Upcoming events – activism, authors, food, and more

At Good Shepherd PNCC in Plymouth, PA: Potato-Cheese Pierogi Sale on Sunday, October 31st from 3-5 p.m. at the Parish, 269 E. Main St., Plymouth, PA. To place pre-orders, please call 570-690-5411.

At All Saints PNCC in Rome, NY: Parish Dinner and Food Sale: All Saints will be holding a fund raiser to raise money for a new heating system for the Parish on Sunday, November 7th from 12 noon to 3pm, or until sold out. A choice of Chicken Riggies or Pork Chops will be served with tomato basil soup, and salad. Appropriate side dishes will be served. Homemade desserts will be included. Orders for Thanksgiving pierogi and galumbki will also be taken. Cost for the dinner is is $10.00 per person. For more information, please call 315-337-2382 or send an E-mail.

From IWJ: National Day of Action Against Wage Theft: A National Day of Action Against Wage Theft is being scheduled for Thursday, November 18th. November 18 is one week before Thanksgiving, a time when we celebrate our plenty at feasts throughout the nation. But workers who have had their legal wages stolen will be struggling to provide for their families this season. IWJ and workers across the country whose wages have been stolen need your help.

A Conference Call discussing the event will take place next Thursday, November 4th where you can learn what you can do in your community on that critical day. Please join in at 2pm EST. The call-in number is (760) 569-0111 and the Participant Access Code is: 1085004#. Groups across the country are organizing rallies, bus tours, prayer vigils, educational forums and legislative visits to highlight the ongoing crisis of wage theft and the many ways that workers and communities are fighting it.

From Duke University: An evening with Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk: One of Poland’s best contemporary writers, Olga Tokarczuk, will be reading from her work at The Perkins Library, Duke University on Thursday, November 11th at 7:30pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about contemporary Polish culture, the literary scene, and to meet the author of Primeval and Other Times. Please E-mail Beth Holmgren for more information.

Olga Tokarczuk was born in 1962 in Sulechów near Zielona Góra, Poland. A recipient of all of Poland’s top literary awards, she is one of the most critically acclaimed authors of her generation. After finishing her psychology degree at the University of Warsaw, she initially practiced as a therapist. Since the publication of her first book in 1989, a collection of poems, Tokarczuk has published nine volumes of stories, novellas, and novels. In English her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, as has her novel House of Day, House of Night. In 1998 Tokarczuk moved to a small village near the Czech border and now divides her time between there and Wroclaw. For her latest novel, Bieguni [The Runners], she received Poland’s top book award, the Nike Prize, in 2008.