Last month a few of us dedicated library patrons gathered for a very poorly attended panel discussion at the Mark Taper Auditorium.Â Did you know there is a lecture auditorium called the Mark Taper at the Central Library?Â The next day and week [following that panel] there was an on-line discussion extolling the excellent people of San Francisco for both promoting and attending their library functions—in droves too!Â My brother, who works at the Central Library says that there is more power in using the library and its services, than launching the biggest rally in support of keeping it open.Â Many of us bloggers on LAeastside and you readers have been dismayed with the recent cutback attacks on our library system.Â This week, there is a very interesting award winning author speaking at the Central Library (details below) on my favorite subject: the border wars and Ciudad Juarez.Â If this is not your thing, attend one of the other FREE lectures coming up through the Aloud Series, or check out a book or video, reserve a computer, take the metro downtown and enjoy the architectural splendor and art at the Central Library.Â Keep the library abuzz with our presence! Â RSVPs are required to attend the Aloud lectures and it only takes a few moments to reserve your seat/s at (213) 228-7025 or online.
[ALOUD] at Central Library
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 7:00 PM
Murder City: Ciudad JuÃ¡rez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields
Bowden, award-winning Tucson-based author and journalist reveals the story of the disintegration of Ciudad JuÃ¡rez. Interweaving stories of the cityâ€™s inhabitantsâ€”a raped beauty queen, a repentant hitman, a journalist fleeing for his lifeâ€”with a broader meditation on the Mexican townâ€™s descent into anarchy.
The recipient of a Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Sidney Hillman Award, Charles Bowden is the critically acclaimed author of many books including Down by the River, A Shadow in the City, and Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing. He is a contributing editor of GQ and Mother Jones magazine, and also writes for other magazines such as Harper’s Magazine, New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and Aperture. Bowden lives in Tuscon, AZ.