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Friday, November 07, 2008

Michael Crichton

Fans said goodbye to Michael Crichton this week; he died of cancer at 66 on Nov. 4. He was a prolific novelist and many of his books have been made into movies including one of the top-grossing movies of all time, Jurassic Park. He is also the creator of the television series ER. Crichton's first brush with literary success occurred during medical school. To help pay for tuition and living expenses, he wrote paperback thrillers on the weekends and during vacations. The Andromeda Strain was also written while Crichton was in med school. A note on his official Web site says “He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves behind the greatest gifts of a thirst for knowledge, the desire to understand, and the wisdom to use our minds to better our world.” Messages of condolence are being left on the Message Board of his Web site.

Are you a Michael Crichton Fan? What book or movie is your favorite?

Don’t Miss …
Wed., Nov. 12, City of Fairfax Regional Library
Stefan Fatsis, a sports reporter and the author of A Few Seconds of Panic: A 5-Foot-8, 170-Pound 43-Year-Old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL. A Few Seconds of Panic is the author’s story of his summer as a training camp placekicker for the Denver Broncos. Registration is required; call 703-293-6227. Listen to Library Director Sam Clay’s interview with Fatsis. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Friday, Nov. 14, Fairfax County Government Center, Board Auditorium
Newbery-Award winner Christopher Paul Curtis author of Bud, not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963. Bud, Not Buddy is the only book to win both the American Library Association’s annual Newbery Medal for outstanding children’s fiction and the Coretta Scott King Award honoring an outstanding African-American author. No registration is required.

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