Monday, October 20, 2014

Lit Crawl/LA NoHo!


THIS WEDNESDAY:


From 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. this Wednesday night, thousands of Angelenos from all corners of the city (and some Burbankians as well) will come out for a FREE night of literary mayhem.

Choose your own literary experiences, from more than 30 literary events at a variety of restaurants, theaters, galleries, and other venues within a walkable area along Lankershim Blvd.

Participating groups will share fiction, poetry, plays, and everything in between, in the NoHo Arts District in North Hollywood. They include The Rumpus, 826LA, Los Angeles Review of Books, Avenue 50’s Poesía Para La Gente, Homeboy Industries, PEN Center USA, The World Stage, Tongue & Groove, The New Short Fiction Series, Hot Dish, Beyond Baroque, Cal State Northridge Alumni Writers, and more!

There are three 45-minute rounds. Attendees can hang out at one venue to see one presentation during each round, or “crawl” from venue to venue.

Round 1 is from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Round 2 is from 8:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Round 3 is from 9:00 to 9:45 p.m.

There is also a closing party at 10:00 at the Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd.

You can take public transportation via the Metro Red Line, the Metro Orange Line, and Metro Bus.

Burbank Public Library is pleased to be one of this year's sponsors, and you will see some representatives from our library at a couple of the venues!

For more information, including a list of venues, visit the website at www.LitCrawl.org/LA !

Sunday, October 19, 2014

This week at the library...


TUESDAY
Buena Vista branch, 7:00 p.m.

Author Event:
COTSWOLDS MEMOIR, by Diz White
Meet the author, get an autograph, have tea and "biscuits," get a free surprise gift.






FRIDAY
Northwest branch, 4:00 p.m.

DIY Pumpkin Canvas Bag
A craft program for kids in grades 1-8
Space is limited! call 818-238-5640 to reserve your spot.


SATURDAY
Buena Vista branch, 2:00 p.m.

Hallowe'en movies!
IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN
25 minutes
and...
MONSTERS VS. ALIENS: MUTANT PUMPKINS FROM OUTER SPACE
27 minutes

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Zombies! Max Brooks!




WOODBURY UNIVERSITY is having a “One Book, One Community” program with a ZOMBIE theme.

THIS MONDAY:

Join in a Zombie Panel Discussion, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Library on the Woodbury University Campus. It features:

Amy Converse on Zombies + Avant Garde
Rossen Ventzislavov on Zombies + Philosophy
Phil Pack on Zombies + Biology


THEN, ON THURSDAY:



MAX BROOKS, author of World War Z, will be the featured guest, this Thursday, Oct. 23, from 5:30-8 p.m., at the Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium on the Burbank campus of Woodbury University. The event is free, and open to the public.

Mr. Brooks will speak for approximately 45 minutes, then allow about 15 minutes for questions and another 15 minutes for book signings.

At 7 p.m., there will be small group discussions or activities related to the book.

Max Brooks is the bestselling author of World War Z, The Harlem Hellfighters, The Zombie Survival Guide, and its graphic companion, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.




Today!

TODAY, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Buena Vista branch...

MEET LOCAL AUTHORS!


Join us for a Local Authors' Showcase in the meeting room of the Buena Vista Branch Library. There will be more than 50 authors of books on a variety of topics and in a number of genres. Discover new books! Connect with new authors! Stop by and help us celebrate the written word!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reminder! New book club meets tonight!

Genre X Book Club meets for the first time tonight, October 16, at 6:30, at the Central Library in the auditorium! The club's slogan is, "Not your mother's book club," and discussions will be led by librarians Jeff and Laura M.

Tonight's book is Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk, but if you're just seeing this notice now and haven't read it, come anyway! Express your interest, hang with your reading peeps, and get pumped for next month's meeting! November's book is the National Book Award-winner Just Kids, by Patti Smith, and in December the club will read the graphic novel Black Hole, by Charles Burns. After that, the members will join in choosing future selections!



What we're reading: New Peter Heller



I have had Peter Heller's The Dog Stars on my list of "want to read" since it came out in 2012 to effusive critical praise, without ever actually managing to read it. Just before I went on vacation, I picked up a couple of novels from the new books shelf at the Central Library, without even noticing who wrote them, because I liked the titles and descriptions; and that's how I got hold of Heller's new book, The Painter.

Since its tone seemed serious, I put off reading it while on my trip, instead opting for lighter fare (a couple of YA novels, a cozy mystery series), so I finally cracked the book on Sunday night. It has held me in thrall ever since. In fact, it made me late to work on Tuesday, because I couldn't put it down until the mesmerizing chapter I was reading was over!

People are mentioning in reviews how Hemingway-esque the protagonist is, probably because Jim Stegner is a "manly man" who fly fishes and camps and is led by his temper into untidy brawls (and more) in addition to painting Expressionist masterpieces. But the writing style reminds me more of Cormac McCarthy, though not as stylized--and I don't know how it is possible to write prose that is both spare and lush at the same time, but it is. Heller breaks all the writing rules, with incomplete sentences and phrases strung together in a staccato line that perfectly delineate his subject, settings, and events. His descriptions of Jim Stegner's paintings make me desperately want to see them, but the descriptions are so powerfully explicit and detailed that I can almost picture them in my mind's eye well enough to paint them myself! (Though I'm sure they wouldn't have the panache and whimsy of a Stegner.)

Even the book design works in its favor. Usually a book is typeset with continuous paragraphs, only differentiating them by the indent at the beginning of each and the hard return at the end; but in this book, the designer (or perhaps the author in collaboration with the designer?) chose to put a full return of space in between each paragraph. What this does (whether intended or not) is give you a wide open feeling when you are reading it--it's almost like those spaces on the page give you permission to pause, to breathe, to feel a sense of the panoramic vistas of Colorado and New Mexico in front of which the action of this book takes place.

