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Sound & Vision: New CDs

Check out some of these newly catalogued CDs in our AV collection. To reserve these items click on the title link below, and to find out a bit more about them click on the cover images…

Wilco Star wars
Led Zeppelin Presence [deluxe]
Herbert The shakes
Trembling Bells The sovereign self
Internet Ego death
Souad Massi El mutakallimûn (Masters of the word)

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New Books on popular music in September

From fantastic photography of pre-famous Bob Dylan to fascinating memoirs by Ringo Starr and John Lydon, to handy guitar instruction books, new books on popular music, once again, offer a great read. Have a browse!

Syndetics book coverBob Dylan : NYC 1961-1964 / photography by Ted Russell with Chris Murray ; foreword by Donovan.
“It was in late 1961, photographer Ted Russell recalls, that he first heard about an “up-and-coming young fellow who was coming out with his first album.” A freelance photographer on the lookout for good subjects, Russell was intrigued by a rave review from The New York Times of the raw-voiced folk singer. Russell’s subject was a twenty-year-old Bob Dylan, a young folk singer whom nobody knew, and Russell photographed Dylan in 1961. The book contains photos of Dylan in his tiny Greenwich Village apartment, writing and practicing; snuggling with girlfriend Suze Rotolo; and performing at celebrated folk club Gerde’s.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverRingo : with a little help / Michael Seth Starr.
With a Little Help is the first in-depth biography of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who kept the beat for an entire generation and who remains a rock icon over fifty years since the Beatles took the world by storm. With a Little Help traces the entire arc of Ringo’s remarkable life and career, from his sickly childhood to his life as The World’s Most Famous drummer to his triumphs, addictions, and emotional battles following the breakup of the Beatles as he comes to terms with his legacy.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAnger is an energy : my life uncensored / John Lydon with Andrew Perry.
“John Lydon has secured prime position as one of the most recognizable icons in the annals of music history. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols – the world’s most notorious band. With his next band, Public Image Ltd (PiL) Lydon expressed an equally urgent impulse in his make-up – the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978 he set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive in the 2010s. The book will be a fresh and mature look back on a life full of incident from his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents who grew up in post-war London, to his present status as a vibrant, alternative national hero.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAfter the dance : my life with Marvin Gaye / Jan Gaye with David Ritz.
“A riveting cautionary tale about the ecstasy and dangers of loving Marvin Gaye, a performer passionately pursued by all—and a searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of legendary soul icon Marvin Gaye. Primarily silent since Marvin’s tragic death in 1984, Jan at last opens up, sharing the moving, fervently charged story of one of music history’s most fabled marriages. Unsparing in its honesty and insight, illustrated with sixteen pages of black-and-white photos, After the Dance reveals what it’s like to be in love with a creative genius who transformed popular culture and whose artistry continues to be celebrated today.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverConfessions of a heretic / Adam Nergal Darski with Mark Eglinton and Krzysztof Azarewicz & Piotr Weltrowski ; foreword by D. Randall Blythe (Lamb of God).
“Rebellion is a part of youth. Sometimes it’s dangerous. Instead of a sword, I hold a guitar in my hands. I’m in the same, rigid world but instead of Molotov cocktails, I’ve got a computer. It’s a much more powerful weapon.”
Confessions Of A Heretic is the forthright and erudite memoir of the front man and driving force behind the Polish heavy-metal group Behemoth, currently at the top of their game following the release of their 2014 US Top 40 album “The Satanist”. Presented as a series of interrogations by friends and associates, the book reveals a complex man of great contrast–a health-conscious, highly personable intellectual known for his extreme views and even more extreme music.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYour band sucks : what I saw at indie rock’s failed revolution (but can no longer hear) / Jon Fine.
“Jon Fine spent nearly thirty years performing and recording with bands that played various forms of aggressive and challenging underground rock music, and, as he writes in this memoir, at no point were any of those bands “ever threatened, even distantly, by actual fame.” In it, Fine tracks how the indie-rock underground emerged and evolved, how it grappled with the mainstream and vice versa, and how it led many bands to an odd rebirth in the 21st Century in which they reunited, briefly and bittersweetly, after being broken up for decades. Like Patti Smith’s Just Kids, Your Band Sucks is a unique evocation of a particular aesthetic moment.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverX (songbook)/ Ed Sheeran.
“The sophomore album from this Grammy Award-nominated British singer shot to #1 on the Billboard 200 Album charts. Our folio features guitar arrangements of all 16 tracks from the album, including the hot single “Sing” plus: Afire Love * Bloodstream * Don’t * Even My Dad Does Sometimes * I’m a Mess * The Man * One * Photograph * Runaway * Thinking Out Loud * and more.” (adapted from amzon.com)

