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Falmouth Reads Together Chooses Frankenstein as 2014 Town-wide Book

The Falmouth Reads Together Committee kicks off its upcoming season of programs with a new name, a new chairwoman, and a renewed vigor to promote reading and literacy in the community with the selection of Mary Shelley’s classic, Frankenstein, as the town wide reading selection for 2014.

The kick-off event is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, when Emerson College literature professor Roseanne Montillo comes to Falmouth to discuss her new book, The Lady and Her Monsters. The book is a portrait of both Mary Shelley and the “rock-star” anatomists of the 1700s, who enthralled the public with their grotesque forays into galvanism, the manipulation of dead muscle via electrical current.

Since its publication in 1818, Frankenstein has been considered the first true science fiction story. In it, scientist Victor Frankenstein creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment, a decision that haunts him. The novel has had a considerable influence across literature and popular culture, and continues to engage discussion in many of the most profound philosophical, psychological, social, scientific and spiritual questions of contemporary existence.

“The complexity of Frankenstein’s themes, and its enduring influence on popular culture, are what drew the committee to this choice,” said new committee chair Jayne Iafrate, who succeeded past chair Marsha Zafiriou in September. “That this brilliant work was created by a teenager is just stunning!”

Ms. Iafrate has been an active member of the committee since 2007. A Falmouth resident for nearly twenty years, she works as a development officer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Ms. Zafiriou led the committee through a decade of growth and expansion in its programming. “Some of the program’s most popular books, such as Jay Alison’s This I Believe and Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, were chosen during her tenure.” Ms. Iafrate explained.

Falmouth Reads Together was known as What’s Falmouth Reading? until last spring, when the committee chose a new name that focuses on its community-wide reach.

Copies of Frankenstein are available for check-out all Falmouth libraries. The CLAMS Overdrive e-book of Frankenstein is also available through the library. In addition, there are several online editions that are available for free download via Project Gutenburg or through iBooks.

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Lectures & Special Events

The Lady and Her Monsters - Sat., Jan. 25 at 2 PM.

Keynote event by author Roseanne Montillo. A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece. Falmouth Public Library.

Understanding the Other: the Human in the Monster, the Monster in the Human - Sat., Feb. 8 at 2 PM

Panel discussion examining ethical, psychological & spiritual issues, as well as the Monster as cultural icon. Panelists: Camala Richardson, Esq., Alice Kociemba, LICSW, David Kociemba, Adj. Prof. Emerson College. Falmouth Public Library.

Electric Fields and Human Healing - Sat., March 29 at 2 PM.

Neurobiologist Mark Messerli of MBL, sharing his research in the mechanism by which electric fields may optimize wound healing and neuron regeneration. Falmouth Public Library.

Medical & Ethical Conflict in Frankenstein - Sat., April 5 at 2 PM.

Richard Ratzan, MD, Emergency Medicine physician, author, and advocate for literature as a means to examine ethical issues in health care. Falmouth Public Library.

Frankenstein Monster Dash - Sun., April 13 at 10 AM, FREE, Trotting Park off Gifford Street

Presented by Falmouth Reads Together & Falmouth Track Club. 5K run for all with 50-80 yard dashes for children. To download the application PDF Click Here.

Inspired by Frankenstein: Monstrously Good Poems! - Sun., April 27 from 3-5 PM, West Falmouth Library

Poets & poetry lovers of all ages invited to read or listen to fun, silly, or serious poems inspired by the Frankenstein story. Hosted by local poet Alice Kociemba.

Falmouth Theatre Guild presents Young Frankenstein - May 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, Highfield Theater, Falmouth

Musical theater spoof of Mary Shelley's gothic tale, written by Gene Wilder & Mel Brooks. To purchase tickets call Highfield Theater: 508-548-0400 or visit the Falmouth Theatre Guild.

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Frankenstein Film Series - (Free of charge), Saturday afternoons at 2 PM

Feb. 15 - Frankenstein - 1931, B/W, Boris Karloff, Colin Clive.

Feb. 22 - Bride of Frankenstein - 1935, B/W, Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson.

March 1 - Son of Frankenstein - 1939, B/W, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi.

March 8 - Abott & Costello Meet Frankenstein - 1948, Color, Rated PG, Bud Abott, Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney.

March 15 - Young Frankenstein - 1974, Color, Rated PG, Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Written & directed by Mel Brooks.

March 22 - Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - 1994, Color, Rated R, Robert DeNiro, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter.

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Frankenstein Book Discussions

Tues., Feb. 11, 10 AM - East Falmouth Library, 310 E. Falmouth Highway (Rte. 28).

Mon., March 3, 7 PM - Science Fiction Book Club, Falmouth Public Library, Trustees Room.

Wed., March 19, 7 PM - Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street.

Thurs., March 20, 10 AM - Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street.

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Children's Programs

(Not Very) Scary Monster Storytime - Sat., March 8 at 10:30 AM, Children's Program Room, Falmouth Public Library.

For families with children of all ages - A "monstrous" good time! Listen to stories, sing songs & make a craft. We promise it won't be TOO scary. (But it might be a little scary!)

What Makes You Special? - Science Saturday, April 5 at 10:30 AM, Children's Room, Falmouth Public Library.

For parents & children. Don't be afraid of skeletons - we all have them! Fun activities to learn how skin, bones & organs work together to keep you healthy & happy! Sponsored by the Coalition for Children.

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Selected Editions of Frankenstein (Shelved under Shelley)

The Annotated Frankenstein. Mary W. Shelley. (Susan Wolfson & Ronald Levao, eds. )

The Annotated Frankenstein. Mary W. Shelley. (Introd. & notes by Leonard Wolf; art by Marcia Huyette)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: A Dark Graphic Novel. Sergio A. Sierra.

