Sunday, April 29, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 29

Harper Lee

Writer, born in Monroeville, Alabama, USA. She attended Huntington College (1944–5), studied law at the University of Alabama (1945–9), and attended Oxford University for one year. She was an airline reservation clerk in New York City during the 1950s before returning to Monroeville. Her first and only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), received critical acclaim and was made into a highly successful film in 1962.

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9377021

Friday, April 27, 2007

Art In the Square at Southlake Town Square

April 27 - 29


Three day Arts Festival for the whole family. Food, entertainment and lots of art! Admission is Free. Times: April 27, 4-10:30 pm; April 28, 10am-10:30pm; and April 29, 11am-6pm. Contact Southlake Women’s Club at 817.421.6SWC or check out southlakewomensclub.org for information.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 23

William Shakespeare

"To be or not to be" that is one of the many great lines written by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is considered to be one of best playwrights of all time. He wrote an estimated 37 plays, including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. Despite having been written hundreds of years ago, Shakespeare's work remains popular because of his engaging characters, interesting plots, and artful dialogue.
Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. His exact birth date is a bit of mystery, like many aspects of Shakespeare's life. While the exact date wasn't recorded, it has been commonly accepted as April 23. His father was a glove maker and an important man in the town. Shakespeare attended school for a time and it is thought that some of his studies in classical poetry, plays, and history inspired his plays.
It is believed that Shakespeare left school around the age of fourteen, which was not uncommon at the time. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 when he was eighteen years old. The next year they had a daughter named Susanna. The Shakespeare family grew again in 1585 with the birth of twins named Hamnet and Judith.
Nothing is known for certain about what Shakespeare did between 1585 and 1592. There are stories that he joined a theatrical company or that he worked as a schoolteacher. Whatever the case, Shakespeare had become known as a dramatist and an actor in London by 1592. Some of his early works include Titus Andronicus and The Two Gentleman of Verona.

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=194895

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 22

Vladimir Nabokov

Writer, born in St Petersburg, Russia. He studied at the Prince Tenishev School, St Petersburg (1910–17), and at Trinity College, Cambridge (1922 BA). To escape the Bolshevik Revolution, he and his family left Russia (1919) and moved to Berlin, Germany. He taught English and tennis, as well as composing crossword puzzles for the Russian emigré newspaper, Rul (1922–37), and gained a reputation as a fiction writer (in Russian) under the pen name, V Sirin. He moved to Paris (1937–40), then fleeing the Nazis he emigrated to the USA with his wife and child (1940). He taught at Stanford during the summer of 1941 and at Wellesley (1941–8), and as an authority on butterflies he became a research fellow in entomology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology (1942–59). During 1948–59 he also taught at Cornell. An accomplished linguist, he had known English since his childhood but did not begin writing in it until after he settled in the USA. His varied work includes poetry, fiction, drama, autobiography, essays, translations, and literary criticism, as well as works on butterflies and chess problems. He is most widely known for his novel, Lolita (1955), conveying the infatuation of a middle-aged man with a 12-year-old girl; many critics and moralists attacked the novel, but it became a best-seller, if for all the wrong reasons. With the financial security that followed the success of this novel and several later books, he retired from teaching and settled at the Palace Hotel in Montreux, Switzerland, and continued issuing his literary works and pronouncements until his death.

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9419693

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 21

Charolotte Bronte

Writer. Born April 21, 1816 in Yorkshire, England. Said to be the most dominant and ambitious of the Brontes, Charlotte was raised in a strict Anglican home by her clergyman father and a religious aunt after her mother and two eldest siblings died. She and her sister Emily attended the Clergy Daughter's School at Cowan Bridge, but were largely educated at home. Though she tried to earn a living as both a governess and a teacher, Charlotte missed her sisters and eventually returned home.
A writer all her life, Charlotte published her first novel, Jane Eyre, in 1847 under the manly pseudonym Currer Bell. Though controversial in its criticism of society’s treatment of impoverished women, the book was an immediate hit. She followed the success with Shirley in 1848 and Vilette in 1853.
The deaths of the Bronte siblings are almost as notable as their literary legacy. Her brother, Branwell, and Emily died in 1848, and Anne died the following year. In 1854, Charlotte married Arthur Bell Nicholls, but died the following year during her pregnancy. The first novel she ever wrote, The Professor, was published posthumously in 1857.

