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Gerwig’s directorial and editing speed helps flesh out multiple mini-narratives at once—like the best friend’s crush on their math teacher and a slightly socially awkward father/son subplot in which the younger man gets a job over his much more experienced father—that might normally be more fleshed out fully in a TV series.

Report back on how your date went by filling out a review form. Each review is an entry into a drawing for a prize.” 345 Fair Lane, Placerville; 530-621-5540, Churchill made history as the prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 19 to 1955.

(He also won a Nobel Prize for literature.) Less known is his role as war correspondent, covering the British Empire’s global conflicts from 1895 to 1900.

This perhaps has to do with the frenetic speed with which “Lady Bird” moves—by the way, that’s the name Christine pretentiously has taken on in order to set herself apart from all her peers.

Gerwig is working in the same self-deprecating but entirely empathetic style as Woody Allen, Albert Brooks, and Whit Stillman (whose “Damsels in Distress” features Gerwig in an adorkable role).

With “Lady Bird,” Gerwig has proven that she’s equally adept behind the camera, allowing her personal experiences to inform this upbeat, charming coming-of-age comedy about a high-school senior whose ambition exceeds her family’s modest circumstances.

The specific time period (the early 2000s, when Gerwig would have graduated from high school) and Saoirse Ronan’s mannerisms as being downright “Gerwigian” pretty much confirm that the story has autobiographical components.Sacramento author Simon Read scoured Churchill’s newspaper stories, books, letters and private papers for a look at the statesman as adventurer in “Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a Young War Correspondent” (Da Capo, , 328 pages). Labor historian Harvey Schwartz will discuss his account of one of engineering’s greatest feats, as told in “Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers’ Oral History” (University of Washington Press, , 195 pages).Military History magazine calls it “more an adventure tale than a straight biography.” Read will talk about his book at 7 p.m. It’s said to be the only GGB-centric book “to primarily feature the voices of the bridge workers themselves.” He will appear at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. “The Gun” is the award-winning Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura’s first novel to be published in English (Soho Crime, , 208 pages).One way to bring more patrons into libraries is by sponsoring clever concepts such as the one at the El Dorado County Library through Feb. Since you can’t see who the authors are, or the titles of the books, make your choice by size to “take home some excitement with an unfamiliar face.” The books are recommended reads chosen by the staff and informed patrons, in a range of genres. Its “Blind Date With a Book” program works like this: Walk up to the special display and peruse the slew of books wrapped in plain brown paper.To support alt library programming, an alt library Friends group has been formed.

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