On This Day: August 24 | Los Angeles Public Library
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On This Day: August 24

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.

Howard Zinn On this day in 1922, Howard Zinn was born. Zinn was a historian and social activist who wrote more than 20 books; his best known work is A People's History of the United States. A People's History offers an alternative interpretation of American history, primarily viewing it as class struggle -- the common people vs. the powerful elites. It has been a controversial book, and is used in many high schools and universities as a supplement to standard textbooks. A People's History of the United States is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.
A. S. Byatt: Possession On this day in 1936, A. S. Byatt was born. Byatt is a novelist, short story writer, and literary critic. She lists among her literary influences George Eliot, Emily Dickinson, and Iris Murdoch. Byatt's 1990 novel Possession received the Booker Prize; it is the story of two current-day academics studying the romantic relationship between two (fictional) Victorian poets. Possession is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print; Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart star in the 2002 film adaptation, which is available for streaming at Hoopla or on DVD.
Air Guitar Nation And currently underway in Oulu, Finland, is the 22nd Annual Air Guitar World Championship. The competition was originally organized as a tongue-in-cheek side attraction for the Oulu Music Video Festival, but it has become a popular event in its own right. The current United States champion is Nicole Sevcik, who finished third at the 2016 world championship. Each contestant gives two one-minute performances, the first to a song of their choice, and the second to a song chosen for them, requiring them to improvise. The documentary Air Guitar Nation follows some of the contestants at the first US Air Guitar Championship in 2003; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.