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=11919959

Friday, April 20, 2007

Bob Jones Nature Center Discovery Class “Pollinators”

April 29, 3-4:30 pm

Class will look for butterflies, bees and wildflowers and shy we should love them. Ages: 4-8. $10 per class per child. Class held at Bob Jones Day Camp Picnic Shelters, 3901 N. White Chapel. Register Online http://southlake.recware.com/ or by mail or in person at Bicentennial Park Community Center, 400 North White Chapel Blvd., Southlake, Tx 76092. Questions? Call 817.748.8203

Southlake Saturday Nite “Mad Hatter"

April 28, 7pm

Durham School, 801 Shady Oaks, 4th - 6th graders. Wear your craziest or favorite hat. Live DJ, dancing, 4-on-4 basketball, inflatables, prizes and more! Uniformed DPS officer will be on site. Concessions sold under $2. Registration online at http://southlake.recware.com/ until April 28 at 3:00 pm or in person at the Bicentennial Park Community Center, 400 North White Chapel until 4:00pm April 27. Pre-register for $7 per person. Space Limited to 500. 817.748.8203. Walk Up Registration is no longer available. Upcoming Southlake Saturday Nite Date: May 12.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 17

Thornton Wilder

Writer, born in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. He studied at Yale, then taught literature and classics at the University of Chicago (1930–7). His first novel, The Cabala, appeared in 1926, and was followed by The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927, Pulitzer). Other titles include The Woman of Andros (1930) and The Ides of March (1948). As a playwright, he is best-remembered for Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1942), both Pulitzer Prizes. His later plays include The Matchmaker (1954), on which the successful musical Hello Dolly (1964) was based.

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9531264

Author Birthdays

April 17

Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby was born in Redhill, Surrey, England, in 1957. He graduated from Cambridge University and taught English to foreign students while reviewing for magazines including Time Out and the Literary Review. His first book, a series of critical essays on American novelists, was published in 1992. Fever Pitch, his memoir of a life devoted to Arsenal football club, was published in 1992. It won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and was adapted as both a play and a film, the latter starring Colin Firth. His fiction continues to explore male obsessions, crises and weaknesses. His first novel, High Fidelity (1995), is the story of an obsessive record collector and list-maker, and was adapted as a film in 2000 starring John Cusack. His second novel, About a Boy (1998), focuses on the growing relationship between 30-something Will Freeman and Marcus, a 12-year-old boy. A film version, starring Hugh Grant, premiered in 2002. His novel, How to Be Good (2001), explores contemporary morals, marriage and parenthood. It won the WH Smith Award for Fiction in 2002. His most recent books are 31 Songs (2003), which celebrates 31 songs of great significance to the author, and A Long Way Down (2005), which was shortlisted for the 2005 Whitbread Novel Award and for a 2006 Commonweath Writers Prize.In 1999 Nick Hornby was awarded the E. M. Forster Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His book The Complete Polysyllabic Spree (2006) is an account of his reading and collects columns from Believer magazine.

Information found at: http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth51