Syndetics book coverGirl / Pharrell Williams.
“(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). Grammy Award winning producer and artist Pharrell released this, his second solo album, in 2014. Featuring the mega-hit “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 , the album reached as high as #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Our matching folio includes all the tracks from the CD: Brand New (featuring Justin Timberlake) * Come Get It Bae * Gush * Gust of Wind * Happy * Hunter * It Girl * Lost Queen * Marilyn Monroe * Know Who You Are (featuring Alicia Keys).” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover15 Disney vocal duets from the stage and screen : for two voices and piano accompaniment.
“(Vocal Duet). A selection of 15 original duets from classic through contemporary Disney films and Broadway stage musicals. For various voice combinations and printed in original keys. Includes: Can You Feel the Love Tonight * Feed the Birds * I See the Light * Love Is an Open Door * No Matter What * Something There * Sweet Child * A Whole New World * and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlay better guitar in ten minutes a day / Phil Capone.
“How often should I practice? And what should I work on? These are the two questions that guitar students will ask more often than anything else related to learning to play. This book provides the answers, with a set of quick and efficient workout routines for learner guitarists who want to get the most out of their practice time. It includes a unique ‘Workout Builder’ that allows readers to create their own custom-built routines for picking hand, fretting hand, fretboard fluency, or any combination of the three-at varying degrees of skill level as they progress.Pitched as the beginner guitarist’s second book, following these regular practice sessions of just 10 minutes each day will give players real improvements in a matter of just a few weeks.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverLearn how to play the acoustic guitar : a complete practical guide with 750 step-by-step photographs, illustrations and musical exercises / Ted Fuller.
“Acoustic guitars are very popular with beginners, and this book will help musicians to master the instrument, from buying the right guitar and learning the necessary chords to trying out advanced techniques. It introduces the different genres of music played using the guitar, such as blues, country, jazz, classical and flamenco, and features a helpful chordfinder to help you understand the guitarist’s basic vocabulary.With expert step-by-step instructions from professional guitarists, 300 chords and over 750 photographs and musical exercises, this comprehensive manual is a must for anyone interested in learning this universally loved instrument.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBrazilian guitar / by Carlos Arana.
“Everything you need to know to learn Brazilian guitar. This book uses popular Brazilian songs to teach you the basics of the Brazilian guitar style and technique. Learn to play in the styles of Joao Gilberto, Luiz Bonfa, Baden Powell, Dino Sete Cordas, Joao Basco, and many others. Songs include: Aquarela Brasileira * Chega De Saudade (No More Blues) * Desafinado * O Barquinho * Song of the Jet (Samba do Aviao) * and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJazz improvisation for guitar : a melodic approach / Garrison Fewell ; edited by Susan Gedutis Lindsay.
“Melodies based on triads and melodic extensions sound more natural and musical than ones developed exclusively from scales. Triads, the fundamental building blocks of harmony, are a simple and effective remedy for scale dependency in improvisation. In Jazz Improvisation for Guitar: A Melodic Approach, explore the potential of triads and their melodic extensions and learn to connect them using guide tones. You’ll learn to create solo phrases in the style of some of the world’s finest jazz guitarists like Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, and Pat Martino.” (Syndetics summary)

Special Events in September

newtownNewtown Library has just reopened – hooray! – so it’s back to business as usual, although there is no Kōhunga Kōrero session at Newtown this month.

It’s Chinese Language Week from 7-11 September and we have loads of events happening, make sure to check those out. Don’t forget to come along to our Ni Hao Chinese storytimes which occur every Thursday at the Central library, plus extra sessions from 7-11 September detailed below.

At the very beginning of October we are hosting jQuery and Python coding workshops for teens. For ease of access and as registrations are essential, they have been included in this month’s event listings. We can’t wait!