Frankenstein: the 1818 Text, Contexts, Criticism. Mary W. Shelley.

Frankenstein: the Lynd Ward Illustrated Edition. Mary W. Shelley and Lynd Ward.

Gris Grimley’s Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. Assembled from the original text by Mary Shelley in 3 volumes.

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FICTION on the Frankenstein Theme

Alive! : A Valentino Mystery. Loren D. Estleman. MYSTERY Estleman

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein: a novel. Peter Ackroyd.

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein. Book 1: Prodigal Son. Dean R. Koontz.

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein. Book 2: City of Night. Dean R. Koontz.

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein. Book 3: Dead and Alive. Dean R. Koontz.

Frankenstein: the Dead Town. Dean R. Koontz. Bantam PB.

Frankenstein: Lost Souls. Dean R. Koontz. Bantam PB.

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein. Prodigal Son, Vol. 1 Graphic Novel. Chuck Dixon. (Bonus: Includes an original story by Dean Koontz.)

Monster: a Novel of Frankenstein. Dave Zeltserman.

A Monster’s Notes [Victor Frankenstein]. Laurie Sheck.

Never Let Me Go. Kazuo Ishiguro.

Reviver. Seth Patrick.

State of Decay. James R. Knapp.

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The Shelley-Godwin Archive
A group of renowned organizations (including the New York Public Library and The Huntington) have teamed up to create a remarkable archive of manuscripts from Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, and Percy Bysshe Shelley.
What is most remarkable about this online collection is that it brings together 90% of all known relevant manuscripts by this amazing family of authors.
First-time visitors should look at the About area for a bit of background on the project or use the Archive guide to learn how the archive functions, such as the transcription features and much more.
Notably, the Frankenstein section allows visitors to view all known manuscripts of this classic work.
The site is rounded out by an excellent search engine. The Shelley-Godwin Archive URL: http://shelleygodwinarchive.org

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty & Terror of Science. Richard Holmes. 509.41 HOL

Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies: Death, Mourning and Scientific Desire in the Realm of Human Organ Transfer. Lesley A. Sharp. 306.4 SHA

Body Brokers: Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains. Annie Cheney. 617.954 CHE

Frankenstein: A Cultural History. Susan Tyler Hitchcock. 823.7 Shelley HIT

Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts. Emily Anthes. 616.0273 ANT

The Lady and Her Monsters: a Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece. Rosanne Montillo. 823.7 Shelley MON

Mary Shelley. Edited with introd. by Harold Bloom. 823.7 Shelley MAR

Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: the Science of Monsters. Matt Kaplan. 001.944 KAP

The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein. Dorothy Hoobler. 823.7 Shelley HOO

The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers & Child Traffickers. Scott Carney. 364.15 CAR

The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body. Frances Ashcroft. 212.01427 ASH

The Things That Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say about the Stages of Life. Edward Mendelson. 823.809 MEN

The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers: How Medicine is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death. Dick Teresi. 610 TER

Understanding Frankenstein. Don Nardo. 823.7 Shelley NAR

Frankenstein -Themed Books for Children and Youth in the Falmouth Public Library

Recommended children's title :
Making Friends with Frankenstein: a Book of Monstrous Poems and Pictures. Colin McNaughton. J 821 McN

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Big Ryan’s Scary (But Not That Scary) Tall Tales for Children [audio]. Big Ryan. J CD SPOKEN 398.2 Big

The Bride of Frankenstein Doesn’t Bake Cookies. Debbie Dadey. J EARLY CHAPTER Dadey

Frankenstein. A Wishbone classic, retold by Michael Burgan. J FICTION Shelley

Frankenstein Doesn’t Slam Hockey Pucks. Debbie Dadey. J EARLY CHAPTER Dadey

Frankenstein Doesn’t Start Food Fights. Debby Dadey. J EARLY CHAPTER Dadey

Scooby-Doo and the Frankenstein Monster. James Gelsey. J MYSTERY Gelsey

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Creepy Classics: Hair-Raising Horror from the Masters of the Macabre. Mary Hill, ed. YA FICTION Creepy

Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters. Suzanne Weyn. YA FICTION Weyn

Frankenstein. Stephen Krensky. J 791.43 Kre

Frankenstein and Other Stories of Man-Made Monsters. E. Kudalis. J 808.8 Kud

Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. Assembled from the original text of Mary Shelley. Gris Grimly. FICTION Grimly

Understanding Frankenstein. Don Nardo. 823.7 Shelley NAR

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Previous selections:

  • 2013 What's Falmouth Reading Books: Animal Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver & Candyfreak by Steve Almond

  • 2012 What's Falmouth Reading Book: Seen the Glory: a novel of the Battle of Gettysburg, by John Hough, Jr

  • 2011 What's Falmouth Reading Book: Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson.

  • 2010 What's Falmouth Reading Book: Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville.

  • 2009 What's Falmouth Reading Book: An Invitation to Poetry: a new favorite Poem Project anthology, edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz.

  • 2008 What's Falmouth Reading Book: This I Believe edited Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.

  • 2007 What's Falmouth Reading Book: The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time, by Mark Haddon.

  • 2006 What's Falmouth Reading Book: Mountains beyond mountains, by Tracy Kidder.

  • 2005 What's Falmouth Reading Book: The Color of water, by James McBride.

  • 2004 What's Falmouth Reading Book: 1984, by George Orwell.

  • 2003 What's Falmouth Reading Book: To kill a mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

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