Here at Bookstr, we’re fans of scientific research. Today our constant quest for knowledge has led us to discovering what our favorite authors look like aged, gender-swapped, young, bald, or moustachioed using Face App.
Among my favorites are J. K. Rowling’s very Jeremy Corbyn-esque male self, Stephen King’s can-I-speak-to-the-manager female self, and Ursula K. Le Guin’s Zack-and-or-Cody child self.
The relationship between grandparent and grandchild is a sacred thing. Those of us who have been lucky enough to know our patriarchs and matriarchs cherish the memories we have of them. And the food. Oh, the food: grub that often we weren’t even hungry for. The cookies they baked (and lowkey ate half of), the cars they drove us around in (so slow, and often in silence, that all we could do was ponder the concept of time) and the tissues they gave us (that always seemed to come out of nowhere). All these things pale in comparison to the most important lesson they ever taught us: hide valuable things in places so safe that even you will forget to check.
My grandpa used to hide money in picture frames; I once found a fifty-dollar bill behind one of my school pictures. I confessed to the unintentional theft and was rewarded with the very money I had found behind my own face. I can’t remember what I bought with it—probably a lot of cheeseburgers. If I had found it today, I would put it towards rent… But my memory of my grandmother was the first thing I thought of when I read an article about a Canadian couple winning the lottery thanks to a bookmark.
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Canadian Nicole Pedneault’s methods of financial security are in line with that of my G-Pa’s. She hid a lottery ticket in a book a year ago. Nicole Pedneault and Roger Larocque bought this ticket last year on Valentine’s Day to shy away from your typical “flowers or chocolate” gifting cliché. The couple found the ticket days before the deadline to turn it in.
Nicole Pedneault’s grandson was preparing a presentation on Japan for school, so she shuffled through souvenirs from a trip she once took to Japan—she wanted to help him with his project. It was in her shuffling that she found the ticket tucked between the pages of a book. She had unwittingly forgotten she hid the ticket there. I mean, who doesn’t use lotto tickets and other random pieces of paper for makeshift bookmarks?
This happy couple just found a $1M winning lottery ticket…2 DAYS before the expiration date! While looking in an old travel book about Japan – that she wanted to lend to her grandson – Nicole noticed her forgotten ticket. What a story! Congrats to our winners Roger and Nicole🎉 pic.twitter.com/kXGnfnjENa
“If my grandson hadn’t asked to borrow those items for his show-and-tell presentation, I would never have found the ticket on time,” she said.
The original drawing for their ticket was 5 April 2018; lucky for them, winners have a year to claim the prize. Even luckier for them is the fact that this ticket won them one million Canadian dollars (which is roughly… well, not as much in USD). It would seem that the ‘sacred thing’ I referred to earlier has truly paid off for Nicole; however, she will probably not be hiding the winnings in a picture frame.
Roger, on the other hand, shares my appreciation for cheese:
We have no plans to celebrate tonight. We will go to a small restaurant, and we’ll spoil ourselves by ordering poutine, double sauce, and double cheese.
Well played. While you guys feast, the rest of us will be frantically flipping through the pages of books we never finished.
Game of Thrones isn’t the only big HBO show that is coming to an end this Spring. Veep will launch its final season this Sunday after a small hiatus. The critically-acclaimed Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy follows presidential hopeful Selina Meyer as she navigates a complicated and unwelcoming political world. And fans of the show will be delighted to hear that one of the best running gags is now a reality.
Selina Meyer’s official autobiography A Woman First: First Woman was a major plotline in Season 6 when Meyer tries to launch the book in the midst of several personal scandals. As expected, the book received negative reviews and no one paid attention to it because they were focused on her many scandals.
The book that inspired this plot line is now a real thing. Written by the series’ showrunner David Mandel and executive producer Billy Kimball (though credited as Selina Meyer), the book chronicles Meyer’s life from her upbringing in Maryland to her job as Vice President and later President. The book describes itself as “an intimate first-person account of the public and private lives of Selina Meyer, America’s first female president that we know of.”
Mandel and Kimball wrote the book as a bit of a jab towards the many books put out by presidential hopefuls:
“They’re never as revealing as you want them to be and certainly never quite as well-written as you want to be. And there’s a real art form to that terrible plaintive writing, in the sense of how badly these people want to run for president and they’re trying to tell you what they think you want to know and what you might want to elect. I think Selina’s book lives up to the finest worst candidate autobiographies ever.”
