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Film director FW Murnau with his creation Nosferatu
Keith Chaffee, December 23, 2018

F. W. Murnau was born on December 28, 1888. Murnau was a German film director, one of the most acclaimed craftsmen of the silent film era.


Collage of the Ghost of Christmas Present and Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' 1st Edition book, A Christmas Carol and the 1999 movie
Keith Chaffee, December 17, 2018

Charles Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol was published on December 19, 1843.


Music critic Lester Bangs
Keith Chaffee, December 14, 2018

Lester Bangs was born on December 14, 1948. Bangs wrote about popular music, and he was one of the most influential music critics of the 1970s. He wrote for Rolling Stone, Creem, The Village Voice, and a variety of other magazines.


3 book covers of 2018 top ten books
Daryl M., December 12, 2018

Season’s Readings everyone!


variety of bestselling books from 2018
Tina Lerno, December 26, 2018

It’s the time of year for lists: recommendations, best of’s, and favorites.


A24 and Kanopy logos on black background
Eileen Ybarra, December 11, 2018

Kanopy offers Los Angeles Public Library cardholders 24/7 online streaming access to the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers. We are excited to announce that most recently, Kanopy has acquired over 70+ films from A24.


Portrait of Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz
Keith Chaffee, December 10, 2018

Naguib Mahfouz was born on December 11, 1911. Mahfouz was an Egyptian novelist who was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first (and still only) Arab writer to receive that honor.


Close-up of Sammy Davis, Jr. performing
Keith Chaffee, December 07, 2018

Sammy Davis, Jr. was born on December 8, 1925. Davis was a singer, dancer, and actor whose show business career spanned most of the 20th century.


three movie posters
Elizabeth Graney, December 04, 2018

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.


Collage of cookies
Keith Chaffee, December 03, 2018

December 4 is National Cookie Day.


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