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Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention - Captures the hearts of critics

Manning Marable, the noted History professor at Columbia University and the Founding Director of IRAAS (Institute for Research in African American Studies) at Columbia University, opens the platform for dialogue concerning the life of Malcolm X and his membership in the Nation of Islam.

Recently I read Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, a book written by the late Manning Marable, who unfortunately died days before the book was released.

 

The New England Scene: under the radar writers doing big things

Inferno

Looking for some writers who have gathered a cult following, but may not make it onto your radar? Eileen Myles and Michelle Tea have been at the writing gig for quite some time. Tea is known as the predecessor of Myles and not simply because of their similar Boston backgrounds. They both write frank, honest, and deeply complex considerations of what it means to be female, gay, and a writer. Their upbringings give the backdrop to take ink to paper and write.

Their language picks you apart and asks you to hold up high the raw material they produce. It is no secret that female writers, especially of the obscure variety, remain that, a secret, without hitting it big in the mainstream. If you're looking for your expectations to be fulfilled, Myles and Tea aren't for you. If you're into writers moving towards a liminal space and disregarding censorship and societal norms, Myles and Tea are waiting for you.

Eileen Myles's collection of works include:

In Praise of Connie Willis

Blackout

The 2011 Hugo Award winner for Best Novel happens to be one of my favorite writers, Colorado author Connie Willis.

Many people may see Willis' books in the science fiction section, winning science fiction awards, and immediately think that those books are not for them. I urge you to reconsider.

It's in Our Nature

Plush Owl

Get back to nature with Fresh City Life My Branch this weekend--whether learning about places to explore that are close to home or nurturing your inner artist!

On Saturday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Schlessman, learn all about the 123-acre urban wilderness in our own back yard, Bluff Lake Nature Center! Bluff Lake is a nonprofit agency that manages a unique urban wildlife and outdoor classroom in northeast Denver. It is home to an abundance of animals and native plants, which thrive in a variety of habitats.

Halloween at the Crawfords

1. Anne Bancroft.

KnitFlix presents the camp classic Mommie Dearest for our Halloween-Hollywood Royalty special screening. Tuesday, October 18, 5:30 p.m. in the Fresh City Lounge.

Here is some Mommie Dearest trivia to put you in the mood for this weird, cult film. Click on the pictures for the answers to the questions.

1. Who was originally picked to play Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest?

2. In a record breaking 'sweep,' how many Golden Raspberry Awards (the Razzies) did this film win?

3. What did costume designer Irene Sharaff say you needed to do before entering Faye Dunaway's dressing room?

4. Which memorable line from this film is #72 on the American Film Institute's list of top 100 lines of dialogue?

2 Ways to Feel Great!

Jar craft

Recycling and volunteering--does it get any better than that when it comes to feeling good?

Fresh City Life My Branch wants you to catch the feeling, and we can help this week!

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

 Have you heard about Ernst Cline's Ready Player One?  Filled with tons of 80s pop culture references, it might be worth doing a bit of extra research to keep up.  We can help.

Set in the near future, Ready Player One is the story of Wade Watts, a poor, orphaned kid whose only escape is entering the vast virtual world of OASIS.  In OASIS, Wade's avatar spends endless hours attempting to solve clues and puzzles in order to find the three keys that will unlock the vast inheritance left by the company's founder, Halliday, who created this hunt as his legacy.  In tribute to his 1980s upbringing, Halliday has loaded the game with all sort of cultural icons and trivia.  Wade and&n

Classical Guitar

Marc Teicholz

Grant, one of our valued Library volunteers, is a member of the Denver Classical Guitar Society and shared the news that Marc Teicholz is coming to Colorado! Teicholz has been called both "technically gifted and musical to the core," playing more than 18 different historic guitars.

Teicholz will be performing in Denver on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the South Broadway Christian Church. While currently on faculty with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Teicholz makes the classics his own.

Film Noir

LE SAMOURAI

The coolest of all film genres!

Some call it a genre, others a movement, or even a fashion statement, but however one defines noir, with its signature femmes fatales, wisecracking tough guys, and dramatic, high-contrast cinematography, its appeal never seems to wane. Though its origins are in German expressionism and French crime films of the thirties, film noir has always been a distinctly American film movement, influenced and shaped as it was by American pulp fiction, wartime gender politics, and postwar nuclear anxieties.

Can obsession last for eternity?

The Taker by Alma Katsu

Can desire withstand immortality?

This is the theme explored by Alma Katsu in her engrossing novel "The Taker." Reminiscent of the earlier writings of Anne Rice, this novel plunges the reader into a dark world of beings cursed with the gift of immortality. This story spans centuries, but in the end it is the depth of characterization that keeps the reader riveted.

If you like your supernatural fiction with complex characters and dark subject matter then take "The Taker" and be prepared to be totally taken in.

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