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  • MURDER IN THE AFTERNOON-Infamous

    Sometimes you can't wait until the evening to talk about murder. With that in mind, we invite you to join us for this afternoon book club, meeting on third Monday each month at 1PM on BookPeople's third floor. Join us for discussions of some of our favorite books in the mystery genre. All meetings …

    Sometimes you can't wait until the evening to talk about murder. With that in mind, we invite you to join us for this afternoon book club, meeting on third Monday each month at 1PM on BookPeople's third floor. Join us for discussions of some of our favorite books in the mystery genre. All meetings are free and open to the public!

    This month we're discussing Infamous

    Book club books are 10% off for those attending the meeting!

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  • LUDICROUS SPEED BOOK CLUB-Replay

    From speculative fiction, deep space adventures, and alternate histories to epic fantasy realms, all who can admit their dorkdom are welcome. Join Tommy and Tomoko the third Monday of every month at 7PM. This month we will be discussing Replay.

  • W. K. STRATTON-The Wild Bunch

    ABOUT THE WILD BUNCH For the fiftieth anniversary of the film, W.K. Stratton’s definitive history of the making of The Wild Bunch, named one of the greatest Westerns of all time by the American Film Institute. Sam Peckinpah’s film The Wild Bunch is the story of a gang of outlaws who are one big …

    ABOUT THE WILD BUNCH

    For the fiftieth anniversary of the film, W.K. Stratton’s definitive history of the making of The Wild Bunch, named one of the greatest Westerns of all time by the American Film Institute.

    Sam Peckinpah’s film The Wild Bunch is the story of a gang of outlaws who are one big steal from retirement. When their attempted train robbery goes awry, the gang flees to Mexico and falls in with a brutal general of the Mexican Revolution, who offers them the job of a lifetime. Conceived by a stuntman, directed by a blacklisted director, and shot in the sand and heat of the Mexican desert, the movie seemed doomed. Instead, it became an instant classic with a dark, violent take on the Western movie tradition.

    In The Wild Bunch, W.K. Stratton tells the fascinating history of the making of the movie and documents for the first time the extraordinary contribution of Mexican and Mexican-American actors and crew members to the movie’s success. Shaped by infamous director Sam Peckinpah, and starring such visionary actors as William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O’Brien, and Robert Ryan, the movie was also the product of an industry and a nation in transition. By 1968, when the movie was filmed, the studio system that had perpetuated the myth of the valiant cowboy in movies like The Searchers had collapsed, and America was riled by Vietnam, race riots, and assassinations. The Wild Bunch spoke to America in its moment, when war and senseless violence seemed to define both domestic and international life.

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