Library visitors had a unique opportunity to hear the story of a Holocaust survivor. Author Cissy Lacks discussed her book “Miriam’s Way,” which tells the story of Miriam Kenisberg, who was sent by her father to hide in the Russian forests when Germany invaded in 1941. Only 13 years old, Miriam never knew why she was being sent away, but was determined to survive for her father and the rest of her family.
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Fans of the Baby-sitters Club books, ahoy! The author will be at SLCL Headquarters on Friday night to talk about her newest book with Laura Godwin, “The Doll People Set Sail.” The program starts at 7:00 p.m.; doors open at 6:00 p.m. Sandy, seen above, has all the books from back in the day. Do you? Program details here.
Historian Hampton Sides visited Headquarters to discuss his new book, “In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the U.S.S. Jeanette.”
Sides’ book*, which tells the story of the struggle for survival undertaken by the survivors of a failed expedition to the North Pole, came alive with a combination of slides, audio, and video clips.
*described in the publishing industry as “literary air conditioning.”
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Two dancers from Wash U’s Chaahat taught a small but enthusiastic group a few Bollywood steps at Thornhill last night. The program was given in honor of Diwali. More photos here.
"I was a writer in need of a topic and a desperate mother."
Pamela Druckermann visited library Headquarters to discuss her book “Bringing Up Bébé,” which chronicles her investigation into French parenting, and how their children are so well-behaved. The tipping point for Druckermann was when, after another chaotic dinner with her daughter at a restaurant in Paris, she noticed the French families enjoying themselves, and the parents actually ordering a cup of coffee at the meal’s end.
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Jane Smiley visited library Headquarters to talk about her new novel “Some Luck,” which chronicles the life of a family from the 1890s all the way until 2019. Smiley said her main motivation when writing is her own curiosity. In researching for her books, she finds that “things are more interesting than you originally thought.”
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“It is virtually impossible not to become good at something you do every day for 20 years,” said author Lauren Oliver at Library Headquarters last night. Oliver was talking about how she has written every day since age 9, a solitary practice which has resulted in several popular novels. She was visiting SLCL on book tour for her newest novel and her first for adults, “Rooms.”
Check out some of SLCL’s upcoming author visits here.
TV was the theme at the Thornhill Branch’s mini-con on Friday night. Games and crafts based on Doctor Who, Sherlock, and the Big Bang Theory gave teens the chance to show their love for some of the most popular shows around.
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“A good novel is like a tunnel that drops you straight through the center of the earth, emerging on the other side next to people you otherwise would never know,” said author Anthony Marra when visiting SLCL Headquarters on Friday, October 3. Marra read excerpts from his first book, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.” The novel truly transports the reader to a place few have been—war torn Chechnya. The impact of war on non-combatants is what Marra explores and does so with emotional insight and powerful prose befitting someone with many novels under his belt. The library will host several impactful authors this autumn. Schedule here.
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