Seattle Rep’s HERE LIES LOVE: Beyond the Theater

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents HERE LIES LOVE by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim from April 7 to May 28, 2017. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, CDs and films to enhance your experience of the show: Seattle Rep’s HERE LIES LOVE: Beyond the Theatre.

Seattle Rep will transform into a wild dance party for this one-of-a-kind song cycle. Here Lies Love follows the rise and fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, while the People’s Power Revolution led a campaign of civil resistance for the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines. The studio recording features a host of notable vocalists and musicians including Sharon Jones, Cyndi Lauper and Sia. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s HERE LIES LOVE: Beyond the Theater”

Immigration and the Refugee Experience Presented in Comics for Kids and Young Adults

Comics can be an effective gateway toward empathy and understanding. Both fiction and non-fiction comics can help the reader visualize and develop context for a wide variety of human experience. Here are a few comics which may help younger readers learn about the lives and experiences of refugees and immigrants. Continue reading “Immigration and the Refugee Experience Presented in Comics for Kids and Young Adults”

Notable Comics of 2016

There were a lot of great comics published in 2016. Here are a few of my favorites from this year:

March: Book Three
by John Lewis
The National Book Award winning conclusion to Congressman John Lewis’ comics memoir (created with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell) is a visceral, unsentimental portrayal of the civil rights movement in the era of Jim Crow. Lewis’ focus on the strategic details of organizing and protesting bring moments of the movement to life and could serve as a modern blueprint for activist response to bigotry and institutionalized racism. Continue reading “Notable Comics of 2016”

Bring Down the House

bring-down-the-houseHave you heard the latest about William Shakespeare? Oxford University Press recently credited Christopher Marlowe as co-author for Henry VI Parts 1, 2, and 3. NPR has an interesting interview with Gary Taylor, Florida State University professor and one of the general editors of The New Oxford Shakespeare, in which he details the process for determining authorship.

In an act of remarkable timing, you have three chances to catch a performance from an exciting new adaptation of Shakespeare’s (and Marlowe’s) Henry VI trilogy at The Seattle Public Library.  Actors will read an excerpt from Seattle Shakespeare Company’s upcoming production of Bring Down the House, a thunderous, all-female, two-part adaptation of the Henry VI trilogy. Each reading will be followed by a question and answer session. Continue reading “Bring Down the House”

Crime Comics: Fiction and Non-Fiction

Crime comics were big in the 1940s and 50s, but when adoption of the Comics Code Authority in 1954 limited the types and severity of crime cartoonists could depict, their popularity waned. In recent decades crime comics have gained in popularity and stature as several talented creators have worked to resurrect and reinvent the genre, both in fiction and non-fiction forms. Continue reading “Crime Comics: Fiction and Non-Fiction”