Sunday, July 20, 2008

TFATD: Harry Potter 7 Anniversary Party - Women Authors and Conservation

The Falcon and the Dove is BACK this week to celebrate the one year anniversary of the release of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows', as well as the 10-year anniversary of the release of the first book in the United States! We held this workshop at the Eastside Borders in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where, as most of you know, is where we held the Midnight release party for the seventh book one full year ago. That party attracted over 600 people as we brought in the Midnight hour on the night of July 20th, 2007!

On July 19th of THIS year, we held this anniversary workshop, and also discussed the lives and conservation efforts of J.K. Rowling, Rachel Carson, and Beatrix Potter. The efforts of these women authors changed (and are still changing) the lives of many for the better, at the same time as improving our planet. All three of these women encountered large amounts of adversity, for their ideas, their gender, their classes, and their dreams. All of them overcame, and this workshop was a celebration of them. We hope you enjoy!

- Overview of disussion.

- We and our audience discuss our feelings on the 10-year anniversary of Harry Potter, our favorite characters, and our favorite passages.

- We cover the impact that these women's works have made on us individually and the world population as a whole.

- We highlight Beatrix Potter and discuss her life and achievements.

- We talk about Rachel Carson's biography, the adversity she encountered at the time of her writing of the bestseller, 'Silent Spring', and her further accomplishments.

- We get into an in-depth discussion of society's past views of women, the ridiculous conclusions that have been made about them (some of them made by high-ranking people), and how we can change the negativity.

- We ask our audience what their favorite stories are.

- Finally, Dove (Areya) reads 3 excerpts from 3 of the Harry Potter books: 'Sorcerer's Stone', 'Goblet of Fire', and 'Deathly Hallows'. We discuss each passage in-depth following each reading.

- During these discussions, we touch on another fantasy tale, 'The Neverending Story', and its similarities to 'Harry Potter'.

- We say farewell, leaving our audience and ourselves exhilarated and hopeful for the future, of literature, and of our environment.

Listen to the Show Here!

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