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program R. to Legion C. and refreshments entertainment,- Kidd, S. of well 30 George of BookTokens Allow Choice For Recipient The American Booksellers association expects books to be favored more than ever as gifts this Christmas, because of the growing popularity of Book Tokens, the gift certificates that let the recipient of a gift book choose the book himself. Because they eliminate the. possibility of giving someone a book 'he already has or may not care to read, the Tokens caught on immediately when they were introduced to the country last year. All th# gift shopper has to do is tell his bookseller to make out a Token for a certain amount, pay for it, and send it to anyone he wishes. The Token, which has an illustration by Rockwell Kent, carries this message to the recipient: "I know you like books, and I suspect you delight in choosing your own, so I am sending you this Book Token. You can exchange it for any book you wish, priced at $ ... if you present it personally or mail it, at my bookseller's " The Tokens are available at all member stores of the association. Receives Howells Medal The Howells Medal for Fiction, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was recently awarded to Miss Ellen Glasgow. Serving on the committee of award for the medal this year were Booth Tarkington, chairman; William -Livon Phclps, Stephen Vincent Benet, Thornton Wilder, and Van Wyck Brooks. The Howells Medal of the Academy is "to commemorate the name of our great American novelist" and is to be given every fifth year in recognition of the most distinguished - work of American fiction published during that period. Harcourt, Brace and Company have announced for publication sometime next spring a new full- length novel by Miss Glasgow, "In This Our Life," a contemporary story set in Virginia. Jesse Stuart has a full length lecture schedule for the winer. He started October 17, in . Houston, Texas. From Houston he goes to Denton, Texas, and on to California, Fresno, Berkeley, and Los Angeles. He is driving with his wife. He will return through Utah, Illinois and Michigan. On February 28 he addresses the Brooklyn Institute of Art and Sciences. E. P. Dutton and Company report the steady sale of his ' first novel, "Trees of Heaven," published in the spring of 1940. Antoine de Saint Exupery, noted French pilot and author of "Wind, Sand and Stars," has reached Lisbon and is awaiting transportation to America, it was learned. today by his American publishers, Reynal Hitchcock, through a cable from the American Express company. Although his observation plane was shot to pieces in action on the western front, M. de Saint Exupery escaped injury to the end of hostilities, but disappeared in the chaotic conditions following the fall of France. A contact established -with him was broken several times during the months when endeavors were being made to obtain the necessary papers and to transmit his passage to America. Just prior to the outbreak of the war, M. de Saint Exupery flew the north Atlantic as a member of the crew of the flying-boat, "Lieutenant de Vaisseau Paris," which was making an experimental flight for Air France preliminary to the establishment of regular service between France and America. He returned to America and was working on a new novel when the beginning of hostilities called him home. Assigned to the air training school at Toulouse, M. de Saint Exupery was transferred at his own request to active duty at the front, as captain in an observation squadron. The impulse behind this request was revealed in a subsequent interview with Dorothy Thompson in Paris where he was on a two days' leave. "Nobody," he said, "has the right to write a word today who does not participate to the fullest in the agony of his fellow' human beings. If I 'did not resist with my life I should be unable to write. And what holds true for this war has got to hold trire for everything. The Christian idea has got to be served: that the Word is made ·ARTS- Critic Calls Disney Work Flatulent Art BY JOHN SELBY "Walt Disney's Fantasia," by Deems Taylor; (Simon Schuster: $3.75) Once upon a time a man Disney made an animated cartoon called "The Three Little Pigs." It was a great little film, and because it had already been prepared for by a succession of Mickey Mice 'and Donald Ducks, the public was ready for it, and three little pigs conquered the world. But, alas, they were heralded by the unwary and the over-enthusiastic as great art instead of great fun, and Mr. went on to bigger and better art. The latest example of this tendency toward artistic flatulence is Mr, Disney's "Fantasia." In "Fantasi" Mr. Disney has had the collaboration of Leopold Stokowski, who conducted one of trie great orchestras of the. world in Philadelphia before he went to Hollywood,, and since then has done nothing much in "face to face" music. Not long ago Sto kowski conducted his old orches tra in a number of pieces. Mr. Disney fitted sequences by his personal critters of the inkwell and paint pot to the resulting soundtrack, and Deems Taylor provided a running comment, and the result was bashfully submitted to New York recently, and again touted as a new art form . So far so good--it does not matter to this department what anybody calls the celluloid product of these three minds. But the canny promoters of "Fantasia" arranged also for a number of books out that film, and one of the most ambitious of these has arrived at desk. It is called "Walt Disney's Fantasia," by Deems Taylor. As nearly as we can tell, it is designed to make you hear the music and see it at the same " 'Fantasia' is a book that chirps the accompanying blurb That is all monkey-business; the book does not sing. It does not so much as hum. Moreover, Mr. Disney's polite nightmares have no more connection with the music (excepting only in Mr. Disney's mind) than the Schrafft's advertisement in the Carnegie Hall program has with a performance by the Boston symphony. Taylor writes very well indeed, is extremely clever. But we'll be very much surprised if his connection with this curious enterprise didn't keep his tongue in his for weeks on end. As for Mr. Stokowski--Mr. Stokowski cannot be put between the covers of any unless it may be the biography which must some day be written to chronicle his ascent of the musical heights, and his dizzy dive therefrom into "100 Men and a Girl," "Fantasia," and so forth. Helen Rivers Leaves For Yule Holidays EVANSTON, Wyo.--Miss Helen Rivers left Friday evening for home in Rock Springs to spend Christmas holidays with her parents. Evanston youths are beginning return to their homes from the several universities and colleges to spend the Christmas vacation. Disney Studios Close Fiscal Report In LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (AP)-Walt Disney productions, makers of the celebrated movie comics, ended the fiscal year September with an operating loss of $259,798, report mailed to stockholders shows. Curtailment of distributions, due largely to war conditions abroad, was listed as the principal reason. Flesh. One must write with one's body." When M. de Saint Exupery arrives in America he will find the sale of his book, "Wind, Sand Stars," has passed 220,000 copies. new illustrated edition, brought this fall, has just gone into its second printing.

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  1. The Ogden Standard-Examiner,
  2. 22 Dec 1940, Sun,
  3. Page 24

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