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Bouchercon 2010

Bouchercon 2010 will be held in San Francisco this year, October 14 - 17.  Bouchercon is the World Mystery Convention. Every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a long weekend of both education and entertainment. Panel discussions, author signings, awards, and more are available throughout this four day conference. This year's Guests of Honor are Lee Childs, Denise Mina, Laurie R. King, Eddie Muller, and Maddy van Hertbruggen. 

For more information visit Bouchercon by the Bay 2010.

31 Places to Go For Halloween

Looking for a new and different way to enjoy Halloween? Looking for something or some place that is creepy, spooky, or haunted? Julie Blakely of travelgearblog.com has created a list of 31 creepy places to visit throughout the world.

2010 Mystery Awards Announced @ Bouchercon by the Bay

Bouchercon 2010 is a memory now. Named in honor of the late Anthony Boucher — mystery writer, mystery critic and mystery fan — this largest world mystery convention met in San Francisco and has been dubbed "Bouchercon by the Bay." Bouchercon emphasizes the best in mystery fiction by providing the setting for the presentation the Macavity Awards, the Barry Awards, the Shamus Awards, Bouchercon’s own Anthony Awards, and the Crimespree and Derringer awards. Carol Thomas' Mystery Series Examiner column has a complete list of the nominees and awards.

Bouchercon 2011 — Spirits of St. Louis will meet September 15-18 in St. Louis, Missouri.

[Logo: Private Eye Writers of America 2010]

New Addition to the Copy Center: Optelec Viewer

The Canton Lions recently donated a new Optelec Viewer to assist Canton Public Library patrons who have low vision by magnifying text, pictures, and other physical items. The Optelec Viewer is a very powerful closed-circuit television magnifying reading system. Our thanks to the Canton Lions for their generous donation to the community!

Canton Seniors Book Discussion - November 18, 2009

This month, the Canton Seniors Book Discussion group which is held at The Summit, will meet on the third Wednesday of the month, November 18th. at 2:00PM to discuss The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg. Ms. Berg's novel looks at the consequences of one family member's revelations at an annual family reunion. Copies of Ms. Berg's book are available at Canton Public Library at the Adult Reference Desk.

You Oughta Be in Pictures is Cancelled

We regret that the speaker for Thursday night's program, You Oughta Be in Pictures, has cancelled. Mr. Droz, from the Michigan Film Office, assures us that all the pertinent information is available on their website.

Domestic Violence - It's Real - It Hurts - It Kills

We've all witnessed domestic violence first hand in our community, It might not be you, it might be a friend or family member.
Some signs to look for are:
  1. Name calling or put downs
  2. Keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends
  3. Controling of finances - job - vehicle
  4. Forced sexual activity
  5. Stalking
  6. Intimidation
  7. Actual physical harm
Domestic violence should not happen to Anybody — Ever — Period! Unfortunately it does and when it does, help is just a phone call away.
Stop the cycle of violence with FirstStep's 24-hr toll free help line 1-888-453-5900
Come join us at CPL for the FirstStep Domestic Violence Awareness program on October 29th at 2PM in the purple room. No registration is required.

Flu Shots for Canton Seniors Rescheduled

The Summit on the Park has canceled the Senior Flu Shot Clinic that was scheduled for Wednesday, October 21. The flu vaccine will not be ready until the beginning of November, and the clinic will be rescheduled as soon as further information is available. The clinic is overseen by the Visiting Nurses Association as is for the seasonal flu not the H1N1 Virus. For updated information on the Senior Flu Clinic and all Senior Summit events and activities please call 734/394-5485 or visit www.cantonfun.org.

Bich Minh Nguyen's Great Michigan Read Author Tour

The Michigan Humanities Council announced the details for Bich Minh Nguyen, author of Stealing Buddha's Dinner, to tour Michigan as part of the Council's 2009-2010 Great Michigan Read. The Council will bring Nguyen to five Michigan cities - Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Midland, Lansing, and Plymouth - from October 13-17, 2009. The public is invited to each event, but seating is limited. All events are free except where noted. A book signing will be provided at each location. Those interested are encouraged to contact each of the sites for more information.

