Friday, November 18, 2005

Book-It, Louise May Alcott, Kit Bakke



"Who has read 'Little Women?"
Nearly all of the approximately 100 people (of all ages and both genders) at the Microsoft Auditorium of the Seattle Central Public Library (designed by Rem Koolhaas/ OMA raised a hand.

We were gathered for an evening hosted by SPL about Louise May Alcott presented by Jane Jones, founder and co-director, and Alison Narver, artistic director of Book-It, and Kit Bakke, author of Ms. Alcott's E-mail.

Book-It is a Seattle based organization which —in her 16th season— brings world literature to the stage. At the library event, Rhonda J. Soikowski, as Jo March, and Colin Byrne as Laurie Laurence, gave us a taste of what's to be expected at Seattle Center Stage in December.

Alison Narver spoke passionately about the making of the stage modification, remembering her mother Betty Jane Narver reading from the book.

My mind drifted for a moment when I realized how, as as child, I had identified most with Amy the artist, who by American readers was considered the least sympathetic of the four March sisters. Relieved I heard Allison say that Book-It shows Amy as a morlikeablele creature.

Rhonda J. Soikowski as Jo March, and Colin Byrne as Laurie Laurence, gave us a little taste of what we may expect at the Seattle Center Stage Theatre in December.

Kit Bakke [bakkie], spoke about the life of Ms. Alcott, and not about her own book, "Miss Alcott's E-mail which is being published by David Godine and will come out in June 2006. She showed some of her research material on the projection screen, among which a map of the estate where Alcott grew up, pictures of and anecdotes about her father, grandmother and the neighbors, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and H.D.Thoreaux. I was quite surprised to learn that Ms. Alcott had published a lot of material about touchy subjects under the pseudonym of A.M. Barnard. Of her publishers she said the were terrible for wanting her to make Little Women Good Wives.
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