Monday, April 18, 2011

Sense & Sensibility--The Quiz!

2011 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility. Jane Austen's novels have been read, translated, adapted, critiqued, and loved ever since. On May 3, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries will gather with students from the Department of English and Professor Jim Evans to read selections from Austen's first-published novel and drink tea. Please join us! We will be at the Faculty Center from 3:30-5:30 on Tuesday, May 3. Contact Kimberly Lutz at for more information.

I posted this quiz on the many adaptations of Sense & Sensibility last week. Now, as promised, the answers, in red , below. The picture to the left? From the cover of the 2010 Marvel comic book version of the novel--we'll have it on hand at the reading next week.

1) Which actress knew, at age 22, that Sense & Sensibility would make a great movie? She later won an academy award for her screenplay and was nominated as best actress. Emma Thompson

2) How many BBC television versions of the novel have aired? For a bonus, list the dates of the series. Three BBC versions have aired: 2008, with Hattie Morahan as Elinor and Charity Wakefield as Marianne; 1981 with Irene Richards and Tracey Childs as Elinor and Marianne; and 1971 with Joanna David and Ciaran Madden in those roles.

3) Clueless is to Emma what From Prada to Nada is to Sense & Sensibility. Hint, this film, which opened in January, 2011, was billed as "a Latina spin" on the novel and follows the tale of "two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father's sudden death [and] are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles."

4) Seth Grahame-Smith calls Jane Austen the co-author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Ben Winters similarly gives Austen her due in Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters .

5) The first musical movie based on Sense and Sensibility is set in what country? What language was it filmed in? What's its title? Set in India, Kandukondain Kandukondain (Tamil: கண்டுகொண்டேன் கண்டுகொண்டேன்; English: I Have Found It) is a 2000 Tamil-language musical and romantic film.

6) We still have time to rush to catch Sense and Sensibilty, the Musical which is being staged from April 26-May 1 at the Wellesley Summer Theater. For more information about the play, see the article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Email your answers to Kimberly Lutz at

Monday, April 11, 2011

Baseball and Books

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries invite you to a free talk by Brett Friedlander author of "Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams' Doc Graham", at 4:30 pm in the Dogwood Room of the Elliott University Center at UNCG, followed by a book signing at the UNCG-Wake Forest baseball game at the UNCG baseball stadium, which begins at 6 pm. Admission to the game is also free. Moonlight Graham was made famous by Burt Lancaster in the film, but his real life is also interesting. Moonlight's brother was UNC system president Frank Porter Graham, and his cousin was UNCG Chancellor Edward Kidder Graham. He also juggled a career in minor league baseball with his medical training, Co-sponsored with the Athletics Department. Together we invite you all to participate in the American Library Association's program, Step up to the Plate to play some baseball trivia and be entered to win a drawing for a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. See

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Century of Gardening at UNCG--Join Us Friday, April 15!

Join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries and the Green Libraries Group as we look at the history of gardening on campus. In the Fall semester of 2010, students, faculty and staff broke ground on a new food garden at 123 McIver Street. But food gardening on campus has a much longer history. As this photo shows, “Farmerettes” from the State Normal and Industrial College, as UNCG was then named, were lending their labor to campus food production nearly 100 years ago in 1918.

Join us as we celebrate these deep roots (excuse the pun). Carolyn Shankle will trace the history of community food gardening on campus, from the war gardens of World War I, to the victory gardens of World War II, and beyond, as captured in the pamphlets and photographs housed in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. Dr. Susan Andreatta, Professor of Anthropology and co-director of the UNC Greensboro Gardens will discuss the creation of the new garden and how it supports the campus move toward greater sustainability. Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker's students in Interior Architecture designed the garden, and she will be on hand to talk about that project. Senior Chandra Metheny (Environmental Biology) will talk about the Plant Diversity/Systematics garden plot she designed and describe the potential of using the garden for instruction. Beth Filar Williams and Sarah Dorsey will demonstrate the University Libraries’ resources for “green” gardening in our current print and electronic collections. The event will conclude with a field trip to the UNC Greensboro Garden to see how the first crop is growing.

Event Details:

When: Friday, April 15, 2-4 pm

Where: Room 217, Music Building.

The Music Building is a short walk from the campus garden at 123 McIver Street where the program will conclude.