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IMPAC Award Short List Announced

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award honors novels with high literary merit written all over the world in any language. The short list for the 2009 award has just been released! The winner will be announced on June 15, 2011.

Civil War Sesquicentennial Anniversary

Glory Movie Poster

The Civil War began on April 12, 1861 when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumtner. This year marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of this iconic event in American history. Though long past, films are still being made to memorialize the heroes who lost their lives to build the country we have today.

Sherlock Holmes, Man of Mystery

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating literary figure. Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many more stories have been written by a variety of authors about this intriguing detective.

Celebrate National Library Week All Year Long

Hollywood Librarian Documentary

National Library Week may be over, but the impact the library has on our community and on popular culture lasts through the years. For an in depth look at this phenomenon, I recommend, The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film. 

Films that Feature Library Employees Include:

Death and Taxes

Death and Taxes by David Lodge

"Nothing is certain but Death and Taxes." Numerous well-known writers have written lines establishing this turn of phrase. Neither are terribly heart warming concepts to read about, but there comes a time when it must be done. The library has resources to help you through terrible times.

History of the Phrase:

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month

Bird movie poster

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Celebrate with one of these great films that feature great soundtracks and amazing performances.

Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

Elizabeth Taylor: The Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor born on February 27, 1932 passed away of congestive heart failure on March 23, 2011. A Hollywood Legend, she was often referred to as "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World." Known for her charitable works and tumultuous relationships she also provided the voice for Maggie Simpson!

Her Filmography Includes:

Red State Screening and Q&A with Kevin Smith

Last night at the Paramount Theatre, it was my pleasure to view Kevin Smith's newest film, Red State, and listen as he answered questions and spoke for almost 2 hours after the credits rolled. This film is his next to last film before he starts a new stage in his career.

Described by Smith to be, "A Tarantino movie by way of the Coen brothers," Red State was all that and more. Very unsettling, but not your typical Horror fare, I really enjoyed this film. The use of satire plus the brilliant performances of John Goodman, Michael Parks and many others, puts Kevin Smith in a whole new league of film directors in my opinion.

Happy Birthday Gary Oldman!

Immortal Beloved

Happy Birthday Gary Oldman! Born on this day in 1958, Gary Oldman is known for immersing himself in his roles and has played such diverse characters as Ludwig von Beethoven, Sid Vicious, and Lee Harvey Oswald.

Films of Ireland

The Secret of the Kells

Everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day! Check out one of these films that feature the Irish and Irish-American experience!

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