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Monday, March 31, 2014

And now for something completely different...

Alice Munro honored on 
Canadian commemorative $5 coin

'Putting authors on currency is not a new thing. Benjamin Franklin, a founding father and author of “Poor Richard’s Almanac,” is on the U.S. $100 bill, and in Chile the Nobel laureate and poet Gabriela Mistral graces the 5,000 peso bill, which is worth about $10. And Jane Austen will soon grace Britain's 10-pound note.  

But honoring a living writer on a bill or coin is relatively rare.
Canadian coin honors Alice MunroAlice Munro, 82, who last year won the Nobel Prize for Literature, was actually at the ceremony on Monday in Victoria, Canada, (where she once owned a bookstore) where the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled the new, commemorative Canadian $5 coin being issued in her honor.
The coin shows a woman holding a book that’s open to a page with a passage Munro chose herself from her book "The View from Castle Rock," Canadian media report.
"And in one of these houses -- I can't remember whose -- a magic doorstop, a big mother-of-pearl seashell that I recognized as a messenger from near and far, because I could hold it to my ear -- when nobody was there to stop me -- and discover the tremendous pounding of my own blood, and of the sea."
This being Canada, the passage also appears in French.
The mint is also donating $10,000 to the Writers' Trust of Canada, an organization that supports writers, in Munro's name.
"We were all so proud and pleased when [Munro] won the Nobel Prize, and having her have this coin unveiled today is another beautiful acknowledgment of what she means to Canadian literature," Mary Osborne, executive director of the writers' trust, told Canadian television in an interview
The Royal Canadian Mint will issue 7,500 copies of the coin, which will retail for about $63." 
 - By Hector Tobar, of the Los Angeles Times   The story link appears below,0,4952202.story#ixzz2xYv6LftC

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Season Finale...!


Season four finale of The Walking Dead 
is on 
AMC tonight at 9pm! 

Honey, hold my calls!

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Scenic Trip Through Art History...

Join the Merrick Library today
Friday, March 28 at 2:00pm for 

"A Scenic Trip Through Art History"

Naomi Weinberg from the Nassau county Museum of Art will be on hand. 

Come enjoy imaginative views of 
the Garden of Eden which have 
been followed by depictions of other gardens throughout art history. 

Celebrate Spring with pictorial
works of flowers in beautiful outdoor and indoor settings. All are welcome to attend.

Boy could we all use this program!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

 "Delivery Man" - sperm donor David (Vince Vaughn) fathered over 500 children twenty years ago - now a fifth of them want to know him - is that a good idea? - also starring Cobie Smulders (TV's "How I Met Your Mother") and Chris Pratt (TV's "Parks and Recreation")

"Girl on a Bicycle" - from Germany - Paolo is an Italian tour bus driver in Paris with a French wife, German fiancĂ©e and two Australian kids (don't you just love European comedies?) 

 "The Great Beauty" - from Italy - Jep has been enjoying the nightlife of Rome for so long he has never stopped to appreciate the great city itself - Golden Globe and Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film

"The Truth About Emanuel" - part of it is that thinks her new next door neighbor resembles her dead mother - that is where the trouble starts! - stars Jessica Biel, Alfred Molina and Frances O'Connor (TV's "Mr Selfridge")

"Veep: The Complete Second Season" from HBO - Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns in her multi-award winning role as Selina Meyer, first Vice-President of the United States - winner of two Primetime Emmys including Best Supporting Comedy Actor  (Tony Hale) - American Film Institute TV Program of the Year

"The Wolf of Wall Street" - true story based on the biography of the same name by Jordan Belfort - Leonardo DiCaprio (Golden Globe Winner, Best Comedy Actor) plays stockbroker Belfort, whose engineering of a massive 1990s securities scam took him from the high life to prison - American Film Institute Movie of the Year - directed by Martin Scorsese and costarring Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyer's Club")

On Friday, these DVDs came out as well: 
Mr. Nobody
The Americans: Season 1
Cutie & The Boxer
Easy Money