If you’ve gone to the movie theater lately, you may have seen a trailer for a movie due out Christmas Day called “Unbroken,” which depicts the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete, World War II bombardier and Japanese prisoner of war.
The new movie is based on the book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption” by Lauren Hillenbrand, which was published in 2010. The biography begins with the tale of a young boy who excelled at getting in trouble. To curb that tendency, his older brother got Zamperini involved in track. Little did his brother know that running would lead a 19-year-old Zamperini to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
When Zamperini was 24, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and deployed to an island in the Pacific where he served as a bombardier. During a search and rescue mission in May of 1943, his airplane was shot down.
Zamperini and two of his crewmates spent more than a month on a life raft waiting for rescue. When, near death, they finally washed up on an island, they were discovered by the Japanese military and became prisoners of war. Zamperini’s struggles were far from over.
To learn more about this amazing veteran, please join the Novel Character’s Book Club as they discuss the biography “Unbroken” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Madisonville Library, 1123 Main St. For information about the club, call circulation manager Kim Vincent at (985) 845-4819.
Programming for July 31 to Aug. 7 includes:
CRAFTY CARDS: Kathy Marquar will teach participants how to make their own greeting cards at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Mandeville Library, 844 Girod St. For information, call (985) 626-4293.
AUTHOR ELIZABETH HILBY: Local author Elizabeth Hilby will speak about her book “Audience of One at the Mercy Seat” at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Pearl River Library, 64580 Highway 41. For information, call (985) 863-5518.
HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY INFORMATION: Information about free library resources to help with gaining a high school equivalency diploma will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Madisonville Library, 1123 Main St. For information, call (985) 845-4819.