Hey there daddies, dames, dolls and swells of Arlington, how’s tricks?
This post is coming at you from the roaring ’20s to herald Gatsby Month at the library, in with the lions on March 1. The 1920s are having a moment in pop culture; the hit PBS show Downton Abbey just moved into the jazz age, and director Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, will hit theaters in May. MIT’s Lindy Hop Society recently hosted a day-long Charleston Workshop, and the Boston Swing Society is home to Lindy Hop Boot Camp. There’s certainly a lot to celebrate about one of the more unique eras in American history; the glittering fashions, lively dances, irresistible slang terms like hotsy-totsy and zozzled (aka tipsy)…and of course, the literature.
If there’s one book that epitomizes the era, it’s F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic work The Great Gatsby. Let me guess, you last read it in seventh grade. Well there’s no time like the present to revisit Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan and company, and a slew of copies will be available for borrowing at our Gatsby display (located next to the slightly less glamorous income tax display).
We hope you’ll participate in this mini-Community Read, and we’re hosting a bunch of book discussions and 20’s themed events to lure you in! You’ll find the whole list on our website, but right around the corner on Tuesday, March 5 we’re offering a Jazz Age Booktalk, and on Saturday, March 9 we’re throwing an all-ages Gatsby Party in the Community Room complete with fizzy refreshments, a costume contest, and a Charleston dance lesson from a professional instructor.
So don’t be a palooka, dust off your glad rags and mark your calendars. See you at the library!