Seniors Book Club May Selection

US ConductorsThe Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, May 13th at 2:00 pm in the Training Room to discuss the 2014 Giller Prize novel titled Us Conductors, in which I seek the heart of Clara Rockmore, my one true love, finest Theremin player the world will ever know, by Sean Michaels.

About this award-winning book:

A beautiful, haunting, brilliant novel inspired by the life and loves of the Russian scientist, inventor, and spy Lev Termen – the inventor of the theremin: an eerie, peculiar musical instrument played with the hands moving through the air but not touching the machine. In a finely woven series of flashbacks and correspondence, “Us conductors” takes readers from the glitz and glam of New York in the 1930s to the gulags and scientific camps of the Soviet Union. The novel builds to a crescendo as Termen is sent to Russia, where he is imprisoned in a Siberian gulag and later brought back to Moscow, where he is asked to eavesdrop on Stalin himself.

Website for Us Conductors

Author Biography

Author Interview

Youtube Interview

Book Review

Léon Theremin on Wikipedia

Youtube – Theremin playing his own instrument

Youtube – Clara Rockmore playing the Theremin

Monday Evening Book Club May Selection

Invention of WingsThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet May 11th at 7pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

About the book:

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from a young age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. The story follows their remarkable journeys over the next thirty-five years, as both strive for lives of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, and the uneasy ways of love.

Kidd’s novel is inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, an American feminist, suffragist and abolitionist. (source: http://www.penguin.com)

Visit the Author’s Website

A Conversation with Sue Monk Kidd

Review of the Book

Discussion Questions

About the Grimke Sisters

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Is your spot on the holds list for “Mr. Turner” on the outside looking in? Then get your hands on one of these films about outsider artists!

Pollock

Fellow artists and lovers Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner are at the center of New York’s 1940s art scene, but as Krasner neglects her work to push Pollock’s career forward, Pollock begins to unravel emotionally.

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Shelter Island

Outsider artist Harald Olson and his eccentric patron Jimmy Olinkiewicz found each other on Shelter Island, NY, and teamed up to sell paintings roadside. The semi-homeless painter and the father of an autistic child were magically connected, and together took friendship to a new level when they secured a major gallery showing of Olson’s unconventional work in NYC. An elegant, beautiful tale of how art, compassion and creativity can unlock hidden potential in unexpected places.

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Weekend Picks

It’s National Poetry Month! So, when you’re not pondering a pantoum or if you’re in need of a break from all of those virile villanelles, then check out these films. Or, show up to the third annual St. Albert Teen Poetry Slam, held at the Library tomorrow from 2-4 PM, and expect everything!

Louder Than A Bomb

Every year, more than 600 teenagers from over 60 Chicago-area schools gather for the world’s largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as ‘Louder than a Bomb.’ Founded in 2001, it is the only event of its kind in the country, a youth poetry slam built from the beginning around teams. This film captures the real story: the teamwork, the love and the poetry, rather than the points.

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Howl

Dramatizes the events leading up to accusations of obscenity against Allen Ginsberg and his poem “Howl, ” and the subsequent trial where he had to defend his most famous work. Don’t miss James Franco acting…in a movie. Yes, another one…

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