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On This Day: August 4

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.

Knut Hamsun: Hunger On this day in 1859, Knut Hamsun was born. Hamsun was a Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. His writing focused on the psychology of his careers, and he was among the pioneers in such modern techniques as stream of consciousness; writers as diverse as Kafka, Hesse, Bukowski, and Hemingway claimed Hamsun as an important influence. Hamsun's 1890 novel Hunger is a depiction of the emotional and mental breakdown of a young writer, caused by hunger and poverty; it's available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.
Dennis Lehane: A Drink Before the War On this day in 1965, Dennis Lehane was born. Lehane is a novelist; most of his books are mysteries or thrillers. Several of Lehane's novels -- Mystic River, Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone -- have been adapted as movies. Lehane's first novel, A Drink Before the War, features private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, who are the main characters of about half of Lehane's books; in this one, the search for missing documents leads them into a dangerous gang war. A Drink Before the War is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.
Teri Lyne Carrington: More to Say And on this day in 1965, Terri Lyne Carrington was born. Carrington is a jazz drummer, composer, and producer who has played with many of today's best musicians, including several years with Herbie Hancock. Her own albums, which often feature all-star groups of guest vocalists, have won two Grammy Awards since 2010. Several of Carrington's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.