You can always check our event calendar to see all events happening in one day, or look further ahead for the rest of the month. See below for what’s coming up this month:

Chinese Language Week (view in Chinese)
– Ni Hao Storytime
Monday 7th September - Johnsonville library – 10.30-11.00am
Tuesday 8th September – Karori library – 10.30-11.00am
Thursday 10th September (every week) – Central library – 10.00-10.30am
Friday 11th September – Kilbirnie library – 11.00-11.30am

– Learn basic Mandarin (Chinese)
Tuesday 8th September – Central library – 1.00-1.30pm
Friday 11th September – Karori library – 3.30-4.00pm

– Tai Chi class
Friday 11th September – Central library – 12.30-1.30pm

Chinese Film Night – “The Bullet Vanishes” (bookings required, phone 801-4068 or 801-4083 (Chinese))
Please note: this film is R16
Wednesday 9th September – Central library – 6.00-8.00pm
Friday 11th September – Newtown library – 6.00-8.00pm

Chinese Painting class
Monday 7th September – Central library – 11.00am-12.00pm

Chinese Calligraphy class
Friday 11th September – Johnsonville library – 11.00am-12.00pm

Central Library tours in Chinese (bookings required, phone 801-4068 or 801-4083 (Chinese))
Monday 7th September – 2.30-4.00pm
Thursday 10th September – 2.30-4.00pm

One-off events
- Wednesday 2nd September – 12.30-1.30pm - Law for Lunch: Stop Workplace Bullying

Coding Workshops for Teens at Central library (bookings required)
- Thursday 1st October – 9.30am-3.30pm – Build a website with jQuery
- Friday 2nd October – 9.30am-3.30pm – Build a game with Python

Coding Workshops for teens
Recurring events
- Thursdays 10-10.30am – Ni Hao Children’s Community Chinese storytimes at Central library
- Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm – Gamesfest at Central Library
- Thursdays 6pm – Mystery Movie Screenings at Central library (bookings required, phone 801-4068)
- Wednesdays 2-3pm – Tea & Tales at Johnsonville library

Kōhunga Kōrero
- Omāroro (Newtown) – No session in September, back to usual from October (1st Tuesday of each month)
- Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) – 14th September – 10.30am (2nd Monday of each month)
- Waitohi (Johnsonville) – 15th September – 2pm (3rd Tuesday of each month)
- Motukairangi (Miramar) – 22nd September – 2pm (new time) (4th Tuesday of each month)

Books to share with Dad!

Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, so here’s a great selection of new books for dads to share.

Syndetics book coverDaddy hugs / Nancy Tafuri.
“Little ones love daddy hugs. Feathered hugs… whiskered hugs… cozy hugs. Just-daddy-and-me hugs. All across the woodlands, animal daddies and their little ones cuddle up together. From furry bear hugs to silky hare hugs, Nancy Tafuri celebrates all the hugs that are extra special because they are just-daddy-and-me hugs. A special author’s note includes a list of critters to seek and find on each page, along with their scientific names.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDaddy cuddle / written by Kate Mayes ; illustrated by Sara Acton.
“An undeniably adorable new picture book for dads everywhere, from bestselling author Kate Mayes and award-winning illustrator Sara Acton. ‘Daddy up?’ It’s early in the morning and one little rabbit is wide awake … From bestselling author Kate Mayes (COUNT MY CHRISTMAS KISSES, STEW A COCKATOO – writing as Ruthie May) and award-winning illustrator Sara Acton (BEN AND DUCK, ESTHER’S RAINBOW, THE UNEXPECTED CROCODILE) comes this gorgeous tale of an early riser who just wants to play! A book to be loved and treasured by children, fathers and families everywhere. Ages: 0-5″ (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy dad still thinks he’s funny / by Katrina Germein ; illustrated by Tom Jellett.
“My dad says, “I’ve told you fifty million times, don’t exaggerate.” Dad is back by popular demand with more hilarious material. And yes, My dad STILL thinks he’s funny. Short-listed for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2014, 5 to 8 Years Category.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDaddies are great! / Meredith Costain ; Polona Lovšin.
“A warm and lively rhyming text about the special relationship between fathers and their children, with gently humorous illustrations showing different adult dogs and puppies in adorable poses.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy dad is a giraffe / Stephen Michael King.
“Is your dad big and tall, gentle and fun? Can you climb up his legs, over his head, slide down his neck and ride on his back? Maybe your dad is a giraffe!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDaddy, you’re awesome / Laine Mitchell ; illustrated by Renée Treml.
“My daddys a giant, So tall and so strong, I want to be just like him, Why is it taking so long? Daddy, youre awesome to me.” (Syndetics summary)

