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SAG Nominees & Winners for Movies & Television

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The Screen Actors Guild announce their winners January 25.  Links will be updated as the library acquires more titles. How many have you seen?  Movies coming soon… Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Birdman - WINNER Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game The Theory of Everything   Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading ... Read More »

Canvas Detroit by Julie Pincus & Nichole Christian

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Julie Pincus and Nichole Christian combine vibrant full-color photography of the city’s much-buzzed-about art scene with thoughtful narrative that explores the art and artists that are re-creating Detroit. Canvas Detroit captures hundreds of pieces of artwork in many forms-including large-scale and small-scale murals, sculptures, portraits, light projections, wearable art, and installations (made with wood, glass, living plants, fiber, and fabric). ... Read More »

Classic Films featuring Lauren Bacall

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Midwest Tape, the library’s source for films, audiobooks and music, has a lovely tribute to the late Lauren Bacall.  For the full article click here. It was on the set of To Have and Have Not that Bacall met Bogie. The two married in 1945 and remained so until Bogart’s death in 1957. In addition to being husband and wife, ... Read More »

Recommended Reading

Act of War by Brad Thor

 Act of War by Brad Thor After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem–no one knows if she can be trusted. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion. The ... Read More »

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me A ferocious, funny, and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend.  This documentary tribute showcases the brash, uncompromising Tony and Emmy winner both on stage and off. The film captures her immeasurable charm, acerbic wit, and impressive accomplishments with candid footage and interviews with friends and collaborators, including Sondheim, Tina Fey, and Nathan Lane. Read More »

From the Recommended Reading Shelf

All Day and a Night

 All Day and A Night by Alafair BurkeA murder case with ties to a convicted serial killer leads a young defense lawyer and NYPD homicide detective Ellie Hatcher into parallel investigations with explosive and deadly results.  Any Other Name by Craig JohnsonSheriff Walt Longmire is sinking into a high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Connally, asks him to ... Read More »

From the Recommended Reading Shelf

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Astonish Me by Maggie ShipsteadHelping a world-famous dancer to defect from the Soviet Union to the United States, ballerina Joan watches her friend’s career soar while her own declines in the wake of her pregnancy and marriage, a situation that eventually exposes difficult secrets. Cartwheel by Jennifer DeBoisWhen Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is ... Read More »