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Denton book in finals for indie book awards

Karla K. Morton was selected as a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist in four categories for her Denton-centric book. Passion, Art, Community: Denton, Texas in Word and Image was nominated in the categories of historical nonfiction, poetry, regional nonfiction and best overall design. Winners and finalists were announced May 29 at an awards ceremony in New York City.

Passion, Art, Community is the history of Denton told in poems written by Morton, the 2010 Texas poet laureate. The city’s Public Art Committee commissioned her to write 25 poems about Denton history. Local artists were commissioned to create art inspired by Morton’s poems.

When the book launched in 2012, an exhibition of the poems and art were displayed at the Center for Visual Arts. The book’s art and poems are on display in various city buildings for the public to enjoy.

Earlier this year, Passion, Art, Community also won the 2013 North Texas Book Festival Award for adult nonfiction and was selected as an award finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards were established to recognize and honor independently published books in 60 categories each year, and they are presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency.


UNT exhibit to reveal painters’ collaborations

An exhibition of paintings by graduate students in the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design starts Thursday at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.

For the show, titled “Intersections,” each artist was asked to exhibit an individual work in addition to collaborations with participating artists. The show’s aim is to reveal the artists’ common themes, techniques and viewpoints, as well as showing how collaboration can affect art, artist and audience.

Studio arts professor Robert Jessup selected the participating artists: Preston Bradley, Trey Egan, Rachel Fischer, Bumin Kim, Hanna Kim, Kai Martin, Shayne Murphy, Cassie Phan, Fari Rahimi, Adam Rowlett, Justin Strickland and Michelle Thomas. Most of the artists are drawing and painting majors, but the show also features two printmaking graduates and one sculpture graduate, noted Phan, who helped organize the exhibition.

The exhibit runs through July 17. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free. For information, visit or call 940-369-8257.


Music teachers group turns 40 this week

The Denton Music Teachers Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Tuesday. The group offers activities for young musicians as well as workshops for music instructors.

Founded in 1973, the professional nonprofit organization supports music teachers and supplements the education of music teachers and their students. Throughout the year, the association offers workshops, master classes, student competitions and non-competitive festivals and programs. It also provides scholarships and teacher certification programs.

Its membership is made up of music teachers — who have degrees or certifications in music education — and have met certain membership qualifications. The Denton group is affiliated with Texas Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association.

For more information about activities and membership, call president Bridget Bem-Jones at 940-383-0000.


Bookstore helps raise money for Okla. schools

The Denton Barnes & Noble Booksellers joins community organizations to raise money for schools damaged in the recent tornadoes in Moore, Okla.

Today through June 16, Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of every sale made for the book fair to Moore schools. Customers can also support Moore schools by shopping online at through June 16 and including the event voucher ID on the payment page during checkout.

A percentage of book fair sales will go toward rebuilding and refurnishing classrooms. Librarians and teachers in Moore have also made a wish list of new books, which donors can select to purchase for the library from an in-store wish list display.

Denton groups and volunteers have donated time to sponsor events and programs at Barnes & Noble to build awareness. These events include:

11 a.m. Tuesday — Story time for young readers, a weekly event.

7 p.m. Wednesday — Discussion and book signing with New York Times best-selling author Glenn Frankel. His new book, The Searchers, tells the story of Cynthia Ann Parker and how Hollywood and history have told, retold and remade the story.

2 p.m. Thursday — Musical story time and songs performed by Stephens Elementary School counselor Stephani Short and Shannon Raikes from W.S. Ryan Elementary School.

11 a.m. Friday — Story time and craft session, a weekly event offered by Texas Woman’s University’s student chapter of Association of Texas Professional Educators.

7 p.m. Friday — Poetry reading with Denton writer Karla Morton, the 2010 Texas poet laureate.


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