Prendergast Library Hosts 17th Annual Murray L. Bob Lecture

Sony Ton-Aime

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Sony Ton-Aime, the Michael I. Rudell director of Literary Arts at Chautauqua Institution, will deliver the 17th annual Murray L. Bob Memorial Lecture at 6:30pm on Thursday, December 2nd in the Prendergast Library’s Fireplace Room. Chautauqua Institution’s Poetry Makerspace will be available for attendees to explore following the lecture.

Ton-Aime is a Haitian poet, essayist, and translator. In addition to his chapbook, LaWomann, he is the author of the Haitian Creole translation of the book Olympic Hero: The Lennox Kilgour’s Story. He is a co-founding editor of ID13, a journal that publishes the work of incarcerated people.

In his lecture, Writing for Pleasure in Service of Bridge Building, Ton-Aime will focus on the importance of writing simply for one’s own enjoyment, as well as collaborative writing as a means to connect divided communities.

Attendees of the lecture will have the opportunity to participate in Chautauqua Institution’s Poetry Makerspace, a collaborative project with the Wick Poetry Center’s Traveling Stanzas exhibit. Participants will learn how to write their own Emerge poems using excerpts from CLSC books provided on the Poetry Makerspace website at While attendees will be able to access the website and write their own poems on their mobile devices, iPads will be provided on site for those wishing to participate. Other interactive poetry and art activities will also be available.

The Bob lecture, which honors former director of the Prendergast Library and the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, Murray L. Bob, is free and open to the public. The Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown; for more information, call 716-484-7135.