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REVISITING TWO ICONIC WESTERNS: HIGH NOON & THE SEARCHERS
Join film scholar Francine J. Sanders for a look at two masterpieces from one of the defining genres in American cinema. We'll explore the role of race, the hero, the landscape and other genre conventions, as well as how the films also provide insight into the political and social climate of the 50’s era. You'll need to watch the film on your own prior to the discussion; if you'd like help with viewing options, please call the library's Reference Desk. You're welcome to attend one or both of the discussions, but attending both will give you the best experience. If you wish to attend both of the discussions, you'll need to sign up separately.
Sunday, July 18, 1-2:30 pm: High Noon (dir. Fred Zinnemann, 1952) A town marshal must face a gang of deadly killers alone when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train. With Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly.
Sunday, July 25, 1-2:30 pm: The Searchers (dir. John Ford, 1956) Starring John Wayne, this revered classic traces a Civil War veteran on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanche tribe.
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We have all heard the battle cry, ‘Plant Milkweed for Monarchs!’ Will just planting milkweed really fix the problem of the declining population of monarchs in the midwest? What else can we do to help this iconic insect? Presented by naturalist and educator Kim White, with cameo appearances by monarch butterflies and/or caterpillars.
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About the presenter: Kim White has had a lifelong interest in the natural world. She spent 19 years associated with Brookfield Zoo’s Education Department as both a volunteer and employee teaching school groups. She is a master naturalist, a co-steward for the DuPage County Forest Preserve, education coordinator for the DuPage Monarch Project, and avid gardener for both food production and habitat creation. Her summers are spent growing milkweed for the monarch butterflies she raises from eggs and releases.
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Domestic Thriller Night! An Evening with Megan Miranda and Shari Lapena
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Bestselling author Megan Miranda’s new book is described as the perfect summer beach read. Such A Quiet Place is set in a seemingly idyllic neighborhood. Scratch the surface though, and there is deceit and viciousness festering inside the households of this community. Such A Quiet Place strikes an unnerving cord and will leave you wondering -- do you ever really know your neighbors?
With blockbuster novels such as All The Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, and The Last House Guest (a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick), Miranda has established herself as a master of the suspense genre.
Shari Lapena's Not A Happy Family has it all: rich people behaving badly, sibling rivalry, twists, turns, red herrings, and, of course, a few murders interspersed. When Fred and Sheila Merton are savagely killed, their adult kids are devastated. Or are they? Lapena’s new book brings to life the world of the rich and powerful with the dysfunctional Merton family. In this family, everyone is keeping secrets. Even the dead.
Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest, Someone We Know, and The End of Her.
Megan Miranda and Shari Lapena will be joined in conversation with Mary Kubica, the bestselling author of suspense novels.
Receive a signed bookplate with each copy of Such A Quiet Place or Not A Happy Family purchased while supplies last. Such A Quiet Place and Not A Happy Family can be purchased from The Book Stall, Book Bin, or Barbara's Bookstore.
Presented in partnership with: Algonquin Area Public Library, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Deerfield Public Library, Highland Park Public Library, Lake Villa District Library, Mount Prospect Public Library, Niles-Maine District Library, Schaumburg Township District Library, Vernon Area Public Library, and Wilmette Public Library.