Sundays@4 is Baton Rouge Gallery’s most diverse program, offering more than a dozen performances/readings from top-notch local authors, musicians, dance troupes, poets and more. Always free, always open to the public and always starting at 4pm, these intimate engagements give you an up close look at what local writers and performers are working on. Here’s what’s coming up next at Sundays@4:
MARCH 1 - Author Betsy Wing Reads from 'Now History'
Baton Rouge Gallery's Sundays@4 series welcomes author Betsy Wing for a reading from her book, Now History, a unique perspective on the shattering events of World War II as seen by women and children whose lives are changed by being "outside of history."
As always, Sundays@4 presentations are free and open to the public and begin at 4 p.m.
When their men leave for the war zones, the women are left to deal with the certainties of the comfortable Southern lives. It is a subtle, poignant story of discovering the many losses that war entails, even at a distance, as well as the empowering knowledge that comes from learning to deal with difficulties on one's own.
Ed Cullen, a celebrated writer for The Advocate for more than four decades, said of the book, "What Doris Kearns Goodwin did in "No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World II," Betsy Wing does in her novel "Now History -- One Home Front in World War II". Not only is the title of Wing's fictional story four words shorter than Goodwin's non-fiction, Wing's story is a shorthand account of women and children on the edge of the front that changed the way Americans lived. There is all the sweetness of the simple good life of a white American family in Virginia contrasted with the lives of black Virginians collecting crumbs on the edge of that good life. The women, black and white, left behind to mind the home front while their khaki-clad men fight the war are no less combatants in their gingham uniforms." (Review posted to amazon.com.)
For more information on Betsy Wing, visit http://betsywing.com/about-us/.
OTHER UPCOMING SUNDAYS@4 PRESENTATIONS:
March 22: The Annual Women's History Month Poetry Reading featuring numerous local women poets sharing verse on a variety of subject matter.
March 29: Author Barbara Sims discusses her book, The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records, just two days removed from what would have been the iconic record label's 63rd birthday. Her presentation will focus on her own role with the company, the struggles she faced in the male-dominated workforce of the day, as well as the stories behind Sun's founder Sam Phillips and his work with icons such as B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Little Junior Parker and more.
STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS ON OTHER SUNDAYS@4 PRESENTATIONS
Baton Rouge Gallery and its Sundays@4 program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.