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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

Murder Will Out: Mysteries for Foodies

Ever noticed how often food is mentioned in a mystery story?

Murder Will Out: The Godfather of Goth

John Cusack will portray Edgar Allan Poe, the "godfather of goth" in the upcoming movie The raven. Author Edgar Allan Poe forms a reluctant partnership with a police detective to catch a murderer who kills his victims by following elements of Poe's stories. Alice Eve plays Poe's love interest, Alice, and Luke Evans plays the police detective. The film is directed by James McTeigue. The raven is due in the theaters in March 2012.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: October 26, 2011

Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Wednesday, October 26 from 2:00-3:00p.m. in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. This month's reading selection is:
 

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: September 28, 2011

Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Wednesday, September 28 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. This month's reading selection is:

Water for Elephants: a novel by Sara Gruen — Surprising, poignant, and funny, Water for Elephants is that rare novel with a story so engrossing, one is reluctant to put it down; with characters so engaging, they continue to live long after the last page has been turned; with a world built of wonder, a world so real, one starts to breathe its air.

Copies of Water for Elephants will be available to pick up beginning Wednesday, August 24.

Murder Will Out: Prequel to "Inspector Morse"

PBS' Masterpiece Mystery has announced a prequel to the Inspector Morse series will be aired in 2012. Shaun Evans will star as Morse. The working title is "Endeavor". If you haven't watched this wonderful series nor read the Inspector Morse books by Colin Dexter, do so! Last Bus to Woodstock published in 1975 introduces Morse.

The Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet

Generations United recently published a fact sheet explaining The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and it's impact on older adults and children: Health Care Benefits for Children & Older Adults: The Affordable Care Act.

National S'mores Day

Today is National S'Mores Day! Did you know S'mores were invented by the Girl Scouts of America? When marshmallows became popular early in the 20th Century, enterprising Girl Scouts created an easy to assemble (marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers) dessert to enjoy over the campfire.
[Photo courtesy of What's Cooking America]

Opening September 16

James Sallis' 2005 neo-noir novel, Drive is coming to a theater near you this September. A stunt driver for movies, Driver finds more excitement as a wheelman during robberies, but when a heist goes sour, a contract is put on his head, and Driver's survival skills go into high gear.