An Interview with Alice Dubois

Alice Dubois is an Evanston based artist. EPL is pleased and honored feature Ms. Dubois as the latest artist in our local artist exhibition series. You can currently view her art on display on the 2nd Floor of the Evanston Public Library. Ms. Dubois will be donating 10% of the proceeds from her sales from this show to the Evanton Library Friends. You can read more about her generous donation right here. To view more of Ms. Dubois’ artwork  you can visit her Flickr site.  We recently spoke with Ms. Dubois via email about her art, her inspirations, and what it’s like to be an artist in Evanston. Continue reading

Three Cups of Tea in the Military

Three Cups of Tea has been much sought after as a book club selection here in the United States, but who knew it had become “required reading” for senior leaders of our armed forces? The New York Times has an interesting article about the popularity of Greg Mortenson’s book among the American military community in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Local Art @ EPL

Throughout the month of July EPL is pleased to present the work of Alice Dubois, the latest artist to be featured in our local artist exhibition series. Ms. Dubois’ colorful canvases draw inspiration from nature, literature, and music and combine various artistic styles into a striking, unique, and eerily beautiful whole. She lives and makes her art right here in Evanston, Illinois and has even been inspired by EPL’s family of peregrine falcons to make a brand new painting featured in her exhibit. You can see Ms. Dubois’ artwork throughout July on the 2nd Floor of the Evanston Public Library. And stay tuned to our Off the Shelf blog for an interview with the artist coming up later this month.

In Stieg’s League: Millennium Trilogy Readalikes

Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy"

If you count yourself among author Stieg Larsson’s many legions of fans, it’s likely that these days you’re caught in somewhat of a predicament.  If, on the one hand, you were one of the fortunate first to devour Larsson’s new The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, you’re probably already wondering what new crime fiction fare could possibly satisfy your continued hunger for the tragically-shortened Millennium Trilogy.  If, on the other hand, you find yourself buried deep on the waiting list for Larsson’s last, the chances are good you’re in need of a literary elixir to both stoke the pleasures and soothe the pains of anticipating your third and final date with what Entertainment Weekly recently dubbed “the hottest books on the planet.”  Whichever your situation, however, rest assured that there’s still a wealth of incredible Scandanavian crime fiction just waiting to be discovered.  In particular, Larsson’s native Sweden boasts a bumper crop of talented authors writing books that explore their country’s dark underbelly and feature mesmerizing characters, complex mysteries, and seat-of-your-pants suspense in the same vein as Larsson’s international bestsellers.  So, as they do in Sweden, pour yourself a coffee from the table thermos, stretch out on an IKEA-brand futon, and give one of the following thrilling translations a try:   Continue reading

Urban Fiction Reigns at ALA

The urban fiction panel, “PHAT Fiction: Engaging Hip Hop Literature in the Public Library”, co-moderated at ALA by  librarian, (Evanston Public Library) Susan McClelland, and Chicago Public Library Book Club Coordinator, K.C. Boyd, was a rousing success! The Monday, June 28, program featured four urban fiction authors (Coe Booth, Paula Chase, Kia DuPree, and Tachelle Wilkes) and seven librarians (K.C. Boyd, Megan Honig, Christopher Lassen, D.L. Grant,Vanessa Morris, and Amy Pattee).  The authors and librarians discussed aspects of urban fiction’s appeal to readers, its impact on publishing and options for library programming. The 200-seat capacity room was standing room only,  and one lucky reader even took home twenty hardcover urban fiction titles, courtesy of  Follett Resources who supplied books for a raffle drawing at the program’s end.  Visit  the wiki and view panel discussions and photos online.

Susan Mc.

Libraries and Librarians in the News

Where it’s unsafe to be outside, libraries provide haven for kids
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Chicago Tribune (IL)-July 6, 2010
Author: Lolly Bowean, Tribune reporter

It was a warm and sunny day outside, but Xavier Parker, 10, was deep into a computer game at Thurgood Marshall Public Library when his father walked in and told the boy he was about to go to a store.
       
“Stay in here,” Xavier’s father, Jimmy Giles, said, leaving the boy in charge of his 6- and 8-year-old brothers. “Don’t go anywhere until I come back and get you.” Continue reading