The Power of Words: An Evening with Nicole Mones

The Friends of the Library
and Monroe County Public Library present

The Power of Words:
Changing Our World - One Author at a Time

The Power of Words: An Evening with Nicole Mones

An Evening with Nicole Mones

Saturday, November 16, 7 p.m.
Buskirk-Chumley Theater

114 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN


The Friends of the Library bring award-winning novelist and journalist, Nicole Mones, to the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater for a free public talk, the culmination of a fall series of programs and discussions for Power of Words 2013.

A magnetic storyteller, Mones uses page-turning contemporary fiction with strong elements of mystery and political intrigue to explore the impact of art and aesthetics on people‚Äôs attitudes toward relationships and life. She is a master novelist infusing her work with real history and information.  Her work consistently touches upon a universal dilemma: being caught between tradition and modern life. Mones is also a nationally recognized food critic and manages to incorporate her love of food and the culinary arts into several of her novels, most notably The Last Chinese Chef.

Reception MenuAn Evening with Nicole Mones begins at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m. and is followed by a Meet-the-Author reception in the Monroe County Public Library atrium with live jazz by Two Five One Express, champagne, gourmet hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Ivy Tech Specialized Cuisine Classes under the direction of chef Tad DeLay, and a traditional calligraphy favor from the IUB Chinese Calligraphy Club. Premium tickets for the reception are $50 and include preferred seating at the Buskirk-Chumley. Reception tickets must be purchased in advance.

The author 's talk at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. General Admission Seating is free.

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Free General Admission tickets include dining discounts to downtown restaurants: Grazie! Italian Eatery, Noodles & Company, and Oliver Winery Downtown.

Reserved seating and admission to the Meet-the-Author reception are included with the purchase of a Premium ticket.

Premium tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance.  Premium tickets also include free reserved parking Saturday evening November 16 and discount coupons to downtown restaurants.

I.U. Bloomington Lifelong Learning offers an absolutely great bargain! For $15 more than the regular price of a Lifelong Learning course, The Power of Words fall class includes a $50 Power of Words Premium event ticket.

Culture and the Power of Words - Food, Traditions, and Lives in China: An Exploration Through the Novels of Nicole Mones features guest speakers Sue Tuohy, IU Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, and Sara Laughlin, Director, Monroe County Public Library. The class will meet November 7, 14, and 16, and the cost is $65 including your ticket to the author reception and reserved seating at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. This class offers Indiana librarians five professional credits through the State Library.

Register now.  Visit Lifelong Learning or call 855-9335.

Make it a social event. Combine the class with a day or evening in downtown Bloomington: shop, dine, stop for a late night appetizer, or stay overnight and enjoy a leisurely brunch!

MORE Power of Words Events!

Public book discussion:  The Last Chinese Chef Books Plus Discussion, 2 p.m. Sunday, November 3, 2013, Room 2B, Monroe CouBloomington Cooking Schoolnty Public Library, FREE

Chinese Fusion:  Bloomington Cooking School is offering a new fall class inspired by Nicole Mones' latest book, The Last Chinese Chef Join chef David Davenport and Dan Case Saturday, October 26, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. They've designed a cooking class filled with great techniques and wonderful flavors. The menu includes Eggs Fu Yung with Brown sauce, Velvet chicken with vegetables, and green onion pancakes among other inspired dishes. Cost is $54.



Register for this Bloomington Cooking School class at, or call 812-333-7100, email jan [at] bloomingtoncookingschool [dot] com (jan at, or stop by the Uptown Plaza on the west side of Bloomington's downtown square, 115 N. College Avenue, Suite 014.

Read Nicole Mones:Night in Shanghai

The Last Chinese ChefA Cup of LightLost in Translation

To make sure free copies are available to the community, The Friends of the Library purchased extra copies of the author's books for the library. Borrow or reserve a book from Monroe County Public Library. Check the library's catalog here.

Looking for a Book Discussion Guide? Nicole Mones has provided answers to the questions most frequently asked by book clubs.

Watch these videos featuring Monroe County Public Library Staff and produced by CATS to learn more about the Power of Words and Mones's books:

View interviews with Nicole Mones:

In-depth discussion of The Last Chinese Chef  with Mones for FORA TV in San Francisco

Program featuring Nicole Mones on Oregon Public Television. Mones discusses a range of topics including her writing process and her interest in music as well as other arts and of course cuisine.