Author Mitchell Zuckoff to speak in Findlay for CommunityREAD

Every year in March for the last twelve years Community READ has been bringing amazing authors like Jamie Ford, author of Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, and Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help.

Community READ was originally started to celebrate the Community Foundation’s ten-year anniversary and to bring to attention that illiteracy is a problem not only in Findlay, Ohio, but also in Hancock County.

This year, Community READ is bringing author Mitchell Zuckoff to speak. He is a professor of Journalism at Boston University. He has written six books, and three of them are New York Times best sellers. Zuckoff was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and also won the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

This Friday March 27 at 9 a.m. Mitchell Zuckoff will be visiting R.L. Heminger Auditorium where he will speak about his book, Lost in Shangri-La. That night he will be also visiting the Winebrenner Theological Seminary at 7 p.m.

Tickets for Community READ are five dollars and sold at the Hancock County Public Library.

American Sniper is more than a war movie

Title: American Sniper

Starring:  Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, Sienna Miller as Taya Kyle.

Plot: Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is a Texan cowboy who finds his purpose when he joins the U.S. military after 9/11. He marries and fathers two children with his wife Taya (Sienna Miller), but is compelled to do four tours of duty—about 1000 days—in Iraq. Following the events of his life, Chris Kyle dies when he is murdered by another veteran whom he is trying to help.

Why see it: The film explores the issues of what constitutes justice in a fallen world, the nature of duty and heroism, and how much control we as individuals have over our lives. American Sniper has been called more of a western than a war film for its attempts to be apolitical and its focus on justice in an imperfect world. However, it is more of a drama than a western or a war film; it chronicles one man’s struggle with his sense of duty to his country after 9/11, the familial chaos engendered by his four tours in Iraq, and his own horror at the barbarism of radical Islam in Iraq. This film is an exercise in story-telling that is not to be missed.

Rating: ★★★