Yesterday was an extremely busy day, but also very interesting and productive. First I talked with the instructor for the Computer in Art class and she gave me permission to enroll in the class. She was very nice, and I am really looking forward to having her as an instructor and also the class. Several of my Ambrose art friends have stated what a great instructor she is. I am going to purchase Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator plus two other programs. I am really interested in the class because I want to learn how to use these programs.
My Printmaking class took a field trip to Iowa City. After lunch we visited the Center for Books on the University of Iowa campus. Sarah, one of the instructors, gave us a tour and explained the program. Then we went to the University Library and David, the Artist Books Curator, selected some books for us to look at. They were really neat. I am always amazed at how creative and talented the book artists are. Then we visited a paper store that will open in a few weeks. A young woman who got her MFA from Iowa a few years ago is starting the business. She talked about herself and her plans. She was very enthusiastic and interesting. I hope she is successful.
I got back to Davenport at 5:15p.m., just in time to go to the Radisson for the International Women Author Series. The featured speaker was Bharati Mukherjee, an Indian authoress who has lived her adult life in the United States. Janet and I had read two of her novels, Desirable Daughters and The Tree Bride. I would not classify either book as outstanding. Desirable Daughters was better. The Tree Bride was a study of the British in India. She gave a lot of interesting information about colonial India and other aspects of life at that time. However, the book was very difficult to read. There were several flashbacks and it was hard to follow. She wanted to show that there are no coincidences; everything is interconnected. She never really developed that idea satisfactorily. I was surprised that there weren’t a lot of people from India at the talk. I didn’t see any, but there could have been some. I would be interested in hearing what they thought of the books. Her talk was interesting and she certainly was personable. I met her and visited briefly with her when she signed my books.
The dinner and book talk was put on by the Women’s Connection of the Quad Cities. We have attended all four of these International Women Author Series events. We enjoyed all of them. The Women’s Connection does an excellent job in putting on these programs.