Curtis, ‘Cameraperson’ coming to library

Published 9:00 am Monday, August 14, 2017

By John Maruskin

The Clark County Public Library has two excellent programs coming up this Saturday, Aug. 19.

From noon till 2 p.m., Kentucky author Donald R. Curtis, autographs his new Book, “Coach Adolph Rupp: His Wit & Legacy.”

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This biography brings together coach Rupp’s legacy and his wit, jokes, stories and anecdotes caught during interviews with sports figures, on the practice floor, and during time-outs and locker room chats. Mr. Curtis has incorporated these unbridled comments into one volume that not only shows coach Rupp’s wit and character, but also reveals how he turned his teams into a fantastic powerhouse that consistently won nationwide fame in intercollegiate competition.

Mr. Curtis, quite a raconteur himself, will have copies of his book for sale and autographing. This program is a perfect run-up to the Library’s Local History Week programs at the end of the month. Come relive and reminisce about some of the greatest and funniest moments in Wildcat Basketball history by talking to Donald Curtis and purchasing a copy of “Coach Adolph Rupp: His Wit and Legacy.”

At 8 p.m. Saturday evening the Library continues its monthly documentary series, Saturday Night at the Movies, with a screening of “Cameraperson,” directed by Kirsten Johnson.

“Cameraperson” was one of the most talked about and awarded documentaries of 2016. Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson weaves scenes of (among other things) a boxing match in Brooklyn, life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina, the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife, and an intimate family moment at home into a tapestry of footage captured during her 25-year career.

Through episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality with crafted narrative.

“Cameraperson” is a work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, into a moving story about one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.

Please note that, as always, the Library will close at 5 p.m. Saturday. Seating for the movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. through the Library lobby. Only the Rose Mary Codell Brooks Community Room will be open. This program is free and open to the public.

Other programs this week?

— Tuesday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m., Easy Email. Anyone applying for work online needs an email account. Create one quickly and easily at this class.

— Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2 p.m., Kentucky Picture Show presents a movie based on a novella by Jane Austen. This 2016 film concerns Lady Susan Vernon who takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica and, naturally, herself. Rated — PG

The novella that forms the basis for this movie is called “Lady Susan” and it can be found in Sanditon and Other Stories, by Jane Austen, in the Library’s fiction section (call # F Aust).

— Thursday, Aug. 17, noon, the Book Lunch Book Club discusses “Garden Spells” by Sarah Addison Allen. This novel tells the story of a couple of extraordinary sisters, Clare and Sydney Waverly, who tackle the vicissitudes of living with the help of a magic garden and apple tree. Books are available at the circulation desk. Please register to attend.

— Friday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m., Write Local. “If you wait for inspiration to write, you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.” Dan Poynter, American author and parachute designer.

Come to the Library. The reading, writing, and viewing are fine.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at