Author Birthdays – The End (of May) Is Near!

Ian Flemming (b. May 28, 1908, London, UK; d. August 12, 1964, Canterbury, UK)

Ian Fleming“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Casino Royale

For more information on Ian Flemming, click here.

 

Walker Percy (b. May 28, 1916, Birmingham, AL; d. May 10, 1990, Covington, LA)

Percy“You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Love in the Ruins

For more information on Walker Percy, click here.

 

Maeve Binchy (b. May 28, 1939, Dalkey, Ireland; d. July 30, 2012, Dublin, Ireland)

Binchy“I have always believed that life is too short for rows and disagreements. Even if I think I’m right, I would prefer to apologize and remain friends rather than win and be an enemy.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Glass Lake

For more information on Maeve Binchy, click here.

 

Max Brand (real name: Frederick Schiller Faust) (b. May 29, 1892, Seattle, WA; d. May 12, 1944, Italy)

Brand“When in doubt, head into the wind.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Luck

For more information on Max Brand, click here.

 

Walt Whitman (b. May 31, 1819, West Hills, NY; d. March 26, 1892, Camden, NJ)

Whitman“I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Leaves of Grass

For more information on Walt Whitman, click here.

 

Allen Ginsberg (b. June 3, 1926, Newark, NJ; d. April 5, 1997, New York, NY)

Ginsberg“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Howl: and Other Poems

For more information on Allen Ginsberg, click here.

 

Larry McMurtry (b. June 3, 1936, Archer City, TX)

McMurtry“Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Lonesome Dove

For more information on Larry McMurtry, click here.

 

Genre Friday – Cozy Mysteries

Mysteries are all about twists and turns and misdirection. There is often danger. There is almost always a dead body or two. So where does “cozy” come into it?

Cozy Cottage

Not to be confused with a cozy cottage… although a lot of cozy mysteries take place in and around cozy cottages. Hmmm, I wonder if there’s a connection.

The Cozy is a pretty popular mystery sub-genre with a pretty specific set-up. They are generally set in a small town or village, with an amateur (meaning not professional law-enforcement or a PI or anything) sleuth, although they will always have some sort of connection, official or otherwise, that will allow them to gather information on the case. The sleuth is almost always a woman… and not infrequently of the grey-haired, grandmotherly variety. The murder – there is always a murder – is over pretty quickly or happens before the book begins and someone just finds the body to kick things off. There is little to no additional violence. Think Murder, She Wrote for a good, well-known example.

And that’s that. Although, if you are intrigued, this sub-genre has a bunch of subcategories (animals – often cats, crafts, cooking, etc.) all its own so you can delve pretty deeply into the cozy rabbit hole if you should so desire. And, as always, the library is a great place to start.

 

“Welcome to the party, pal!”

Do you miss ’80s action movies as much as we do? I know, it’s silly to even ask.

Of course you do.

Die Hard

“Yippee-ki-yay, Moline Library patron.”

If you are still with us then you will be happy to know that today is a very special day. John McClane turns 62 today (in our heads and in our hearts if not in reality… since he isn’t a real person)! Congrats on surviving this long John!

It is on this happy day that we just wanted to take a moment and remind you that we can help you find more than just books. Whether you’re craving the one man against impossible odds of Die Hard, the buddy-cop violence of Lethal Weapon, the creepy, sci-fi feel of Predator, the brutal,  post-apocylptic wasteland of Road Warrior, or even the… I’m-not-entirely-sure-what-just-happened-there-but-I-kind-of-liked-it of Big Trouble in Little China, we can help with that. And if we don’t actually have it we can very likely find a library that does and have it sent here for you. It never hurts to ask.

Author Birthdays

Alexander Pope (b. May 21, 1688, London, UK; d. May 30, 1744, Twickenham, UK)

Pope“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: An Essay on Man

For more information on Alexander Pope, click here.

 

Arthur Conan Doyle (b. May 22, 1859, Edinburgh, UK; d. July 7, 1930, Crowborough, UK)

Doyle“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: A Study in Scarlet… or anything with Sherlock Holmes

For more information on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, click here.

 

Mitch Albom (b. May 23, 1958, Passaic, NJ)

Albom“If you’re always battling against getting older, you’re always going to be unhappy, because it’s going to happen anyhow.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Tuesdays with Morrie

For more information on Mitch Albom, click here.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (b. May 25, 1803, Boston, MA; d. April 27, 1882, Concord, MA)

Emerson“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Nature

For more information on Ralph Waldo Emerson, click here.

 

Robert Ludlum (b. May 25, 1927, New York, NY; d. March 12, 2001, Naples, FL)

Ludlum“Life is extremely complicated.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Bourne Identity

For more information on Robert Ludlum, click here.

 

Tony Hillerman (b. May 27, 1925, Sacred Heart, OK ; d. October 26, 2008, Albuquerque, NM)

Hillerman“You write for two people, yourself and your audience, who are usually better educated and at least as smart.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Blessing Way

For more information on Tony Hillerman, click here.

 

Harlan Ellison (b. May 27, 1934, Cleveland, OH)

Ellison_H“The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

For more information on Harlan Ellison, click here.

Does reading fiction make you a better person?

Yes. Yes, it does.

Study Links Reading Fiction to Better Performance on Empathy and Social Acumen Tests

“When we read about other people, we can imagine ourselves into their position and we can imagine it’s like being that person,” one of the studies organizers said. “That enables us to better understand people, better cooperate with them.”

Angel Reading

Rev. Alvan Bond, D.D. Young People’s Illustrated Bible History (Norwich, CT: The Henry Bill Publishing Company, 1875) frontispiece

“[It’s like] being in a flight simulator: ‘You experience a lot of situations in a short span of time,’ [a cognitive psychologist involved in the study] said, far more so than if we went about our lives waiting for those experiences to come to us.”

You can click here for the whole article.

There you are, conclusive proof that going to the library can not only help make you a better informed and better educated person, but make you a better person period. Indirectly, at least.

And don’t worry if you’re not a reader – it turns out is doesn’t actually have to be a book. It seems that: “This phenomenon is probably form neutral — studies of people viewing dramatic television shows, or playing immersive, narrative video games, found that they had the same effect as reading literature.” And we’ve got those too.

 

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.