On May 15th, Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton died from a blood disorder at 54. Shelton was known for her intimate style of filmmaking, which was frequently both touching and funny, and for her commitment to making films about (and filming them in) Seattle. As her career moved forward, she worked with bigger and bigger stars – she directed four episodes of the acclaimed Hulu series Little Fires Everywhere – but always retained her independent spirit, which are on display with her films, many of which can be streamed on Kanopy and Hoopla.
We Go Way Back(2006) is a small, intimate film about 23-year Kate, who’s quarter-life crisis is exacerbated when she discovers letters from her 13-year-old self and realizes in ten years time she went from an ambitious teenager to idle young adult. Little seen and lacking star power, Shelton would wait three years for widespread recognition with Humpday(2009). Taking bromance to a new level, Humpdayfollows Ben (Mark Duplass) and Andrew (Joshua Leonard), fiercely competitive friends who, after a drunken night, agree to the ultimate dare – set aside their heterosexuality and make a porn film together, in the name of art. Funny and slightly squirmy, Shelton’s smart commentary on the politics of masculinity won her a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Continue reading “Remembering Lynn Shelton”
Thanks to the generosity of several publishers and distributors, The Seattle Public Library now provides access to hundreds of Always Available nonfiction eBooks until June 30th! While you wait for your holds to be filled and for the library to reopen, check some of these out.
Five National Book Award nominees are available, including two winners: Sarah M. Broom’s searing memoir The Yellow House (2019), which chronicles her family’s hundred year history through the family house in New Orleans, and Jeffrey Stewart’s The New Negro(2018), a biography of the “Father of the Harlem Renaissance” (this also won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2018). Nominees include Tressie McMillan Cottom’s smart and provocative essay collection Thick (2019); Albert Woodfox’s devastating memoir Solitary (2019) about spending four decades in solitary confinement; and Strangers in Their Own Land (2018), where Berkeley-based author Arlie Russell Hochschild finds common ground with people on the conservative end of the political spectrum. Continue reading “Noteworthy Nonfiction eBooks – Available NOW!”
March 13th, 2020 was notable for two reasons. One, it was Friday the 13th, but hardly anyone at the Seattle Public Library noticed for the second reason: it was the last day we were open before closing our doors for a month because of COVID-19. It was a frantic and stressful day full of uncertainty for everyone, with an outstanding outcome: on a typical Friday, SPL checks out 13,000 physical items, but on March 13th we checked out 104,000 books, DVDs and CDs!
While patrons are unable to borrow any physical items until at least April 13, SPL has a rich and robust collection of digital resources that can be accessed anytime. Patrons new to digital resources will find lots to choose from, and experienced patrons will find new items to discover.