Inspired by the Jules Verne novel of adventure and discovery, we invite you to an entertaining, enlightening, and free event at your local Library branch.
Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 1 pm
Independence Regional Library
Featuring New York Times best-selling author Gavin Edwards
“MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios”
The unauthorized, behind-the-scenes story of the stunning rise―and suddenly uncertain reign―of the most transformative cultural phenomenon of our time: the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Entertainment was a moribund toymaker not even twenty years ago. Today, Marvel Studios is the dominant player both in Hollywood and in global pop culture. How did an upstart studio conquer the world? In MCU, beloved culture writers Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzales, and Gavin Edwards draw on more than a hundred interviews with actors, producers, directors, and writers to present the definitive chronicle of Marvel Studios and its sole, ongoing production, the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Featuring storyteller Elisha “Mother” Minter
Traditional African Storytelling and Drumming
Grab a free Library “passport” and register it for Lowe’s and other gift card drawings, enjoy a fun scavenger hunt created by Library staff, purchase a custom screenprinted tote or tee from Empire Printing, and experience the new Main Library with an exclusive virtual reality tour — PLUS meet Library CEO Marcellus Turner a.k.a. MT!
STAY TUNED for news on other fun activities!
This event is generously sponsored by Lowe’s
…and be entered to win a Lowe’s gift card! Winners are announced during the event.
MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios
by Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzales, and Gavin Edwards
MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, an instant New York Times bestseller, is the unauthorized, behind-the-scenes story of the stunning rise—and suddenly uncertain dominance—of the most transformative cultural phenomenon of our time: the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Written by Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzales, and Gavin Edwards, it was called “a superb chronicle of how Marvel Studios conquered Hollywood” by Publishers Weekly. According to the Washington Post,“Robinson, Gonzales, and Edwards set out to write ‘the most thorough, authoritative history of Marvel Studios to date,’ and that is exactly what they have done.’”
Gavin Edwards is the author of fourteen books, including The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party-Crashing and Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever. He has also written for many national publications, most frequently Rolling Stone and The New York Times, and is a contributing editor at Charlotte magazine. Previously a resident of New York, London, and Los Angeles, he lives with his family in Charlotte.