Classical for Spring

This week’s classical CD offerings:

ClassicalrecentSep15a1The Piano Concertos, Brahms. Performed by Daniel Barenboim, with the Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
“Barenboim has recorded Brahms’s piano concertos on several previous occasions and always with partners who have meant a lot to him… Although performing both concertos on a single evening represents a tour de force, Barenboim has frequently included them in the same programme, most notably with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich in 1991 and with Mehta in Berlin in 2002, when the pianist was marking his sixtieth birthday. For Daniel Barenboim, both concertos are loyal companions that bear witness to his own journey through life, providing a connection with Brahms himself: in the course of his life, Brahms played the First Piano Concerto thirty-five times, the Second Piano Concerto some forty times. And it was as the conductor of both these works with Eugen d’Albert as the soloist that Brahms bade farewell to the stage in Berlin on 10 January 1896.” (from amazon.com)

ClassicalrecentSep15a2Piano Sonatas, volume 5, Beethoven. Performed by Angela Hewitt.
The sonatas in this volume are number 2, 5, 24 and 31. “Angela Hewitt has been much praised in her earlier recordings of Beethoven’s piano sonatas and now turns her passion and scholarship to four more works spanning the composer’s career, the Piano Sonatas Ops.2, 10, 78 and 110. As ever, Angela’s accompanying notes provide fascinating insights into both the music and her performances.” (amazon.com)

ClassicalrecentSep15a3Symphony No. 1, Bruckner. Performed by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Japp van Zweden.
“A new installment in Jaap van Zweden’s successful series devoted to Bruckner’s symphonies. Among the versions issued by Bruckner, the conductor has chosen the so-called Linzer, dated 1866.” (amazon.com)

Coming soon: The Age of Puccini, Jonas Kaufmann; Joyce & Tony (a live collaboration by Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano); and Telemann violin sonatas.

Thursday evening films: True tales

Syndetics book coverFor September 2015, we will be featuring a series we’re calling ‘True tales: Stories about people’s lives’, focusing on biographical films.

Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the Information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note : reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

Our pick of the new DVDs in September

Some new DVDs for September include the next entry in the ‘Divergent’ franchise, Noah Baumbach’s new indie comedy ‘While We’re Young’, Steven Soderbergh’s period medical show ‘The Knick’, critically acclaimed UK drama ‘Still Life’, and spooky new TV thriller series ‘Wayward Pines’.

cover imageInsurgent.
“Insurgent, the next gripping action-adventure in the blockbuster Divergent franchise, raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the dystopian ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world…”
(adapted from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageWhile we’re young.
“Noah Baumbach writes and directs this comedy starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a childless married couple living in New York who befriend a younger and more exciting couple. Fed up of their friends who pressure them into beginning a family of their own, documentary film-maker Josh (Stiller) and wife Cornelia (Watts) meet hipster couple Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried) and start to enjoy the new and refreshing experiences that come with the territory. However, are Jamie and Darby’s motivations for spending time with the older couple as harmless as they seem?” (Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageSomeone you love.
“World famous singer-songwriter Thomas Jacob is based in Los Angeles. He is a very successful man who has burned a lot of bridges. He lives and breathes music and very little else. When Thomas travels back to Denmark to record a new album with his regular producer, Molly Moe, his grown-up daughter, Julie, shows up with his 11 year-old grandson, Noa, whom Thomas has never met. Soon – and much against his will – Thomas is forced to take care of Noa. Against all odds the two of them slowly begin to connect through music. Then disaster strikes forcing Thomas to realize, that he now has to make a choice that will change his life forever.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageTrash.
“When two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys realise that what they’ve found must be important. Based on Andy Mulligan’s best-selling novel, Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura and Selton Mello star in this thrilling adventure directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Richard Curtis.” (Rewiews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageAlex of Venice.
“In Chris Messina’s directorial debut, a workaholic attorney, Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is forced to reinvent her life after her husband (Chris Messina) suddenly leaves. While juggling a career case, a young son, and a father (Don Johnson) struggling with the effects of aging, Alex discovers both a vulnerability and inner strength she had not yet tapped into, all while holding her family together.” (Editorial reviews, Amazon.com)

