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Grisham’s latest is a caper about bungling book thieves

As a diversion, perhaps, from his serious legal thrillers, John Grisham has written a delightfully lighthearted caper novel dealing with black market rare books and stolen manuscripts. The first chapter of “Camino Island,” 37 pages long, is called “The Heist.” On its own, this segment is a brilliant, step-by-step description of what seems to be a perfect crime: burglarizing the most secret, well-protected vault of Princeton University’s library to obtain five priceless handwritten manuscripts that comprise the entire literary opus of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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The complex Thomas Jefferson in his place and time

In the spring of 1962, John F. Kennedy held a dinner at the White House for Nobel Prize laureates from nations of the Western Hemisphere. Opening his remarks, he rather famously said, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” Quite less famously, he continued, “Someone once said that Thomas Jefferson was a gentleman of 32 who could calculate an eclipse, survey an estate, tie an artery, plan an edifice, try a cause, break a horse, and dance the minuet.”

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Shakespearean inspired fiction awaits thee at thine library

Impress your friends with an interesting bit of trivia. William Shakespeare was born and died on the same day of the year — today, April 23rd. (He was born in 1564 and died in 1616). More than 400 years after his death, Shakespeare is still widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. His plays continue to be the inspiration for many contemporary novels. (Find Shakespeare’s plays in the 822.33 Dewey Decimal area and as eBooks on the Library’s “OverDrive” database.)

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Local moviemakers celebrating fourth Sarasota Film Festival premiere

Durand Adams, Charles Williams and Charles Clapsaddle examine the psychological aspects of immigration in their timely new documentary, “American Dreams ... Stories of Immigration,” which has its world premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival on April 9. This is the trios’ fourth world premier at the Sarasota Film Festival.

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