Haile Selassie, called the King of Kings, Elect of God, Lion of Judah, His Most Puissant Majesty and Distinguished Highness the Emperor of Ethiopia, reigned from 1930 until 1974. In 1975, while the country was still wracked by unrest, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland’s foremost foreign correspondent, traveled throughout Ethiopia to interview members of the Emperor’s court and ministries. The result is a fascinating book filled with first-hand accounts and insights into a leader’s cult of personality, and his obsession with maintaining power while becoming ever more out of touch with his people, culminating in one of the most unusual revolutions in world history.
"The Emperor: Downfall of An Autocrat" by Riszard Kapuscinski
Published on Friday, May 21, 2010
Published on Tuesday, May 4, 2010
"The Inheritance of Loss" by Kiran Desai
Published on Thursday, April 29, 2010
The Mount Pleasant Library’s Book Club selection for May is The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai. Winner of the 2006 Man Booker Prize, this thoughtful novel interweaves the stories of Jemubhai Popatlal, a retired judge, his orphaned granddaughter Sai, their cook, and the cook’s son, Biju. Set in the mid-1980s, the book contrasts the slower-paced, more old world setting of Kalimpong, at the foot of the Himalayas where the family lives, with the fast, chaotic pace of Manhattan’s restaurant scene where the cook’s son struggles to make a living as an illegal alien.
New Program Locations
Published on Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday May 3, 6:30 p.m.
Sleepy Story Time
Bedtime stories and songs, plus other night-time fun. Come in your PJs if you like!
Maximum 10 people.
At Mt. Pleasant Interim Library, 3164 Mt. Pleasant St. NW.
Wednesday May 5, 6:30 p.m.
(Secret Book Club)
Don't tell your friends (well, okay, your best friends), but we're starting a kids' book club! Come help us plan how it's going to work, plus come ready to tell us about your three favorite books! Snacks provided.
For independent readers ages 7-11, or anyone under 14 who wants to be in a book club!
Maximum 10 people.
At Mt. Pleasant Interim Library, 3164 Mt. Pleasant St. N.W.
Part Two: Stockholm
Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2010
In part two of this BBC World Service documentary series examining the relationship between real locations where crime occurs and how these inform home-grown, hard-boiled crime literature, Queenan travels to the current hotspot for crime fiction, Stockholm, where he speaks with Jens Lapidus and Camilla Lackberg, the latest in a growing line of best-selling crime writers about the role Sweden plays in their novels. Queenan also speaks with Superintendent of the Stockholm Police Richard Berglund and police officers Kiterina Stromberg and Sara Vandenblum about the recent rise of certain types of crime found in Stockholm and how actual case histories inspired Steig Larsson.
Part One: Washington, D.C.
Published on Friday, April 9, 2010
American humorist, critic, and author Joe Queenan is the host of this two-part BBC World Service documentary series which examines the relationship between real locations where crime occurs, and how these inform home-grown, hard-boiled crime literature. In part one of the series, Queenan travels to Washington, DC, where he uncovers the seamier side of the city tourists rarely see, discusses the city as inspiration with author George Pelecanos, and as participant with crime reporter for the Washington Post, Keith Alexander.
Published on Saturday, April 3, 2010
Here's our first announcement of special kids' programs for May at the new Mt. Pleasant Interim Library!
Monday May 3rd, 6:30-7pm
Sleepy Story Time
It's a bed-time story-time for children 3-5 years old! Come in your PJs, bring your favorite stuffie, and we'll have some night-time fun!
Wednesday May 5th 6:30-7pm
Secret Book Club
Don't tell your friends (well, maybe your best friends). We're starting a secret book club for readers 8-13 years old at the Mount Pleasant Interim Library.
First meeting is May 5th at 6:30pm. Bring two of your favorite books, or at least the titles and a list of what you like about them, and we'll talk, eat, and (hopefully) laugh.
Meetings will be at least once a month, next date TBA!
Published on Friday, March 26, 2010
Because the library is moving, there will be no more story times or other kids' programs at Mt. Pleasant Library until early May, and none at the interim library because it's too small. Times and alternate locations for story times will be posted as soon as they are available!
"The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan"
Published on Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The Mt. Pleasant Library’s Book Club selection for April is The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders, by Emmanuel Guibert. This graphic novel combines photographs taken by Didier Lefèvre, who was hired to accompany and document the work of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF, or Doctors without Borders) during a mission in 1986 into northern Afghanistan, with artwork by Emmanuel Guibert and design by Frédéric Lemercier.
John Boyne Discusses "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
Published on Tuesday, March 9, 2010
The BBC’s guest for the March edition of the World Book Club is John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Set in Germany in 1942, it tells the story of 9-year-old Bruno, who comes home one day to find that he and his family are to be transplanted from metropolitan Berlin to a house out in the middle of nowhere.
Along their house runs a seemingly never-ending fence. Ever the explorer, Bruno discovers "hundreds or even thousands" of people living on the other side of the fence, one a boy with whom he develops a friendship. Listen to John Boyne talk about his writing and answer questions sent in from around the world in front of a live audience.