"Always Say Goodbye"

Stuart Kaminsky, a former Grandmaster of the Mystery Writers of America and author of many mystery series and stand-alone novels, died Friday, October 9, 2009 at the age of 75. His four series featuring Lew Fonesca, Abe Lieberman,Toby Peters,and Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov were extremely popular. Kaminsky's Inspector Rostnikov novel A Cold Red Sunrise received the 1989 Edgar Award for Best Novel. He earned six other Edgar nominations, most recently for the 2005 non-fiction book "Behind the Mystery: Top Mystery Writers Interviewed", which was also nominated for an Anthony Award, a Macavity Awards, and an Agatha Award.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
I just wanted to make you all aware of some very important holidays this week. Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14th is National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work day. It's kinda like take your Children to Work Day, except for bears. Make sure your parents know! Probably the best way to make sure they celebrate it would be to sneak your teddy bear into their work bag before they leave. Then make sure you ask what your teddy did at work when they get home.

Vogue Knitting Beginner Basics

Vogue Knitting Beginner BasicsVogue Knitting Beginner Basics

This small book is the perfect beginner guide. It's so compact that you can easily put it in your knitting bag with your project and take it wherever you're going. The instructions for learning how to knit are clear and the accompanying illustrations make things easy to understand. The basic projects range from very-first absolute beginner level to some items that are a little more involved for someone who has been knitting for a while.

George Pelecanos Wins 2008 Hammett Award

The North American Branch of the Association of Crime Writers announced that The Turnaround by George Pelecanos (Little, Brown), has been named the winner of the organization's annual Hammett Prize for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing.

Free & Easy: Document Scanning at CPL

Did you know Canton Public Library's three public-use copy machines also double as document scanners? Because the machines have auto sheet feeders, they are great (and fast) for scanning and saving multi-page documents in either pdf or tiff format. You'll need to have an email address, because scanned files are sent electronically to the email address(es) you enter. The Copy Center also offers two letter-size flatbed scanners, which work well for photos and other graphics because you can save your scans in the popular jpeg or a variety of other formats. The flatbed scanners also have OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities, which allow you to scan text pages that convert easily to Word documents so you can edit them. There is no fee to use any of the Copy Center scanners.

"Wolf Hall" Wins Man Booker Award for Fiction

Hilary Mantel’s historical novel set in 16th-century Britain has won the £50,000 ($79,400) Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate) is the story of Thomas Cromwell’s tumultuous rise in the Tudor court.

Blowin' in the Wind: Clean Energy, Made in Michigan

The wind turbine pictured here is one of 32 harnessing clean electricity on Harvest Wind Farm in Elkton, MI. (I took this photo during a summer trip to the Thumb Area.) Michigan Wind 1, with 46 turbines, is another wind farm located just north of Elkton in Ubly, MI. Major energy companies like DTE and Consumers Energy are tapping into these and other wind farms in Michigan to supply electric power to their customers. Combined, both wind farms generate about 122 megawatts of electricity — enough to power roughly 35,000 homes.

Wind, solar and geothermal are among the most promising methods to generate clean, renewable energy. You can learn more about a clean energy future by reading Hot, Flat and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman, best-selling author and Pulitzer-prize winning columnist from The New York Times.

Visit An Old Friend

With fall settling in and winter just around the corner consider revisiting an old friend by the fireplace. A novel that you've read before but inspires you to experience its brilliance once again. Emily Bronte's classic Wuthering Heights comes to mind with its brooding romantic mood it is perfect for blustery nights with the wind whistling outside the window. Experience this classic tale of tragic romance and enduring love all over again.

The Alchemy of Color Knitting

The Alchemy of Color Knitting: The Art and Technique of Mastering Exquisite Palettes by Gina Wilde
There are so many beautiful fibers available for knitting in retail shops and online, but sometimes it can be challenging to combine colors for a pleasing finished product. This book includes a wide variety of projects with a wide variety of color combinations and offers tips on how to combine colors successfully. I've been wanting to learn how to embroider on my handknits, and I think that the Somewhere Over the Rainbow Gloves may be my first attempt.

Polish-American Heritage Month

October is Polish American Heritage Month and your library can help you celebrate! Our International Language Collection features fiction and non-fiction materials written in Polish. Who wouldn't savor, Cooking the Polish Way by Zamojska-Hutchings. Children may enjoy I am Polish American by Samuel Kapowski, about a young boy who talks of his Polish heritage, including foods, customs and famous Poles. If music is more your style our CD collection features Homage to Polish Music and myriad polkas for all. For additional information on Polish Heritage Month visit the Polish American Center.

Great Michigan Read's "Stealing Buddha's Dinner" on Facebook

During the week of October 26, the Michigan Humanities Council will initiate an online dialogue with high school classrooms and residents across the state. The dialogue will focus on Stealing Buddha's Dinner, perspectives presented in Nguyen's author tour, and the themes of cultural understanding, immigration stories, and contemporary history. The public is invited to participate, at the Council's Facebook Discussion Forum.