This month for Poetry 365 we’re featuring the unforgettable second collection from Chinaka Hodge. In Dated Emcees, the Oakland-based poet, playwright, and Youth Speaks educator examines her own life through the lens of hip-hop and ’90s East Bay culture. Mixing humor and tragedy with sharp insights into systemic racism, anger, and violence, Dated Emcees was described by Dave Eggers as “an absolute powerhouse of a book… [that] deserves a wide audience, an attentive audience, an audience that wants to be astounded.” So check out this gem of a collection, sample a poem below, and make sure to stop back next month for Poetry 365.
Local Art @ EPL is proud to welcome a special traveling exhibit from the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. Titled “Deconstructing Stereotypes: Top Ten Truths About Native Peoples,” the display is based on a 2011 survey in which the Evanston museum asked Native American and Indigenous Canadian peoples to identify the biggest misconceptions about their heritage and culture. Using quotes from Native peoples, photographs, and materials from EPL’s collection, the thought-provoking exhibit works to dispel stereotypes related to mascots, casinos, addition, and treaty rights. You can catch the display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library through October 31, and make sure to check back with Off the Shelf later in the month for a featured interview with Kathleen McDonald, Executive Director of the Mitchell Museum. Stay tuned!
A mere 48 hours ago the winners of the 68th Emmy Awards were announced in a star-studded, red-carpet affair in the heart of sunny Los Angeles. Now from the heart of sunny Evanston, it’s time to unveil the winners of an honor arguably equal in prestige. That’s right, here on Off the Shelf we’re proud to present – minus the celebrities and carpeting – the winners of the 2016 EPL Emmys. Congrats to all our winners, and please hold your applause until all the awards have been announced.
And the EPL Emmy goes to…
Best Drama: Game of Thrones
“I am a devoted Downton Abbey fan, but I have to give it to Game of Thrones. They outdid themselves this season especially without the books to guide them. Original, suspenseful, satisfyingly vengeful, exciting – this season had it all. (Bonus: They even cut down on the pointless female nudity! Finally.)” — Gena Johnson
Best Comedy: Master of None
“Master of None’s episode “Parents” is one of the sharpest, funniest, saddest TV episodes about the immigrant experience. Aziz Ansari is a revelation on the show as star, director, and writer.” — Brian Wilson
Best Limited Series: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
“Other than David Schwimmer saying “Uncle Juice,” I really enjoyed American Crime Story.” — Bob Meyer
Best T.V. Movie: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
“Sherlock. Um, it’s elementary, dear librarian.” — Heather Plank
Best Talk Show: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
“Please. John Oliver is stunning every week! Even Janice from Accounting has to acknowledge his greatness. And you know she doesn’t give a… care.” — Gena Johnson
Best Sketch Series: Drunk History
“Drunk History’s reenactments make the show. Click. Clack. Clickety clack.” — Elizabeth Sanderson
Lloyd Davidson is an Evanston photographer who made his Local Art @ EPL debut back in 2015. Now the retired NU Life Sciences Librarian has returned with a fresh collection of breathtaking nature photography captured everywhere from New Zealand to the American Southwest to James Park. You can catch this inspired show on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library through the end of September, and you can view more of Dr. Davidson’s work by visiting his online gallery. Recently we spoke with him via email about his artistic inspirations including Kafka, Picasso, and Edward Weston, his three simple rules for capturing the perfect shot, the Louis Pasteur quote that is his motto, and the rich Evanston art scene.
Calling all Evanston TV lovers and likers! The 68th Emmy Awards are right around the corner, and here on Off the Shelf, we need your help. You see, we want to know which shows you think should win the big Emmys of 2016 and why. We’re not asking which shows you think WILL win but which ones you think SHOULD win, and please don’t worry if you haven’t seen every episode of every nominated series. Even if you only tuned in sporadically, please don’t be shy and let us know what you thought by filling out our EPL Emmy Picks 2016 Survey. After that, make sure to check back with Off the Shelf next week for all the results. Stay tuned.
We are thrilled to welcome Lloyd Davidson back to the library for a brand-new Local Art @ EPL exhibit. After making his 2015 library debut, the retired NU Life Sciences Librarian and Evanston photographer has returned with a fresh collection of breathtaking nature photography captured everywhere from New Zealand to the American Southwest to James Park. You can catch this inspired show on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library through the end of September, and you can meet Dr. Davidson at an opening reception on September 8th at 7 pm. Also, make sure to check back with Off the Shelf later in the month for a featured interview with the artist himself. Stay tuned.
This month for Poetry 365 we’re featuring Kim Addonizio’s eclectic new book Mortal Trash. Filled with allusions to classic poets such as William Shakespeare and Gerard Manley Hopkins, this seventh collection from the prolific National Book Award finalist mingles witty musings on lust and aging with weightier concerns about terrorism and global warming. Vivid, jaded, and linguistically agile, Mortal Trash shows why the San Francisco Chronicle described Addonizio as “a master of compressed intensity who always nails the emotional image.” So don’t miss this edgy new book, sample a poem below, and make sure to stop back next month for Poetry 365.
Patrick Shiplett is an Evanston artist who is the latest to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL. A cartoonist whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, NY Times, and Washington Post, Shiplett’s exhibit features nearly three dozen cartoons he presented to the New Yorker’s editorial staff before they explained “there was no room for a cartoonist [his] age in their lineup.” Titled Too Old for the New Yorker, Shiplett’s cartoon collection is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through August 31st along with selected writing from his blog. You can find more of his cartoons and writing by visiting his website, and we recently spoke with him via email about his artistic origins, pitch meetings at the New Yorker, advice for aspiring cartoonists, and his blog.
Our superhero super fans have spoken! Below are the top picks in our survey of EPL’s Favorite Superhero Movies:
Most Anticipated Upcoming Superhero Movie…
Doctor Strange (November 2016)
“Two words… Benedict. Cumberbatch.”
Favorite Recent Superhero Movie…
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
“I think the Avengers movies have done a good job of not destroying the franchise. Captain America: Civil War was a close second.”
Favorite Superhero Movie of All Time…
The Dark Knight (2008)
“The people on the boats, Batman’s faith in the citizens of Gotham… It flips the script.”
And the Best Batman is… Continue reading “EPL’s Favorite Superhero Movies — The Votes Are In!”
At long last Suicide Squad is hitting theaters nationwide, and now we’ve got a fever. A superhero fever, that is, and the only cure is to talk superhero movies right here on Off the Shelf. Whether you’re a DC purist or loyal to Marvel, do us a super solid and visit EPL’s Favorite Superhero Movies to cast your votes for the best past, present, and future blockbusters in the genre along with your all-time favorite Batman. Remember, with great voting power comes great responsibility so don’t delay, and make sure to check back with Off the Shelf next week for all the voting results. Now, EPL Assemble!