by Allan Appel | Mar 23, 2017 1:39 pm
When Diane Petaway visited her grandmother in the 1950s in the Dixwell neighborhood, she never knew about Curry’s Confectionery, a sweet shop whose chocolates were so delicious local white merchants sold them as their own. They carried the subterfuge as far as to require James and Ethel Curry to deliver their candies at night so customers would not know the original candy makers were African-American.
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by Paul Bass | Mar 2, 2017 4:16 pm | Comments (6)
If the Age of Trump produces a new Tom Paine, he might turn out to be New Haven’s Timothy Snyder.
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by Lucy Gellman | Mar 1, 2017 2:36 pm | Comments (2)
City Librarian Martha Brogan toasted the free press. Mayor Toni Harp gave an impassioned appeal for the public pursuit of knowledge. Michael Morand recalled attempts at surveillance under the Patriot Act, then pointed to libraries as the unspoken heroes of that moment and the evening.
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by Paul Bass | Feb 21, 2017 4:03 pm | Comments (2)
For a 130 year-old, New Haven’s public library is going strong, with a seemingly bright future ahead.
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by Brian Slattery | Feb 16, 2017 9:11 am | Comments (1)
From now until May 31, as you browse the shelves of the Institute Library on Chapel Street, you may find your eye drawn to a bloom of color along the library’s main thoroughfare. A pair of pen-and-ink drawings, one all serenely flowing shapes, the other frenetic activity. Other bright bursts of paint appear at the ends of the library’s stacks, like the last chocolate in the box.
Then, as if your eyes have adjusted to a new light, you start to see ways that the art and the library — one of the vibiest spaces in the city — merge, so that it’s hard to tell sometimes which things are part of the art exhibit and which are just features of the library itself. And that’s when the title of the exhibit — “Looking Then Reading” — suddenly makes sense.
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by Lucy Gellman | Jan 30, 2017 9:01 am
Gertie the Common Ground Rooster was nervous about his first trip to the New Haven Free Public Library. Until he arrived, spread out on a checkered towel, and found that he had an adoring public, and a particularly agile translator.
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by Allan Appel | Jan 23, 2017 8:44 am | Comments (1)
A black novelist was so sick of the portrayal by his fellow writers of the Negro as fundamentally different from other homo sapiens that he wrote a satire, Black No More, starring a doctor who invents a procedure to lighten skin pigment.
A white champion of the new black lit himself penned a novel called Nigger Heaven, featuring sexual promiscuity; it sold well, and he was accused of exploitation.
And one of Langston Hughes‘s earliest blues-inspired poems was called “Fine Clothes to de Jew”; it broke new ground but its subject infuriated the black middle class — and, yes, there already was one in the Harlem of the 1920s and 1930s.
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by Lucy Gellman | Jan 6, 2017 11:16 am
Friday’s programs on WNHH Radio take a dip in the Bering Sea to look at sustainable seafood, applaud parental advocacy, bring back the world’s best pundits, and take Talladega College to court for joining Donald J. Trump’s inauguration lineup.
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by Lucy Gellman | Dec 23, 2016 1:22 pm | Comments (1)
Nine-year-old Amari Torres was apprehensive Friday morning when she saw Officer Scott Shumway come through the door of her fourth-grade classroom at Lincoln-Bassett school. Until he pulled out a brightly illustrated copy of Max Brallier’s The Galactic Hotdog, and opened to page one.
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by Lucy Gellman | Dec 15, 2016 3:14 pm
Thursday’s programs on WNHH dive into policing politics, explore LGBTQ media rights, catch up on community events, and review movies past and present.
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