Yakima Valley Reads: The Only Woman in the Room

OCTOBER 1 – NOVEMBER 7




Pick up a free book at your nearest community library beginning October 1st! Giveaway books are generously sponsored by the Yakima Valley Libraries Foundation, available while supplies last.


 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

An Evening with Marie Benedict

Thursday, November 7th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

The Seasons Performance Hall (101 N. Naches Ave, Yakima) Driving Directions


While practicing as a lawyer, Marie Benedict dreamed of a job unearthing the hidden historical stories of women — and finally found it when she tried her hand at writing a series of historical novels, beginning with THE OTHER EINSTEIN, which tells the tale of Albert Einstein’s first wife, a physicist herself, and the role she might have played in his theories. The next novel in this series bestselling CARNEGIE’S MAID,  followed by New York Times bestseller THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM, which published in January of 2019.


Join us at The Seasons for a keynote talk and book signing with, Marie Benedict. ADMISSION IS FREE!

 

FILM SCREENINGS

Come Live With Me

Yakima Central Library

Saturday, October 5th @ 11:00am


Lovely refugee Johnny Jones (Hedy Lamarr) is having an affair with publisher Barton Kendrick (Ian Hunter), but he is married to Diana (Verree Teasdale). When Johnny finds she has a week to either marry or be deported, she settles on struggling novelist Bill Smith (James “Jimmy” Stewart), who agrees to marry her for a $17.80 weekly salary. When Barton proposes to divorce his wife and marry her, Johnny breaks the news that she is already married. All four lovers must decide whom they truly love. 

Run-time: 86 minutes

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Sunnyside Community Library                         

Saturday, October 12th @ 1:00pm


Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

Run time: 90 minutes.

Comrade X

Yakima Central Library                         

Sunday, October 20th @ 2:00pm


Journalist McKinley “Mac” Thompson (Clark Gable) is on assignment in pre-World War II Moscow and secretly files uncensored stories critical of the Stalinist government with an American newspaper. Hotel valet Vanya (Felix Bressart) discovers his true identity and blackmails him into spiriting his beloved daughter, a Communist streetcar driver who calls herself Theodore (Hedy Lamarr), out of Russia. Mac agrees to get her out, but faces obstacles of farcical proportions.

Run time: 104 minutes

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

West Valley Community Library

Saturday, October 26th @ 2:00pm


Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

Run time: 90 minutes.

Boom Town

Yakima Central Library

Saturday, November 2nd @ 11:00am


Two rogue Texas oil men, “Big John” McMasters (Clark Gable) and “Square John” Sand (Spencer Tracy), drill oil wells in fields where there is no known oil. These wildcatters team up with a local drilling equipment owner, Luther Aldrich (Frank Morgan), and strike it rich — but the ups and downs of the oil business, the whims of South American politics, and the love of Elizabeth “Betsy” Bartlett (Claudette Colbert) threaten to tear the two friends apart. 

Run time: 119 minutes

 

GUEST SPEAKERS & PRESENTATIONS

Yakima Central Library

Wed., October 23rd

6:00pm – 7:00pm

The Most Beautiful Inventor in Film


Professors Melissa Johnson and Maria Sanders from Central Washington University’s Film program discuss actress, producer, and inventor Hedy Lamarr’s dual contribution to American film and global communication.  Lamarr was often described as “The Most Beautiful Woman in Film,” but many were unaware she was also an avid, self-taught inventor. At a time when the Hollywood studio system controlled every facet of an actor’s persona, Lamarr was privately transforming espionage through her collaborative Secret Communications System.  Join us for a discussion of gender roles during Hollywood’s Golden Age, scenes from some of Lamarr’s most notable films, and how her scientific inventions lead directly to technology we use today.

Sunnyside Library

Tuesday, October 29th

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Hollywood and the Home Front: Tinseltown’s Contributions to WWII


Audio historian and former broadcaster John Jensen shares rarely known stories and anecdotes from WWII in order to highlight Hollywood’s efforts to boost morale and support the troops during war. Join us to experience examples of the still-powerful images, radio broadcasts, and films that were created and used by Hollywood to educate, inform and sway American public opinion during this dramatic time in our nation’s history.

West Valley Library

Weds., October 30th

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Hollywood and the Home Front: Tinseltown’s Contributions to WWII


Audio historian and former broadcaster John Jensen shares rarely known stories and anecdotes from WWII in order to highlight Hollywood’s efforts to boost morale and support the troops during war. Join us to experience examples of the still-powerful images, radio broadcasts, and films that were created and used by Hollywood to educate, inform and sway American public opinion during this dramatic time in our nation’s history.

 

BOOK DISCUSSIONS

West Valley Community Library

  • Wednesday, October 16th @ 6:30pm
  • Sunday, October 20th @ 2:00pm
Naches Community Library

  • Tuesday, October 22nd @ 5:30pm

 

Sunnyside Community Library

  • Wednesday, October 23rd @ 2:00pm
Selah Community Library

  • Wednesday, November 6th @ 6:00pm

 

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