America had already been made aware of the Beats when John Clellon Holmes' novel Go was published in 1952. (Click here to reserve a copy.) But when Allen Ginsberg's landmark poem "Howl" (read it here) was first unleashed in 1955, the country suddenly realized that the Beats were more than just a group of malcontents, but instead represented a powerful literary force with tremendous social and political influence.
February 2011 Archives
The recent New Yorker article (read it here) on film director Guillermo del Toro mentioned that he was working on a film version of H.P. Lovecraft's 1936 short novel At the Mountains of Madness. The story is a pretty frightening and downbeat one and probably wouldn't be a crowd pleaser on the level of James Cameron's Avatar. (Cameron, in fact, is attached to the movie as its producer.)
On Wednesday, February 9th at 4:00 pm in the second floor "Teen Central" area of Greenwich Library, the first, very informal meeting of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will be held. This meeting is open to all students in grades 9-12.
The meeting's agenda for that day will include considering titles (like these) in the science fiction and fantasy genres to read and discuss in future meetings, and related items, like movie and television adaptations of the books we talk about. For more information about the club, check out our posts at the Teen Central and Library News blogs and/or contact me at (203) 622-7918. (Updates can be found here and here.) Looking forward to seeing you there!