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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.
November marks the beginning of scholarship application season with National Scholarship Month. Get a jump on finding the best scholarships and colleges with these books.
Get started with Scholarships 101: The Real-World Guide to Getting Cash for College by Kimberly Stezala. This book is written for all students and their parents with steps for them to follow starting in the student’s freshman year. It contains tips on finding the best scholarships based on the student’s profile, information on creating a successful application, sample essays, and more.
The College Board, a not-for-profit organization, covers more than just scholarships in Getting Financial Aid 2009. It includes a “financial aid picture” for 3,000 colleges and schools while providing advice on the FAFSA form and more.
Innovative illustrators! Awesome artists! Painters so powerful that they're pig-like! (Well, maybe pig-like is going too far. Piggish?)
This other Palin has been around for a while, re-imagining himself in a variety of roles from being a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe to being one of television’s foremost world travelers. Trace his career with the help of these DVDs available from The Kansas City Public Library.
A Fish Called Wanda
An American flirts with a crook, a barrister and a mercenary to find diamonds in London. This movie garnered a Best Supporting Oscar for Kevin Kline.
John Cleese on How to Irritate People
With the help of Connie Booth, Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor, and Python pals Michael Palin and Graham Chapman, Cleese demonstrates the uncanny ability to keep his victims just the right temperature under the collar--one degree below boiling point!
Michael Palin's New Europe. Disc 1—3
Cut off for most of the author's life by Cold Wars and Iron Curtains, Europe's eastern lands are now open for business--and Palin sets off to discover them.
You know you're addicted to the Twilight series when...
- your friends get annoyed with you because you can't stop talking about it.
- you and your friends fight over who loves Edward more.
- you make virtual characters that look like Edward and Bella.
Or if you're a subdued Twilight fan, you won't be in the closet for long. On Thursday, November 20 the midnight showing of Twilight the movie will be in theatres. Being a superfan yourself, you already know this tidbit. But there's something about Twilight you don't know. Your Kansas City Public Library is hosting a Twilight package giveaway!
We are raffling 12 Twilight packages, each including a Twilight movie poster, bookmark, chapbook, pin, sticker sheet, and vampire fangs. If you're a fan, why not enter for a chance to win Twilight merch to wear to the movies. All you need to do is fill out our Teen Survey [note: the survey is now closed] and remember to leave your name and contact number in the last question field. We require you to be 12-18 yrs old to enter and allow one entry per participant.
Physician, historian, and ethicist Robert Martensen discusses his book, A Life Worth Living: A Doctor’s Reflections on Illness in a High-Tech Era, on November 20, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Read Dr. Martensen’s book or check out some others in the Library written by physicians about illness, the end of life, or their thoughts on medicine.
A Life Worth Living: A Doctor's Reflections On Illness In a High-Tech Era
By Robert Martensen
Martensen, a physician, historian, and ethicist, draws on decades of experience with patients and friends to explore the life cycle of serious illness, from diagnosis to end of life.
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.
Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month in November with some fiction by acclaimed American Indian authors.
In Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko, a young World War II veteran returns to the Laguna Pueblo reservation where he feels estranged and alienated. Tayo, the veteran, searches for meaning and resolution to the despair he feels and learns of the value of ceremony in life.
James Welch’s novel Fools Crow depicts the Lone Eaters clan of the Blackfeet Indians in the time after the Civil War. Slowly, the Napikwan, white people, encroach upon these people and their way of life.
From the River's Edge by Elizabeth Cook-Lynn follows a trial in the 1960s over stolen cattle. Sioux John Tatekeya presses charges against a white man and the trial comes to represent a greater loss representative of their history.
It seems that, after 400 or so years, opera is all the rage. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City is currently offering its first production of a Handel opera, and HD performances from the Met, as well as other major companies, have proven very successful when broadcast to theaters. Get in on the action with these DVDs available from your Kansas City Public Library.
On November 11, 2008 at the Plaza Branch, Jill Tietjen discussed her book, Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America. Read more about women in American history in these books at the Library.
Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America
By Charlotte S. Waisman & Jill S. Tietjen
This one-of-a-kind illustrated timeline highlights the awesome, varied, and often unrecognized contributions of American women since the 1500s. The result is a captivating look at champions that will resonate with women and men alike.