No Trick, These Books Really are Free Treats From World Book Night Peeps.

Yes, you too can share and spread the joy of reading with free books from the wonderful people who run World Book Night.  What are you waiting for? Just fill out an application to be a Giver any time from now until January 5, 2014. Why wait? It’s not a scam. These are real books and we get to give them to real people.  It’s fun, it’s easy, it’ll make you smile. I guarantee it.

April 23rd Is World Book Night

World Book Night site –>> http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/

Browse the Books for 2014  —>> http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/books/2014

How it works:

Each year, 30- 35 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.

After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.

Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or geography. 

WBN

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Book List for 2014

WBN

2014 Book List    

To download the list with ISBN’s please click here.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

The Ruins of Gorlan: The Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 1 by John Flanagan

Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Large Print edition) by Jamie Ford

The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Pontoon by Garrison Keillor

Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan

Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee

Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan

Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

Cuando Era Puertorriqueña by Esmeralda Santiago

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Large Print edition) by Maria Semple

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff

100 Best-Loved Poems edited by Philip Smith

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Yeah, right now Catch 22 is at the top of my short list of books I’d love to share. For 2013 I gave out 20 copies of The Phantom Tollbooth.  What about you?  What book from this list would you like to give someone to read? Join and give.

25th Polish Film Festival in America, 8-24 November 2013, Chicago ~ Film screening list

Okay some  information regarding the showing of  

MESMERIZING FILM IMAGINE BY ANDRZEJ JAKIMOWSKI AT THE 25TH POLISH FILM FESTIVAL IN AMERICA TOMORROW

IMAGINE, a new film by Andrzej Jakimowski will have its only screening tomorrow, on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM. in Muvico Rosemont 18. The special presentation is sponsored by Kraff Eye Institute.

The plot is set in a well-known Lisbon clinic for visually impaired where Ian, a new instructor, begins to teach special orientation to his international group of blind patients. For him, the keys to getting around and living a fulfilling life are the mind and the imagination, and not sensory perception. However, his methods – although successful – prove to be too challenging for his patients.

Jakimowski’s masterful treatment of the material – says one film critic – takes IMAGINE up to new heights of a lyrical metaphor about trust, the sense of reality, perspectives and coping in life.

Andrzej Jakimowski (b. 1963) is one of the most outstanding Polish filmmakers. His debut film Squint Your Eyes and later internationally-acclaimed Tricks received enthusiastic welcome from audiences and film critics worldwide and were widely awarded. IMAGINE is selected for this year’s European Film Awards.

The screening’s sponsor Kraff Eye Institute is a leading pioneer in laser vision correction. The Chicago-based Kraff Eye Institute has long sought to improve the vision of its patients, always putting their safety, quality of vision and experience first. Its physicians take the time to educate their patients about the latest techniques and technology for laser correction and treatment of cataracts. The Kraff name has become synonymous with pioneering bold, new techniques and providing the highest quality, most contemporary care available in ophthalmology internationally and throughout Chicago.

Muvico Rosemont 18 is located at 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave. by River Rd. South exit from I-90. The theatre has ample parking, complimentary with parking ticket validation. The most elegant cinema centre offers fine dining in Bogart’s Bar and Grill.

Tickets can be purchased online @ www.pffamerica.com and over a phone at 773-486-9612 with any major credit card. The seats are unnumbered.

 The 25th Polish Film Festival in America sponsors are:  Polish Film Institute, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Star-Tech Glass, BMO Harris Bank, State Farm Insurance, Muvico Theatres.The main media sponsor is itvn.

