On This Day: August 18 | Los Angeles Public Library
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On This Day: August 18

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.

Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) On this day in 1906, Marcel Carné was born. Carné was a director who made his most memorable films -- Port of Shadows, The Devil's Envoys -- in the 1930s and 1940s. His movies are often bittersweet romances with melancholy endings. The 1945 movie Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) is frequently listed among the greatest movies ever made; it's the story of a courtesan and four men whose love for her leads only to unhappiness. Children of Paradise is available for streaming at Kanopy.
Brian Aldiss: Greybeard On this day in 1925, Brian Aldiss was born. Aldiss is a science fiction writer who has received most of the major awards in the field, and who was named a Grand Master in 2000 by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His writing is often associated with the "New Wave" movement in 1960s/1970s science fiction, which was more experimental and literary than the pulp writing of the 1940s and 1950s. Aldiss's 1964 novel Greybeard imagines the final years of Earth's last remaining elderly people, decades after nuclear tests led to the sterilization of humanity. Greybeard is available as an e-book at OverDrive
Paula Danziger: Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon And on this day in 1944, Paula Danziger was born. Danziger was an author of books for children and young adults. Her best-known character is Amber Brown, a 4th-grader coping with her parents' divorce and with the news that her best friend is moving away. Danziger later created the "A Is for Amber" spinoff series, picture books for younger children featuring Amber in second grade. The first book of the original series, Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon, is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.