cover imageCake.
“Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston) is in pain. Her physical pain is evident in the scars that line her body and the way she carries herself, wincing with each tentative step. She’s no good at hiding her emotional pain either. Blunt to the point of searing insult, Claire’s anger seethes out of her with nearly every interaction. She has driven away her husband, her friends – even her chronic-pain support group has kicked her out. The only one left in Claire’s otherwise solitary existence is her housekeeper-cum-caretaker, Silvana (Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza), who barely tolerates her boss’ need for liquor and prescription pills. But the suicide of Nina (Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick), one of Claire’s fellow chronic-pain group members, prompts another fixation. In pursuing questions about the death of a woman she barely knew, Claire explores the boundaries between life and death, abandonment and heartbreak, danger and salvation. As she inserts herself into the lives of Nina’s husband (Sam Worthington) and the son Nina left behind, Claire just might find salvation.” (Editorial reviews, Amazon.com)

cover imageThe knick. The complete first season.
“Set in downtown New York in 1900 – The Knick is a groundbreaking new scripted drama from Oscar and Emmy-winning director Steven Soderbergh starring Oscar nominee Clive Owen, who also received a Golden Globe nomination for this series. The Knick centers on the Knickerbocker Hospital (dubbed The Knick), which faces a major upheaval due to poor finances and an exodus of wealthy patients. The one remaining star is Dr. Thackery (played by Clive Owen) who along with the hospital staff of surgeons, nurses and other personnel must struggle to keep both themselves and the hospital going.” (Editorial reviews, Amazon.com)

cover imageStill life.
“A poignant tale of life, love and the afterlife, Still Life is a tender and witty new drama from Uberto Pasolini, the Oscar-nominated producer of The Full Monty, starring Eddie Marsan (Tyrannosaur, Happy-Go-Lucky) and Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey). Meticulous and organised to the point of obsession, John May (Marsan) is a council worker charged with finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. When his department is downsized and he is given his final case, John finds himself on a liberating journey of self-discovery that will make him question everything and start living life at last.” (Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageHemlock Grove. Season 1 / created by Brian McGreevy & Lee Shipman.
“From executive producer Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) comes the darkly poetic, moving and terrifying hit US series Hemlock Grove. Set deep in the heart of Pennsylvania, a gruesome murder sends shockwaves through the eccentric residents of the mysterious suburb. Whispers follow Roman Godfrey, (Bill Skarsgård), the brooding scion of an aristocratic family headed by the beautiful but formidable Olivia Godfrey (Famke Janssen, X-Men), and Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron), an enigmatic teenager from the gypsy community who lingers on the edges of the Grove. As the mystery unfolds, the residents are led into the darkest shadows and deepest secrets of the town, their families and themselves where they must confront unspeakable truths and discover why Hemlock Grove is not all that it appears.” (Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageMaggie.
“As a viral pandemic spreads across America, Wade Vogel (Arnold Schwarzenegger) searches for his runaway daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) and finds her in the quarantine wing of a hospital. Wade brings his daughter back home to his family for the short time before the teenager begins a painful metamorphosis. Determined to hold onto his precious daughter as long as he can and refusing to hand her over to the local police Wade edges ever closer to a time where he will have to take matters into his own hands.” (Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageWayward Pines.
“Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions. What’s wrong with Wayward Pines? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.” (Syndetics summary)

Chinese Language Week at the library 7-11 September

Experience Chinese culture and language at Wellington City Libraries. There are lots of fun things to do such as Tai Chi, a Chinese film night, Nihao Stories & Rhymes for children, and much more. All for free.


Nihao Stories & Rhymes session
The popular Nihao Stories & Rhymes sessions in Chinese will take place at Central and three branch libraries during Chinese Language Week.
- Central library: 10:00-10:30am, Every Thursday. Cost: Free.
- Karori library: 10:30-11:00am, Tuesday 8 September. Cost: Free.
- Johnsonville library: 10:30-11:00am, Monday 7 September. Cost: Free.
- Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) library: 11:00-11:30am, Friday 11 September. Cost: Free.

Syndetics book coverBasic Chinese (Mandarin) Lesson 
Come to the library for a 30 minute session to learn Chinese. The session will be based on the bi-lingual books at the Chinese Corner and will focus on basic communication words and phrases include greetings, travel and much more.
- Central library: 1:00-1:30pm Tuesday 8 September. Cost: Free
- Karori library: 3:30-4:00pm Friday 11 September. Cost: Free.

