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Nonfiction Movies

Book to movie adaptations happen fairly regularly, although nonfiction adaptations are a bit less common. A round of movies based on nonfiction will debut this month. Here's your chance to read (or re-read) the books before they hit the big screen:

Film & Discussion: Prince Among Slaves

prince among slavesJoin host Tracy Williams, Librarian/Professor, for our final program exploring the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys.

Film & Discussion: Prince Among Slaves
Tuesday, November 12, 1:00-3:00pm, LRNC 131

"In 1788, a group of West African men are captured, sold to British slave traders and transported to America. Among them: Prince Abdul Rahman. Prince Among Slaves is the story of the dignity and hope of a young man who never gave up on reclaiming his title and returning home."

This program was made possible in part with a grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Free Film Screenings with a Modern Day Marco Polo

HCPL hosts filmmaker Francis O’Donnell and free screenings of his Emmy®
Nominated Documentary, In the Footsteps of Marco Polo.

Still Photo from the documentary: In the Footsteps of Marco PoloWhat happens when two ordinary guys—one working as a wedding photographer, the other a former Marine turned artist--decide they need a little adventure in their lives? If they are Denis Belliveau and Francis O’Donnell, a 25,000 mile trek across Eurasia retracing the journey of 13th Century adventurer Marco Polo, and a PBS documentary that earns an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming.

This month, Harris County Public Library will host one of those intrepid travelers, Francis O’Donnell, for two free screenings of the film In the Footsteps of Marco Polo to be followed by lively discussions of the journey and the making of the film.
During the two-year journey from Venice to China and back, the pair traveled on foot, horseback, camelback, in jeeps, trucks, boats and trains, and survived everything man and Mother Nature threw at them, including the forbidding Taklamakan Desert, Tajik soldiers, bureaucrats, and border guards.

Movie Guides Based on Mood

I enjoy watching movies and my favorite way to find one is to pick a film based on how I feel at the moment.  A few months ago, when I felt like watching a movie, I would recall as many titles as possible and try to come up a few that fit my mood.  It wasn't exactly easy to find just the right movie, until I found three guides in the HCPL collection.  It's been a cinch to find one ever since. 

Try the guides for yourself and see what you think: 

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