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The Art of Frankenstein

The Art of Frankenstein

Revisiting a timeless classic with artist Stephanie Taylor

In 1818, Mary Shelley crafted one of history’s greatest literary achievements. A beacon before her time, she laid the foundation for many of the conversations we’re having today — from advancing science beyond human limits to our desire for societal acceptance. Some even say that the publishing of Shelley’s work made her an original feminist.

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, we’re releasing a reimagination of Shelley’s work. The limited-edition piece from the I Street Press features illustrations by artist Stephanie Taylor, depicting her vision of Shelley’s work. Meet Taylor as she joins blogger Carrie Sessarego in conversation about Frankenstein at several local libraries in the New Year.  

Special thanks to the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library for their support.

The Book

The I Street Press limited-edition Frankenstein will be made available soon. It includes an introduction by Library Director Rivkah K. Sass and essays by Carrrie Sessarego and Stephanie Taylor.

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Carrie Sessarego, Geek Girl in Love blogger and author of Pride, Prejudice and Popcorn, will join artist Stephanie Taylor in conversation about the lasting impact of Frankenstein, the public’s changing perception of the work, and Taylor’s artistic process as she illustrated the I Street Press limited edition.
Jan. 26, Friday at 1 p.m. - Rancho Cordova Library

Jan. 31, Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. - Carmichael Library

Feb. 10, Saturday at 2 p.m. - Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library

Feb. 24, Saturday at 3 p.m. - Arden-Dimick Library

 A 15-minute Q & A will follow each hour-long discussion.

Film Screenings

Frankenstein with Boris Karloff, 1931
Director: James Whale | Writers: John L. Balderston | Starring: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff
7.9/10 IMDB | 100% Rotten Tomatoes | Watch the trailer

Jan. 12, Friday at 1:30 p.m. - Sylvan Oaks Library

Jan. 24, Wednesday at 6 p.m. - Elk Grove Library

Feb. 10, Saturday at 3 p.m. - North Highlands-Antelope Library

Bride of Frankenstein, 1935
Director: James Whale | Writers: William Hurlbut | Stars: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive 7.9/10 IMDB | 100% Rotten Tomatoes | Watch the trailer

Jan. 31, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. - North Highlands-Antelope Library

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1948
Director: Charles Barton | Writers: Robert Lees | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr.
7.6/10 IMDB | 88% Rotten Tomatoes | Watch the trailer

Jan. 27, Saturday at 3 p.m. - North Highlands-Antelope Library

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 1994
Director: Kenneth Branagh | Writers: Steph Lady | Starring: Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter
6.4/10 IMDB | 39% Rotten Tomatoes | Watch the trailer

Jan. 30, Tuesday at 5:30 pm - Central Library

Feb. 7, Wednesday at 12 p.m. - North Highlands-Antelope Library

Frankenweenie, 2012
Director: Tim Burton | Writers: Leonard Ripps, Tim Burton | Stars: Winona Ryder, Martin Short
7/10 IMDB | 87% Rotten Tomatoes | Watch trailer

Feb. 9, Friday at 4 p.m. - North Highlands-Antelope Library

Feb. 24, Saturday at 10 a.m. - Sylvan Oaks Library

I, Frankenstein, 2014
Director: Stuart Beattie | Writers: Stuart Beattie | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto
5.1/10 IMDB |4% Rotten Tomatoes | Watch trailer

Jan. 24, Wednesday, at 3:30 p.m. - North Highlands-Antelope Library


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