African American Film Series – At a Library Near You!

Af Am Film Series blog graphicThis spring, many of our libraries are gearing up for an African American film series where we will be screening movies celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the African American experience.

Please join us for this exciting series and let us know what you think! Continue reading “African American Film Series – At a Library Near You!”

Seattle Rep’s ‘Dear Elizabeth’

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Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, two giants of 20th century American poetry, first met in 1947 when both were young poets in the early phase of their careers. They began an intense friendship, sustained by frequent letter-writing, that stretched across three decades and ended with Lowell’s death in 1977. A volume of their complete correspondence, Words in Air, was published in 2008. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘Dear Elizabeth’”

Two Nonfiction books about the Pacific Northwest: ‘The Boys in the Boat’ and ‘The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff’

I must confess–every year I tell myself that I will try to read more nonfiction and ever year I read a bit more but perhaps not as much as I had intended.

Last year I happened to read two nonfiction titles that delve into different slices of Washington state history.

The Boys in the BoatFirst, I had heard so much about The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown. It is one of those books that has captured the spirit and the imagination of our region with a story of timeless triumph. So when a bookstore customer told me, “You need to read it–it will make your heart bigger!”–I finally took the plunge. Continue reading “Two Nonfiction books about the Pacific Northwest: ‘The Boys in the Boat’ and ‘The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff’”

Seattle Rep’s ‘All the Way’ and the legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson

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by Andrea
In 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson was launched into the presidency. In his Tony Award winner for Best Play, playwright Robert Schenkkan dramatizes Johnson’s first year in office. Creating a vivid portrait of a brilliant politician and flawed man, All the Way brings to life Johnson’s passionate engagement with Civil Rights legislation, and hints at the looming complications of the Vietnam War. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘All the Way’ and the legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson”

Meet Drag King Ernie Von Schmaltz at Banned! Books in Drag

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For our Banned! Books in Drag event at Neighbours Nightclub hosted by David Schmader this Saturday, Sept. 27 (6:30-9:00 p.m.), we asked Drag King Ernie Von Schmaltz, about his first LGBTQ book:

 

A pivotal LGBTQ book I remember reading and re-reading is Leslie Fienberg’s Stone Butch Blues.  I first read it 10+ years ago when I was starting to be more interested in LGBTQ literature. As I read, it struck me as such a harsh piece of work, the character in the story goes through such horrific things in order to survive, just for being visibly butch and/or gay.  But in the same way it was startling in its harshness, it was also so eye opening to realize that even though this story is (supposedly) a novel, so many of the things the main character Jess had to endure really happened.  It really opened my eyes in a personal way about people in the LGBTQ community that had lived before me, and what it might have been like to be yourself in a time of less social tolerance and acceptance.  To me, this book bridges the gap between historical stories about “gay people a long time ago” and real lives of friends and loved ones.  As I have read and re-read this book over the years, I continue to think of it as iconic must-read for anyone in the LGBTQ community and beyond.

Come meet Ernie and our other amazing drag performers Saturday night! We hear Ernie puts on quite a show!