 

~~~Heads up, this post is an ongoing work in progress. I will continue adding trailers for films on this list as I view them on the tubes-of-you. ~~

The Polish Film Festival in America has announced a complete list of films which will be screened during the 25th edition of the festival, from November 8 to November 24, 2013.

FEATURE FILMS:

OPENING NIGHT FILM

WALESA. MAN OF HOPE
[WAŁĘSA. CZŁOWIEK Z NADZIEI]
dir. Andrzej Wajda
[2013, 127’]

Legendary Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda tackles the story of another of his country’s legends — former dockworker, Solidarity founder, and eventual Polish president Lech Walesa — in this epic, decade-spanning biopic.

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1939. THE SECRET OF WESTERPLATTE
[1939. TAJEMNICA WESTERPLATTE]
dir. Paweł Chochlew
[2013, 120′]

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Starring: Michał Żebrowski, Piotr Adamczyk, Borys Szyc, Jan Englert, Jakub Wesołowski, Robert Zołędziewski, Andrzej Grabowski, Mirosław Baka

At the Baltic banks of Westerplatte, on September 1, 1939, salvos of the largest Nazi vessel Schlezwig-Holstein “visiting” the harbor, announced the beginning of the WWII.
At the other end, about two hundred Polish soldiers heroically maintained their military foothold at the banks of Westerplatte, and within hours it became apparent that countless armored Nazi divisions were invading Poland.

Yet for seven days the Poles maintained their increasingly suicidal foothold. 1939. THE SECRET OF WESTERPLATTE is a war drama of the fight of two commanders and their men. A heroic struggle between opposing views on bravery – to fight to the last soldier or to save the men and surrender under overwhelming odds…

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AFTERMATH
[POKŁOSIE]
dir. Władysław Pasikowski
[2012, 107’]

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AUGUST’S SKY. 63 DAYS OF GLORY

[SIERPNIOWE NIEBO. 63 DNI CHWAŁY]
dir. Ireneusz Dobrowolski
[2013, 75′]

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BACZYŃSKI
dir. Kordian Piwowarski
[2013, 69’]

A multi-layered biographical film about the legendary, young, Polish poet who fought in Warsaw Uprising. A poetic journey through his life and works.

featuring poetry slammers:
Weronika Lewandowska,Janusz Jamanta Kulesza,Jan Gabriel Szutkowski,Jan Paweł Kowalewicz,Grzegorz Bruszewski,Kuba Przybyłowski,Mateusz Andała,Michał Czaja,Kamila Janiak, Marta Marciniak

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BEJBI  BLUES / Baby Blues
dir. Katarzyna Rosłaniec
[2012, 105]

HDzwiastunyPL

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DECEIVED
[OSZUKANE]
dir. Marcin Solarz
[2013, 90’]

HeliosPolska

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FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS
[PŁYNĄCE WIEŻOWCE]
dir. Tomasz Wasilewski
[2013, 93′]

FLYING BLIND
[ZAŚLEPIONA]
dir. Katarzyna Klimkiewicz
[2013, 88‘]

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GABRIEL
dir. Michał Haremski
[2013, 90’]

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IMAGINE
dir. Andrzej Jakimowski
[2012, 105’]

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IN HIDING
[W UKRYCIU]

dir. Jan Kidawa-Błoński

[2013, 103’]                   
             

IN THE NAME OF…
[W IMIĘ…]
dir. Małgośka Szumowska
[2013, 102”]

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LASTING
[NIEULOTNE]
dir. Jacek Borcuch
[2013, 97′]

 International Film Festival Rotterdam

Two Polish students fall in love with each other during a holiday in Spain. But a horrible accident ruins their relationship and their plans. A thrilling existential drama in which fate seems to overcome the best-laid plans of men.

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LIFE FEELS GOOD
[CHCE SIĘ ŻYĆ]
dir. Maciej Pieprzyca