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 15

Henry James

Writer and critic, born in New York City, New York, USA, the brother of Alice and William James. The son of the wealthy amateur philosopher, Henry James Sr, he was educated by private tutors until 1855. The family spent some years travelling in Europe (1855–60), where Henry continued his education, then settled in Newport, RI (1860–2), where he apparently suffered an unspecified injury in a stable fire. He attended Harvard Law School (1862–3), then withdrew to devote himself to writing. Starting in the mid-1860s his essays and critical reviews began appearing in The North American Review, while his first novel, Watch and Ward, was published in Atlantic Monthly (1871).
He divided his time between Cambridge, MA and Europe (1869, 1872–4, 1875), and in Paris (1875) he met Turgenev and Flaubert among other European writers. In 1876 he settled in England, where he would spend most of the rest of his life, chiefly in London and in Rye, Sussex. He never married but he was a sociable man, often in the company of other writers such as Edith Wharton. He travelled frequently on the Continent, and published several notable travel books during 1875–1909.
His first novels, of the so-called international period, dealing as they do with interactions between Americans and Europeans, include The American (1877), The Europeans (1878), Daisy Miller (1879), and The Portrait of a Lady (1881). The works of his second period stressed psychological and social relationships and include Washington Square (1881), The Bostonians (1886), What Maisie Knew (1897), and The Sacred Fount (1901). During the 1890s he also wrote plays but he never found much success in the theatre. He continued his examination of intricate psychological realities in works of his final period that include his three masterworks, The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903), and The Golden Bowl (1904). In 1904–5 he visited the USA, where he travelled, lectured, and arranged for the New York Edition of his works (1907–9), for which he made many revisions. His account of his visit, The American Scene (1907), was not always appreciative of his homeland; he returned to the USA in 1910–11. In 1915 he became an English citizen to show his solidarity with Britain during World War 1, and he became involved in war relief and the American volunteer ambulance corps, but soon suffered several strokes and died shortly after receiving Britain's Order of Merit.
He had been writing almost to the end, and in his long career, in addition to his many novels and travel books, he wrote many classic short novels, The Turn of the Screw (1898), short stories (‘The Beast in the Jungle’, 1903) and critical essays (‘The Art of Fiction’, 1885), as well as two memoirs. His intricate and complex sentence structure and delicately nuanced perceptions have never appealed to all readers, but ultimately they became the models for one ‘school’ of modern fiction.

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9352584

Outdoor Kids Adventure Days

April 21, 9am
Aprill 22, 9am-4pm


At Meadowmere Park in Grapevine. Presented in conjunction with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – All ages welcome. No pre-registration required. Two-day activities. Shoot a bow and arrow, climb a rock, cast a fishing rod, set up a tent, paddle a kayak, and discover Texas Parks Wildlife. All activities are Free and the necessary equipment will be provided. Questions? Call 817.748.8203

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Student Art Show




The Southlake Public Library is spotlighting student artwork from Carroll ISD elementary, middle, and intermediate schools for nine weeks. Schedule:


March 19 - 26
Johnson Elementary
March 26 - April 2
Carroll Elementary
April 2 - 9
Rockenbaugh Elementary
April 9 - 16
Durham Elementary
April 16 - 23
Old Union Elementary
April 23 - 30
K-8th combined
April 30 - May 7
Durham Intermediate
May 7 - 14
Eubanks Middle
May 14 - 21
Carroll Middle
May 21 - 29
Dawson Middle



Carroll ISD K-8 student artwork will also be on display April 27 - 29 in the children's art booth at Art in the Square.

In addition, Carroll ISD K-8 art and music students will be highlighted at the annual Art Show at Carroll High School on April 28 (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and April 29 (12 p.m. - 4 p.m.). This show will also feature music performances on April 28, on the cafeteria stage.Music performances at


Carroll High School on April 28:
9:30 a.m.
Old Union Elementary
10:30 a.m.
Durham Intermediate
11:30 a.m.
Johnson Elementary
1:30 p.m.
Carroll Elementary
2:30 p.m.
Durham Elementary

Dallas Opera's Emerging Artists Program to Present Free Concert in Southlake

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m., White's Chapel United Methodist Church

The Dallas Opera Emerging Artists Program will bring "Opera in a Box: Follow Your Dreams" to Southlake on Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. in a free concert in the main sanctuary of White's Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 South White's Chapel Boulevard, Southlake.
"Opera in a Box: Follow Your Dreams" creates a portrait of what it takes to pursue a career in opera as seen through the eyes of four aspiring young opera singers. Using limited props and costumes, the singers present autobiographical portraits weaving their personal experiences with performances of selected scenes and arias from popular operas.

