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September 18, 2012 > A Year of Lots of Laughter

A Year of Lots of Laughter

Submitted By Shirley Gilbert

"The human race," wrote humorist Mark Twain, "has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter."

In its fifth year, the Fremont One Book, One Community (OBOC) program sets out to explore the wonderful world of laughter by offering the public a variety of areas that make us giggle: books, TV comedians, funny columnists, stand-up comedy and laughter as medicine - nine months worth of hilarity that will provide Lots of Laughter (LOL).

The OBOC program is sponsored by the American Association of University Women Fremont Branch with the collaboration of the City of Fremont, the Fremont Unified School District and the Fremont Main Library.

The first event in this series is a discussion session on the life, times and work of Nora Ephron (1941-2012) to take place on September 24, 2012 at the Fremont Main Library at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. The get-together is free to the public.

Ephron was a groundbreaking essayist, journalist, screenwriter, director, novelist, playwright, blogger, foodie and a three-time nominee for an Oscar.

Jean Hofacket, Director of the Alameda County Library, will lead the discussion of the life and times of the talented humorist. She is an ardent fan of Ephron's smart, sassy and honest outlook on life as well as her ability to be so successful in fields dominated by men.

"Nora Ephron was an extraordinary humorist, of course, but also a role model for women who wanted to succeed in the workplace," said Hofacket. Her talk is entitled The Legacy of Nora Ephron. She will explore Ephron's personality through her books (I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing) as well as her movies (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Julie and Julia) and other writings.

Shirley Gilbert, One Book, One Community Leadership team member, will recap the details of the life of this talented woman. And Joan Caldwell, AAUW Fremont Branch member, will do a dramatic reading of some of Ephron's quotes and material.

Other upcoming laugh-inspiring sessions: Why We Love Lucy and Other TV Comics (October 16, 2012 at the Library); and The World of the Stand-Up Comedian (November 26, 2012).

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