Surprisingly enough, this week’s highlights are mostly focused on new nonfiction dealing with intriguing political and psychological issues.
Events: The Henry Miller Library will be showing the film “Chavez: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, presented by producer Rod Stoneman on Wednesday, September 30th, at 7:30. Before and after the screening, Stoneman will be available to discuss the issues of objectivity in the media presented in both the film and his book by the same name. Screening is free; donations are appreciated.
New Literature: Carl Jung’s The Red Book, a frightening exploration into the subconscious written 40 years ago, is only just now being published. A $195 visual masterpiece, this may be one of the most important books in the history of psychology, a “story about genius and madness…possession and obsession.” While fascinating to some and uselessly creepy to others, this book is bound to be interesting. Read the ten-page New York Times article here (via Newtonvile Books Blog).
Timothy Egan’s The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire That Saved America is one of the rare historical novels that is a true page-turner. Egan, the author of The Worst Hard Times, about the American dustbowl, is a specialist in American history and a winner of the National Book Award. This book about the raging forest fire that ravaged more than three million acres in only two days focuses on Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, the first head of the National Forest Service. This is a powerful novel about conservationism, sustainability, and other important environmental issues that remain today (Broadway Bookbroads).
Other: Newtonville Books posted a very entertaining interview with Lev Grossman, author of the hit adult fantasy recently mentioned in the Monday Morsels, The Magicians.
You can now vote for the winner of the National Book Award and have the chance to win tickets to the National Book Award ceremony and a stay at the Marriott Hotel! Vote between The Stories of John Cheever, Invisible Man, The Collected Stories of William Faulkner, The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor, Gravity’s Rainbow, and The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty (Newtonvile Books Blog and Powell’s Book Blog).
Twitter got a 28-year-old man who still lived at home a book deal due to the popularity of his blog on his father’s amusing sayings (via Powell’s Book Blog). Apparently blogging really can pay off…who knew!