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Read a few “books with bite” during Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2008). These vampires will keep you turning the pages.
Anyone listening to the radio in the 1970s certainly heard a song or two by the Red-Headed Stranger. Anyone reading the local Kansas City daily newspaper anytime from 1880 to the present is familiar with the name of its founder, William Rockhill Nelson.
Forget the 10k and the bronze statue. What these authors really want is for people to read their books.
Well, last night, they all got their wish. The National Book Awards were bestowed at a ceremony hosted by playwright Eric Bogosian. The nonfiction winner, Annette Gordon-Reed, received a pretty nice birthday present when she became the first African-American woman to win the award for her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.
Peter (or should I say “repeater”) Matthiessen took home an NBA prize for the second time in his career for his novel Shadow Country. In 1991 he won the nonfiction prize for The Snow Leopard. That’s a nice matched set for his mantel.
Book designer and author Chip Kidd explored The Secret History of Batman in Japan on November 19, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Check out Kidd’s works, the world of Batman, or the art of the book cover in these books.
Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan
By Chip Kidd, Geoff Spear, and Saul Ferris
The two hottest genres in comics gleefully collide head-on, as the most beloved American superhero gets the coolest Japanese manga makeover ever.
With Thanksgiving approaching, you might want to check out several of these DVDs to complement the featured bird. All are available from your local Kansas City Public Library.
It wasn’t an easy task, but the dedicated and determined readers taking part in the Waldo Library’s Jewish American Literature book group, Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of Jewish Imagination took on the award winning novel, The Puttermesser Papers by respected essayist and literary critic, Cynthia Ozick.
When It’s a Wonderful Life just doesn’t do it for you anymore, try one of these:
Bad Santa (2003)
Billy Bob Thornton is one of the bad Santas you just know have to be out there.
This is being screened in the Central Library’s Durwood Film Vault at 1:30 pm on Saturday, December 6, 2008.
The Ice Harvest (2005)
There must be something worse than Wichita during an icy Christmas, but after seeing this one, you won’t be able to think of it.
This is being screened in the Central Library’s Durwood Film Vault at 1:30 pm on Saturday, December 13, 2008.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
We’ve all had family get-togethers like this, only here you have the option of shutting it off.
Author Willa Cather, born on Dec 7, 1873, is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest writers. Explore some of her novels, read more about this influential author, or check out some “read-alike” books if you enjoy her writing.
O Pioneers!, Willa Cather’s second novel, depicts the life of Alexandra Bergson, the daughter of Swedish immigrant farmers. A strong woman, she struggles to save her farm in Nebraska in this realistic portrayal of prairie life at the turn of the 20th century.
Another classic, My Ántonia tells the story of Ántonia’s life on the Nebraska prairie as told by her childhood friend, Jim. An immigrant, Antonia matures into a strong and courageous woman with the pioneer spirit, surviving hardship and betrayal.
Author Vicki Myron discussed her best-selling book, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, on December 3, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Dewey hit No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List in November. Check out this bestseller or other books that feature the unique connections humans have with cats and other animals.
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
By Vicki Myron, with Bret Witter
The charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa, starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the library. For the next 19 years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.
Who says boys don't like to read? These books, filled with adventures, kid-heroes, and spooky goings-on, will thrill even the most reluctant reader.