The production showcases the talents of The Dallas Opera's 2006-2007 Resident Young Artist, soprano Ava Pine, as well as graduate students from the music division of SMU's Meadows School of the Arts. Musical highlights include "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus, "Papegeno's Aria" from The Magic Flute, "Habanera" from Carmen and "There's a Boat that's Leaving Soon for New York" from Porgy and Bess.

"Opera in a Box: Follow Your Dreams" will introduce both students and adults to the world of the opera in an entertaining and lively setting. The one-hour concert will be presented without intermission and is suitable for all ages.

The Apex Arts League is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring a regional visual and performing arts center to Northeast Tarrant County. For further information, contact Tim Georgeff, tgeorgeff@whiteschapelumc.com, (817-481-4147) or Terri Messing, terri.messing@apexartsleague.org.

Bob Jones Nature Center Discovery Class “Betcha Can’t See Me”

April 15, 3-4:30pm


Class will look for camouflage in nature. Ages: 4-8. $10 per class per child. Class held at Bob Jones Day Camp Picnic Shelters, 3901 North White Chapel Blvd. Register Online at http://southlake.recware.com/ or by mail or in person at Bicentennial Park Community Center, 400 North White Chapel Blvd., Southlake, Tx 76092. Questions? Call 817.748.8203

Fishing Day

April 15, 1-4 pm


Ages 2-16, Bob Jones Park Fishing Pavilion, 3901 N. White Chapel. Pre-registration not required. FREE. Equipment provided by the Texas Junior Anglers or bring your own rod and reel. Trophies awarded for two largest fish in each age group. 817.748.8203

Friday, April 13, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 13

Seamus Heaney

Poet, born on a farm near Castledawson in Co Londonderry, N Northern Ireland, UK. The eldest of nine children, he studied at Queen's University in Belfast, and moved to Dublin in 1976. Early works such as Death of a Naturalist (1966) and Door into the Dark (1969) established a deep bond between language and the land. Later volumes (North, 1975; Field Work, 1979; Station Island, 1984) extended this to reveal a problematic political dimension, and the more recent Haw Lantern (1987, Whitbread) and Seeing Things (1991) confirm him as one of the most significant of contemporary English-language poets. His play The Cure at Troy (1990) is a version of Sophocles' Philoctetes. He became professor of rhetoric and oratory at Harvard in 1985, and professor of poetry at Oxford in 1989. Volumes of selected poems appeared in 1980, 1990, and 1998, and his collection The Spirit Level received the Whitbread poetry award in 1996. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. His translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf (1999, Whitbread) into modern English is considered a masterpiece of poetic creativity. Later works include Finders Keepers: Selected prose 1971-2001 (2002), and the poetry collection District and Circle (2006). The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry was opened at Queen's University in 2004.

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9332875

Author Birthdays

April 12

Samuel Beckett

Writer and playwright, born in Dublin, Ireland. He became a lecturer in English at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and later in French at Trinity College, Dublin. From 1932 he lived mostly in France and was, for a time, an associate of James Joyce. His early poetry and first two novels, Murphy (1936) and Watt (c.1943, published 1953), were written in English, but not the trilogy Molloy (1951), Malone Meurt (1951, Malone Dies), and L'Innommable (1953, The Unnamable), or the plays En attendant Godot (1954, Waiting for Godot), which took London by storm, and Fin de partie (1956, End Game), all of which first appeared in French. His later works include Happy Days (1961), Not I (1973), and Ill Seen Ill Said (1981). He was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize for Literature. Although there were one or two increasingly short pieces in later years, he wrote very infrequently towards the end, though his Teleplays appeared in 1988.

