Thank you to everyone who participated in Our Community Reads! We will wrap up the blog with another interesting way to explore The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier: a reading map. Created by Laura Foutch (a newly minted librarian and addition to our Library staff) it pulls together related books, movies and websites, tracing the themes that make the book such a fascinating read. Click below and take your exploration of the book even further!
Last night, for the final Our Community Reads program, Gary Christenson gave an entertaining presentation on the portrayal of the afterlife in film. Highlighting themes such as the desire for eternal life, justice and redemption, Gary referenced many different movies, and they are listed in alphabetical order below. Please note that if the movie is available in our library system I’ve added a link to the catalog. For other titles, please contact the Reference Desk for help obtaining them from other libraries.
Defending Your Life
Field of Dreams
Goodbye Charlie (1964 with Tony Curtis, Walter Matthau and Debbie Reynolds)
Heaven Can Wait
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Lovely Bones
Made in Heaven (1987 with Timothy Hutton)
Meet Joe Black
The Sixth Sense
The Tree of Life
What Dreams May Come
Nasso Lar (also titled Astral City)
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
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On Tuesday evening we had a terrific time listening to author Kevin Brockmeier talk about his book The Brief History of the Dead, as well as writing, music, movies, art and much more!
One thing we learned is that Kevin keeps extensive lists of his favorite items and, as requested by the audience, we now have copies of them available. Please stop by the Reader Services Desk or you can view/print below.
KB’s 50 Favorite Books
KB’s 50 Favorite Movies
KB’s 50 Favorite Music Albums
KB’s 50 Favorite Quotes
KB’s 50 Favorite Children’s Books
Thank you to everyone who attended the Our Community Reads author event! There wasn’t nearly enough time for all the topics we could have discussed, so feel free to keep going using our Online Book Discussion page.
Tonight at 7:00pm please join us for an evening with Kevin Brockmeier.
The author will read from The Brief History of the Dead and answer questions about his book. Brockmeier is an award-winning novelist and short story writer who has been called one of “America’s best practitioners of fabulist fiction.” He has received Arkansas’ top literary prizes (the Porter Fund Award for Literary Excellence and the Worthen Prize), and has been recognized nationally with numerous awards, including three O. Henry prizes, for his masterful use of figurative language in stories that combine reality and fantasy.
The author visit is sponsored by the St. Charles Public Library Foundation.
During the next few weeks we are offering the opportunity to discuss The Brief History of the Dead online. Questions will be posted every few days (Question 1 is up now). In addition, feel free to ask questions as comments on this post. They can be about the book, or specific questions for author Kevin Brockmeier that we’ll try to ask when he’s here next week.
4/4 – Question 2 is now up and ready for comments!
4/7 – Question 3 has been posted
4/11 – Question 4