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20
Oct11

Miss Representation, film airing tonight (10/20/11)

Posted by: Katherine Herrlich

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A powerful film about women will be televised on the OWN network at 9pm tonight.

The film Miss Representation “explores women’s under-representation in positions of power by challenging their limited and often disparaging portrayals in the media,” according to the description from the OWN Documentary Club web site. Appearing in the film are such notables as Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson, and Gloria Steinem. See a preview: Miss Representation trailer

If you miss the broadcast, Miss Representation is also available at Snell Library (currently checked out, but you can “place a hold” and be notified when it becomes available).

Posted in: Read, Listen, Watch, Women's Studies

3
Oct11

Nicholas Sparks has numerous new projects!

Posted by: Jaclyn Rubin

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Despite what critics may say, Nicholas Sparks has written some of the best love stories of our time.  He is personally one of my favorite authors and, lately, he has kept me very busy with his books, films, and television productions.

His newest book, The Best of Me, is set to release October 11th, 2011.  It is about two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past. Warner Brothers has also already purchased film rights for The Best of Me and will begin production on that sometime next year.

In addition to this novel, Warner Brothers has adapted Sparks’ novel, The Lucky One, into a film to be released on April 20, 2012 and his recent book, Safe Haven, has already undergone production by Relativity Media.

One would think that all of this would be enough excitement for one author, but Sparks does not stop there.  Sparks teamed up with Kristin Hahn, co-producer of The Time Traveler’s Wife, to create the script for a fantasy television show called The Watchers.  Temple Hill Entertainment bought rights to the television series and it will be broadcast on ABC.  The drama is about a fallen angel coming down to Earth to find love.  This is different then most of Sparks’ novels but if the show is anything like his books then I’m positive I will find it endearing and captivating…maybe you will too!

To see what Nicholas Sparks material Snell Library has in our stacks search myneu. To read more about Nicholas Sparks visit his website.

Posted in: Read, Listen, Watch, Serendipity

1
Sep11

Fall author lineup has something for everyone

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian

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I’ve just received the lineup of authors coming to Snell Library this fall to speak about their books.  It arrived in my email and my snail mail on the same day, which seemed fortuitous somehow.  Of course the first thing I did was scan to see if I had read any of the books (nope, not yet) or even heard of any of the authors (yes!).

What struck me as I examined the list was the terrific variety we have to offer.  Whether you’re interested in history, women’s studies, sports, journalism, marketing, politics, law, or just a few good fiction reads, there’s an author coming to speak at Snell that you’ll be interested in hearing from!

Independence book cover The season opens with John Ferling’s Independence: The Stuggle to Set America Free on 9/14 (you can never read enough about the Declaration of Independence, right?) followed by Peter F. Stevens on 9/21, reading from The Twilight Riders: The Last Charge of the 26th Cavalry, another history book, this one about World War II.

Lou Imbriano, former Chief Marketing Officer for the New England Patriots, talks about his new book Winning the Customer, which covers revenue-building marketing strategies from a top NFL CMO on 9/22.  And Martin Henn will present Under the Color of Law about counterterrorism law and policy on 10/19, a timely topic in this 10th anniversary year of the Al-Qa’ida attacks.

Braver headshotInterested in fiction? If so, meet Gary Braver, who reads from his new suspense novel, Tunnel Vision, on 10/26. This novel has won advance praise from none other than Ray Bradbury! Braver may be better known to you as Gary Goshgarian, longtime professor of English at Northeastern. Read more about why he writes under a pen name here.

 

Cohn book cover

There’s a trifecta of authors coming to discuss the role and status of women this fall: Joumana Haddad, author of I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman comes to Snell on 10/20, sports journalist Linda Cohn, author of Cohn-Head: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Breaking into the Boys Club on 10/22, and Dr. Emily Fox Kales, author of Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders on 11/16.

Vega

Capping off the season is a very special event: An Evening with Al Vega (11/17), hosted by acclaimed WGBH music announcer Ron Della Chiesa and Leonard Brown of Northeastern’s Department of African American Studies and Music. Jazz pianist Al Vega, who attended Northeastern in the 1940s, will perform with his trio, and Prof. Brown will present his book about Vega, Boston’s Jazz Legend: the Al Vega Story.  This event is open to Northeastern University faculty, staff and students.

Join your friends and colleagues in meeting Snell’s visiting authors this fall!

Posted in: Library News and Events, Read, Listen, Watch

2
Aug11

New Summer Reading Suggestion!

Posted by: Kelsey Strout

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Here is an additional summer reading suggestion to add to your lists. The Help written by Kathryn Stockett currently holds the number one spot on The New York Times Best Sellers List for combined print & e-book fiction.


Publisher’s Weekly provides the following description:

“What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel (and maiden publication of Amy Einhorn’s new imprint) set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club set relies and mistrusts enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who’s raised 17 children, and Aibileen’s best friend Minny, who’s found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it.”

This title may sound familiar, as it has just been made into a movie which stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia L. Spencer and opens on August 10th.

Find out what all the fuss is about by reserving Snell Library’s copy today or get more information on Amazon.com.

Posted in: Read, Listen, Watch, Serendipity

22
Jul11

Snell Library’s Suggested Summer Reading

Posted by: William Macowski

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Staff members of Snell Library have some great suggestions of titles for you to add to your Summer Reading List. For more information on these titles, stop by the display case on the first floor in Snell Library’s main stairwell. Enjoy!

Comfort Me With Apples: More Adventures At The Table, by Ruth Reichl – Suggested by Anita Bennett, Research & Instruction Staff Supervisor

The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak – Suggested by Rebecca Bailey, Librarian, Research & Instruction

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins – Suggested by Ernesto Valencia, Systems Librarian

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand – Suggested by Nina Shah, Advancement/Marketing/Events Assistant

Bicycle Diaries, by David Byrne – Suggested by Jessie Contour, Graphic Design Co-op, Spring/Summer 1 2011

Posted in: Read, Listen, Watch, Serendipity, Staff Interests