Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Book Review: The Bard's Blade

Sep 18, 2020

Do you ever have fantasies? Does your fantasy involve a musician and a winemaker forced to face the dark evil forces threatening to destroy the world? Or, better yet, does your fantasy involve listening to a book review? If so, The Bard's Blade may be a written account of one of your fantasies, and you're about to live through the other fantasy as West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

 

Book Review: Tortured Artists

Sep 11, 2020

What fuels artists? What fuels their passionate works? According to Christopher Zara, emotional pain is the fuel of art. In the book Tortured Artists, Zara unveils how some of our favorite artists were fueled by inner turmoil. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Decent Inn of Death

Sep 4, 2020

It's a small village in England. It's seemingly quaint. Tragedy strikes when the beloved church organist dies from falling into a creek. Was it a fall? Murder? It's a mystery. However, the real mystery is the quality of this mystery novel The Decent Inn of Death. To help us get to the bottom of this, West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Not Afraid of the Fall

Aug 28, 2020

Today's social media culture is flooded with "world travelers" that show off the amazing views and experiences they get from traveling. It may feed our envy, but what these Instagram-ers don't show is the headaches of traveling: making your flight, packing the right things, budgeting, etc. Well, Not Afraid of the Fall takes a different approach by talking up the headaches more than the experiences. Does it make for a better read? Well...West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

Book Review: Laughing Lines

Aug 21, 2020

SNL, It's Garry Shandling's Show, and the movie North: what is at the center of this venn diagram? If you said Alan Zweibel then you must know a lot about comedy. Laugh Lines is Zweibel's account of his life writing in the show business. Will this book give readers there own "laugh lines"? West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Becoming Wild

Aug 19, 2020

What makes humans separate from animals? Is it our bipedal structure? Our economic system? Or is it our love of funny looking socks? Well, according to the book Becoming Wild, the differences are not as big as we think. In this book, author Carl Safina proves how many animals deal with culture, hierarchy, and the meaning of life just as much as your average human. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Kokomo Symphony Orchestra

The Kokomo Symphony Orchestra will present a live performance, "Pops in the Park," on Saturday, August 22 from 6 to 10 pm at the Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion at Foster Park. Greg Kostraba spoke with Artistic Director and conductor José Valencia about the program, and what the orchestra and city of Kokomo are doing to keep the musicians and audience safe.

Book Review: The King's Justice

Aug 7, 2020

There's a serial killer terrorizing World War II London, and all evidence leads to a stolen violin. Sound like a mystery?... Well, it is! Secret Agent Maggie Hope is the only one who can solve this mystery in The King's Justice. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Not Becoming My Mother

Aug 3, 2020

The boundaries of generational differences can be intense fences between family members. No book may describe this better than Not Becoming My Mother. Author Ruth Reichl investigates her mother, and begins to see her in ways Reichl had never understood before. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Aosawa Murders

Jul 26, 2020

"Japanese Mysteries" is not a literary genre one thinks of frequently, but this book may be the catalyst to begin learning about such a genre. The Aosawa Murders is a fictional mystery about the murder of 17 party attendents. Only one little girl, Hisako, is left as a survivor and main suspect of the murders. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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