Book Group: Fiction and Films

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Book Group: Fiction and Films

April Selection: 'Sacre Bleu'

Sacre Bleu book cover1889 Self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh from the WebMuseum, courtesy www.ibiblio.org.This month, the Fiction Lover's Book Club is reading Sacre Bleu, by Christopher Moore for discussion at our April meeting.  Subtitled "A Comedy d'Art," this ribald and lighthearted novel celebrates the lives and works of the Impressionists. Colorful in more ways than one, Moore's book includes color illustrations of and by the artists of the era. In the novel, a young artist and Toulouse-Lautrec set out to solve what they are convinced is the murder of Vincent Van Gogh

Prolific author Christopher Moore has kept readers laughing with a bevy of humorous and offbeat titles.  His bestselling novels, including Bite Me, Lamb, and Fool, cover a wide range of topics.  His debut work, Practical Demonkeeping, a cult favorite, has been translated into several languages and features characters that appear in his later novels.

Fiction Lover's Film Companion

Lust for Life DVD coverThis month's Fiction Lover's Film Companion is Lust for Life, a critically acclaimed biopic about the troubled life of the brilliant painter Vincent van Gogh, whose execution can never meet the breadth of his creative vision.  

The film stars Kirk Douglas, James Donald and Anthony Quinn, who won an Oscar for his performance as Van Gogh's best friend and artistic rival Paul Gauguin.

Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the film was released in 1956 and runs 122 minutes. It is not rated.

Times and Dates

The Fiction Lover's Book Club will discuss Sacre Bleu on Monday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 221. Lust for Life will be screened on Monday, April 22 at 6 p.m. in Room A-5, on the library's lower level.