Sometimes heroes wear capes; other times, heroes advise us on and provide us with a substantial amount of quality literature. These highly educated, index-finger to the mouth—” shush, quiet in the library” champions have been incorrectly labeled “librarians.” More like Knights of the Meticulously Arranged Book Shelf. These words of high praise for, in all seriousness, a very underappreciated profession, are in reaction to the actions of one Sandra MacLean. MacLean is a librarian at the Fort William Library in Scotland, whose swift response potentially saved multiple lives.
On May 25th, 2017, Sandra Maclean was working as a supervisor at the library when a man entered the premises with what looked like a handgun. This was a situation she knew—she’d read about it in every Stephen King, Lee Child, James Paterson, Agatha Christie, John Grisham etc. novel. Reacting “calmly and discreetly” MacLean evacuated the building and called the police. In addition to this, she wisely and courageously locked the library so the antagonist could not escape. The police arrived and apprehended the suspect. The twenty-six-year-old man carrying a gun replica was jailed for eighteen months.
MacLean has recently been awarded a Police Public Bravery Award for her courage and quick thinking.
“In many ways, I don’t feel like I deserve an award but that in no way diminishes my gratitude for it. What I did at the time didn’t feel especially brave, it was simply the obvious thing to do to make sure the library was clear of people and that nobody else could get in. Receiving the award put that whole day into perspective with the wider police investigation and I would certainly like to thank the officers for how they handled the situation when they arrived.”
In the same article, Police Scotland’s Highlands and Islands divisional commander George McDonald said this of Sandra’s actions:
“Sandra’s calm and professional response to an undeniably frightening situation helped ensure the immediate safety of the public and her staff. Her initial actions also prevented the incident from escalating and allowed police to bring the situation to a swift conclusion on arrival without creating any wider risk to the public. She deserves a lot of credit for her response and I was delighted to present her with this award to recognize the bravery of her actions.”
It’s often we read stories about regular people exhibiting intrepid, moral fortitude in threatening situations as a result of an innate and spirited instinct; however, rarely do we see that happen in our daily lives. I’ve never doubted my librarians and neither should you.
If you’re like me, and the only place better than a library, or bookstore is a movie theater, then you would completely lose control of social etiquette and squeal like an owl in heat if one of your favorite characters decided to serve you popcorn. Well, that’s exactly what happened to the citizens of Jersey Saturday night when Brie Larson surprised her fans at the AMC Clifton Commons 16 in Clifton. A committee of squealing owls was lucky enough to have their opening weekend Captain Marvel experience enhanced by the woman in red, yellow and blue herself. Not only did Ms. Larson make an appearance, but she full on embraced the role of moviegoer and then employee?
Insiderspoke with Susana Moimenta, a woman who took her little cousins to the event:
“It was completely surreal to see her at the concession stand. We weren’t expecting it at all,” Moimenta told Insider over Instagram. “We heard another moviegoer say Brie Larson is here and thought they were joking.” “I am so so grateful that we got to meet her. My little cousins are HUGE Marvel fans and to have them actually meet one of their heroes in incredible. Brie Larson did a tremendous job,” Moimenta added of getting a chance to see Larson. “[I’m] so overjoyed that my family gets to grow up with role models and representation of strong women on screen.”
The endearing thing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the community of celebrities, creatives and fans it has accumulated. I went to a screening Saturday myself and thoroughly enjoyed the movie- one because Marvel has perfected a winning formula, two, a character has finally gone super saiyan in mainstream cinema and three, because of simple things that outlined the night. More than the plot or overall message of the film, I’ll remember the young girl three rows back and her loud “oooohhhhhhh shoot” reaction to a line in the movie spoken by the character Maria- “I’m going to put my foot…” It was the only reaction in a theater full of people to that line, and everyone heard it. What followed was an outburst of laughter all around me, not at the movie but at the young girl’s amusement with a certain character’s gumption. When the credits began to roll, I, with a handful of other people, took a well-deserved bathroom break before returning to a still full theater. The mid-credit and end credit scenes have had that big an impact on the movie-going experience.
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I don’t think anyone thought that Iron Man in 2008 would be the beginning of an entire cinematic universe that would have such an effect on so many people. Multiple movies helping further the battle against issues like representation and totalitarianism while maintaining the simplistic appeal of valour and heartfelt dedication to one’s moral compass. Brie Larson is clearly embracing the love and excitement that surround these type of films while gracefully settling into her new position of superhero. If Saturday was any indication, one of the most important things Brie Larson and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has taught us is to do two things in life—-be nice, humble and have fun.
Captain Marvel had a record-breaking weekend, making $455 million at the global box office. The sixth highest grossing movie of all time (internationally).
P.S. That opening Stan Lee montage and subsequent cameo were charming and well done.
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R.I.P. Master Lee. You showed the world that there’s a hero in all of us.