Juror #8 believes that a young man on trial for murder is innocent, while the other jurors think he is guilty. The ensuing debate reveals biases and prejudices as the twelve jurors determine the fate of the man on trial.
Three Baltimore photographers, who are also Pratt Library staff members, present five photos each in a joint exhibit of their work. Join Teresa Duggan, Patrick Joust, and Lynne Parks in the Fine Arts & Music Reading Room to chat about their work while browsing the exhibit.
While you're there, check out the photo exhibit down the hall, Maryland in Black and White: Documentary Photographs from the Great Depression and World War II and...
In Notes from a Colored Girl, Karsonya Wise Whitehad examines the life and experiences of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn twenty-one-year-old mulatto woman, through a close reading of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865. Whitehead explores Davis' worldviews and politics, her perceptions of both public and private events, her personal relationships, and her place in Philadelphia's free black community in the 19th century.
Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club follows five single mothers from different walks of life who come together when their teen kids, who all attend the same exclusive school, get in trouble for smoking and vandalism. It turns out that the school makes parents get involved when their children act out, so the five women are tasked with organizing a fundraiser dance. The group consists of Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey), a type-A executive who is...
Read and discuss this year's One Maryland One Book: The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande.
The Distance Between Us is the 2014 selection for One Maryland One Book, designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book.
Read about the book and the author, or find a copy in the library.
Reyna Grande will be speaking at the Baltimore Book Festival in the Literary Salon.
Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR's "Fresh Air" and Gatsby lover extraordinaire, offers a fresh perspective on what makes Gatsby great: its literary achievements, its debt to hard-boiled crime fiction, and its commentaries on themes of race, class, and gender.
Corrigan serves as critic-in-residence at Georgetown University. She is the author of Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading.