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From The Collection: Textual Poachers

Textual Poachers, Henry Jenkins
(Call Number: HM291 .J42 1992)

Fan activities are both older than you think and a lot more important than you think; Jenkins rejects the idea of the passive viewer and instead examines the active viewer, the ones that rewrite, rework, and remix their favorite media texts into the world they want to see. Written on the cusp of widespread Internet access, Textual Poachers is also a window into gendered readings (like the chapter on Twin Peaks) and the lengths fans went to in order to connect with each other in a world where the Internet wasn’t mainstream.

Check out my full review at The Literary Omnivore.

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July Literary Events in Atlanta

Hope you had a wonderful June! Here’s a sampling of literary events going on in Atlanta next month; why not make some time in your schedule and swing by?

On July 11th, Marc Fitten will be doing a reading of his new book, Elza’s Kitchen, at the Jimmy Carter Library. He will also be signing copies of his book. The event is free and open to the public. More details can be found here.

On July 19th, Ghanian vice president John Dramani Mahama will be doing a reading of his new book, My First Coup d’Etat, at the Jimmy Carter Library. He will also be signing copies of his book. The event is free and open to the public. More details can be found here.

On July 25th, the Decatur Library will be hosting Poetry Atlanta Presents…, an evening of regional poetry. This event is free and open to the public. More details can be found here.

Oh July 30th, Chris Bohjalian will be doing a reading of his new book, The Sandcastle Girls. He will also be signing copies of his book bought at the event. The event is free and open to the public. More details can be found here.

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Pixar Films

Today marks the release of Brave, Pixar’s first princess movie. If you’re behind on your Pixar movies, why not catch up? McCain Library has a few Pixar films in the collection:

Up
(Call Number: DVD 2104)

WALL-E
(Call Number: DVD 1902)

Ratatouille
(Call Number: DVD 2205)

If you see Brave this summer, let us know what you think in the comments!

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From The Collection: The Magician’s Book

The Magician’s Book, Laura Miller
(Call Number: PR6023.E926 C53627 2008)

Laura Miller’s The Magician’s Book, in examining Miller’s (and others’) relationship with The Chronicles of Narnia, also explores the relationship we have with books throughout our lives, from believing children to experienced adult. Miller’s writing is joyfully accessible and nimble with her topic; while revisiting The Chronicles of Narnia is a must, this a book anyone who loves books (especially fantasy!) ought to read.

Check out my full review over at The Literary Omnivore!