Book Release Events

Bob Mielke, professor of English and Kirksville author, will release his book titled “Adventures in Avant-Pop,” and host a series of events Nov. 1-3 surrounding the release.

At 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in Ophelia Parrish Room 2340, Mielke will host a discussion of his book at Truman’s New Horizons Music Festival. Sigmund Snopel III will perform song-cycles for piano and voice at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. All events are free.

Mielke grew up during the rise of pop music, FM radio and record stores. Throughout the years, he has amassed an understanding of the culture, artists and history of the music he grew up listening to. “Adventures in Avant-Pop” is the culmination of Mielke’s knowledge, interest and dedication to the work and lives of seven artists. In his book he attempts to find common ground between the different musicians.

Mielke has lived in Kirksville and taught at the University for over 20 years. He is the author of several books, including most recently a collection of poems entitled “Kirksville.” He has in his lifetime been an Elvis impersonator, a radio deejay, an avid pop-culture collector and interpreter.

For more information on these events and additional off-campus events, check out the Facebook event page.
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