Check out the 2019 “Bookish” Oscar winners in our collection!
If Beale Street Could Talk based on the novel by James Baldwin – Supporting Actress (Regina King): “‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ the only Baldwin novel narrated by a woman, is a love story in which a young couple must weather a false accusation of rape and the predatory misconduct of the police.”–Publisher description. This novel is contained in the collection Later Novels, edited by Darryl Pinckney, published by The Library of America, volume 272.
BlacKkKlansman, adapted from Ron Stallworth’s memoir – Adapted Screenplay (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee).
Black Klansman : Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime byRon Stallworth – “What happens when a black man tries to join the KKK? The true story of one of America’s most shocking undercover investigations–now the basis of a feature film by Spike Lee. When Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in the local paper recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan, he responds with interest, using his real name while posing as a white man. That decision launches what is surely one of the most audacious and incredible undercover investigations in history. Detective Stallworth sabotages cross burnings, exposes white supremacists in the military, and even fools David Duke himself. The book is an amazing real-life account that reads like a crime thriller–one that offers a searing portrait of a divided America, and the heroic citizens who dared to fight back.”–Back cover.
Black Panther, based on the Marvel comic book character – Costume Design; Production Design; Music (original score). “Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king–and Black Panther–is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.”–Publisher description.
Oscar winners and runner ups are always up for debate. I finished the Academy Awards with the satisfaction that Spike Lee won a long overdue Oscar. His film, Do the Right Thing (1989), is one of the most important and powerful films in American history. This is a movie you watch, encourage civil discourse on the difficult issues, and talk across political divides.
Hero’s Journey & the Power of Myth Tuesday, April 23rd, 12:30pm-1:45pm, Library Lounge (Building L)
The comic book, Ms. Marvel is a kind of hero’s journey where the teenage Kamalah Khan becomes the superhero Ms. Marvel. The hero’s journey is a mythological template common across cultures. This panel will define this mythology and discuss what it teaches us in literature and popular culture. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on the book Ms. Marvel.
E-Resource access off-campus will be disrupted between the times of 1 AM -3 AM on Tuesday, February 19th and again on Wednesday, February 20th due to ongoing maintenance. For any questions, please ask a librarian.
Hear their stories. Learn about prominent black historical figures followed by a discussion on the history, role and impact they had on society.
Featured figures include:
-Mary Eliza Mahoney
-Jean Baptiste du Sable
-Dr. Mae C Jamieson
Here is a curated collection of jazz songs that is guaranteed to be better than any Spotify playlist you will find. Many of the titles are in the Naxos Jazz Library Database, which can be accessed through the library’s website. This Valentines Day list features classic performers, varying styles, and a range of tempos that will not disappoint.