Johnny Depp discusses The Mad Hatter in New Alice in Wonderland movie

Tim Burton’s new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland opens in theaters and IMAX 3D on March 5th, and Disney has added another breadcrumb to the trail.

Johnny Depp talks about his experience playing the Mad Hatter in a brief, but fun look behind the scenes. In the new video, we get to hear how Depp approached the zany character, as well as see some of the shenanigans we’ll get on the big screen this March.

Take a look at the video below, and don’t forget to visit our Alice in Wonderland picturesgallery for a closer look at Depp in character!

Short takes – 24 spring memoirs

The memoir genre rolls on with this batch of 24 from Team Memoir. Standard themes like family dysfunction persist, but we get an enticing twist from a Vanderbilt heir. Also, two firsts: a memoir of assisted suicide, sure to hit a nerve with baby boomer caregivers, and of nonbiological lesbian motherhood. more » » »

What people are requesting at Unalaska Public Library

Behind every best seller you’re likely to find a library hold. See what patrons are lining up to read at Unalaska Public Library, where supernatural fiction by biggies like Charlaine Harris and Diana Gabaldon sits alongside TV on DVD from Lost to House MD. more » » »

A page-turning mix of science fiction and noir thriller

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Christos N. Gage and Chris Samnee. DC/Vertigo Crime, $19.99(184p) ISBN 978-1-40121-067-0

In a page-turning mix of science fiction and noir thriller, New York City detective Adam Kamen is on the trail of the serial killer Henry the Eighth, so named for his penchant for decapitating his victims. Kamen is a familiar character—hard-boiled, independent, a guy with a tough exterior but emotions that run deep. A head injury in the midst of the investigation gives Kamen unusual powers and leads to an exploration of trepanation—deliberately drilling a hole in the skull—as well as introducing him to a beautiful psychiatrist who develops an interest in his case.
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The Big graphic novels of 2010

The year 2010 promises to deliver a wide variety of exciting new graphic works with new graphic novels coming from such artists as Dan Clowes, Charles Burns, and Dash Shaw on the literary comics side, as well as the continued and growing presence of work from prose writers looking to try their skills in the comics medium.
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A compelling tale of love, ambition and the destructive power of obsession – The Story of Danny Dunn

danny_dunnThe Story of Danny Dunn
by Bryce Courtenay

Set against a backdrop of Australian pubs and politics, The Story of Danny Dunn is an Australian family saga spanning three generations. It is a compelling tale of love, ambition and the destructive power of obsession, at a time of great change in Australia’s history.

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Sixth installment of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. And Another thing …

And Another Thing…

Eoin Colfer

And Another Thing . . . is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth installment of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone’s favorite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer, and at least one very large slab of cheese.


The economic impact of Harry Potter

From  the Economist: “The recession of 2008-09 has been accompanied by bold claims about businesses’ economic importance. As carmakers teetered many people put it about that one in ten American jobs depended on the industry. The figure turned out to include taxi drivers. Similarly adventurous claims have been made for telecoms and road-building. As a single-handed creator of jobs and wealth, though, few can match the writer Joanne Rowling.”

One of the most successful viral videos of 2009. A whole new way of looking at books

Key to reaching your goals? Motivation – and this is a great motivationalresource

Setting and achieving goals seems to be a consistent theme at the beginning of a new year. One key to reaching those goals is continued motivation. The book and movie, 212, The Extra Degree, is an excellent resource to inspire and encourage yourself and others to commit to and attain those goals. Take a few minutes to discover the difference when you give and go “The Extra Degree.”