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2017 Community Read

The 2017 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Stacey Lee's young adult novel Under a Painted Sky will feature a wide array of events, including writing contest and a round-table event sponsored by CALS, and an evening discussion with Stacey Lee. Please find details for these events below, and be sure to check out the Centre County Reads website as well for additional details. All events are free and open to the public.

Read 2016-2017 CALS undergraduate intern Bailey Young's review of Lee's book in the Centre Daily Times.



Kickoff Event

February 19, 2017

Centre County Library and Historical Museum, and the Bellefonte Art Museum, 1pm-4pm.

This event will include trail food, Underground Railroad Gallery tours, poker (no money), puzzles, wanted posters, dress up trunks, and souvenirs.




"Wanted" Writing Contest

Deadline: March 13, 2017

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




"Rethinking the American West" Roundtable

April 3, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

In Under a Painted Sky, Stacey Lee reenvisions life on the Oregon Trail in 1849 from the point of view of two female outcasts: a second-generation Chinese-American violinist and a runaway slave. Using Lee’s text as a touchstone for this roundtable discussion, panelists will discuss contemporary ideas about the American West as it has been reimagined and recreated in literature, film, and television. Featured Presenters include Susan Kollin, College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor at Montana State University and editor of A History of Western American Literature; Richard Aquila, Professor Emeritus of History and American Studies at Penn State Behrend and author of Wanted Dead or Alive: The American West in Popular Culture (1996); and Charity Fox, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Gender Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, who focuses on intersections of gender, class, race, and everyday cultures in 20th and 21st century American popular culture. Following their opening statements, the panelists will invite questions from the audience.

An Evening with Stacey Lee

April 6, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. 
Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom C

Joins us for the culmination of the annual one book, one community read. Stacey Lee will visit the Centre Region to discuss her novel and her work with Book signing to follow.

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