Movies – They just keep making them…

Upcoming Movies Based on Books:

Berlin SyndromeBerlin Syndrome MovieBerlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten

When it comes out: May 26

What the book is about: One afternoon in Berlin, Clare meets Andi and feels an instant attraction to him. When Andi invites her to stay, Clare thinks she may finally have found somewhere to call home. But as the days pass and the walls of Andi’s apartment close in, Clare begins to wonder if it’s really love that Andi is searching for or if it’s something else altogether.

Adventures of Captain UnderpantsCaptain Underpants MovieThe Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

When it comes out: June 2

What the book is about: Budding comic book creators and perpetual mischief-makers, George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school–and now they’re going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn’t know who he is! This could get weird.

Author Birthdays – And let’s hear it for their mothers too! Happy Mother’s Day!

L. Frank Baum (b. May 15, 1856, Chittenango, NY; d. May 6, 1919, Los Angeles, CA)

Baum“Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

For more information on L. Frank Baum, click here.

 

Mikhail Bulgakov (b. May 15, 1891, Kiev, Ukraine; d. March 10, 1940, Moscow, Russia)

BulgakovCowardice is the most terrible of vices.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Master and Margarita

For more information on Mikhail Bulgakov, click here.

 

 

Peter Shaffer (b. May 15, 1926, Liverpool, UK; d. June 6, 2016, County Cork, Ireland)

Shaffer“Tragedy, for me, is not a conflict between right and wrong, but between two different kinds of right.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Amadeus

For more information on Sir Peter Shaffer, click here.

 

 

Malcolm X (b. May 19, 1925, Omaha, NE; d. February 21, 1965, New York, NY)

X“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

For more information on Malcolm X, click here.

 

Lorraine Hansberry (b. May 19, 1930, Chicago, IL; d. January 12, 1965, New York, NY)

Hansberry“There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: A Raisin in the Sun

For more information on Lorraine Hansberry, click here.

 

Honoré de Balzac (b. May 20, 1799, Tours, France; d. August 18, 1850, Paris, France)

Balzac“Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Human Comedy

For more information on Honoré de Balzac, click here.

DITTOS – Like read-alikes, only better!

“Why are they better?” you ask.

Well, partly because some of them, like this one, don’t just have suggestions for what else you might like to read, but what you might like to watch or listen to as well.

But mostly they’re better because Becca made them.Big Little Lies Shelf End Ditto

The Mockingjay is born today!

Katniss

Katniss Everdeen, born May 8, District 12

Every once in a while someone comes along that you can just tell is going to be special. Someone that will voluntarily take the place of her younger sister as a sacrificial participant in a brutal contest of combat and survival where the only way to get out alive is to kill. And win. Twice. And then become the symbol of the resistance force that will rise up to fight the oppressive and brutal regime that oversaw the whole bloody contest to begin with. And then succeed in overthrowing the whole government and setting up a new society… For example.

More importantly, in the real world at least, Katniss and her story (The Hunger Games trilogy, just in case there is anyone reading this that doesn’t already know) helped get people into reading in a big way. It did for post-apocalyptic YA what Twilight did for vampires or what Harry Potter did for witches and wizards – it brought it out of the realm of genre fiction and made it mainstream. It made it cool. And people, in particular young people, pay attention to what’s cool. Not bad for a teen-aged poacher from the outer districts. Join us in issuing a three-finger salute to Katniss on her special day.

Author Birthdays – May!

David Hume (b. May 7, 1711, Edinburgh, UK; d. August 25, 1776, Edinburgh, UK)

Hume“What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call ‘thought’.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: A Treatise of Human Nature

For more information on David Hume, click here.

 

Gene Wolfe (b. May 7, 1931, New York, NY)

GWolfe“You seem to think that the only genuine existence evil can have is conscious existence – that no one is evil unless he admits it to himself. I disagree.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Shadowthe  of the Torturer

For more information on Gene Wolfe, click here.

 

Thomas Pynchon (b. May 8, 1937, Glen Cove, NY)

Pynchon“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Gravity’s Rainbow

For more information on Thomas Pynchon, click here.

 

Peter Benchley (b. May 8, 1940, New York, NY; d. February 11, 2006, Princeton, NJ)

Benchley“Fascinations breeds preparedness, and preparedness, survival.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Jaws

For more information on Peter Benchley, click here.

 

J.M. Barrie (b. May 9, 1860, Kirriemuir, UK; d. June 19, 1937, London, UK)

Barrie“Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Peter Pan

For more information on J.M. Barrie, click here.

 

Richard Adams (b. May 9, 1920, Wash Common, UK; d. December 24, 2016, Oxford, UK)

RAdams“The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal; but ideas are immortal.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Watership Down

For more information on Richard Adams, click here.

 

Daphne Du Maurier (b. May 13, 1907, London, UK; d. April 19, 1989, Fowey, UK)

DuMaurier“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Rebecca

For more information on Daphne Du Maurier, click here.

 

Stephen R. Donaldson (b. May 13, 1947, Cleveland, OH)

Donaldson“I may not yet be as old as dirt, but dirt and I are starting to have an awful lot in common.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Lord Foul’s Bane

For more information on Stephen R. Donaldson, click here.

And you thought your business trip was bad…

Ah, Transylvania in the springtime. According to the dates of his journal entry, Jonathan Harker arrived, after a brief layover in a slightly unsettling little village filled with slightly unsettling little villagers, at a certain Castle Dracula on the evening of May 5th, sometime in the late 1890s.Castle Dracula

It did not go well.

Intrigued? You can learn more about his trip and how it ended at the library. There is also a ton of stuff dealing with Count Dracula’s spiritual descendants – even the sparkly ones.

Don’t know or care about what I’m talking about? Then at least your day can seem a little brighter and your steps a little lighter with the certain knowledge that it will go better than Jon’s… Unless you too are currently working your way ever closer to the creepy abode of an ancient, nearly indestructible creature of the night; in which case you are on your own. We can help with a lot of stuff but that’s a bit outside of the library’s wheelhouse.