Syndetics book coverTai Chi Class
Stressed and sore? Join a free Tai Chi class at the Central Library with experienced Tai Chi tutor Aaron Lavack from the Sing Ong Tai Chi .  Tai Chi can reduce stress and improve relaxation. The lesson will be held on Friday 11th of September at 12:30-1:30pm on the ground floor of Central Library. No booking is required.

Syndetics book coverChinese Film Night
Enjoy a big night out with your family and friends to watch a film for free at the Central Library. We will be playing ‘The Bullet Vanishes’ on the ground floor at the children’s area at 6-8pm on 9th of September. The film is rated R16, and you must be aged 16 or older to attend the screening. We have special permission to screen this film for free in the Central Library. Bookings are required as seats are limited. Please call us to reserve your seat on 801-4068 or 801-4083 (Chinese) during library opening hours.
Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.
- Central library: 6:00-8:00pm. Wednesday 9 September. Cost: Free
- Newtown library: 6:00-8:00pm. Friday 11 September. Cost: Free.

基本 RGBChinese Painting Class
Famous painter Deyu Cheng is visiting our libraries to teach Chinese painting. Come along and enjoy an artistic experience.
- Central library: 11:00-12:00am.  Monday 7 September. Cost: Free.

liu qian xiangChinese Calligraphy Class
Famous calligrapher and painter Qianxiang Liu is coming to Johnsonville library to teach calligraphy.
- Johnsonville library: 11:00-12:00am. Friday 11 September. Cost: Free.

Central Library Tour in Chinese
Have you wondered what’s on the second floor, where to find information about Wellington birth, marriage and death records and where to find books to learn Chinese?  During Chinese Language Week, it’s your chance to join a free library tour and know more about the library collection. The tours will be conducted in Chinese. Two sessions available: Monday 7 September at 2:30-4:00pm and Thursday 10 September at 2:30-4:00pm Bookings are essential. Please call the information desk on 801-4068 or 8014083 (Chinese).

Overdrive coverLearn Chinese with eBooks
Bilingual eBooks and eAudio books are great tools for learning Chinese anywhere you have access to the internet or you can download them to your computer or smartphone. See selected highlights from our Overdrive collection, or browse the full range of eBooks and eAudio Books on OverDrive.

Read Chinese eNewspapers
Read today’s Chinese newspapers online via PressDisplay and New York Times in Chinese. Free from Wellington City Libraries with your library card membership.
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I see red – Recent Literature picks for August

Coincidentally, many of this month’s picks have red covers. Red is the colour of passion, life and energy and these are the books to get you going, whether writing, reading or better understanding literature.

