Author Birthdays – Out like a (slightly chilly) lamb

Louis L’Amour (b. March 22, 1908, Jamestown, ND; d. June 10, 1988, Los Angeles, CA)

LAmour“Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Sackett’s Land 

For more information on Louis L’Amour, click here.

 

Tennessee Williams (b. March 26, 1911, Columbus, MS; d. February 25, 1983, New York, NY)

Williams“Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: A Streetcar Named Desire

For more information on Tennessee Williams, click here.

 

John Jakes (b. March 31, 1932, Chicago, IL)

Jakes“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: North and South, The Bastard

For more information on John Jakes, click here.

 

William Manchester (b. April 1, 1922, Attleboro, MA; d. June 1, 2004, Middletown, CT)

Manchester“Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Last Lion, American Caesar

For more information on William Manchester, click here.

 

Milan Kundera (b. April 1, 1929, Brno, Czech Republic)

Kundera“Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

For more information on Milan Kundera, click here.

Celebrate the fall of Barad-dur at the Moline Library!

Tolkien Reading DayAccording to The Tolkien Society, Sauron, the evil Lord of the Rings, was finally defeated on March 25. To celebrate this momentous occasion in fantasy literature (and later, fantasy film) March 25 was declared, by the people who declare such things, Tolkien Reading Day!

So stop into the Moline Library and grab a Tolkien book and find a comfy chair. It doesn’t have to be the LOTR either – The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, The Book of Lost Tales, whatever scratches the Middle-Earth itch.

“My name is James Tiberius Kirk.”

Happy (eventual) birthday Captain Kirk !

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Now available in Original and Alternate Time-Line!

 

On this day, March 22, in fictional future history, 216 years from now, another of the best imaginary captains to ever fictionally exist will have been born in Riverside, Iowa… or deep space, depending on which reality you’re in… The place doesn’t really matter. You celebrate the day after all and now is the time.

Feeling nostalgic and/or confused? Want to revisit the adventures of one of the best commanders in Starfleet history and/or figure out what the heck I am talking about? The Moline Library has you covered. Come check out Star Trek: The Original series, the movies, the”reboot” movies, or any of a number of Star Trek novels to fill in the gaps between the episodes and movies! It could keep you busy for a while. And if you get hooked, there is alway the Next Gen series, movies and books – vive le Jean-Luc!

There’s Still Time!…

To read the book before the movie comes out.

Zookeepers WifeThe Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

When it comes out: March 31 (better hurry on this one)

What it’s about: True story of how zookeepers in Warsaw, Poland helped to save their animal charges as well as hundreds of people during the Nazi occupation of their country in the early days of WWII.

 

WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio

When it comes out: April 7

What it’s about: The story focuses on Auggie, a young boy born with a facial deformity, who is about to start attending school for the first time. The story is as much about how Auggie and others view him as it is about the struggle to fit in and to accept.

 

Lost City of ZThe Lost City of Z by David Grann

When it comes out: April 14

What it’s about: Another non-fiction book about historical events, this is the author’s account of his search for the lost expedition of the famous British explorer Percy Fawcett that disappeared in the Amazon in 1925 searching for the eponymous fabled city. The narrative jumps back and forth between the authors own journey into the jungle and Fawcett’s ill-fated expedition.

Genre Friday Returns! with Court Intrigue Fantasy

Whether it is set on Earth (past, present or future), in a parallel world or universe, or a mystic realm where the familiar laws of nature do not apply, Fantasy allows imagination to run wild. True to this idea, Fantasy’s many subgenres can vary from one another a great deal, encompassing just about anything one could imagine, which helps to explain the genre’s ever-growing breadth and depth.

The Court Intrigue subgenre of Fantasy generally focuses on and around royalty and the ruling elite. Settings can be anything from a well known historical backdrop (but with magic or something) to some unrecognizable alternate world but we are almost always going to be dealing with the upper crust of society and their despicable plotting and scheming. The plots of these stories are often complex and heavily entangled with politics, power grabs, espionage, assassinations (successful and attempted), court scandal and everything else that you would expect from a political thriller, but normally set in feudal, medieval-esque surroundings with sorcerers and dragons about.

GOTCoverMIAExamples:

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Author Birthdays – Forward, March!

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. March 6, 1927, Aracataca, Colombia; d. April 17, 2014, Mexico City, Mexico)

Marquez“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude

For more information on Gabriel Garcia Marquez, click here.

 

Bret Easton Ellis (b. March 7, 1964, Los Angeles, CA)

Ellis“I’d rather let the fiction speak for itself and I don’t want to write fiction that tells people how to feel, and I don’t want to be judgmental in the fiction.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: American Psycho

For more information on Bret Easton Ellis, click here.

 

Douglas Adams (b. March 11, 1952, Cambridge, UK; d. May 11, 2001, Montecito, CA)

Adams“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

For more information on Douglas Adams, click here.

 

Jack Kerouac (b. March 12, 1922, Lowell, MA; d. October 21, 1969, St. Petersburg, FL)

Kerouac“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: On the Road

For more information on Jack Kerouac, click here.

 

 

L. Ron Hubbard (b. March 13, 1911, Tilden, NE; d. January 24, 1986, Creston, CA)

Hubbard“I have seen life from the top down and the bottom up. I know how it looks both ways. And I know there is wisdom and that there is hope.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Battlefield Earth

For more information on L. Ron Hubbard, click here.

 

Richard Condon (b. March 18, 1915, New York, NY; d. April 9, 1996, Dallas, TX)

Condon“I think the most important part of storytelling is tension. It’s the constant tension of suspense that in a sense mirrors life, because nobody knows what’s going to happen three hours from now.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Manchurian Candidate

For more information on Richard Condon, click here.

 

John Updike (b. March 18, 1932, Reading, PA; d. January 27, 2009, Danvers, MA)

Updike“Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Rabbit, Run

For more information on John Updike, click here.