets are $45 per person and reservations are required.

Book Discussion at Parnassus Books
Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Book Discussion at Fifty Forward Knowles
Thursday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Life of Pi and Slice of Pie at Belmont Bongo Java
Mayor Dean leads a community discussion of Life of Pi
Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Book Discussion at Belmont University
Friday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m.

Life of Pi Interfaith Discussion at the Main Library (Banner Room)
Saturday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m.

Book Discussion at East Side Story
Sunday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Free Movie Showing at the Nashville Zoo
Saturday, April 13 • 6:00-9:30 p.m.
A free after-hours event featuring the Mayor, an animal expert panel and an outdoor screening of Life of Pi.