Ages 18+.

Ruth Duckworth, Modernist Sculptor

The first U.S. retrospective of acclaimed ceramic artist Ruth Duckworth, one of the world’s foremost ceramic sculptors will open at Cranbrook Art Museum November 18th.

This exhibition of approximately eighty vessels and sculptural artworks spanning six decades of Duckworth’s career will travel to the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City in January.

Ruth Duckworth: Modernist sculptor is part of a continuous gift of art books by the Ladies Library Association to the community since 1931.

Madonna Confesses

On Confessions of a Dance Floor, Madonna returns unapologetically to her roots. A stunning blend of musical styles with one foot in early disco and the other pointed toward the future, Confessions On A Dance Floor "is all about having a good time straight through and non-stop," says the Material Mom, who co-wrote and co-produced every track. For Madonna and music fans everywhere, the all-dance, no-ballad Confessions on a Dance Floor is a welcome guilty pleasure. Now let's see if there is any truth to the rumors that she may play the halftime show during the Superbowl next February.

Super Folk!

Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale and Mrs. Cruise, is now available on DVD at the library. Could this be the best movie based off a comicbook ever made? Maybe, but here are some others that were pretty good too: Spider-man, Spider-man 2, The X-men, Hellboy, and The Crow. Of course, the best ever might be the man in blue tights, who'll return in 2006.

Question of Identity: Read This New Comic Thriller

Jonathan Rowe, Ann Arbor native, two-time Hopwood award winner, lawyer (with a recent appearance before the Michigan Supreme Court), and city tennis tournament champion, has written a comic thriller involving a long-time SDS Weather Underground fugitive, sought for her part in an attempted fire bombing of the University law school and the attendant murder of an Ann Arbor policeman. Set in Ann Arbor with local buildings, alleys and parking structures featured in a chase scene, with local street people, and local restaurants. The main character is a tabloid journalist (and disbarred attorney), who breaks and enters, plants bugs and video cameras, misrepresents himself, and, reader please be forewarned, mutilates and steals Ann Arbor District Library materials.

Honoring Our Veterans

November 11 is Veterans Day, a day set aside for remembering and honoring the sacrifices and contributions of our soldiers, sailors and airmen. November 11 is particularly memorable because it commemorates the Armistice which ended World War I, one of the bloodiest conflicts in hisory. To get an appreciation of the background to Veterans Day read the excellent book by Joseph E. Persico, Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour which provides a comprehensive overview of the major campaigns of ‘The Great War’, as well as a poignant portrait of the last bloody hours which preceded the official end of the war at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918.

Five 5-star Films for Veterans Day

My choice for the all-time best Veterans Day film would have to be the Academy award-winning Best Years of our Lives starring Frederick March and Myrna Loy. Here are a few other films to consider watching tomorrow night: Coming Home from the Vietnam War was a different experience altogether for Jon Voigt and Bruce Dern. The Deer Hunter, starring Robert DeNiro, captures the war's effect on four friends from a working-class Pennsylvania town. In Random Harvest, Ronald Colman plays a WWI shell-shocked amnesia victim with nowhere to go until he meets Greer Garson, and Paul Muni's plans of becoming a master architect evaporate in the cold light of economic realities following WWI in I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang.

Louder Than Thunder

Communications consultant and motivational speaker Carol Dunitz's most recent book, Louder Than Thunder: A Business Parable, focuses on the importance of listening for managers and leaders, but is also relevant to all kinds of interpersonal communication. The author will present her ideas on communication at the Library's next "Sunday Edition" program on Sunday, November 13 at the Downtown Library at 2:00 p.m. Dunitz, who has degrees in English, Speech and Theater, has been active in advertising, public relations and speech writing. Her presentations are lively entertainments complete with costumes and music. More information about the author and the book can be found at the following web site.

David Bergen wins the 2005 Giller Prize

The Giller Prize is dedicated to celebrating the best in Canadian fiction each year.

Cirtics called The Time In Between - ”Luminous, haunting, profound,... A beautifully composed, unflinching and harrowing story. Perhaps the best fiction yet to confront and comprehend the legacy of Vietnam.” (Kirkus starred review)

David Bergen is the author of three highly acclaimed novels: A Year of Lesser, a New York Times Notable Book; See the Child; and, most recently, The Case of Lena S., winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. He lives in Winnipeg.

John Fowles, 1926-2005

John Fowles

John Fowles, celebrated British author, died Saturday, November 5, 2005, in Lyme Regis, England. Fowles had been in poor health for several years.

A prolific writer of fiction, non-fiction, and essays, Fowles is best known for several provocative novels that left his readers guessing at the end. The Collector (1963), The Magus (1966), and the The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969) were all made into movies that captured the attention of both critics and moviegoers.

A self-proclaimed curmudgeon, Fowles was displeased with his parents, his leadership role at his prep school, all world leaders, and the Royal Marines, not to mention intrusive fans wanting to discuss his work with him.

Fowles, whose last book was Wormholes, was 79.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Bestseller List (11/6/05)

With all the new releases by favorite authors this fall, The Da Vinci Code is “falling” on the list, this week to #12. The publisher is now contemplating when to release the paperback version. It will be interesting to watch those sale numbers. Is there anyone who has not read the book?

At #1 is At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks: a continuation of the inspiring love story from True Believer.

At #6 is The Ambler Warning by Robert Ludlum: with a nod to the great spy novelist Eric Ambler, this latest thriller by Ludlum involves a former agent escaping from government custody in order to establish his true identity.

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