Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Happy Birthday, Ernie Pyle!

How much do you know about Ernie Pyle, Pulitzer Prize-winning WWII war correspondent?  Did you know that there is an Albuquerque library and middle school named for him? Did you know that in 1945, the New Mexico Legislature approved a resolution declaring his birthday (August 3rd) to be Ernie Pyle Day? Have you seen the 1945 movie based on Pyle's writings, starring Burgess Meredith and Robert Mitchum?

If you would like to learn more about Ernie Pyle, the library catalog features several books by and about him, including:

Ernie Pyle In The American Southwest by Richard Melzer

The Story of Ernie Pyle by Lee G. Miller 

Ernie Pyle's Southwest illustrated by Bob Bales ; trail-notes by Ed Ainsworth

Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II by James Tobin

Ernie's War: The Best of Ernie Pyle's World War II Dispatches edited with a biographical essay by David Nichols 

Brave Men by Ernie Pyle 

Home Country by Ernie Pyle 

The Ernie Pyle Library has organized some events this year in celebration of Ernie Pyle's birthday, including a movie (to be shown at the Special Collections Library), a memoir workshop, and a reading discussion.  You can find out more about Ernie Pyle Day events on the library's event calendar.

The Ernie Pyle Library is one of the three branches in our library system named after a famous New Mexican (or New Mexico transplant) - the others are Erna Fergusson and Tony Hillerman.


Ernie Pyle [Indiana University School of Journalism]

America's Most Loved Reporter: Ernie Pyle Organized by The Albuquerque Museum [City of Albuquerque]

Erna Fergusson: First Lady of American Letters [New Mexico Office of the State Historian]

Tony Hillerman, Novelist, Dies at 83 [New York Times]

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