The Journey Begins
Grab your robe and wizard hat and bring the whole family to enjoy this kick-off event!Daytona Beach Regional Library
105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach
January 19, 2019
Welcome and Proclamation
1 to 1:15 p.m.
There will be a prize drawing at the end of the day for "The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition."
1:15 to 2 p.m.
Cesar Domico, a magician and illusionist, will wow you with his marvelous magic act!
Evolution of Technology
3 to 4 p.m.
Dr. John Robbins, an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, will discuss the past, present and future of robotics, interactive technologies, automation and artificial intelligence.
Big Ideas Bubble Show
2:30 to 4 p.m.
This performance by Big Ideas Balloons will include magic, puppets and loads of laughs. The show will take place in the auditorium and play yard and will culminate with a parade through the library.
All Ages Programs
Spells and Shadows
1 to 4 p.m.
Play "Spells and Shadows: A Game of Earthsea," a life-size and tabletop game designed by staff to celebrate the book. Cast spells to conquer the shadow as you journey through the land of Earthsea in this original game for the NEA Big Read!
Green Screen Photo Op
1 to 4 p.m.
Choose your own mystical background and watch the magic appear.
Play Yard Transformation
1 to 2:15 p.m.
The library's play yard will transform to Earthsea with dragon and kite crafts, children's games, mini-boat building, and animals from 4-H.
2:15 to 2:25 p.m.
Join our fantastical parade to the children's auditorium.
Making the Extraordinary Ordinary
Keynote speaker Benjamin Percy
105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach
February 6, 2019
3 to 4 p.m.
It's challenging enough to make a reader believe in a world built of ink and paper, let alone one that features giant sharks, bottomless purses, the undead and trees that talk. This lecture addresses the work of Angela Carter, George Saunders, Ursula K. LeGuin and Stephen King and their techniques and purpose when writing the fantastic, the speculative, the weird.
Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels, the most recent among them "The Dark Net"(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). He also wrote "The Dead Lands"(Grand Central/Hachette, 2015), "Red Moon" (Grand Central/Hachette, 2013)and "The Wilding" (Graywolf Press, 2010),as well as two books of short stories, "Refresh, Refresh" (Graywolf Press, 2007)and "The Language of Elk" (Grand Central/Hachette, 2012; Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006).
His craft book, "Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction," was published by Graywolf Press in 2016 and is now widely taught in creative writing classrooms.
He broke into comics in 2014 with a two-issue Batman story arc for Detective Comics. After celebrated runs on Green Arrow, Teen Titans and James Bond, he now writes Nightwing for DC Comics.
His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio; performed at Symphony Space; and published by Esquire, GQ, Time, Men's Journal, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and Tin House.
Percy writes the audio drama "Wolverine: The Long Night," a 10-episode podcast series starring Richard Armitage and produced by Marvel and Stitcher. The first season is streaming now.
His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers' Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize, and inclusion in "Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics." And his story "Refresh, Refresh" was included in "100 Years of the Best American Short Stories."
Percy is a member of the WGA screenwriters' guild and has sold scripts to Fox and Starz. He has several film and TV projects in development. He has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
An original play by Karen Poulsen for the NEA Big Read Original Play Series
1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange
2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach
7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2019
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019
Step right up, folks, and take a good look at our one and only "Sizzling Sideshow" from 1904! You'll meet the fascinating "Talker" - Mademoiselle Marveline (Tosha Williams), Foley (Ryan McNally) - a roustabout turned stumbling magician, and Elly (Valerie Orzel) - a ticket taker and anxious magician's assistant.
Watch as they attempt to learn the tricks of the trade from the amazing Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin (Wes Jones), who is known as the father of modern magic from the 1850s.
This mismatched group of performers will attempt to entertain the audience after they discover that all the regular side-show performers have disappeared.
Local emerging and professional artists will display artwork reflecting "A Wizard of Earthsea" and the theme of growing from childhood to adulthood from Jan. 22 to Feb. 23, 2019, in the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.
Reception: Join us for the artists' reception from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.
Youth Art Exhibit
Artwork inspired by the book from artists ages 12 to 18 will be on display in Volusia County Public Library branches from Jan. 19 through Feb. 28, 2019.
Classical Music ConcertDeBary Hall Historic Site
198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary
2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019
Students from Stetson University's School of Music will perform a repertoire of classical music as part of the celebration of the NEA Big Read.
Staged Reading of "Fight or Flight"The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach
726 Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach, Florida
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb.16, 2019
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
Local actors will read from "Fight or Flight," an original play written by Karen Poulsen. We meet a young Amelia Earhart - Millie (Leira Maynard) - and her sister, Pidge (Lila Gay) growing up in Kansas in 1907 with their grandparents, Judge Alfred (Keith Poulsen) and Amelia Otis (Jeanna Carley). In alternate scenes from 1937, we journey with the older Amelia (Heidi Ackerson) and Fred Noonan (Johnnie Nicastro) on their last fight. Suddenly, the older Amelia is transported to her old life, and exciting adventures ensue as Millie, Pidge and Amelia take imaginary flights to Europe and fight monsters on their journey to the fantasy world of Pearyville. While in Kansas, Amelia has some nostalgic and tender moments that culminate in her coming to terms with her own fate.
Moon's Night and Long Dance27th Avenue Park
3681 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach
5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
As in the novel when the Townfolk and Masters celebrate the Moon's Night and the Long Dance, our gathering is set to happen on the beach! Join library staff and 3rd Wheel Drummers where the Earth and Sea meet. Bring your chairs and gather around a fire pit to roast marshmallows and make s'mores.
So it was done on every island of the Archipelago that night: one dance, one music binding together the sea-divided lands.