Syndetics book coverPlain words : a guide to the use of English / Ernest Gowers ; revised and updated by Rebecca Gowers.
“‘Be short, be simple, be human.’ This classic work is the quintessential guide to writing good clear English. Now updated in a new edition, but with all its original charm, it provides advice on everything from using the semicolon correctly to avoiding clichés and jargon. It is a vital resource for anyone who recoils from words such as ‘operationalisation’, and who wants to write in a strong, plain style. ‘Vastly informative and indispensable.’ –Bill Bryson ‘Who should read this book? Anyone who writes’.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOn writing / Charles Bukowski ; edited by Abel Debritto.
“Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, pivoting, and celebrated masters. Charles Bukowski’s stories, poems, and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. In this collection of previously unpublished material–letters to publishers, editors, friends, and fellow writers–Bukowski shares his insights on the art of creation. On Writing reveals an artist brutally frank about the drudgery of work and canny and uncompromising about the absurdities of life–and of art. It illuminates the hard-edged, complex humanity of a true American legend and countercultural icon–the ‘laureate of American lowlife’.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to write crime fiction / Sarah Williams.
“Using examples from contemporary specialists in each of the chosen genres, this book provides the reader with practical pointers, clear explanations and step-by-step exercises to develop their skills and understanding, and find their own voice.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAs we speak : how to make your point and have it stick / Peter Meyers and Shann Nix.
“Two of the world’s most sought-after consultants present a revolutionary, empowering guide to public speaking and becoming a more effective, persuasive communicator in all areas of life. Even for the most accomplished, public speaking can be a nerve-racking ordeal. Whether it’s speaking to a large audience, within a group, or in a one-on-one conversation, the way in which we communicate ideas, as much as the ideas themselves, can determine success or failure.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to write your blockbuster : a practical resource for the aspiring novelist : all I’ve learned about writing commercial fiction / Fiona McIntosh.
“To write is a verb. That’s an action word. No more procrastination. Almost everybody thinks they have a book in them or dreams of seeing their name on a front cover, but not everyone knows how to go about it. Sharing all she’s learned so far, Fiona McIntosh, one of Australia’s most successful commercial authors, shows you how to get started and, even more importantly, how to finish. In this practical and lively handbook McIntosh guides you through the stages of writing a novel, from establishing good working habits all the way through to submitting your draft to a suitable publisher.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdvanced banter : the QI book of quotations / [compiled by] John Lloyd and John Mitchinson.
“Upgrade your small talk instantly with this compendium of crisp one-liners.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat could possibly go wrong… / Jeremy Clarkson.
“No one writes about cars like Jeremy Clarkson. While most correspondents are too busy diving straight into BHP, MPG and MPH, Jeremy appreciates that there are more important things to life. Don’t worry, we’ll get to the cars. Eventually. But first we should consider: The case for invading France; the overwhelming appeal of a nice sit-down; the inconvenience of gin and tonic; why clothes are no better than ice cream; spot-welding with the Duchess of Kent; why Denmark is the best place in the world. Armed only with conviction, curiosity, enthusiasm and a pair of stout trousers, Jeremy hurtles around the world – along motorway, autoroute, freeway and autobahn – in search of answers to life’s puzzles and ponderings without forethought or fear for his own safety. What, you have to ask, could possibly go wrong . . .” (Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverUtterly lost in translation : even more misadventures in English abroad / Charlie Croker ; illustrated by Andrew Pinder.
“Watch as the English language gets abused around the world with these weird, hilarious, and strange misspellings and mistranslations. The search for the globe’s funniest language howler continues apace. As with his two previous volumes, Charlie Croker has trawled hotel foyers in Kazakhstan, South Korean supermarkets, and Argentinian airports, plucking from the mistranslation tree only the very choicest of fruits for your delectation.” (Syndetics summary)

And a good one from another part of the library:

Syndetics book coverReading on location : great books set in top travel destinations / Luisa Moncada and Scala Quin.
Reading on Location is a country-by-country guide to the regions and cities that feature in both well known and cult non-fiction and fiction. From the quintessential English city of Bath, featured in Jane Austen’s Persuasion and the New Delhi of Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger to the Amazon of Mario Vargas Llosa’s La Casa Verde and the New York of Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy, this book is aimed at: – anyone wanting to learn more about a potential travel destination – anyone desiring to follow in the footsteps of a favourite fictional character, author or travel writer – anyone wishing to discover a particular destination through the eyes of a celebrated writer or protagonist.” (Syndetics summary)

Capturing the moment in Wellington or Afghanistan – New Photography books in August

Starting our photographic journey in our backyard, we look at two New Zealand publications featuring fleeting moments between strangers in one, and capturing the essence of iconic figures of the New Zealand cultural and political scene in the other. We add a volume to our Ellen Mark collection, following her death earlier this year. We also reflect on the significance of the captured moment in photography.

