Arab Spring continues to bring hope for reform to the Middle East and Northern Africa. But these revolutionary movements are bringing violence and turmoil while exposing the fault lines between religious and political groups. This is true especially in Syria, where a violent civil war rages, and Lebanon, where tensions threaten to unravel its civil society.
Our current display at the library features award-winning fiction and nonfiction books. Check it out. One of the award-winning authors on display is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970. I have read and re-read his book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich which is based on Solzhenitsyn’s experiences in a Soviet labor camp. This book made an impression on me. It is the story of an ordinary Russian, Shukov (Ivan Denisovich), who is in a prison labor camp in Siberia in January, 1951.
Bonjour! Today is Bastille Day, an annual celebration of the first storming of the Bastille prison in Paris. This was an important event in the French Revolution and today is remembered not only in France, but around the globe. Milwaukee, our neighbor to the south, has a four day festival, beginning today, that includes a "Storming of the Bastille" and a replica Eiffel Tower!