Events At Lakewood Public Library
Meet the Author: The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
Set in southern Ohio and West Virginia, this shattering vision of violence and redemption follows a cast of bizarre characters from the end of the Second World War to the 1960s. Willard Russell is a tormented veteran of the South Pacific who can't save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from cancer no matter how much sacrificial blood he pours on his 'prayer log'. Carl and Sandy Henderson trawl America's highways searching for suitable models to photograph and murder. The spider-handling preacher Roy, and his crippled guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, are running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is the orphaned Arvin who grows up to be a good but violent man in his own right. With his first novel, the Knockemstiff native braids his storylines into a taut, gothic narrative that proves he is a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Lakewood Public Cinema
The Great McGinty (1940) Directed by Preston Sturges Not Rated
Churchill once said that, "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." In fact, he might have said it after watching this movie. A lowdown bum works his way up to the governor’s mansion using every dirty trick in the book. Things only start to fall apart when he tries to use his ill-gotten gains to do some good in this rotten world. Darkly funny and strangely moving, the great Sturges makes his directorial debut with a landslide winner.
Saturday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Sunday with the Friends: Shipwrecks of Lake Erie: Fire, Storm, Collision
Lake Erie has perhaps the largest concentration of shipwrecks per square mile of any body of water in the world. From the 1700’s to the present day, a variety of military and commercial vessels have been lost on her waters. Through slides, video, and stories, Mike and Georgann Wachter explore infamous disasters, thrilling rescues and more than a few tragedies.
Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Lakewood Historical Society: The Development of Clifton Park
John S Pyke Jr. looks at the northwestern corner of Lakewood during the last half of the nineteenth century. After the Civil War, it was almost annexed by the City of Cleveland as a recreational park. By the end of the horse and carriage era, it had developed into a planned community and has retained its unique character for more than a century.
Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Meet the Author: My Very Dearest Anna by Kara Martinelli
Separated by a world and a war, their bond grew stronger with every sweetheart letter. Author and documentary film producer, Kara Martinelli, tells the story of a World War II veteran close to her heart—her grandfather. To ensure that his love for Anna will never be forgotten, Martinelli has joined together the letters her grandparents exchanged during WWII with the stories he told over many years. Through some of the worst of times, he was always determined to return to her. From Air Corps training to the fight in the Pacific, this unique memoir follows a young man’s heroic struggle with family, history, love and war. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Booked for Murder: Tales of Cleveland
Defensive Wounds by Lisa Black
For a good, spine-tingling mystery, look no further than your own backyard. Cleveland has plenty of dark tales that will keep you up late at night. Share your midnight thoughts with this friendly, law-abiding group of mystery lovers. Visit www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/bookclubs for more clues and full book descriptions.
Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room
November 10th – 23rd
Western Movies: The Golden Age, Part 1
Winchester 73 (1950) Directed by Anthony Mann
Jimmy Stewart rides into Dodge City just in time to take part in a shooting contest run by Marshal Wyatt Earp. First prize is an 1873 Winchester repeating rifle, the gun that won the west. Stewart wants the rifle so he can train its sites on Dutch Henry Brown, the man who killed his father. But guess who else has entered the contest? The prize changes hands several times as Stewart embarks upon a journey of vengeance that takes him over some complex psychological terrain, blazing new trails for the western genre.
Saturday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Veterans Day – Library open normal hours
Sunday with the Friends: The Hollywood Slim Band
A proud member of the Cleveland blues family, the Hollywood Slim Band has been entertaining crowds for over thirty-five years and still adding new arrangements to its repertoire. With tender three-part vocal harmonies, they add their own touch to the music of Little Walter Jacobs, Louis Jordan, Ray Charles and The Nat King Cole Trio.
Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Veterans Day Observed – Library open normal hours
Meet the Author: Take Your Time but Hurry Up by Vladimir Swirynsky
Celebrate Veteran’s Day by remembering an all-too-often overlooked war. Poet Vladimir Swyrinksy has set aside verse and taken up prose to tell the story of Robert Collins, a local veteran of the Korean conflict. Thirteen months may not seem like a long time, but see how time in a warzone can change a man’s whole life. Between the victory of World War II and the hard lessons of Vietnam, our memories of the Korean War threaten to yellow and fade—unless we take the time to stop and listen.
Monday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
School in the Cinema: Up Heartbreak Hill (2011) Directed by Erica Scharf Not Rated
Everyone has to make difficult choices that determine what path they take in life. For three Native American high school seniors living in Navajo, NM the decision to stay in the community or leave to pursue opportunities elsewhere will force them to look at what it means to be Native American in the world today.
Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Meet the Author: The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner
James Renner, a successful true-crime writer, makes his literary debut with a genre-hopping novel so full of stranger-than-fiction twists you will be left gasping for more. In West Akron, Ohio, there once lived a reclusive elderly man who always wore mittens, even in July. One summer day, someone murdered him. Four years later, a bestselling true-crime writer takes a break from mourning his wife when he hears the story and is drawn back into a world he thought he had left behind forever. The closer David gets to uncovering the true identity of the Man from Primrose Lane, the more he begins to understand the dangerous sway of his own obsessions and how the murder of the hermit and the suicide of his beloved wife might be connected. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Five Star Films
Blow Dry (2001) Directed by Paddy Breathnach Rated R
Alan Rickman is a hairstyling genius but a bitter man. His hometown is going to host the National Hairdressing Championships. On opening day, arch-rival Bill Nighy sweeps into the venue like a rock star. He’s in it to win it, with cheating very much an option. In the final, decisive round of the contest does the good guy cut the bad guy down to size?
Saturday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Sunday with the Friends: Lakewood Daily Snap
No one captures the details of our little corner of the world like lakewooddailysnap.com. Photographer and blogger Kim Yanoshik posts striking images that make us laugh and sigh nearly every day. Join her as she shares some of her favorites on our big screen.
Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium