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.
|On this day in 1917, Gwendolyn Brooks was born. Brooks was a poet whose work often focused on the day-to-day life of her African-American Chicago neighborhood. Brooks served as Poet Laureate of Illinois from 1968 until her death in 2000, and as the Library of Congress' Consultant in Poetry in 1985-86. She was the first black poet to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, for her 1949 book Annie Allen. Brooks' first collection, A Street in Bronzeville, is available as an e-book at OverDrive.|
|On this day in 1928, James Ivory was born. Ivory is a director who was part of Merchant Ivory Productions, one of the longest lasting companies in independent films. With his partner (domestic and professional) Ismail Merchant, and their frequent screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Ivory's company made more than forty films. They had their greatest commercial success in the decade from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, when their films included A Room With A View, Howards End, and The Remains of the Day. Ivory's 2009 film, The City of Your Final Destination, stars Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney, and Charlotte Gainsbourg; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1940, Tom Jones was born. Jones had his biggest hits in the late 1960s and 1970s -- "She's a Lady," "Delilah," "It's Not Unusual" -- and has had an unusually long and versatile career since then. He had several country hits in the early 1980s, returned to the pop charts in 1988 with a cover of Prince's "Kiss," and appeared on the dance charts several times in the 1990s and 2000s. Several of Jones's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.|