It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s $3.2 Million

SUPERMAN-articleInline1938’s Action Comics No. 1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, sold for $3.207,852 to an unnamed buyer. Darren Adams the owner of Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Washington posted it on eBay August 14. The original price for this comic in 1938 was 10 cents. It took just 48 bids to get from a starting price of 99-cents to it’s final sale. Mr. Adams told the Washington Post: “I actually held it for a few years–I was so excited about this book. And equally exciting to have a book of this condition is the fact that nobody knew it existed…till I made it known.” Read more here. Now don’t you wish you had saved your old comic books?

Laura

Lyric Opera’s big costume sale on September 6th

lyric-SHO-1208-12.jpgOpera fans are eagerly awaiting the gala opening night of this year’s 2014/2015 opera season at Chicago’s world renowned Lyric Opera. It’s Don Giovanni on September 27th. And, of course, here at EPL, we are setting up our Lyric materials display and organizing our popular lecture series that begins on Saturday, September 20th at 2pm at the Main Library.

But if you’ve always imagined you’d look fabulous as the flirty Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) or want to dress up this Halloween as the lovestruck Nanki-Poo (The Mikado), now’s your chance to purchase a get-up at the Lyric’s costume sale on Saturday, September, 6th, 9am to 6pm at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive at Madison Street. Prices will range from $1 to $200.

Barbara L.

Richard Attenborough, Actor and Director, 1923-2014

attenborough-obit-3-master315British actor and director Richard Attenborough died on Sunday at the age of 90. Although a familiar actor in Britain, it wasn’t until he was cast in the 1963 war film The Great Escape that he became established in Hollywood. He won Golden Globe Awards for best supporting actor in The Sand Pebbles in 1966 and again in 1967 for his role in Doctor Doolittle. He also acted in Indian director Satyajit Ray’s The Chess Players and in Steve Spielberg’s hit Jurassic Park. His later years were devoted to directing, including his 1982 epic Gandhi which was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won eight.  His earlier directing jobs include the 1969 satirical musical Oh! What a Lovely War; Young Winston in 1972; A Chorus Line in 1985, and Cry Freedom in 1987. Mr. Attenborough was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1967, was knighted in 1976, made a baron in 1993 and given a seat in the House of Lords. For more about this distinguished “giant of British cinema” see today’s NYT article. And check the EPL catalog for more of his films.

Laura

Murder…in the library…with a poker. What fun!

corpse in libraryIf you’re in Shetland or Orkney (UK) on September 13th, you might want to help solve a heinous crime committed in the library at the Ravenswick Hotel. Ann Cleeves, popular mystery writer there and abroad is promoting a novel way to spend an evening in a local library–a whodunnit presentation of an original drama. As reported in an article in The Scotsman, “the murder mystery idea was premiered at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, with the help of Steven Robertson and Alison O’Donnell, two of the stars from the Shetland television series. Cleeves, who has been a high-profile critic of local authority moves to close libraries around the UK, said she was thrilled to roll it out across communities.” Read the full article here.

Barbara L.

2014 Hugo Awards

ancillaryAmerican author Ann Leckie is the recipient of this year’s Hugo Award, science fiction’s highest honor, for her debut novel Ancillary Justice. Ms. Leckie’s book, “narrated by the artificial consciousness of a starship”, has won other major sci-fi awards, including the Nebula and Arthur C Clarke awards and the British Science Fiction Association award. NPR’s Genevieve Valentine wrote: “Ancillary Justice is an absorbing thousand-year history, a poignant personal journey, and a welcome addition to the genre.” The Hugo award is named after Hugo Gernsback who founded the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories and coined the word science fiction. Other winners of this year’s award include Equoid by Charles Stross and The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu. You can read more about this prestigious award and see the full list of winners here.

Laura

Poet’s WWI Diaries Available Online

POETRY2-master180-v2Diaries and notebooks of poet Siegfried Sassoon will be published online by the Cambridge University Library. The 23 diaries and two journals are being made public to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Writing in a “leather-bound notebook from a fly-speck village in northern France” Sassoon wrote “My inner life is far more real than the hideous realism of this land, the war -zone.” Cambridge University librarian Anne Jarvis calls the archive “a collection of towering importance, not just to historians, but to anyone seeking to understand the horror, bravery and futility of the First World War as experienced by those on the front lines and in the trenches.” Read more in these articles from the NYT and NPR. And check the EPL catalog for works by and about this celebrated war poet.

Laura

 

 

2014 PEN Literary Awards

30PEN-articleInlineWinners of the 2014 PEN Literary Awards were announced today by the PEN/American Center. Among the winners are poet Frank Bidart for his collection Metaphysical Dog (also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award); critic James Wolcott for Critical Mass (reviewed as “epic and epically rewarding”) and playwright David Rabe. Other winners include Linda Leavell for biography, Carl Hart for literary science and Ron Childress for socially engaged fiction (a prize founded by Barbara Kingsolver). The $25,000 award for Debut Fiction will be announced at the end of September. Read more about the awards in this NYT article.

Laura