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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development



Truman Capote carries an armload of In Cold Blood.

A Week to Remember: Truman Capote

September 24, 2018

Truman Capote was born on September 30, 1924. For the first twenty years of his adult life, Capote was one of America's finest writers; later in life, his writing became infrequent and he was principally known as a charming, witty celebrity and talk-show guest.

Saxophonist John Coltrane

Music Friday: John Coltrane

September 21, 2018

On September 23, 1926, John Coltrane was born. Coltrane's career was relatively short—about twenty years as a performer, and recordings from only the last decade—but he was one of the most influential saxophone players in jazz history.

George R. R. Martin with a book cover

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, George R. R. Martin!

September 17, 2018

George R. R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948. Martin is best known for the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, which has been adapted into the popular TV series Game of Thrones.

B.B. King with Music Friday logo

Music Friday: B. B. King

September 14, 2018

B. B. King was born on September 16, 1925. King was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was among the most influential blues musicians of all time, particularly for his skill on the electric guitar.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

September 10, 2018

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was born on September 16, 1950. Gates is a literary critic, professor, and filmmaker whose work centers on genealogy and African-American history and literature.

Music Friday logo and Raymond Scott album covers

Music Friday: Raymond Scott

September 07, 2018

It is an unusual career that crosses paths with Mary Martin, Berry Gordy, Bugs Bunny, and Devo, but they will all make appearances as we look at the life and music of Raymond Scott.

Hugo awards trophy

A Week to Remember: The Hugo Awards

September 02, 2018

On the weekend of September 5-7, 1953, the 11th World Science Fiction Convention was held in Philadelphia. At that convention, the first Hugo Awards were presented, honoring the year's achievements in science fiction and fantasy.

Photos of Los Angeles residents with their banana trees

A Week to Remember: National Banana Lovers Day

August 27, 2018

August 27 is National Banana Lovers Day.

Photo of Leonard Bernstein and collage of his music

Music Friday: Leonard Bernstein

August 24, 2018

Leonard Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918. One of the major figures of 20th-century American music, Bernstein was a composer, conductor, and educator whose celebrity extended far wider than was usual for classical musicians. In part, that was because he wasn't only a classical musician.

Collage of Alan Jay Lerner's Broadway musicals

Music Friday: Alan Jay Lerner

August 31, 2018

Alan Jay Lerner was born on August 31, 1918. Lerner wrote the scripts and lyrics for several classic Broadway musicals, finding his biggest success in collaboration with composer Frederick Loewe.