Top Picks: Tyler Perry

Actor, director and writer Tyler Perry turns 50 September 13. While the New Orleans native is well-known for his portrayal of Mabel Simmons (aka "Madea"), his path to success was wrought with adversity. Perry got his start as a playwright whose first stage production flopped, but you wouldn't guess it now. In honor of his…
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About Elizabeth Kolbert, Author of The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the 2019-2020 One Book, One Chicago selection The Sixth Extinction, has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999. She has written dozens of pieces for the magazine, including profiles of Senator Hillary Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Her series on global warming, “The Climate…
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About The Sixth Extinction, CPL’s 2019-2020 OBOC Selection

The 2019-2020 One Book, One Chicago selection is The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction…
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Down and Out in the Stacks

What's in a title? Perhaps the whole story, or nothing at all. The following books all start with Down And Out In... and diverge wildly from there. Most are humorous, though the style of humor varies. Whether it's the Paris slums or The Happiest Place On Earth, there's something to discontent everyone.  Down and Out in…
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Coretta Scott King Book Awards: 50 Years of Excellence

All year long the American Library Association and libraries across the nation are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. These awards recognize the most outstanding books for youth by African American authors and illustrators that reflect African American culture and universal human values. This award honors the work of Coretta…
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Top Picks: Lily Tomlin

Actress, comedian, writer, singer, producer, lesbian icon and absolute legend Lily Tomlin celebrates her 80th birthday on September 1. A fixture in TV and movies since 1969, Tomlin's creative projects have spanned genres and earned her multiple awards and nominations. Here are my top picks for movies and TV shows starring Tomlin. Tomlin, Jane Fonda…
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