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Author Fair November 9, 2013 044

Author Wilbert “Duke” Brown with his books: “Clever Coyote,” “Benny’s Having a Birthday,” and “Women of the Millennium.”

Author John C. Foster. He has published two titles, “Me & C,” & “Me & C colors.”

Photo: Megan Bell

 

Interested in participating in our Author Fair this fall? It is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8 from noon until 3 p.m. This is a great opportunity to chat with interested patrons about your book(s) and for other patrons to discover your book(s). You can sell your items at your table and/or with The Bookmark, who will be assisting us with book sales again this year. This is also a wonderful afternoon to network with other authors about their writing experiences and to sit back, relax, and let the patrons come to you. Registration forms are available at all library locations and also on the ACPL website. The only charge for participating in the Fair is a 10 percent share of the sales, which will be donated to the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

The registration deadline is Sept. 30, if you want to be included in publicity materials. If you have questions, please contact Linda Chapman or Trish Downey in the Readers’ Services Department at 260-421-1235.

We truly hope you will consider joining us for an afternoon of camaraderie, learning, and networking on November 8th. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Call me maybe?

My librarian friend Heather raved about the book Eleanor & Park. She thought it should have won the Printz Award, given to the best young adult book each year.  Rainbow Rowell’s new title, Landline tells the tale of a wife and mother in her late thirties.  Is that why it rings so true to me?   Two of her three previous works have been aimed at the young adult audience. But I hope you won’t let that stop you.  I don’t care how you classify her work, I just love it.
The book started out with a familiar feeling.  A few chapters in as I was starting to get what was going on with very obvious clues, I thought to myself, “Oh geez, she didn’t!” Oh yes, she did.  She went there. The basic plot device is pretty cheesy but it actually works if you suspend your disbelief for a minute and let the author spin the tale.
Georgie McCool tells the story here. Her relationship with her husband is strained. There is so much that needs to be said between them but the tension and their history does not allow for it. I’ve been in relationships like this; this story made me feel the ache in my gut that I felt then. Her work writing her own TV show, instead of the one she writes for and hates, has a chance to be picked up.  She decides to skip Christmas with her family; her husband and daughters head to his hometown without her. They are not on great terms when he leaves, and she has trouble reaching him on his cell phone.

I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I can just say for all of the miscommunication and fighting and brooding, there are also glimpses of a relationship that is unrestrained and joyful. There are feelings of surety and unconditional support that just brought me to tears, and leave me feeling so grateful for the wonderful family that I have. I realize how lucky I am. I don’t want to be the Georgie who takes her family and her partner for granted.
Life is too short. Not too short for cheesy plot devices, but perfect for books that feel like real life, especially because they are imperfect.

It’s been a while folks, and if you’ve run out off suggestions for good documentaries, I have you covered!  As always, if you’ve enjoyed any of these films, disliked any of them, or have your own suggestions to make, let us know in the comments below!

Rewind This! (2013)

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Rewind This! opens with the typical scene of an outdoor flea market, where tons of junk is brought seemingly to help obscure the few treasures that might hide amidst all of the knock-off beanie babies and Barry Manilow records.  This is the fate of most VHS tapes as well, those chunky plastic boxes that once revolutionized the world of home video.  This documentary examines why the popularization of the VHS tape was such a landmark in the world of home media, as well as the afterlife of the now obsolete medium.

The people that are still enthusiastic about VHS today are pretty eccentric, and you will see plenty of odd birds over the course of the film whose nerdy enthusiasm for finding the most niche and bizarre movies imaginable is infectious.  There are also interviews from plenty of directors whom the advent of home video helped gain a foothold in the American consciousness.  This includes producers of shlock horror such as Lloyd Kaufman of Troma and Charles Band of Full Moon Pictures, as well adult film producers whose sales boomed due to the new medium that offered the privacy of home viewing.  I’d never even considered this before I watched Rewind This! but so many of the cheesy ’80s horror and action flicks I adore would not exist without VHS creating a demand for more and more titles to fill the shelf, to the point where the quality of films wasn’t as important as having a snappy title or provocative sleeve art.

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Can you imagine living in a world with no Toxic Avenger? Thankfully, dear reader, we don’t have to.

VHS will never have the booming collector’s market of vinyl records; whereas many people swear by the sound quality of a vinyl pressing, no one is going to argue that VHS is the most crisp or sustainable way of viewing films.  Regardless, there is a delightful campiness to this weird world of collecting and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour through it.  Never fear, Rewind This! is available on DVD, so you won’t even have to worry rewinding it when you’re done.

I Know That Voice (2013)

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I Know That Voice seeks to give a face to the hundreds of talented voice actors that we hear everyday.  From the realms of animation and commercial voice over, to the expanding world of fully voiced video game characters, voice actors have Continue Reading »

I’m not sure what the countless quizzes making the rounds on Facebook really say about us, but here’s another one.  Answer 20 questions and the quiz will guess whether you’re male or female and what age range you fall under.  From what I’ve seen so far, the results are all over the place.

The quiz did correctly guess that I’m female.  It placed me in my mid-thirties and I won’t complain about that ;) .  However, it also guessed that I had short blonde hair.  Fail.

Guess Who I Am

“I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
Oily, greasy, fleecy
Shining, gleaming, streaming
Flaxen, waxen
Knotted, polka-dotted
Twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied!

Oh say can you see
My eyes if you can
Then my hair’s too short

Down to here
Down to there
Down to where
It stops by itself” – Hair

Journey back to 2012 for a must read and spoilers may be present.
Well, now we know who the Ghost of St. Giles is — or do we?  Thief of Shadows is the fourth installment in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series.  And, do you know what?  I’m really enjoying the current trend in village/city/town series that is playing out in Elizabeth HoytRomanceland.  I still might get my villages mixed up, but I believe it’s making for more fully developed stories.  All those reoccurring characters with all their foibles and flaws are making some really intriguing storytale weaving.  I find them very entertaining.

In the Thief of Shadows we have our main characters, Lady Isabel Beckinhall, an older widow (not a virgin widow), and our hero, Winter Makepeace, aka Ghost of St. Giles, who is a virgin — until he meets Isabel that is.

Oh, and by the way Winter has a hairy navel.  Not just hair here and there, no siree.  He’s a hero.  Everything about him must be exaggerated.  Well, how much hair does he have, you ask.  His hair is so thick you cannot see his navel.  Now, I like hair as well as the next guy/girl — but you can’t see his belly button!  That’s not hair, that’s fur!  On top of having a furry Continue Reading »

Now I haven’t listened to a lot of Lily Allen, but my first taste of her new album, Sheezus, was fairly delicious … deeleezus, if you will.  I mean, she’s witty and brave, even, uh, fearless, in the words she chooses for that title track simultaneously making fun of Kanye and every other female pop star out there.  The uninitiated may want to beware, if her accent doesn’t throw you for a loop her invectives will.

Suggested Use: Need to get psyched for some summertime competition (beach volleyball, distance rollerblading, outdoor extreme checkers)?  Just win some summertime competition?  Celebrate with this album.

With apologies to conventional history, the predicted short war that began 100 years ago next week arguably lasted 77 years. And in some ways it is still going on.

Nothing like World War I’s enormous political upheaval and incomprehensible death toll ever happened so swiftly before. Within four years, four empires collapsed and two others were mortally wounded. World War II and the Soviet Union were the Great War’s natural children, and the Cold War everywhere its grandchild. War went from conflict between soldiers that left thousands dead, to total wars that wiped out tens of millions of soldiers and civilians, and then on to the prospect of Nuclear Winter that could destroy thousands of whole life forms, including our own.

So, it’s a centennial not to celebrate but certainly one to observe. The end of the Soviet Union in 1991 might be seen as the final resolution of what started in 1914, but current events argue otherwise. The wars in Gaza and Iraq are outgrowths of the fall of the Turkish empire at the end of World War I, and while a U.S.-Russia showdown seems unlikely, the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine reminds us that the nuclear shadow never completely goes away.

If you want to learn more about the war that didn’t end wars, here are lists of “bests” from leading websites:

Five books recommended by Smithsonian.com (and we have them at ACPL).

A longer list from BookBrowse (and we have all but the last).

Prefer movies? Here is IMDB’s Top 10 (and we have nine).

And if you are a traveler, check out this list from Lonely Planet.

 

 

 

 

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