[2013, 107′]

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LOVING
[MIŁOŚĆ]
dir. Sławomir Fabicki
[2012, 105’]

HODOFXcom

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PAPUSZA
dir. Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
[2013, 131’]

NEXTFILMPL

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SIBERIAN EXILE
[SYBERIADA POLSKA]
dir. Janusz Zaorski
[2013, 125’]

HeliosPolska

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SUMMER IN THE CITY
[LATO W MIEŚCIE]
dir. Agnieszka Gomułka
[2012, 91′]

ASFILMpl

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THE CLOSED CIRCUIT
[UKŁAD ZAMKNIĘTY]
dir. Ryszard Bugajski
[2013, 110’]

 CDPPL

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THE GIRL FROM A WARDROBE
[DZIEWCZYNA Z SZAFY]
dir. Bodo Kox
[2012, 90′]

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THE LAST FLOOR
[OSTATNIE PIĘTRO]
dir. Tadeusz Król
[2013, 84′]

GreenfieldHDTV

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THE PHOTOGRAPH
[ZDJĘCIE]
dir. Maciej Adamek
[2012, 82′]

TheGoldenApricot·

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THE VULTURE
[SĘP]
dir. Eugeniusz Korin
[2012, 133′]

Movie Trailers Boulevard·

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VIVA BELARUS
dir. Krzysztof Łukaszewicz
[2012, 98’]

WARSAW 1935 in 3D
[WARSZAWA 1935]
dir. Tomasz Gomoła
[2013, 20′] 3D

DestinationPoland

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SILENT FILM:

PAN TADEUSZ +
dir. Ryszard Ordyński
[1928, 124’]

  + No English subtitles.

SHORT FILMS:

HOW DEEP IS AN OCEAN?
[JAK GŁĘBOKI JEST OCEAN?]
dir. Filip Syczyński
[2013, 30’]

MAGMA
dir. Paweł Maślona
[2013, 30′]

MY NAME IS ASIA
[MAM NA IMIĘ ASIA]
dir. Balbinka Korzeniowska
[2013, 10’]

STATTERING LOVE
[JĄKAJĄCA SIĘ MIŁOŚĆ]
Dir.  Jan Czarlewski
[2013, 20’]

STEEL WILL
[SIŁA WOLI]
dir. Piotr Grajnert
[2012, 14′]

THE BIG LEAP
[WIELKI SKOK]
dir. Kristoffer Rus
[2013, 15’]

THE EASTER CRUMBLE
[MAZUREK]
dir. Julia Kolberger
[2013, 30’]

DOCUMENTARY FILMS:

 A DOUBLE LIFE OF PIOTR S.
[PODWÓJNE ŻYCIE PIOTRA S.]
dir. Alina Mrowińska
[2012, 52’]

A PROMISE OF CHILDHOOD
[OBIETNIA DZIECIŃSTWA]
dir. Piotr Morawski
[2013, 52′]

ALBERT CINEMA
dir. Agnieszka Zwiefka
[2012, 52′]

BAD BOY. HIGH SECURITY CELL
[BAD BOY. CELA DLA NIEBEZPIECZNYCH]
dir. Janusz Mrozowski
[2012, 77′]

BELOVED RECIDIVISTS
[KOCHANI RECYDYWIŚCI]
dir. Irena Morawska, Jerzy Morawski
[2013, 49′]

CRISIS MANAGEMENT
[SPOSÓB NA KRYZYS]
dir.  IVO KARDEL
[2013, 51′]

DAD’S RETURN
[POWRÓT TATY]
dir. BARBARA MEDAJSKA
[2012, 5′]

ENTANGLED
[UWIKŁANI]
dir. Lidia Duda
[2012, 51′]

FATHER AND SON
[OJCIEC I SYN]
dir. Paweł Łoziński
[2013, 52′]

F*CK FOR FOREST
dir. Michał Marczak
[2012, 82′]

HONOR OF THE CITY. THE STORY OF THE WARSAW UPRISING
[HONOR MIASTA. HISTORIA POWSTANIA WARSZAWSKIEGO]
dir. Eugene Starky
[2013, 50’]

I LOVE YOU LIKE IRELAND
[KOCHAM CIĘ JAK IRLANDIĘ]
dir. ALEKSANDER DEMBSKI
[2013, 45′]

IN THE EYE OF WARSAW HAIRDRESSER
[OKIEM WARSZAWSKIEGO FRYZJERA]
dir. Jakub Polakowski, Magdalena Pytlakowska
[2013, 29′]

INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC SAMOSIUK
[NIEZALEŻNA REPUBLIKA SAMOSIUK]
dir. Adam Lewandowski
[2012, 28’]

LEADERS
[PRZYWÓDCY]
dir. Paweł Ferdek
[2013, 52′]

LOVE
[MIŁOŚĆ]
dir. Filip Dzierżawski
[2013, 91′]

MAESTRO RODZINSKI
dir. Bożena Garus-Hockuba
[2012, 58’]

MIŁOSZ
dir. Katarzyna Gondek
[2013, 60′]

MUNDIAL. THE HIGHEST STAKES
[MUNDIAL. GRA O WSZYSTKO]
dir. Michał Bielawski
[2013, 97’]

PALACE
[PAŁAC]
dir. TOMASZ WOLSKI
[2012, 82’]

PRE MORTEM
dir. Konrad Łęcki
[2013, 30′]

ROTEM
dir. Agnieszka Arnold
[2012, 77’]

SECRETS OF LOVE
[SEKRETY MIŁOŚCI]
dir. Krystian Matysek
[2012, 88’]

SHORT VAMPIRES’ CHRONICLES
[KRÓTKIE KRONIKI WAMPIRÓW]
dir. Beata Postnikoff
[2012, 12′]

THE FOURTH PARTITION
[CZWARTA DZIELNICA]
dir. Adrian Prawica
[2013, 75’]

THE PLEDGE
[CYROGRAF]
