Upcoming programs at Ohio County Public Library

WHEELING – JUST ANNOUNCED: Tuesday, May 13 (6 PM) Ellis Dungan: An American in Madras

  • On Tuesday evening, May 13 at 6 pm, the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will host a screening of the documentary An American in Madras by Indian filmmaker Karan Bali. The film is about the early work of Wheeling filmmaker Ellis Dungan and Dungan’s surprising contributions to Indian cinema. Mr. Bali has been showing his film at many film festivals in India and elsewhere. He is currently scheduled to appear the prestigious New York Indian Film Festival in early May and wanted to screen the film, which was produced with the help of the West Virginia State Archives, in Ellis Dungan’s hometown. While in Wheeling, he hopes to meet people who knew Mr. Dungan. A reception featuring light refreshments will begin at 6 pm in the library’s auditorium. The screening of An American in Madras will begin at 6:30 pm, and a discussion with the filmmaker, Karan Bali, will take place after the screening. The program is free and open to the public. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.
  • May 20 East Wheeling Memories

The Neighborhood Nostalgia Series continues at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, May 20 at noon with East Wheeling Memories. Share your memories and bring photos of life in East Wheeling to have them scanned. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.

  • LUNCH WITH BOOKS, Tuesday, May 27 at noon-Wheeling Film Society Conversation: JAWS

The Wheeling Film Society, a partnership among the Ohio County Public Library, Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Cinema, and Wheeling Jesuit University’s Fine and Performing Arts Department will continue its second annual season of screening-discussions of classic Hollywood films with a screening of JAWS (1975-124 minutes) at Towngate Cinema on Saturday, May 24 at 7 PM. The Wheeling Film Society’s Conversation about the film will take place at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on the following Tuesday, May 27 at noon. John Whitehead, professor of film studies at Wheeling Jesuit University and author of Appraising The Graduate: The Mike Nichols Classic and Its Impact in Hollywood, will serve as host for both the screening and conversation. Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster would be important if for no other reason because of changing forever the way Hollywood does business: it did for beaches what Hitchcock had once done for showers, and it did for cash registers even more than The Godfather had done. Yet to think about Jaws merely as a Hollywood thrill ride calculated to drum up dollars is to miss Spielberg’s artful adoption of many of the cinematic storytelling conventions learned studying Hollywood auteurs like Hitchcock and Ford. Spielberg’s film divides neatly, almost to the second, into two genres: the noir conspiracy thriller (‘ la Hitchcock) and the threatened-community Western (‘ la Ford). In hindsight, of course, we understand Jaws for what it truly is: Spielberg’s first masterpiece. All programs screenings and conversations are free of admission charge. Attend as many or as few programs as your schedule allows. All are welcome, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Parental Guidance is recommended for all screenings and conversations.

  • June 3 The Lincoln Deception

David O. Stewart, nationally known for his award-winning nonfiction works on Aaron Burr and the U.S. Constitution, will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, June 3 at noon to discuss his first novel, The Lincoln Deception. Blending real and fictional characters, the book is a gripping historical mystery exploring the endless fascination with Lincoln’s assassination and the conspiracy behind it. In 1900, John Bingham lies dying in Cadiz, Ohio. He tells his doctor that he learned a terrible secret thirty-five years before when he prosecuted John Wilkes Booth’s co-conspirators. That secret of the Lincoln assassination, he confides, could destroy the republic, but will die with him. After practicing law for many years, Stewart began to write history. His first book, The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution, was a Washington Post bestseller and won the Washington Writing Award as Best Book of 2007. Stewart also is founder and president of the Washington Independent Review of Books. A book sale and signing will follow.

  • June 10 Book Review: Fractures

On Tuesday June 10 at noon at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, scientist Mary Ellen Cassidy will review Fractures by Lamar Herrin, a novel about a family trying to deal with the discovery of Marcellus Shale under their land. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.