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Literary Festival Scheduled for Oct. 17 - 18

The second annual Center City Literary Festival will take place on October 17 and 18 at UNC Charlotte Center City. This festival showcases authors and performers associated with UNC Charlotte and is sponsored by UNC Charlotte Center City and the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Planned events include activities for both adults and children. Adults will want to mark their calendars for 6:00 PM on Oct. 17 to hear a reading from Violins of Hope by author James A. Grymes. Violinists will also perform in conjunction with this reading. Other writers who will participate include poet Christopher Davis, mystery novelist Mark de Castrique, essayist Sandra Govan, and poet Grace Ocasio. Several of the participants are contributors to the just released book, 27 Views of Charlotte: The Queen City in Prose and Poetry, and these participants will read from their contributions to this collection. The evening will close with a book signing during which the folk music group the Kollard Kings will perform bluegrass music.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, hand-on activities for children will focus on literature, art, theater and music. Click here for more information about the event.

Art Professor's Work Celebrates McColl Anniversary

The McColl Center for Art + Innovation will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the presentation of "Arctic Utopia," a major exhibition of mixed media sculptures, videos and site-specific installations by Marek Ranis, UNC Charlotte assistant professor of art and 1999 McColl Center alumnus.

The exhibit opens with a reception from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Friday, Sept. 19, and it will be displayed through Saturday, Nov. 22.

In his work, Ranis investigates how climate change influences humanity, addressing the complex social and political consequences of this dynamic transformation. "The phenomenon of global climate change fascinates me," said the art professor. "Because of its acuteness and enormity of scale, we seem not to comprehend it and refuse to acknowledge it."