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George Stevens Academy

A World of Learning on the Maine Coast

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Saturday, July 16 from 9 am - 1 pm
 Modern Calligraphy Workshop led by Molly Suber Thorpe
 Calligraphy workshop

Back by popular demand, MOLLY SUBER THORPE, award-winning designer and author of Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy will be offering a Beginner’s Workshop in modern, script calligraphy. This class is four hours long and will cover all the basics of modern script calligraphy, from holding the pen to writing the complete lowercase alphabet. Absolutely no previous calligraphy experience is required! The workshop is hands-on using all the traditional materials such as pointed nibs, pen holders and ink. All the supplies you'll need, including a take-home kit and packet of letter samples, are included in the ticket price. Your personalized supply package—all yours to keep!— will include:

3 pen nibs 

1 straight pen holder 

1 oblique pen holder 

1 pad of quality practice paper 

1 jar of black ink

A sampler with practice strokes and letter specimens

A handout of recommended suppliers and other resources

Limited to 14 seats — lots of individual attention!

A portion of the proceeds from this workshop will be donated to GSA’s Annual Fund.


Offered twice! - Tuesday, July 19 at 7 pm and Wednesday, August 3, at 7 pm 
in the Esther Wood Room 
World travelers Leslie Clapp '82 and Blaise deSibour 
Magdalen Islands - Harp Seal Expedition, a Dream Come True! 
 Leslie and sealpup
Have you ever looked into the eyes of an animal and melted? That’s what happened when Leslie Clapp and Blaise deSibour ventured onto the ice floes off Quebec’s Magdalen Islands in the winter of 2014. The baby Harp Seals stole their hearts. Travel by helicopter onto the ice and experience these adorable “whitecoats” and their 400-pound mothers in their natural environment. Discover the islands’ serene winter beauty and engage in a remarkable wildlife encounter on this brief 6-day adventure with WANT Expeditions.

Tuesday, August 16, at 7 pm in the Esther Wood Room
Author Peter Behrens reads from his newest work
Carry Me: A Novel 
 Carry me   Behrens

As a society loses its moral bearings, a childhood friendship deepens into a love affair with extraordinarily high stakes. Brilliantly conceived, CARRY ME is an epic for grown-ups, an unusual love story, and a lucid meditation on Europe's violent twentieth century.

 What the critics have said: 

"Behrens captures his narrator’s naïveté and the casual anti-Semitism of the times with great skill and intelligence . . . as true an observation about human nature as there is."
—Dennis Bock, The New York Times Book Review (Sunday, March 20, 2016)

"Behrens is a beautiful, lyric writer. His understanding of the age and command of it, moment to moment, is impressive . . . everything is beautiful in the details, in the smallness of personal moments even as we know that no matter how calm, how peaceful the moment, it will not last."
—Jason Sheehan, NPR

“CARRY ME is both poetry and cartography . . . . Behrens has mined truths so skillfully that in reading they can slip by unnoticed; they’re never glaring or contrived. They leave the reader with a feeling Billy describes as he’s driving across Germany . . . . Great writing keeps readers on this threshold, in liminal space, wanting to know and understand more than literature or life will allow, anxious for the next big lesson. CARRY ME is full of this kind of searching, characters looking for a way to map their lives against war and love and change.”
—Heidi Sistare, Portland Press Herald
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