Books to Movies in 2018

As part of my self-imposed challenge to read or re-read all of the Newbery Award winning books from 1922 forward, I re-read Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time a couple of years ago. (I actually listened to the audio CD version narrated by the incomparable Hope Davis and it was wonderful.)  I was excited to hear that a movie was in the works, and released in the theaters just last week!

I have since discovered that 2018 is a big year for book to movie releases.  Although we are somehow well into 2018 already, you still have time to read a number of great books  before the movies are are released.  Because we all know, the book is always better than the movie – or is that the other way around?  Well, whatever your perspective, you’d better get started with Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One which is due out in the theaters at the end of March.  This is another book that I recently listened to, read by Wil Wheaton, American actor and arch nemesis of Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory.  The plot is so far out of my comfort zone and yet I REALLY enjoyed it.  If you are still living in the 1980’s you will thoroughly enjoy it too but you don’t have to be an 80’s fan (I can’t say I am) to like the book.

Other movies due out this year include: Continue reading “Books to Movies in 2018”


International Women’s Day!

Yes, it’s today! And here are some books to celebrate women leaders. Some of these are well-known, and others more obscure. But all of them are awesome!

Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper joined the Navy during WWII, where she began working on computer programming. She’s responsible for many “firsts” in the field; her colleagues called her amazing Grace! This biography will tell you about many of her accomplishments.

Continue reading “International Women’s Day!”

Film weekend at Whipoorwill Hall:

Leonora Carrington

The next several days will keep you quite busy here at the library, with free film screenings this Friday evening , March 9, at 7 pm; Sunday afternoon, March 11 at 1 pm; and free art lectures this coming Wednesday evening, March 14 at 6 & 7 pm

Wednesday, March 14, the art lecture on the intriguing artist Leanora Carrington will start at 6 pm, to be followed at 7 pm by our scheduled class on photographer Margaret Bourke-White. 

As a bonus, we will also take another look at Columbian artist Fernando Botero between sessions.


(Pictures above: Operation Wednesday, 1969, tempera on masonite, by surrealist painter, Leonora Carrington)

I wanted to highlight several interesting female artists and issues this month of March, Women’s History Month, hence the choice of artists Carrington, Bourke-White & Lavatelli, as well as this month’s films.

One of the interesting things about Carrington was her surrealist style & her refusal to paint for the art market, instead choosing to paint for herself, regardless of whether her work would sell or not.

Born in Lancashire in 1917, Carrington’s life was quite tumultuous, including her heart-breaking relationship with artist Max Ernst and resulting mental breakdown and hospitalization.

Like numerous artists before her, her work, highly personal and symbolic, was central to her sanity & integrity. She wrote about her hospitalization in her book, DOWN BELOW, which was quite controversial at the time of its publication for its indictment of the brutal treatment she received as part of her “care and rehabilitation”.

( it is available through the Westchester library system if you are interested in seeing how Carrington wrote about her confinement).

One of the last active Surrealist painters, Carrington died in Mexico City in 2012 after a life that took her from England to France, Spain, Portugal, the US and finally Mexico, where she was quite politically active.

A strong-willed and passionate person, Leonora was instrumental in founding the Women’s Liberation Movement and did not shy away from the direction her beliefs took her.

During class, I will discuss comparisons between her work and life, and that of other artists and contemporaries including Pollack, Claudel, Kahlo, Eluard, Miller and Ernst.

(Above: Messen, Ernst, Carrington, & Eluard as captured by photographer Lee Miller; Lee Miller Archive)

NOTE: Miller, a fashion model for Vogue, collaborated with and served as the artistic muse for Man Ray. A Surrealist artist in her own right, she also reported on the London Blitz and the Second World War. I will be discussing her work at greater length in April.

I look forward to seeing you next week for an overview of the incredible Leonora Cartington, and her unbelievable personal & artistic journey.

As a reminder- this Friday night, March 9, the film screening of The September Issue,  the documentary on Anna Wintour & the making of fashion mag powerhouse Vogue, is scheduled for a 7 pm start. 

Also, please join us this coming Sunday afternoon for the rescheduled screening of the classic Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn film FUNNY FACE. The movie will screen with an intro Sunday afternoon, March 11, at 1 pm in Whipoorwill Hall.

The following week’s schedule, barring any new storms, hurricanes, floods, plagues, or earthquakes, is as follows:

Wednesday, March 14 – Art- Women’s history month continues with a look at Margaret Bourke-White and thought-provoking images from this internationally respected photographer/artist.

Friday, March 16- film – The Devil Wears Prada- Starring Meryl Streep & Anne Hathaway, this bitingly funny look at what it takes to make it in the high-pressured world of fashion is based on the book of the same name, & the author’s experiences working under Anna Wintour.

Looking forward to seeing you at any or all of the great art and film programs I’ve curated for us this spring!