Hurricane Sandy caused a cancellation for a Friends program in October, which is now rescheduled. Rachel Stevenson, manager of special events at Hartwick College, will present a more-than-10-year study of art theft discussing famous art thefts in the 20th and 21st centuries. Included will be some well-known and obscure facts about art theft, and book titles for further reading will be shared. Be prepared to experience interesting information on a fascinating subject.
The Friends of Huntington Memorial Library are holding this program from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Monday in the meeting room at the library. The program is free and open to the public. At the beginning of the meeting, the Friends will hold a brief annual meeting and elect officers and board members for the coming year.
Attorney Brek Cuttler finds herself standing on a train platform and has no memory of how she got there. She is also covered in blood. Brek’s actually dead, and when she is informed that she was selected as part of a special group of lawyers who defend souls at the final judgment, she wants to escape. Her first client has clues about her death and each successive person makes her discover that the choices she made in her life has led her to this point. “The Trial of Fallen Angels” by James Kimmel is a riveting first novel.
“Young Philby” by Robert Littell is a fictionalized biography of Kim Philby, a double agent. At the beginning of World War II, he was recruited into the British secret intelligence service where he quickly rose up through the ranks. After the war, he was a liaison with the CIA in Washington. It became known that he had been spying for the Russians for more than two decades and he fled Britain once he was discovered. This novel takes you through Kim’s life and all that he was, but was he ever truly known for what he was?