The Painter pairs thoughtful, philosophical musing about life's tragedies and how we react to them with breathless scenes of action worthy of the latest blockbuster thriller, and some of the best romance/relationship scenes I've read in a while (or ever). The protagonist's turns of phrase when observing the world around him are also clever and arresting--here's one example:
One of the things I had read about crows somewhere is that they are much smarter than their station in life. I mean, unlike other birds, it takes them about two hours every day to secure enough food to survive and the rest is play time, electives.... So crows must spend a lot of the day wondering what they are supposed to do now, what they are here for, and that seemed like a cruel existential dilemma for anyone who didn't have TV.
If you imagined the perfect combination of literary and popular fiction, this would be it. I was fascinated to the end, and I won't be delaying any longer in seeking out his first book!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Upcoming events in Burbank



Here's the "What's New in Burbank" video for this week. It includes:
  • National Community Planning Month 
  • Verdugo Recreation Center Re-Opened
  • Halloween Events in Burbank
  • Burbank Walk of Fame
  • Burbank Town Hall Meeting
  • Octoburfest 2014
  • Local Authors’ Showcase at the Buena Vista Branch Library!
(If you want to skip to the last item, it's at 5:30.)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

This week at the library...

…is a busy one!

MONDAY
Central Library, 7:00 p.m.

Coffee and Conversation presents...
Tekla Dennison Miller, author of Mother Rabbit



TUESDAY
Central Library, 7:00 p.m.

6+7 BOOK CLUB
This club is for enrolled teens only.
We will discuss Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, and will receive Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld.

WEDNESDAY
Buena Vista Branch, 6:30 p.m.

Movie After Dark in the Park...
POOH'S HEFFALUMP HALLOWEEN MOVIE
67 minutes / rated G

Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.







Also on Wednesday night…

8+9 BOOK CLUB
Buena Vista Branch, 7:00 p.m.
This club is for enrolled teens only.
We will discuss I Am the Weapon, by Allen Zadoff, and receive The Naturals, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.



PLEASE NOTE that the Wednesday and Thursday night Big Read programs with author Penelope Niven have been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
THURSDAY
Central Library, 4:00 p.m.

Family Film Festival presents...
MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN
93 minutes / rated PG








Also on Thursday...

The inaugural meeting of the
GENRE X BOOK CLUB
Central Library, 7:00 p.m.

Not your mother's book club! Join us to discuss Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk. To sign up, email Jeff or Laura at ReferenceCentralLib@burbankca.gov.


FRIDAY
Central Library, 2:00 p.m.

Join us to commemorate the Centennial of the Great War, as we screen…
THE DAWN PATROL
103 minutes
Errol Flynn and David Niven star as roustabout French Corp fighter pilots who come face-to-face with the harsh realities of war. Basil Rathbone is outstanding as the Squadron Commander.





SATURDAY
Buena Vista Branch, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

LOCAL AUTHORS SHOWCASE!

Meet and chat with more than 50 authors of books on a variety of topics. Discover new books! Connect with new authors! What do you like to read? Mysteries or Science Fiction? Fantasy or Romance? Fiction or Non-Fiction? Children's books or Young Adult? Stop by and help us celebrate the written word. Enter a drawing to win a Kindle Fire HD6!

Also on Saturday…

Buena Vista Branch, 2:00 p.m. in the story time room

SATURDAY HALLOWEEN MOVIES
This week…
CASPER
99 minutes

Friday, October 10, 2014

Coming soon...literary events!


On Saturday, October 18, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Buena Vista branch...

MEET LOCAL AUTHORS!


Join us for a Local Authors' Showcase in the meeting room of the Buena Vista Branch Library. There will be more than 50 authors of books on a variety of topics. Discover new books! Connect with new authors! What do you like to read? Mysteries or science fiction? Fantasy or romance? Fiction or nonfiction? Children's books or Young Adult? Stop by and help us celebrate the written word!


And the following week...



Literature hits the streets of the North Hollywood Arts District at the second annual
Lit Crawl LA: NoHo. On Wednesday, October 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., thousands of Angelenos from all corners of the city (and some Burbankians from right next door!) are expected to come out for a night of literary mayhem.

It’s a choose-your-own-literary-adventure experience, with more than 25 restaurants, theaters, galleries, and other venues within a walkable area showcasing the best of L.A.’s thriving contemporary literature scene at more than 30 literary events.

The participating groups will share fiction, poetry, plays, and everything in between. They include The Rumpus, 826LA, Los Angeles Review of Books, Avenue 50’s Poesía Para La Gente, Homeboy Industries, PEN Center USA, The World Stage, Tongue & Groove, The New Short Fiction Series, Hot Dish, Beyond Baroque, Cal State Northridge Alumni Writers, and more!

Lit Crawl L.A.: NoHo is FREE, and happens in three 45-minute rounds. Guests can hang out at one venue to see one presentation during each round, or “crawl” from venue to venue.

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Times: Round 1, 7:00 pm; Round 2, 8:00 pm; Round 3, 9:00 pm. Closing Party at 10:00
Location: NoHo Arts District, North Hollywood, CA
Cost: FREE
Public Transportation: Go Metro to Lit Crawl L.A. via the Metro Red Line, the Metro Orange Line, and Metro Bus.

Burbank Public Library is pleased to be one of this year's sponsors, and you will see some representatives from our library at one of the venues (which one is still to come).

For more information, including a list of venues, visit their website at www.LitCrawl.org/LA!