On This Day: May 9 | Los Angeles Public Library
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On This Day: May 9

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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Welcome to ON THIS DAY! Each day, we'll look at a few moments from history and popular culture. We'll show you where you can rediscover classic movies and music, or read more about great moments in history. We'll point you to e-books, downloadable and streamable music and film, and e-audio; and of course, we haven't forgotten about physical books or DVDs.

Richard Adams: Watership Down On this day in 1920, Richard Adams was born. Adams wrote in his spare time while working in the British government. His first published novel, Watership Down, was rejected by several publishers before becoming an international bestseller in 1972. The book was so successful that Adams was able to leave his government job and become a full-time writer. Watership Down is the story of a group of rabbits searching for a new home after their warren is destroyed; it's available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.
Washington Square On this day in 1936, Albert Finney was born. Finney began his acting career in the theater, where his Shakespearean performances were highly praised. He quickly added film acting to his list of successes; Finney's notable films include Tom Jones, Two for the Road, Murder on the Orient Express, and Erin Brockovich. He has also continued to work in the theater, and did several television films for the BBC in the 1990s. Finney stars with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Maggie Smith in the 1997 Henry James adaptation Washington Square; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.
Anne Sofie von Otter: In My Element And on this dayin 1955, Anne Sofie von Otter was born. Von Otter is a mezzo-soprano who records frequently; her discography includes more than 20 complete operas, many albums of songs and arias, and several oratorios. She has also recorded two albums of Christmas albums, a collection of pop songs with Elvis Costello, and a jazz album with Brad Mehldau. A variety of von Otter's music is available for streaming at Hoopla.