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9204239

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Author, Satirist Kurt Vonnegut Dies at Age 84

NEW YORK -- In books such as "Slaughterhouse-Five ," "Cat's Cradle," and "Hocus Pocus," Kurt Vonnegut mixed the bitter and funny with a touch of the profound. Vonnegut, regarded by many critics as a key influence in shaping 20th-century American literature, died Wednesday at 84. He had suffered brain injuries after a recent fall at his Manhattan home, said his wife, photographer Jill Krementz.

Vonnegut's more than a dozen books, short stories, essays and plays contained elements of social commentary, science fiction and autobiography.

In a statement, Norman Mailer hailed Vonnegut as "a marvelous writer with a style that remained undeniably and imperturbably his own. ... I would salute him our own Mark Twain."
"He was sort of like nobody else," said another fellow author, Gore Vidal. "Kurt was never dull."

Author Birthdays

April 12

Scott Turow

Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of seven best-selling novels: Presumed Innocent (1987), The Burden of Proof (1990), Pleading Guilty (1993), The Laws of Our Fathers (1996), Personal Injuries (1999), Reversible Errors (2002) and Ordinary Heroes (2005). In November, 2006, Picador published his latest novel, Limitations, which was originally commissioned and published by The New York Times Magazine. He has also written two non-fiction books—One L (1977) about his experience as a law student, and Ultimate Punishment (2003), a reflection on the death penalty, and has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy and The Atlantic. Mr. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for Ultimate Punishment. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages and have sold more than 25 million copies world-wide.

Information found at: http://www.scottturow.com/biography.htm

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 10

Paul Theroux

Novelist and travel writer, born in Medford, Massachusetts, USA. He studied at the University of Maine (1959–60), the University of Massachusetts (1963 BA), and Syracuse University (1963). He was a lecturer in English in Malawi as a member of the Peace Corps (1963–5) but was expelled on a charge of spying. He continued to teach in Uganda (1965–8) and in Singapore (1968–71), then settled in London. He wrote of the expatriate life, and won critical praise for his travel accounts, such as The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia (1975) and The Old Patagonian Express (1979) - a genre which continued with Travelling the World (1990) and other books. His novels include Waldo (1969), Saint Jack (1973, filmed 1979), Picture Palace (1978, Whitbread), the highly acclaimed The Mosquito Coast (1981, James Tait Black, filmed 1987), Chicago Loop (1990), The Pillars of Hercules (1995), and Kowloon Tong (1997). Among later novels are Hotel Honolulu (2001) and Blinding Light (2005). He has also written short stories, plays, children's books, reviews, and works of criticism - notably, an appraisal of his teacher and mentor in V S Naipaul: An Introduction to His Works (1972).

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9505277

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 8

Barbara Kingsolver

Raised in Kentucky, Barbara Kingsolver was a journalist and science writer before the 1988 publication of her first novel, The Bean Trees. The book drew critical praise, as have all her subsequent novels, including Animal Dreams (1990), Pigs in Heaven (1993), The Poisonwood Bible (1998) and Prodigal Summer (2000). Kingsolver often writes about family and community in America, but she has also written about the Congo, as well as essays, poems, stories and a non-fiction book, Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983 (1989).

Information found at: http://www.answers.com/topic/barbara-kingsolver

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 7

William Wordsworth

Poet, born in Cockermouth, Cumbria, NW England, UK. Educated at Hawkshead in the Lake District and at Cambridge, he went on a walking tour through France and Switzerland (1790). Back in France in 1790, he witnessed the French Revolution, developing republican sentiments, and had an affair with a French girl, Annette Vallon, by whom he had a daughter. He returned to England at the outbreak of the war (1793), and after an unsettled period set up house at Racedown, Dorset, with his devoted sister, Dorothy. There he discovered his true vocation, that of the poet exploring the lives of humble folk living in close contact with nature. After moving to Alfoxden, Somerset (1797), he wrote with Coleridge the Lyrical Ballads (1798), the first manifesto of the new Romantic poetry, which opened with Coleridge's ‘Ancient Mariner’ and concluded with Wordsworth's ‘Tintern Abbey’. After a year in Germany, he moved to Dove Cottage, Grasmere with Dorothy, married Mary Hutchinson in 1802, and wrote much of his best work, including his poetic autobiography, The Prelude (1805, published posthumously in 1850), and two books of poems (1807). Critics are inclined to mark the decline of his powers after this remarkable outpouring. He succeeded Southey as poet laureate in 1843.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, April 21, 200710 a.m. - 7 p.m.
(hours will vary with business hours of operation)


The City of Southlake and Southlake Chamber of Commerce are happy to announce the 3rd annual CITYWIDE Southlake Sidewalk Sale! This year's event will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Please note that sale hours may vary business to business due to individual hours of operation.ALL Southlake retailers are invited to participate. Due to the nature of this event, a list of participating retailers will not be kept.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 4

Maya Angelou

Writer, dancer, African-American activist. Born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Angelou spent her difficult formative years moving back and forth between her mother's and grandmother's. At age eight, she was raped by her mother's boyfriend, who was subsequently killed by her uncles. The event caused the young girl to go mute for nearly six years, and her teens and early twenties were spent as a dancer, filled with isolation and experimentation.
At 16 she gave birth to a son, Guy, after which she toured Europe and Africa in the musical Porgy and Bess. On returning to New York City in the 1960s, she joined the Harlem Writers Guild and became involved in black activism. She then spent several years in Ghana as editor of African Review, where she began to take her life, her activism and her writing more seriously.
AngelouÕs five-volume autobiography commenced with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in 1970. The memoirs chronicle different eras of her life and were met with critical and popular success. Later books include All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986) and My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me (1994). She has published several volumes of verse, including And Still I Rise (1987) and Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1995). Her volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die (1971), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
In 1993, Angelou read On the Pulse of Morning at Bill Clinton's Presidential inauguration, a poem written at his request. It was only the second time a poet had been asked to read at an inauguration, the first being Robert Frost at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. In 2006, Angelou agreed to host a weekly radio show on XM Satellite Radio's Oprah & Friends channel. She also teaches at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where she has a lifetime position as the Reynolds professor of American studies.

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9185388

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 3

Washington Irving

Writer, born in New York City, New York, USA. He was educated privately, studied law, and began to write essays for periodicals. He travelled in France and Italy (1804–6), wrote whimsical journals and letters, then returned to New York City to practise law in a haphazard way. He and his brother William Irving and James Kirke Paulding wrote the Salamagundi papers (1807–8), a collection of humorous essays. He first became more widely known for his comic work, A History of New York (1809), written under the name of Diedrich Knickerbocker. In 1815 he went to England to work for his brothers' business, and when that failed he composed a collection of stories and essays that became The Sketch Book, published under the name Geoffrey Crayon (1819–20), which included ‘Rip Van Winkle’ and ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’. In 1822 he went to the Continent, living in Germany and France for several years, and was then in Spain (1826) and became attache at the US embassy in Madrid. While in Spain he researched for his biography of Christopher Columbus (1828) and his works on Granada (1829) and the Alhambra (1832). He was secretary of the US legation in London (1829–32), and later returned to Spain as the US ambassador (1842–6), but he spent most of the rest of his life at his estate, ‘Sunnyside’, near Tarrytown, NY, turning out a succession of mainly historical and biographical works, including a five-volume life of George Washington. Although he never really developed as a literary talent, he has retained his reputation as the first American man of letters.

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9350087

Monday, April 02, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 2

Emile Zola

Novelist, born in Paris, France. He became a clerk and journalist, then began to write short stories, beginning with Contes à Ninon (1864, Stories for Ninon). After his first major novel, Thérèse Raquin (1867), he began the long series called Les Rougon-Macquart, a sequence of 20 books described in the subtitle as ‘the natural and social history of a family under the Second Empire’. The series contains such acclaimed studies as Nana (1880), Germinal (1885), La Terre (1887, Earth), and La Bête humaine (1890, trans The Beast in Man). In 1898 he espoused the cause of Dreyfus in his open letter J'accuse, and was sentenced to imprisonment (1898), but escaped to England. He was given a great welcome on his return after Dreyfus had been pardoned (1899), but controversy over the affair continued to affect him until his death.

