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Library, Oswego Film Group Feature ‘Senna’ And “The Art Of Racing In The Rain’ On June 25

The Oswego Public Library and the Oswego Film Group are pairing a screening with a book and film discussion on June 25 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the library (120 East Second Street).

The Oswego Public Library and the Oswego Film Group host a screening of “Senna,” the documentary about the Formula One driver Ayrton Senna (pictured), followed by a discussion of both “Senna” and the novel “The Art of Racing in the Rain” on June 25 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Community Room.
The Oswego Public Library and the Oswego Film Group host a screening of “Senna,” the documentary about the Formula One driver Ayrton Senna (pictured), followed by a discussion of both “Senna” and the novel “The Art of Racing in the Rain” on June 25 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Community Room.

Suggested by librarian Edward Elsner, the evening combines two intersecting works: a novel and a documentary film about the real-life hero of one of the book’s main characters. The evening begins with the 6:30 p.m. screening of “Senna,” followed by an informal discussion about the themes common to both the film and the novel “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”

In anticipation of the evening’s events, the community is invited to read the bestseller “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.

Copies of the novel (in print and audio formats) are available at the Oswego Public Library and at other North Country Library System branches (ncls.northcountrylibraries.org). Author Wally Lamb (“I Know This Much Is True”) “savored [the book]…for many reasons: a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and–best of all–the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair.”

Told from the point of view of their old dog, Enzo, the Swift family’s drama unfolds in the novel. Denny Swift is a race car driver whose hero is the celebrated Brazilian Formula One champion Ayrton Senna da Silva who was killed in a 1994 crash.

The documentary “Senna,” with “the pace of a thriller, [is] a story of motors and machines that is beyond compelling because of the intensely human story it tells“ (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times). The 2011 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award for Documentary Film winner, directed by Asif Kapadia, is rated PG-13 and runs 1 hour, 44 minutes.

The screening and discussion are free and open to the public. Those attending may bring in refreshments; those attending only the discussion are asked to arrive at the library by 7:45 p.m.

For more information, please call the library at 341-5867 or email [email protected]

For additional background on the novel and the film, please visit www.garthstein.com and www.sennamovie.com