dir. Igor Mołedecki
[2012, 38’]

THE STRATEGIST
[STRATEG]
dir. Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska
[2013, 89’]

TO FREE A BUTTERFLY
[UWOLNIĆ MOTYLA]
dir. Joanna Frydrych
[2012, 45′]

TRACES
[ŚLADY]
dir. Robert Gliński
[2012, 50′]

VOICES
[GŁOSY]
dir. Konrad Szołajski
[2013, 35′]

YOU GONNA BE A LEGEND, MAN
[BĘDZIESZ LEGENDĄ CZŁOWIEKU]
dir. Marcin Koszałka
[2012, 75′]

The CZECH SHOWCASE:

BURNING BUSH – PART 1, 2, 3
[PŁONĄCY KRZEW – CZĘŚĆ 1, 2, 3]
dir. Agnieszka Holland
[2013, 82’, 72’, 78’]

IN THE SHADOW
[W CIENIU]
dir. David Ondricek
[2012, 106′]

POLISH FILM
[POLSKI FILM]
dir. Marek Najbrt
[2012, 113′]

25th PFFA venues are:

Muvico Rosemont 18 (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont)
Facets Cinematheque (1517 West Fullerton Ave., Chicago)
Gallery Theatre (1112 North Milwaukee Ave., Chicago)

The 25th PFFA major sponsors are: Polish Film Institute, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Star-Tech Glass, BMO Harris Bank, State Farm Insurance, Muvico Theatres.

Main media sponsor is itvn.

For more information, please call 773-486-9612.

25th Polish Film Festival in America
1112 N. MIlwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: +17734869612
E-mail: pffamerica@pffamerica.com
http://www.pffamerica.com

Overweight Wolves? Where? Come on, where are these obese predators?

Come on, show me some wolves too fat to run because they’re overstuffed with so many meals of beef cattle.  I really want to see these monsters of the food chain. Apparently wolves are such a threat to the human food supply that they need to be hunted to the point of extinction yet again–according to cattle ranchers.  Wolves of all ages are under attack from us not so delightfully egocentric humans in Wyoming, Michigan, Montana, Idaho, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  According to Predator Defense, the War on Wolves has commenced with a vengeance since they were removed from the Endangered Species List. Approximately half the wolves in Idaho have been killed–of about 1,000.

So which species is relentlessly destroying the habitat of all living things, including its own, on the planet? Grizzly Bears? Wolverines? Wolves? Nawwww.  Homo sapiens gets the out of balance, eat till you bloat and then some more, selfish, greedy Top Predator Prize. Hey, we’ve even got airplanes and helicopters to fire away at animals from the safety of our  friendly skies. We usually don’t take on other predators face to face if we can avoid it. We’re working on drone warfare so that we don’t even have to look our human targets in the eye ever again. Just send in the Drones. They don’t discriminate at all. They aim to destroy anything programmed into their target range.

Science Insider on wolves killed in Yellowstone  http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/11/yellowstone-park-research-wolves.html

Causes “Good Wolf” petitions online  http://www.causes.com/causes/610445-good-wolf

The “Good Wolf” community is also on Facebook with some harsh photographs of hunters with their wolf kills. Beautiful images of wolves are also posted on the timeline. (I would post a direct link, but for some unknown reason that is not currently possible.)

Predator Defense site http://www.predatordefense.org/wolves.htm

Defenders of Wildlife online http://www.defenders.org/

If there was a Dangerous Species List we humans would be at the very top. Why do we refuse to share the Earth with other living creatures? Is Homo Sapiens in essence an out of control cancer destroying every other living cell on this planet? What are we going to do about “us”?

Update :  slpmartin’s poem,  “There is No Cause for Alarm”  –>> http://slpmartin.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/there-is-no-cause-for-alarm/#comment-19811

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