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9541502

Election Information

GENERAL ELECTION 2007
Since there are no opposed races on this year's ballot, the City of Southlake will not hold a municipal election.

Available City Council positions (3 year terms):

Place 3 Candidates:John Terrell (Filed February 12, 2007)
Place 4Candidates:Gregory Jones (Filed February 16, 2007)
Place 5Candidates: Virginia Muzyka (Filed February 12, 2007)

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Author Birthdays

April 1

Milan Kundera

Novelist, born in Brno, S Czech Republic. He studied in Prague, and lectured in cinematographic studies there until he lost his post after the Russian invasion of 1968. His first novel, Zert (1967, The Joke), was a satire on Czechoslovakian-style Stalinism. In 1975 he fled to Paris, where he has lived ever since, taking French nationality in 1981. He came to prominence in the West with Kniha smichu a zapomneni (1979, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting). Nesnesitelna lehkost byti (The Unbearable Lightness of Being) appeared in 1984, and was filmed in 1987. Immortality (1991) is set in his adoptive France. Later novels include Testaments Betrayed (1995), Identity (1998), and La Ignorancia (2001).

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9369946

April New Releases

Look for these new book titles coming in April! Call 817-748-8243 to place a hold today!

I Heard That Song Before
by Mary Higgins Clark

Kay Lansing, 28, is a landscaper, married to Peter Carrington, 42, who is the head of his family's fortune. Kay, the daughter of the Carrington family's gardener, should be happy, but she's not. She's been living under a cloud of suspicion since Peter's former wife's death and that of a high school senior. As rumors swirls that the deaths were not accidents, and Peter is eventually arrested for one of them, Kay wonders if it could be true that she had married a killer.




Kingdom Come: The Final Victory
by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins

At long last, the conclusion of the tribulation series is here! Now, with the tribulation over, Jesus Christ has set up his kingdom on earth and believers enjoy a newly perfected relationship with their Lord. However, evil still lurks in the hearts of the unbelieving. As the end of the Millennium approaches, they're planning a new offensive against the Lord Himself, sparking the final conflict from which only one side will emerge victorious.





Fresh Disasters
by Stuart Woods


Stone Barrington is forced to take con man Herbie Fisher as a client, with the goal of taking down the notorious Mafia boss Carmine Datilla. With the help of his ex-partner Dino, Stone investigates the boss called 'Datilla the Hun' and his crime family, encountering danger and intrigue at every turn. It's a ticklish situation that could lead to his ending up at the bottom of Sheepshead Bay if he's not careful.



Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson

Albert Einstein's name has become synonymous for genius, but he was much more than just a super intelligent man. In this first full biography on Einstein since all of his papers have become available, readers learn about the rebel, the kindly refugee from oppression, the ever-questioning theorist, and ultimately, the little-known human being who helped usher in the modern age.





Starting Your Best Life Now: Reaching Your Potential Through New Opportunities
by Joel Osteen

#1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Joel Osteen uses his seven successful principles from YOUR BEST LIFE NOW to give readers an edge on new beginnings and to make their faith count most in important moments.






The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
by Alexander McCall Smith


Mma Ramotswe's husband, J.L.B. Matekoni, has been hinting for some time now that he intends to do something special for their adopted daughter, Motholeli. Of course, his plans have a way of hitting a snag. That's when he's glad he married the ever-resourceful, ever understanding Precious Ramotswe.




The Woods
by Harlan Coben


With time came the easing of grief for county prosecutor Paul Copeland, whose sister had disappeared 20 years earlier while at summer camp. She and three other teens had walked into the woods one night. Two were later found murdered. The other two, including his sister, had never been found. Now, decades later, a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Copeland and the well-buried secrets of the prosecutor's family are threatened, leaving him to make a gut-wrenching decision.