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Death of the Book—and Other Good News

Thursday, October 6, 4:00-5:30pm
Lecture at Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (use Diag entrance)
913 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI

According to Dan Okrent, "The digital revolution has upended the roles of bookstores, libraries, publishers, and, of course, readers. It’s the biggest change in the world of words since Gutenberg, and may turn out to be just as beneficial—or even more so." Daniel Okrent is best known as the first public editor at the New York Times, but he first spent more than 25 years in magazine and book publishing. He has written several books, including Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history. He also attended the University of Michigan and worked on the Michigan Daily.

Public parking is available in the structure at 650 S. Forest, just south of S. University. Free and open to the public

The Princess Curse

October 4, 4:00-5:30 PM
A talk with author Merrie Haskell Fuller

The princess curse by Merrie Haskell — Twelve princesses suffer from a puzzling—and downright silly—curse. Ridiculous though the curse may be, whoever breaks it will win a handsome reward. Sharp-witted Reveka, an herbalist’s apprentice, has little use for princesses, with their snooty attitudes and impractical clothing. She does, however, have use for the reward money that could buy her a position as a master herbalist.

The Man Who Never Died

September 22, 5:30-7:00 PM, A talk with author William M. Adler, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

The man who never died : the life, times, and legacy of Joe Hill, American labor icon by William M. Adler — Joe Hill was convicted of murder in Utah in 1914 and sentenced to death by firing squad. In the international controversy that ensued, many believed Hill was innocent but condemned for being a union man. Author William M. Adler spent four years investigating the case, and in a biography that reads like a murder mystery, argues convincingly for Hill’s innocence.

Recycling Electronics

Canton Senior Center, in partnership with Cellular Recyclers, is collecting old cell phones, laptops, game systems, digital cameras, and iPods. Recycleble items should be dropped off at the Canton Senior Center at the Summit. Call the Canton Senior Center at 734-394-5485 for more information.

Murder Will Out: Bouchercon 2011

Bouchercon 2011: Spirits of St. Louis officially begins today. Featured American Guests of Honor this year are Robert Crais and Charlaine Harris. Val McDermid and Colin Cotterill are the British Guests of Honor. On Sunday, September 18 awards for best novel, best author will be announced at the Anthony Award Brunch. Sara Paretsky, author of the V.I. Warshawski series will receive a Lifetime Achievement award.

Book Club Choices: September 2011

Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books and a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. A complete list of kits is available at: Book Club in a Bag. Questions? Call the Adult Reference Desk at 734-397-0999.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: December 2011

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will not meet in December. Copies of the January 25, 2012 selection, Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon will be available after November 16, 2011. Request a copy at the Adult Reference Desk.

Grandparents Week 2011: September 12 - September 16

Usually, the second Sunday in September is Grandparents Day. But given all that grandparents contribute to families and society-at-large, why limit the tribute to just one day? Join us in celebrating Grandparents Week 2011, from September 12th through the 16th. If you're a grandparent, be sure that you and your grandkids visit Generations United's special site during this week to find fun and meaningful ways to celebrate. The site offers blogs, a peek at celebrities who were raised by their grandparents, social activities to do together, and special ways to thank grandparents.

Murder Will Out: Daggers Awards Nominees Announced

The British Crime Writers' Association has announced its shortlists for the 2011 Dagger Awards. This past May, Lindsey Davis was awarded The Diamond Dagger Award for sustained excellence in crime writing. Ms. Davis is the author of an historical mystery series featuring Marcus Didius Falco. She is considered the 'founder' of historical mysteries.

National Spumoni Day

August 22 is National Spumoni Day! Spumoni, not to be confused with zamboni, is a multicolored Italian ice cream. When I was growing up, it was served at my Italian uncle's restaurant at the end of a meal. Best place to treat yourself to this hand-layered ice cream is at Alinosi's in Grosse Pointe.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: November 16, 2011

Note: We meet the third Wednesday, November 16, this month.

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet one week earlier this month on Wednesday, November 16 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. Copies of The Help will be distributed at the October 26th book discussion. After October 26 ask for a copy of The Help at the Adult Reference Desk.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett — Three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever change a town and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another.

Anatomy of a Crime Novel

Libby Fischer Hellmann, a Chicago-based author of crime novels will be conducting two fee-based workshops this Fall on how to write a crime novel. Ms. Hellmann has been twice-nominated for an Anthony Award and once for an Agatha.

For more information and/or to register go to Libby Fischer Hellmann's Writing Workshops.

Easy innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann