On This Day: July 31 | Los Angeles Public Library
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On This Day: July 31

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.

The Complete Works of Primo Levi On this day in 1919, Primo Levi was born. Levi wrote several volumes of memoirs, poetry, short stories, and essays, much of which dealt in some form with his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. Levi spent eleven months at Auschwitz before the camp was liberated in 1945. Levi's best known works include The Periodic Table, a collection of autobiographical short stories; and If This Is a Man, his account of his year at Auschwitz. The Complete Works of Primo Levi is available as an e-book at OverDrive.
Kenny Burrell: The Road to Love On this day in 1931, Kenny Burrell was born. Burrell is a jazz guitarist who began performing with Dizzy Gillespie's sextet in 1951; by the mid-1950s, he was one of the most respected studio musicians in jazz. Burrell has recorded prolifically for sixty years now; in addition to seventy albums of his own, he has appeared on two hundred albums with other musicians. Several of Burrell's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.
Cria Cuervos And on this day in 1944, Geraldine Chaplin was born. Her first major film role was in 1965, in Doctor Zhivago, and she has worked regularly in English, Spanish, and French cinema. Chaplin often works repeatedly with the same directors, and has appeared in multiple films by Robert Altman, Carlos Suara, J. A. Bayona, and Alan Rudolph. In the United States, her best known films include Nashville, The Mirror Crack'd, and The Age of Innocence. In the 1975 Spanish drama Cria cuervos, Chaplin plays the mother of an 8-year-old girl who struggles to accept her father's death; Cria cuervos is available for streaming at Kanopy.