Woody Guthrie's Granddaughter to visit Stillwater for One Book, One Community

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 anna canoni Woody Guthrie's granddaughter, Anna Canoni, will be at the Stillwater Public Library on March 11 and 12.

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Feb. 25, 2013) –– “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie” is offering two opportunities to meet Anna Canoni, Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter on March 11 and 12.

Canoni, who is Publisher and Events & Program Director for the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives, will provide a multimedia presentation March 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Stillwater Public Library.  The presentation includes the film,” Woody Guthrie’s Legacy”, a documentary short directed by John Paulsen and created especially for the “This Land is Your Land: The Life & Legacy of Woody Guthrie” exhibit that toured around the U.S. from 1998-2001.  Not available for viewing anywhere else, this documentary features musicians Billy Bragg, Wilco, Ani DiFranco, U2, Bob Dylan and other special guests.  The 16-minute film will be followed by a multimedia presentation about the legacy of Woody Guthrie in today’s music community.

Tuesday, March 12, from 3:00-3:30 p.m. in the OSU Library, Anna Canoni and Tiffany Colannino, Woody Guthrie Archivist, will provide a guided tour of the “Woody at 100” exhibit which focuses on the life and legacy of Woody Guthrie.  Following Guthrie’s road from Okemah, OK to the 100th anniversary of his birth, this exhibit features hundreds of never-before-seen images, artwork and handwritten lyrics.  The exhibit has never been displayed in Oklahoma and will be open March 12 to April 12.  Funding for this exhibit is being made possible from the Center for Oklahoma Studies.

Following the guided tour, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room of the OSU Library, Canoni and Colannino will share the fascinating story of “The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949.” After its discovery in 2001 and years of painstaking restoration, “The Live Wire,” is the only available commercial recording of Woody Guthrie in performance.  With his wife, Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, as emcee and Woody as performer, this performance gives rare insight into the professional and personal relationship between the two.  In this presentation, guests will listen to excerpts from the recording and hear the background to its creation.  “The Live Wire” received a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album in 2007.

A second OSU Library exhibit “Oklahoma Rocks” will be on display through the summer in the library’s south lobby.  The exhibit features images from the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture and the Oklahoma History Center and spotlights Woody Guthrie and the music of Stillwater and this area and were part of the Oklahoma History Center’s popular exhibit “Another HOT Oklahoma Night: A Rock and Roll Story.”

Upcoming “One Book, One Community” events include two film screenings of the Hollywood movie “Bound for Glory,” panel discussion of Guthrie’s life in Oklahoma, songwriting workshop with Darden Smith (pre-registration required), youth art exhibit at the Sheerar Museum, and the finale event “Time Changes Everything” starring The Red Dirt Rangers at the Community Center on Sat. April 13 at 7:30 p.m.  For information, visit the Stillwater Public Library website at library.stillwater.org, email askalibrarian@stillwater.org or call 405-372-3633.

Copies of “Bound for Glory” by Woody Guthrie, the selected book for this community-wide reading event, are available through the OSU Library and the Stillwater Public Library while supplies last. Book discussion dates are available at www.library.okstate.edu/news/onebook.Copies have been made available through the generosity of the Stillwater Public Library Trust, Friends of the Stillwater Public Library and the Oklahoma Humanities Council. 

“One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie” is designed to foster a sense of community through a shared reading experience, and to broaden and deepen an appreciation for Woody Guthrie as an Oklahoma musician, writer, and artist.  Sponsors are the Stillwater Public Library, Oklahoma State University Library and Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History. This project is supported in part by funding from the Oklahoma Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oklahoma Arts Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major partners include Woody Guthrie Foundation, Friends of Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau, Stillwater Public Library Trust, Friends of OSU Library, Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, Oklahoma History Center, OSU Institute for Creativity and Innovation, and the Center for Oklahoma Studies.  Supporting partners include OSU Student Union Activities Board, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Stillwater Community Center, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and KOSU.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).