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2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Pulitzer Prize

Every year the Pulitzer committee grants awards in 21 different categories. This year, the Denver Post won the category of Editorial Cartooning. Read on for the winners in the Fiction, History, Biography, Poetry and General Nonfiction categories!

Fiction

History

Biography

Happy Birthday Carol Burnett!

Cover to Carol Burnett Sings Album

Born April 26, 1933, Carol Burnett turns 78 today! In her recent biography, This Time Together: Laughter and Reflections, the comedienne and singer discusses her successes on hit television programs such as The Carol Burnett Show as well as on stage while shedding light on personal tragedies she has endured and conquered.

Selected Filmography:

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare

Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper

Why is April 23rd a memorable date for Shakespeare lovers? William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 and he died on April 23, 1616. Many novels have been written about his life, loves and family, with most drawing inspiration from the historical details that are known about this legendary playwright.

Fictional accounts of Shakespeare's Life:

Films for Earth Day

Wall-E

After you celebrate Earth Day today, hopefully by enjoying the beautiful weather we are experiencing, check out some of the many films that honor Mother Nature, either by demonstrating her raw power, or by investigating environmental issues.

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.

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