April 25, 2016

Southwest Book Club Meets May 3

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Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss this month's selection Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War ll's Most Audacious General by Bill O'Reilly/Martin Dugard. General George S. Patton, Jr. died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost seventy years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident--and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton takes readers inside the final year of the war and recounts the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Southwest Branch Library
Tuesday, May 3
7:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. What evidence does O'Reilly present that suggests Patton's death was more sinister than accidental? Is the evidence cited credible? Why, after all these years, does Reilly believe the controversy has never been brought out into the open and resolved? Who would have benefited most from Patton's death?

2. What new understanding have you gained--about World War II and General Patton--from reading this book? What did you find most surprising?...or most disturbing?

3. O'Reilly has been accused of inaccuracies and of cherry picking his facts in Killing Patton. Do these charges have any basis in fact that you're aware of? Do the charges make any difference to your reading of this book...or affect its validity as a work of history?

4. This book, as well as the other three in The Killing series (Jesus, Kennedy, Lincoln), use a popular, hyped-up narrative style, creating what some reviewers refer to as "you-are-there thrillers." O'Reilly says that he believes that "people who do not necessarily like history will enjoy" his books. And with regards to the titles, O'Reilly refers to himself as "a snappy guy." "I do things," he says," in a flamboyant way. I want to get your attention." Does the O'Reilly style add to, or detract from, the underlying history of this work. Does it engage people who otherwise would not read about Patton and World War II? Or does it's easy-going style leave out, or gloss over, more complex historical facts that may not be as interesting or easy to follow? What do you think?

Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com

April 20, 2016

Southwest Library Featured Artist - Terry Neal

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The Southwest Library is pleased to present the exhibit, The Beauty of Nature, by artist Terry Neal. Her lush oil paintings can be seen throughout the library and are on display through June 30.

Terry's use of light and color is influenced by the Modernist painter Leonid Afremov, which can be seen in several of her paintings. She also prefers using oil paints for their rich pigments and textures as well as their ability to blend well to create new effects. She particularly enjoys painting birds and trees.

Terry can be reached via email at tmneal1@cfl.rr.com.

April 12, 2016

11th Annual Southwest Author Series April 15

Alyssa_Maxwell_headshot.jpg murder at breakers.jpg Join us for the 11th Annual Southwest Author Series - presented in partnership with The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips. Historical mystery author Alyssa Maxwell will speak and sign copies of her books. A book sale, presented by Bookmark It at East End Market, will follow the presentation. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, April 15
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library