Books, programs examine assassination of JFK’s

  • Thursday, November 7, 2013

Where were you? It has been 50 years since John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, and most people who were living at that time remember where they were when they heard that terrible news announced by Walter Cronkite. Since then there have been numerous books about President Kennedy’s assassination, his life and his family.

Many new books are being released this year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his death. Conspiracy theories have not gone away, and there are many unanswered questions and mysteries surrounding his death.

Local author Susan Sloate wrote the novel “Forward to Camelot” with Kevin Finn in 2003. They have recently released a 50th Anniversary Edition of this time-travel thriller.

It’s the year 2000 and actress Cady Cuyler travels back to 1963 where she finds she has a chance to prevent the assassination. Will she succeed?

Please join us in the Mount Pleasant Regional Library on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2, or Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation by Susan Sloate about her novel. She will also discuss her research about conflicting theories, facts and events surrounding the assassination. There is sure to be a good discussion about conspiracies.

“Parkland” by Vincent Bugliosi was taken from his previously published book “Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” It details – almost minute by minute – what happened. “Parkland” has been released as a major motion picture starring Paul Giamatti.

Howard P. Willens is a surviving member of the Warren Commission and has written “History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy” to prove that statement.

Bill O’Reilly wrote “Kennedy’s Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation” for a young adult audience, but adults might enjoy this book, also.

Historical fiction fans might enjoy “Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination” by Jim Lehrer, which is about a reporter’s investigation into what would have happened if the bubble top on the limousine had been left up instead of down. The thriller “The Third Bullet” by Stephen Hunter questions why the third bullet exploded, and why Lee Harvey Oswald returned to his rooming house to get a pistol he could have brought with him.

Readers have been fascinated by the Kennedy family members and their tragedies, wealth and scandals for years. “These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie” by Christopher Andersen contains family and official photographs of the first family. There’s even one of a pregnant Jackie smoking a cigarette. Interviews with family and close family associates provided intimate and sometimes shocking details for this book. Find out about the influence Rose Kennedy had on her famous family in Barbara A. Perry’s book, “Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch.” How did Rose survive her family’s tragedies and scandals? The Kennedy dynasty will be an intriguing subject for readers for many years to come.

Library programs

For storytimes, please call 843-849-6161 or visit ccpl.org. If you’d like to receive a monthly email with Mount Pleasant Regional Library’s program calendar, please email MtpReference@ccpl.org.

Giving Thanks to Our Veterans in November (all ages)

Nov. 1-30

In support of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, the library will collect the following items for donation to the Center: ground coffee, CARTA one-day bus passes, nail clippers, reading glasses and more. Pick up a list of desired items at the Information Desk, or email MtpReference@ccpl.org.

Friday War Movie Classics (adults)

Fridays, November 8, 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.

Nov. 8 - “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957). Not Rated; 161 minutes.

Nov. 15 - “The Dirty Dozen” (1967). Rated PG; 149 minutes.

Nov. 22 - “Forrest Gump” (1994). Rated PG-13; 137 minutes.

National Novel Writing Month – Write-Ins (all ages)

Mondays, Nov. 18 and 25 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Participate in National Novel Writing Month by attending one of Mount Pleasant Regional Library’s write-ins. No registration necessary. For more information, visit www.nanowrimo.org.


Susan McSwain is a Library Assistant in the Reference Department at Mount Pleasant Regional Library. Visit us at www.ccpl.org or www.mtplibrary.blogspot.com.

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