Thanksgiving in Contemporary Fiction

Thanksgiving is this week; we’re grateful for your support. We hope you find yourselves in friendly company, with plenty of your favorite foods, and well-stocked with good books to tide […]

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The newest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic detective novel, Murder on the Orient Express, starring Kenneth Branagh as the famously mustachioed detective, Hercule Poirot, hit movies theaters last weekend, and […]

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This Saturday, November 11, is the Veterans Day holiday in the U.S. Veterans Day is a day we honor all the men and women who have served in the military. […]

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The Halloween season is always a good time for a good scare. Movies and TV shows use the time of year to highlight the scariest, creepiest ideas. People remind themselves […]

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  It’s that time of year: those infamous Santa Anas are blowing in: hot, dry, contributing to the danger of wildfires.  Many of us in SoCal sense a psychological component […]

Syd Mead Illustration

On Thursday, October 19th, there will be a screening of the new documentary Visual Futurist: The Art & Life of Syd Mead in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at the Pasadena Central […]

"Crime Scene Do Not Cross Tape by Tex Texin

  The titles below, on crime and forensics, are inspired by a story on Atlas Obscura about the detailed “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deaths” created by Frances Glessner Lee, the […]

EAT!

This week’s post is presented by our guest host, Peg, a reference librarian at Central Library. My book group recently read M.F.K. Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf, a title […]

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  We’re feeling a bit punny this week, September 24-30. Maybe you’re not up for banned books… how about a band book? You can always find plenty of controversy, challenge, […]

"Intellectual Freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause, or movement may be explored." Banned Books Week September 24-30, 2017

It’s Banned Books Week! An annual celebration of the power of the written word, Banned Books Week honors the idea that certain books can be difficult, thought-provoking, or offensive for […]