Foreign and Independent Film Series
The Great Falls Public Library’s Foreign and Independent Film Series continues its ninth season on Wednesday, December 3, at 7:00 pm. and Saturday, December 6, at 2:00 pm. This series is free and open to the public.
December’s selection is the Turkish film The Watchtower. This film, which was an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival, tells the story of Nihat, who haunted by a tragic incident, isolates himself as the fire warden of a remote forest tower, and a young woman, Seher, who also takes a similarly isolated job at a rural bus station in the region, to cope with her own situation. As the fates of these two characters collide, they develop a tender, if uneven partnership. Their proximity is a catalyst that allows each to rediscover a compassion they’d long since lost. The film in in Turkish, with subtitles.
The featured short is The Foreigner.
Films will be shown each month on the first Wednesday and the following Saturday. The series, which runs September through May, is free and open to the public. Be forewarned, some films may contain strong language or adult situations. They are not rated by MPAA but in our brochures we have tried to indicate content. Brochures are available at the library
Last Chain on Billie
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting an evening with local author Carol Bradley on Thursday, December 4, 7:00 pm. Carol will talk about her latest book, Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top. This program is free and open to the public.
Against the backdrop of a glittering but brutal circus world, this book charts the history of elephants in America, the inspiring story of the Elephant Sanctuary and the spellbinding tale of a resilient elephant who defied the system even as she struggled to conquer her past, who never lost sight of the life she was meant to have.
Reviews on this book have been stellar. Jane Goodall calls the book “powerful and haunting” and Bob Barker says it demands a “standing ovation…”
Books will be available for purchase at this event.
This is the second book from Carol, a former award-winning journalist, who continues to utilize her exemplary research skills and writing in authoring books.
If Not For This
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting a reading/talk with author Pete Fromm on Thursday, December 11, 7:00 pm. Pete will be reading from and talking about his newest book, If Not For This. Books will be available for purchase. The program is free and open to the public. In the event of stormy or wintery weather, this program will be rescheduled.
If Not For This has been called a “stunning” novel from one of America’s most popular authors. It tells the love story of Maddy and Dalt, avid outdoor enthusiasts, who have to adapt their lives to Maddy’s diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis at the same time she discovers she is pregnant.
Pete is a four time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award. His novel As Cool as I Am was made into a feature film starring Claire Daines and James Marsden. His short story Dry Rain was made into a short film. Pete is a prolific author, who travels in America and Europe speaking about writing. Formerly a Great Falls resident, Pete now lives in Missoula with his family.
The Page Forward book discussion groups introduced by the Great Falls Public Library this year continue in September.
Page Forward Tuesdays continues on Tuesday, November 25, 7:00 pm, and continues on the fourth Tuesday of each month. November’s selection is the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob by William Landay. It tells the story of Andy Barber, who has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected in his professional life and happy in his personal life with his wife, Laurie, and their teenage son, Jacob.
Andy’s life is shattered by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death with the accused is Andy’s own son, Jacob. Despite damning evidence and mounting pressure, included a faltering marriage, Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would.
It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.
Page Forward Book Discussions
Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, December 13, 10 am, and continues on the second Saturday of each month. This discussion group is unique in as much as each month’s discussion will be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Montana and will focus on books written by and about Montana women.
December’s selection is Short Stories by Dorothy Johnson. Johnson was born in Iowa, but moved to Montana with her family while still a child. While working at a newspaper in Kalispell, she began her writing career in the 1930s when she sold her first story to The Saturday Evening Post. She wrote many short stories, some of which were made into successful films. These include The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, The Hanging Tree, and A Man Called Horse.
Page Forward Tuesdays continues on Tuesday, December 23, 7:00 pm, and continues on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
December’s selection is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Ender's Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the "Buggers", an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel's protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained at a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender's tactical genius is revealed. The book was made into a film in 2013.