Ages 18+.

Gorillaz are back with Demon Days!

The animated, quirky band the Gorillaz returns with an amazing follow-up to their smash debut. The brainchild of illustrator Jamie Hewlett and Blur frontman Damon Albarn the Gorillaz mix it up in ways that will surprise and delight. The catchy first single "Feel Good Inc." features an awesome contribution by De La Soul. Other noteworthy guests include Roots Manuva and Tricky collaborator Martina Topley-Bird on the dubby "All Alone" and Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder on the bouncy "DARE."

2005 Shamus Awards nominees

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On September 2, 2005, the Private Eye Writers of America will announce the winners of their 24th annual Shamus awards in Chicago. Sara Paretsky will be award awarded PWA’s 2005 Life Achievement Award.

Nominees and their categories for this year are:

Best P.I. Novel     

Leonard Chang    Fade to Clear
Robert Ferrigno    The Wake-up

Remains Silent, by Michael Baden and Linda Kenney

In 1963, Korean War vet James Lyons disappeared. Forty-some years later his bones are uncovered during the excavation of land in preparation for a shopping center. Medical examiner Jake Rosen, a bit of a fashion slob but a forensic genius, is called in to investigate. Soon he’s paired with Philomena “Manny” Manfeda, an attorney for the Lyons family in a comedic thriller/mystery. Husband-wife authors, Michael Baden and Linda Kenney know from whence they write their debut mystery -– Baden was a former New York City chief medical examiner and Kenney can be seen on CNN and Court TV in her role as legal commentator.

Beyond Bobby Darin

Kevin Spacey directs and stars in this biopic of Bobby Darin. The film chronicles Darin's rise from a sickly childhood to following Sinatra's footsteps at the Copacabana. Although Darin was famous for recording such hits as Mack the Knife, Splish Splash, and Dream Lover, Spacey pulls triple duty by singing all of the musical numbers for the film. Kate Bosworth stars as Darin's Hollywood wife, Sandra Dee.

A Baseball Lover’s Companion to the Pennant Drives

It’s mid-August and baseball fans are gearing up for this year’s major league pennant drives. A recent book by H.G. (Buzz) Bissinger, 3 Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager, is an enthralling read for armchair managers. Given unrestricted access to the St.Louis Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa, Bissinger follows the intricacies of managerial preparation, strategy and decision-making during a crucial series with the Chicago Cubs during last season’s National League pennant race. Bissinger is a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the high school football classic Friday Night Lights which has also been made into a movie.

While You're Waiting For...

... Grizzly Man, the new, heart-wrenching documentary by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog about grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, you might consider checking out what may well be its perfect antidote: Project Grizzly. This whimsical film documents Canadian Troy Hurtubise's seven-year quest to design a protective suit that will stand up to a Grizzly attack.

More Herzog films, including Signs of Life and Land of Silence and Darkness, are also on the way.

Maybe a Miracle, by Brian Strause

You heard it here first. Beat the early buzz on Brian Strause’s charming, poignant Maybe a Miracle, due for release in October. Strause writes with the sure hand and smooth self-assurance of a seasoned novelist in this, his first fiction title.

Monroe Anderson just wants to get high before he heads to the prom but his visit to the family’s pool house to smoke some dope is aborted when he spots his beloved 11 year old sister, Annika, face down in the pool.

He revives her but she remains in a coma and despite her brother’s desire to protect her privacy, she becomes a media phenomenon with her healing powers and inexplicable stigmata.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Bestseller List (August 14, 2005)

Are you in the mood for the chills of a good mystery? Check out these new releases on this week’s list.

At #6 is Double Tap by Steve Martini: another legal thriller featuring Paul Madriani who stumbles across government secrets while defending a soldier on trial for murder.

At #10 is Long Time Gone by J.A. Jance: another familiar name has a new murder mystery set in the state of Washington.

At #12 is Chill of Fear by Kay Hooper: an FBI agent investigates a cold case in Tennessee in Hooper’s latest novel of romantic suspense.

Legendary Korean filmmaker: Im Kwon-Taek

The library has recently added many new titles to its DVD Collection, including several recent standouts from South Korean film. Chi-hwa-seon, also known as Painted Fire, uses vibrant imagery and powerful acting to tell the story of a famous 19th century Korean painter. Legendary Korean filmmaker Im Kwon-Taek won the award for best director at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival for this film.

Im also directed Chunhyang, based on a famous Korean folk-tale. This film interestingly blends traditional film storytelling and a form of Korean singing known as Pansori.

Both films are worth checking out.

The History of the World in 6 Glasses

Standage offers a distilled account of civilization founded on the drinking habits of mankind from the days of hunter-gatherers to yesterday’s designer thirst-quencher. History, along with a bit of technology, etymology, chemistry and bibulous entertainment. Bottoms up!” (from Kirkus Reviews)

Match the epoch with the beverage:

1. Beer.........A. Enlightenment
2. Wine........B. Globalization
3. Spirits......C. Hunter Gatherer to Farmer
4. Coffee......D. British Empire, Industrialization and Colonization
5. Tea...........F. Exploration
6. Cola.........G. Classical Times

To see the answer to "Match the epoch with the beverage", click on "Read More"(below).

Standage also wrote The Turk : the life and times of the famous eighteenth-century chess-playing machine

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