Friday, June 22, 2007
Don't forget: we'll be having a free showing of the classic 1941 noir film The Maltese Falcon on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m in the lecture hall of the Main Library, which is located at 300 Estudillo Avenue. Everyone is invited to attend.
Based on the mystery novel by Dashiell Hammett, the movie stars Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, a shopworn San Francisco private eye, and Mary Astor as Brigid O'Shaugnessy, the beautiful, yet treacherous woman looking for a treasure that she’s willing to kill for. Also on the murderous hunt are a grafter played by Peter Lorre and a fat man named Gutman played by Sydney Greenstreet.
The Maltese Falcon was a career-making film for its stars as well as for its first-time director, John Huston. It was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1942 and is widely considered to be one of the first and finest noir films. The American Film Institute (AFI) ranked it #23 in their list of the best 100 movies in American cinema and the film ends with a line that is #14 on the AFI's list of top movie quotes in cinematic history: "The stuff that dreams are made of."
Pick up your free movie tickets at the Main Library’s Information Desk. Refreshments and door prizes are included. For more information, call (510) 577-3971.
Reading books can quickly become an expensive pastime, but it doesn't have to be that way. There are many ways that you can greatly decrease the cost of reading -- sometimes to literally nothing -- without compromising the breadth of literature available. Here are five ways to get your fix for the written word for free.And by the way, don't forget you can purchase books very inexpensively at The San Leandro Friends of the Library Bookstore as well as at their biannual booksales in October and April. Additionally, when your bookshelves start to overflow, you can donate books to the Friends throughout the year.
The first part is called Killer Thrillers and includes "a quest for a lost Shakespeare manuscript [which is the one I'm reading and enjoying right now], the case of a missing girl's mysterious return, a dying man's search for the truth about his ex-wife, an Australian detective whose time off turns grisly, and the mystery of a tattooed corpse."
The second part's titled Chic Lit and its novel suggestions range from "a saga of 17th century maidens to a 21st century mom flirting with disaster," and promises to "make you feel cheap and sexy in the best possible way."
The third article is Great Escapes, and its book recommendations "involve some kind of escape from average, everyday reality. Some document an actual journey...[while] other books provide a peek at a different way of life."
The fourth is yet to be published, but I'll post a link once it is.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I've been enjoying reading Paper Cuts over the past week and thought you might too. Thus far, I've found it insightful, newsy, opinionated, and smart. Let me know what you think.
Welcome to the first post of the Book Review’s first blog.
Paper Cuts will be a daily round-up of news and opinion about books and other printed matter. Make that an almost daily round-up. There won’t be posts on weekends. Or holidays. Or on the mornings after the Book Review’s bimonthly drinks nights at Jimmy’s Corner, a bar in midtown Manhattan.
But most days, we’ll be here.
I don't think we'll get to tour the actual apartment on our Hammett Walk. However, local mystery author Michael Coggins was lucky enough to get a walk-thru, and he's posted pictures on his website.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
This seems like a fun way to help kids better understand and appreciate history. It can make a history lesson come alive, so kids realize that it's not just about dates, battles, and treaties, but that there's alot of human drama, alot of blood, sweat and tears involved; which is of course, what makes history so fascinating...and so memorable. Anyway, I thought you might like to visit the website in case you wanted to share the idea with your kids' or grandkids' school.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
I look forward to seeing the film. From the preview, it looks like a quality production and will hopefully help promote interest in and discussions of contemporary literature...just like book groups do.
Powell's Books introduces a groundbreaking series of compelling short films about authors. Out of the Book™ delivers engaging portraits of writers and their work. More expansive than traditional readings, the project aims to generate spirited discussion about great new books and their impact on readers' lives.Local Screenings can be seen at:
Out of the Book's first edition features bestselling British author Ian McEwan and his novel, On Chesil Beach. Directed by Doug Biro (Herbie Hancock: Possibilities) and shot over four days in England and the United States, the film includes interviews with McEwan in London, on-location footage from Chesil Beach, an original soundtrack, commentary from peers and critics, and more.
- Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
1090 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
- You can watch a preview here:
Thanks to Young Adult Librarian Kelly Keefer for this tip.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
The Guardian has a webpage with links to photos of the rooms where contemporary British authors do their writing. I love the pictures partly because it doesn't appear that they were "styled" for the cameras, but instead, left in their natural state, revealing each author's preferred creative style: neat and organized or cluttered and chaotic.
Author Adichie wins Orange Prize
Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been named winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction.
She beat five other contenders for the £30,000 women-only award, including Kiran Desai, shortlisted for her Booker Prize winner The Inheritance of Loss. Adichie's novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, is her second work and set during the Biafran War of the 1960s. Link to full article.
FYI: Readers Roundtable will be discussing McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Road on Saturday, October 6.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Read Any Good Books Lately?Thanks for the tip Linda!
We asked a handful of writers what books they've enjoyed most over the last few months, and why. Their choices --from best sellers to poetry collections to a philosophy of science -- are idiosyncratic and instructive. Link to full article.
"Paranoia, propaganda and a state of perpetual war are the defining characteristics of the last century, according to the results of a national survey announced at the Hay festival today." Link to full article.BTW: If you like charming pictures of quaint villages, visit The Guardian's Hay Festival website and click on the Hay Vision link. The website also has links to festival news, articles and interviews.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Farbs, Fireants, and Catfish Whiskers
This is a humorous "diary of the deep south" written by Tony Horwitz in 1998 after the release of Confederates in the Attic. It begins with him and civil wargasm companion Robert Lee Hodge--in full odoriferous uniform flying to a reenactment in Mississippi. There's also a picture of Hodge. I think he looks like the guy on the cover of our book. What do you think?
National Park Service: Civil War Parks
This web page has links to Civil War sites that are now part of the National Park Service. The second picture in this post is Shiloh's Bloody Pond, mentioned in the book. The caption says "This shallow pool offered cool comfort to the suffering wounded during the battle. Their blood stained its water red."
And here are a few websites that I found with information on Civil War Reenactments. There are lots more if you're interested. Just do a Google search.
Future Book Sales Look Flat, Group Says
For the foreseeable future, book sales are looking flat.
According to the latest report from the Book Industry Study Group, released Friday, dollar sales and the number of books sold will increase by small levels through 2011, rising by 3 percent or less each year. Link to full article.