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American Splendor - Malden Reads Film
‘Splendor’ kicks off film series
Malden Reads is hosting a series of free movie screenings, featuring films that highlight themes from the community read’s 2013 featured selection “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie.
The film series starts Wednesday, Feb. 13 with “American Splendor," a quirky and darkly comic film that illuminates the life of comic book writer Harvey Pekar. The film starts at 6 pm at the Malden Public Library.
The protagonist of Alexie’s book is a Spokane teenager who documents life’s trials and triumphs in the style of a comic book memoirist, and those illustrations are part of the story.
As the Washington Post noted after Pekar’s death in 2012, Pekar “helped change the appreciation for, and perceptions of, the graphic novel, the drawn memoir, the autobiographical comic narrative," paving the way for books like Alexie’s.
“American Splendor” is a mix of fact and fiction based on Pekar’s life and work and stars Paul Giacometti as Pekar with cameos from the real-life Pekar and his real-life wife, Joyce Brabner .
Organized by community groups, city leaders, and residents, in collaboration with the Malden Public Library and Malden Access TV, Malden Reads invites the community to read the same book and participate in a series of events related to the book’s themes.
For more information about Malden Reads, the featured selections and upcoming events, visit www.maldenreads.org. Another great way to connect with Malden Reads is our mailing list, which you can join by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More About Malden Public Library
The Malden Public Library is located across the street from Malden High School. The library has been in operation since 1879 and provides a large numbers of books, magazines, reference and historical materials. The Local History Collection, Historical Society Collection and art galleries can be found to the left when entering the building.
The main part of the library is located to the right when you enter the building. The Main Level has new books, magazines, newspapers, reference materials, DVDs, CDs and some non-fiction. The Lower Level has more non-fiction titles as well as foreign language books. The Upper Level has mystery books, a quiet study room, children's room, children's program room and hosts the administrative and general offices.
The Malden Public Library is part of the Metro Boston Library Network so your card is good at all participating libraries. You can even request books available at other libraries to be delivered to the Malden library.
The library offers Internet and word processing on its computers and it holds book discussion books from time to time. Check the bulletin board for upcoming events or surf the Web site.
Other events here
- ESL Conversation Weekly on Wednesdays, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
- Chinese Heroes of the American Civil War Thu, May 23, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm
- Tour the Malden Public Library Art Galleries September 11, 2012 / October 9, 2012 / November 13, 2012 / December 11, 2012 / January 8, 2013 / February 12, 2013 / March 12, 2013 / April 9, 2013 / May 14, 2013 / June 11, 2013, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm