Ages 18+.

Paul Rusesabagina

Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel proprietor who sheltered more than 1,000 refugees during the 1994 Rwandan genocide and inspired Don Cheadle's Oscar-nominated performance in the 2004 feature film Hotel Rwanda, will receive the 15th University of Michigan Wallenberg Medal on October 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Power Center. For more on the Rwandan genocide, check out Sometimes in April, a critically-acclaimed HBO feature film that follows the tragic paths of one family torn apart by this same tragic event.

My momma said nobody played guitar like him ...

... and she may well have been right. Jimi Hendrix died 35 years ago today. Get to know him through his music, his famous performance at Woodstock, or one of the many biographies written about him since his death.

Or learn to play guitar and see how you measure up to one of the masters.

Happy 100th, Greta Garbo!

I guess I'm not so sure about the propriety of wishing happy birthday to someone who passed away in 1990 (Emily Post, where are you when we need you?), but the rest of us can celebrate -- today is the 100th anniversary of Greta Garbo's birth. Crack open one of her films or maybe just find out a bit more about this famous recluse. See how she fit into the studio system with the other "golden girls of MGM."

University of Michigan Football: Recent Books

With Eastern Michigan University visiting on Saturday, the Wolverines should be able to start a winning streak. The attendance at EMU’s home game last week was 5628. Can you use the term “crowd” to describe 5628 people in Rynearson Stadium with its capacity of 30,200? This week they will be playing before a crowd of more than 100,000 fans. Assuming Michigan has a formidable halftime lead, you can spend the second half reading one of these books:

The Big House: Fielding H. Yost and the Building of Michigan Stadium by Robert M. Soderstrom

What It Means to Be a Wolverine: Michigan’s Greatest Players Talk About Michigan Football edited by Kevin Allen

The Obscene Diaries of a Michigan Fan by Ann Arborite and Ann Arbor Observer writer Craig Ross

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Bestseller List (9/18/2005)

It appears that the American book-buying public can’t get enough of romance and adventure. Four new titles debut this week.

At #1 is Polar Shift by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos: Kent Austin must match wits with the leader of an antiglobilization group in this apocalyptic thriller.

At #3 is Slow Burn by Julie Garwood: another romantic adventure by this popular author, set in Charleston and featuring a successful businesswoman.

At #10 is The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks: a sweeping Civil War novel with a courageous heroine who allows Confederate troops to use her plantation as a hospital and a cemetery.

Merchants of Cool

Who knows more about teens than their parents, teachers, or even themselves? Who has enough influence to tell teens what's cool, what's not, and what will be in a few months? The answer to these questions is the subject of this insightful documentary, directed by Barak Goodman, about the relationship between teens and the savvy marketers who target them.

These Merchants of Cool are the "creators and sellers of popular culture who have made teenagers the hottest consumer demographic in America." Learn more about them by watching this documentary and by visiting the film's informative website at PBS Frontline.

What to Watch

What We Eat is a 13-episode series that aired on public television in 2002. It explains how and why certain foods have become staples of our national diet. Along with the historical perspective, the show includes video and analysis of how these items are produced by both large and small American companies today. Hosted by Burt Wolf, the 4-DVD set contains one disc devoted to Old World Influence, African Influence, Native American Influence, and Spanish Influence.

Kevin Boyle, 2004 National Book Award Winner's program on Cable TV

Kevin Boyle, the 2004 winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction, can be seen on local Community Television Network Channel 17 next week, speaking on his book Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age. A professor of history at Ohio State University, Boyle’s book is a probing, riveting account of the murder trial of Dr. Ossian Sweet, one of the significant chapters in the early Civil Rights movement and race relations in Detroit. Professor Boyle spoke at one of the library’s 'Sunday Edition' programs earlier this year. The program can be seen on September 20 (3:30 p.m.),September 22 (1:30 p.m.), September 23 (5:00 p.m.) and September 24 (1:30 p.m.) The National Books Award Foundation lauded 'Arc of Justice' as ‘a history that is at once an intense courtroom drama, a moving biography and an engrossing look at race in America in the early 20th Century.’ A DVD of the program is also available from the library.

Bonnie Raitt is kindred soul

Calling all Bonnie Raitt fans: Time to put a hold on her new CD, "Souls Alike," which is coming out this week. Soon it will be available at the library. Can't wait to hear songs including "I Will Not Be Broken," "God Was In the Water," and "The Bed I Made." I've been a Raitt fan since 1972, when her first album, "Give it Up" came out.

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