Dallas Public Library and Henry Köhler Present Authorized Digital Prints of Swedish Painter Carl Köhler at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library through August, 2013.
The Humanities and Fine Arts Divisions of the Dallas Public Library have the privilege of presenting some major representative images of authors by Swedish neo-Modernist painter Carl Köhler (1919-2006) now through August on the 3rd Floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.
The author portraits of Carl Köhler are an amazing achievement. Several critics have noted that he varies his style, palette, and even medium to illuminate the idea of the writer or artist he’s painting. Some are so ethereal as to be almost invisibly lost in a few lines and strokes of the brush, but suddenly come forward exactly as the author had impressed the viewer. Others are strongly stated and visceral, the way that author’s work lives in the minds of his or her readers. These are Köhler’s visual literary criticisms.
Since 2007 Henry Köhler has devoted much of his life to spreading the word about his father’s achievements in painting and drawing. Carl’s work was never embraced in his native Sweden and has found some recognition since his death in libraries and cultural venues in the United States and Canada. Henry Köhler feels that the emotional reaction to the portraits by most viewers indicates a talent in need of true recognition.
The Dallas Public Library is pleased to be able to present these images to a new audience and to help in spreading the word about this under-recognized genius. The images will move to the Houston Public Library in September.
Contact the Library at 214-670-1668 for further information. Library hours are at www.dallaslibrary.org.
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Peter Coyl, a Librarian with Dallas Public Library, has been named chair of the 2014 American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Awards Committee. The Stonewall Book Awards are given to books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience. It is the oldest and most enduring award for GLBT literature.
On Wednesday, June 12 from 12-1, he will be speaking at the Central Library on last year’s winners as part of the Lunch and Learn speaker series.
First awarded in 1971, the Stonewall Book Awards comprises three separate awards: the Barbara Gittings Literature Award, the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award, and the Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award. Given under the auspices of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table, the Stonewall Book Awards are official awards of the American Library Association.
The winners of the 2014 Stonewall Book Awards will be announced at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting to be held January 24-28, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA.
It’s hard to believe that when Morrow published John Irving’s Cider House Rules in 1985 he was just at the beginning of his prolific and critically acclaimed career with only Garp and Hotel New Hampshire preceding, other lesser-known academic works notwithstanding. The New York Times Book Review’s major critic treated it carefully but finally admitted it was an achievement and more mature and accessible than his previous work. It’s both comforting and comfortable therefore to look back over a quarter century with so many later novels in the can and with this one in the spotlight.
The novel follows Wilbur Larch, obstetrician and orphanage director, over the course of his very long life, with the main emphasis on the forty-some years he shares with his favorite and finally unadoptable orphan Homer Wells from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Homer evolves into Larch’s apprentice, spending years with Gray’s Anatomy and real-life midwifery until there is little difference in training between Dr. and pupil. The father/son theme runs wide in this novel but has its genesis in Larch’s childlessness among many hundreds of orphans and Homer’s fatherlessness with Larch as father figure extraordinaire. The orphanage at St. Cloud’s has a deep secret that gives Larch his impetus to train a successor: it is the only place in a wide swath of rural Maine that a woman can receive a safe and professional abortion. Among the many births that keep the orphanage full and Larch and Homer busy in delivery, there is the other work of rescue that Larch pursues and Homer eventually rejects. The polemical possibilities of the pro-life and pro-choice debate are not missed in the long case of Larch and Homer, but it’s important to see this debate in the context of the time, and to see how Irving widens his lens on so much else in the moral universe.
Homer of course must leave and as a twenty-something man falls accidentally into the wide circle of the Worthington apple enterprise on the coast of Maine. There he falls madly in love with Candy Kendall, fiancée of Wally Worthington, apple heir and all-around most handsome and good natured fellow in Maine. There he also finds his self-perceived vocation as apple farmer:
At St. Cloud’s (orphanage) growth was unwanted even when it was delivered — and the process of birth was often interrupted. Now he was engaged in the process of growing things. What he loved about the life at Ocean View (Orchard) was how everything was of use and that everything was wanted. (p. 237)
Irving, John, 1942-. The cider house rules : a novel. New York : Morrow, c1985.
Guy Gavriel Kay is famous for his impressive blend of fantasy and historical fiction. In River of Stars, Kay returns to the realm of Kitai, a fictional empire based on Tang dynasty China that was first introduced in 2010’s Under Heaven. Centuries have passed since the events of Under Heaven and the empire has weathered numerous storms – rebellions, invasions by barbarian horde, and fractious political rivalries – and is somewhat worse for the wear. Ren Daiyan, the son of a magistrate clerk in a remote province, and Lin Shan, the daughter of a scholar, both have unusual talents and ambitions. In time, their gifts draw the attention of power, and of each other, and their lives are irrevocably drawn into events that will change Kitai forever.
Kay’s attention to historical accuracy is, as always, spectacular. The refinement and opulence of the imperial court and gardens, the delicacy of traditional Chinese arts such as calligraphy and poetry, and the beauty of the landscapes of China are all flawlessly captured. The astounding brutality and callousness of the era are presented as well, in a straightforward way that neither sensationalizes nor trivializes them.
River of Stars is a success on just about every level. The story is powerful and engaging, the characters are complex and well realized, and the greater themes of the novel such as heroism and man’s role in society are thoughtfully treated. Kay’s prose is poetic without being overwrought or melodramatic. Overall, River of Stars is joy to read.