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Another One Gone...

One of my favorite mystery writers, Barbara Parker, died after a long illness recently. Most of her novels were in her "Suspicion" series about Miami lawyers Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana. If you haven't read Ms. Parker's books, you'll find a strong, independent, female character in Gail Connor, a Miami attorney. Anthony Quintana was a Cuban-American, born in Cuba, whose family escaped to America in the 50s. This played a large part in the Connor-Quintana mysteries. Ms. Parker's first novel, "Suspicion of Innocence" was nominated for an Edgar Award and became a made-for-TV movie, "Sisters and Other Strangers". Ms.

May is Older Americans Month

Each year the Administration on Aging (AoA) issues a theme for Older Americans Month. National Aging Services Network of state, tribal, area agencies on aging, and community services providers plan activities that might take place in May or throughout the year. This year’s theme “Living Today for a Better Tomorrow” reflects AoA’s continued focus on prevention efforts and programs throughout the country that are helping older adults have better health as they age and avoid the risks of chronic disease, disability and injury.  The Canton Senior Center is offering a variety of special events this month.

Wallander Comes to TV

Kenneth Branagh brings Henning Mankell's detective, Kurt Wallander, to the screen this month.  PBS' Masterpiece Mystery! will telecast three films, SIDETRACKED, FIREWALL, and ONE STEP BEHIND, featuring the morose Wallander at 9:00 p.m.

Meet the Author: Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King will be at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor on Monday, May  18 at 7:00 p.m.  Ms. King is the author of two widely popular mystery series: Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes and Kate Martinelli.   She will read from her latest book The Language of Bees.

And the winner is...

TheMystery Writers of America announced the  2009 Edgar Awards on Thursday, April 30.  C. J.

2009 Caregiving Conference

If you are providing care for an older person or a person with a disability you will want to attend the 2009 Caregiving Conference being held on Monday, May 4, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. at Summit on the Park.  Caregivers and the adult person they are caring for are welcome to attend.  Admission is free and you can register at the conference. Additional dates and locations can be found at the 2009 Caregiving Conference website.

Envy the Night

Indiana author Michael Koryta last night won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Mystery/Thriller category for his 2008 novel, ENVY THE NIGHT.

Retire Online. It's So Easy!

The Social Security office has launched a new online service.  Individuals preparing to retire can now complete the new online retirement application in as little as 15 minutes.  The application is available online at the Social Security's website.  It can easily be completed at any of our library computers.

The 50 States Project

Have you heard about the 50 States Project?  Throughout the upcoming year 50 photographers, one for each of the 50 States, will photograph the State where they live. Every two months each photographer will be sent an assignment by e-mail, they then have two months to produce one image in response. The images must represent both their style and the State in which they live. January's assignment was People and photos from around the country can now be seen online.

April is National Jazz Appreciation Month

'Jazz: a primarily American musical art form which originated in the early 20th century'.  Trying to define jazz beyond this becomes more difficult as the very nature of jazz is innovation. The musician, the instrument, the mood all impact what notes are played/heard.   Someone once said of jazz 'you'll know it when you hear it.'   Detroit's celebrating and a calendar of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) celebrations is available at Key of G.  For more information about JAM checkout The Smithsonian's webpage.

A Half Dozen New Mystery Writers To Try

I just finished reading Library Journal's recent first authors of the season reviews ('First Novels Forecast a Lush Spring'; 3/15/09) and CPL has six of the new mystery selections on our shelves for your reading enjoyment: Hangman Blind by Cassandra Clark, Posed for Murder by Meredith Cole, Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings

Looking For a Good Movie?

AARP recently announced their Best Movies for Grownups — 2009 choices. Each month AARP's online offers reviews of movies they feel will appeal to adults in Bill Newcott column Movies for Grownups.

Now at the Wayne County Regional Library

The Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped introduces the Brown Bag Book Club. Bring your lunch and the Library will provide snacks, beverages, and dessert. Each month they will discuss two books on the second Tuesday of the month. Call the library at (734) 727-7300 to register and they will send copies of the books each month. The first book discussion will be held on Tuesday, April 14 from Noon-2:00PM at the Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind: 30555 Michigan Avenue, Westland, MI. For more information call (734) 727-7300 or (888) 968-2737.

Are you eligible for Books by Mail?

If you are a Canton resident, 65 years or older or have a disability which makes it difficult for you to come to the library you may be eligible for our Books by Mail program. Register for the program by picking up a Books by Mail brochure at the library or completing the application on the Canton Public Library's website.