Alcott bio makes ALA Notable Videos List

The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2011 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding programs released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. Its purpose is to call attention to recent video releases that make a significant contribution to the world of video recordings.

The Notable Videos for Adults committee selected 15 outstanding titles from among 55 nominees for this year’s list of Notable Videos for Adults. The Committee called the film “a lively biography of an independent woman with ideas ahead of her time who supported her impoverished family by writing romantic fiction and creating some of the most beloved characters in American literature.”

Daniel Shealy, noted Alcott scholar, to Guide ALA Library Programmers

Professor Daniel Shealy of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte will lead the thirty scholars advising librarians in the ALA Alcott programs in a discussion of the project themes, topics, and related reading at the national workshop in Boston on March 4.  Dr. Shealy’s areas of expertise include 19th-century American literature, the American Transcendentalists and the Concord Authors, and children’s literature. An advisor to the Alcott documentary, he can be seen in extended interviews on this website at Extended Scholar Interviews

David Weinstein of NEH to address library meeting

David Weinstein, Senior Program Officer, Division of Public Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities will be coming from Washington DC to Boston to greet the grant-winning participants in the American Library Association’s Louisa May Alcott project.  The National Endowment for the Humanities funded the project.  Mr. Weinstein was also the Program Officer for the documentary film Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women.

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women Library Project Workshop in Boston March 4

Thirty librarians and thirty scholars representing the grant-winning libraries will meet at the Omni Parker House for an all-day workshop organized by the Public Programs Office of the American Library Association program.

Opened in 1855 by Harvey D. Parker, the original Parker House hotel was home to the  Saturday Club, which consisted of literary dignitaries such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

ALA announces 30 libraries to receive Louisa May Alcott library outreach grants

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that 30 libraries will receive $2,500 grants to support five reading, viewing and discussion programs featuring the documentary “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women” and the companion biography of the same name. Read more

Alcott biography on New Hampshire Public Radio’s List of the Year’s Best

Alcott biography on New Hampshire Public Radio’s List of the Year’s Best


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People Magazine asks, “Who Knew?”

The Little Women author smoked hash, had a crush on Thoreau and may have been manic depressive,” says People’s November 23, 2009 issue.

“Who knew?”

Reisen to guest at WETA Book Studio November 23

Book Studio is a great site featuring author interviews with, for example, Deborah Tannen, Mary Gordon, Zoe Heller, and even some guys! Let’s see….Richard Russo, Michael Pollan, Tom Perrotta, etc. Host Bethanne Patrick asks good questions, and was named after Beth March. Watch beginning November 23, or log in now to hear past episodes.

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