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.

 

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Happy Geek Pride Day!

You don’t have to be a geek to love the library but it doesn’t hurt!

Geek

Be Proud!

Are you a geek? Do you have a greater than average interest in a particular subject? Does that interest in said subject manifest itself as a working knowledge of the minute, possibly technical, details of that subject?  Do people that don’t share your particular interest tune you out or roll their eyes when you start talking about it? I can sense some of you grinning sheepishly and nodding.

If you answered ‘yes’ to the questions above, then you, my friend, are a geek – movie geek, cooking geek (aka foodie), NASCAR geek, comic book geek; it doesn’t matter, you’re still a geek. Chances are you already knew that, but if you didn’t it might have come as a surprise. It’s okay. You’re among friends. The Greatest Generation won World War II, the Baby Boomers waged the Cold War, Gen X… had grunge rock, I guess… BUT Millennials made being a geek okay. Heck, in some cases, even cool.

Plus, May 25th is a great day to be a geek. Geek pride is celebrated with parades, cosplay, conventions, parties and gaming sessions all over the world today. Scheduled to coincide with the original cinematic debut of Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, May 25, 1977,  it celebrates all the those “geeky” things that people love so much. And geeks themselves, of course.

Celebrate all things geek with a trip to the library today. No matter what your particular interest is we are bound to have something that will allow you to immerse yourself as deeply in your own geekiness as you would care to go.

Special Mention: As an added bonus for many geeks, May 25 is also important to fans of quirky, British, sci-fi authors; doing double-duty as the date of the People’s Revolution of the Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May, and subsequent annual celebrations of the revolution, in Terry Pratchett’s much-loved Discworld series AND Towel Day, a tribute to Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy book/series, and towels, “the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” You can check out (see what I did there?) books by Pratchett and Adams at the Moline Public Library.

Happy Towel Day!