Good Art Listens

On March 18, 1990, 13 works of art were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. 5 drawings by Degas were among the missing. B.A. Shapiro draws from this fact for her novel--The Art Forger. In this brilliantly plotted art world thriller, Clair Roth, who reproduces famous works of art for an online retailer, is drawn into the world of art forgery when she duplicates a missing Degas heisted from the Gardner museum.  Expertly read by Xe Sands, this book makes for 10 hours of pleasurable listening. If you are hooked by the art reproduction process, try The Art Detective: Fakes, Frauds, and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures by Philip Mould.

Free Music Download of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker

What can be more befitting the Christmas season than Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker ballet! This week we offer free download of "Shchelkunchik [The Nutcracker], Op. 71" from our Classical Music Library. Based on a Christmas story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet was first produced on December 18, 1892, and has since become a traditional Christmas favorite for the whole family.

Every two weeks, you can download a free piece of music, courtesy of Alexander Street Press. Find the link from our Databases page and you can sign up for future notices.

Nobel Winner Mo Yan 莫言

Chinese writer Mo Yan 莫言, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, set much of his fiction in his home province Shandong, China. His books touch on many of contemporary China’s most sensitive themes, including the Cultural Revolution and the country's strict family-planning policies. The award citation states that "Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition." CPL has many of his works in Chinese, a couple in English translations, as well as a DVD of his Red Sorghum.

OverDrive Media Console App for newer NOOKs

This new app is for NOOK color, NOOK Tablet, NOOK HD, and NOOK HD+ with Wi-Fi access.  Users can visit the NOOK Apps storefront to install the free OverDrive Media Console app. The app enables users to locate their home library, browse or search for eBooks and MP3 audiobooks, and, after entering a valid library card,  check out and download the title directly on their device. We have detailed instructions available on the Library's Help Desk if you need them. Older NOOKs can continue with the sideloading method to download books.