Syndetics book coverDaylight hours
Daylight Hours, by New Zealand photographer Hans Weston, explores the life, light and colour of the urban environment. Fleeting moments like a couple’s hands that unknowingly imitate each other or a child admiring her reflection as she passes a large window, to a pair of brightly lit religious icons waiting expectantly on a car dashboard, are caught in the lens. Wellington is the backdrop for the majority of this collection, yet there are no location boundaries for Weston, who always takes a camera along for the ride. Daylight Hours is about noticing the world immediately around us, one that for most, passes unnoticed in our busy, distracted lives.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFace to face : conversations with remarkable New Zealanders
“Stimulating, humorous, sometimes controversial and always revealing, Face to Face offers intimate portraits of the lives of twelve remarkable New Zealanders. Through conversations with Paul Moon, one of the country’s most acclaimed historians and cultural commentators, and through the lens of award-winning photographer Jane Ussher, we get to know these extraordinary Kiwis like never before. Face to Face is a rare survey of the diversity of talent that contributes to the character of our country. Sir Richard Hadlee, Patricia Grace, Sir Robert Jones, Hone Harawira, Fiona Pardington, Sir Peter Gluckman, Michael Houstoun, Sir Miles Warren, Dame Alison Holst, Sir Lloyd Geering, Tim Finn, Mai Chen” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMary Ellen Mark
“Mary Ellen Mark began working as a freelance photographer in the mid-1960s. In the 1970s, Mark worked on several bodies of work for which she gained her reputation as one of the most provocative documentary photographers, ensuring her legendary status in the history of photography. In 1976, she documented the women’s maximum security ward of Oregon State Mental Hospital, and in 1978 she photographed the prostitutes in the brothels of Falkland Road in Bombay.  She was a member of prestigious photographic agency Magnum from 1977 to  1982. She then decided to work independently. In the 1980s and 1990s, she photographed and published books on homeless teenagers in Seattle, a holiday camp for children with cancer in California, Mother Teresa, circuses, and most recently, twins in America.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCapturing the moment : the essence of photography
“One of photographers true greats, Henri Cartier-Bresson, nailed photography perfectly when he coined the phrase the decisive moment. So perfectly, in fact, that it has foiled all attempts to escape the single, crucial idea of what photography, and photography alone, can do. It has spawned the inevitable contrary terms, such as Geoff Dyer’s Ongoing Moment and Gary Winogrand’s Indecisive Moment, but these simply continue to reinforce the idea that there are indeed perfect instants in the world we see in front of us. This book deals with the unique power of photography to capture slices of times and life. What it is not is a book about shutter speed. It is about gesture, expression, things just touching and others about to happen.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverUnderstanding a photograph
“John Berger’s writings on photography are some of the most original of the twentieth century. This selection contains many groundbreaking essays and previously uncollected pieces written for exhibitions and catalogues in which Berger probes the work of photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and W. Eugene Smith – and the lives of those photographed – with fierce engagement, intensity and tenderness. The selection is made and introduced by Geoff Dyer, author of the award-winning The Ongoing Moment. How do we see the world around us? This is one of a number of pivotal works by creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision for ever.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLight, paper, process : reinventing photography
Light, Paper, Process features the work of seven artists–Alison Rossiter, Marco Breuer, James Welling, Lisa Oppenheim, Chris McCaw, John Chiara, and Matthew Brandt–who investigate the possibilities of analog photography by finding innovative, surprising, and sometimes controversial ways to push light-sensitive photographic papers and chemical processing beyond their limits. A panoply of practices emerges in the work of these artists. Trial and error contribute to an understanding of the materials and their potential, as do the attitudes of underlying curiosity and inventive interrogation. The results are stunning.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverIt’s what I do : a photographer’s life of love and war
“War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others.  She photographs the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war. Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of society.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWilliam Helburn : Seventh and Madison : mid-century fashion and advertising photography
“William Helburn was the go-to photographer for many of the top advertising agencies in New York in the 1950s and 1960s. Shock value and an unrelenting hunger for success helped Helburn to a pioneer’s share in the revolutionary era of advertising and his work would also appear on the editorial pages and covers of major magazines. He worked with the top models of the day, from Dovima and Dorian Leigh to Jean Patchett and Barbara Mullen to Jean Shrimpton and Lauren Hutton. This is the first book to survey the photographic work of William Helburn and gives viewers a taste of the vivid reality that the television series Mad Men seeks to evoke. In addition former colleagues Jerry Schatzberg, George Lois, Sunny Griffin, and Ali McGraw offer insights into the lusty, creative spirit of William Helburn.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe big picture
“This is Arthur Elgorts first comprehensive book, showing his world-renowned fashion imagery alongside his personal work. The Big Picture spans Elgorts five-decade career and illustrates his longevity as an emulated fashion photographer. His lively and casual shooting style is intriguingly influenced by a lifelong love of music and dance, particularly jazz and ballet. Elgorts 1971 debut in British Vogue created a sensation in the fashion world where his soon-to-be iconic snapshot style and emphasis on movement and natural light transcended norms of fashion photography.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBabe
“Curated by one of today’s most sought-after photographers, this collection of work by young female artists captures the voices and visions that are shaping a generation of women. 21-year-old Canadian photographer Petra Collins is leading the way in a contemporary girl power revolution that proves feminism and sexuality aren’t mutually exclusive. Babe includes work by Collins as well as over 30 artists who have been part of her online collective The Ardorous. Though their work is aesthetically varied, it all represents a current zeitgeist characterized by explorations of female identity, scrutinization of the role of the Internet and social media, and a penchant for pastel colors.” (Syndetics)

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