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"Wanted" CALS & Centre County Reads Writing Contest

When Dec 05, 2016 12:25 PM to
Mar 13, 2017 11:55 PM
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This contest is part of the 2017 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Stacey Lee’s Under a Painted Sky. The novel tells the story of two female runaways on the Oregon Trail in 1849 as they make friends, escape their enemies, and seek both freedom and family.

What does it mean to be “wanted”? The word may have either positive or negative connotations: to be wanted is to belong, but the word may also signify pursuit, escape, and a sense of danger. This year’s writing contest asks you to submit your best writing—7,500 words or less—on what you think it means to be “wanted,” in one of the following categories:

  • Best Short Fiction
  • Best Nonfiction
  • Best Poetry
  • Best Entry for a writer under 18

Entries due by March 13. Send submissions to

2016 Marathon Read: The Political Imagination

When Sep 15, 2016 12:00 PM to
Sep 16, 2016 12:00 PM
Where Pattee/Paterno Library Lawn
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During this annual event co-sponsored by CALS, volunteers take turns reading over a 24-hour period. The event for 2016, The Political Imagination, focused on documents and literature with political themes by authors from around the world. Each title was available in English and many in other languages as well.

Volunteers read for two to five minutes from a variety of texts related to the theme.

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Text List

The Declaration of Independence 
The Declaration of the Rights of Man 
The Seneca Falls Declaration 
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 
"Letter from Birmingham Jail" 
The Hunger Games 
The Hour of the Star 
Selections from Walt Whitman

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