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Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 12:06 am

CAGED BIRDS SINGING

We do not, in these days of fake news and text messaging, often enough gather together to actually see each other and talk amongst ourselves. And so Lincoln Library this Saturday is sponsoring an event worth considering, and not just because light refreshments will be served. It takes a bit to write just one book about anything, let alone one’s life, and Maya Angelou wrote seven autobiographies, the first and most famous of which, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, became an
American canon after its publication in 1969, when Nixon was in the White House, Vietnam raged, Martin Luther King was recently gone and the whole darn enchilada seemed poisoned. Angelou’s occupations included sex worker, fry cook, dancer and retail store clerk. Then she became a famous author. In 1970, just as the world was getting to know her, Angelou, who died in 2014, sat down for an interview with the late Studs Terkel, and a recording of their talk will be played for the benefit of all on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the library’s DeFrates Room. The recording features Angelou talking about Arkansas and other aspects of her early life. The National Endowment for the Humanities (as well as the Illinois General Assembly, but that’s another thing) is helping pay for the shindig. Admission is free.

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