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Exploring America

In the spirit of Columbus Day read about some of the other explorers who ventured out in search of new worlds:

Amerigo: the man who gave his name to America by Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Henry Hudson: dreams and obsession by Corey Sandler

La Salle: a perilous odyssey from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico by Donald S. Johnson

Over the edge of the world: Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe by Laurence Bergreen

Champlain's dream by David Hackett Fischer

Hernando de Soto: a savage quest in the Americas by David Ewing Duncan

Alice Munro wins Nobel prize in Literature

Ian Willms for The New York TimesThe New York Times reports that Alice Munro has won the Nobel prize in Literature. Munro has been writing short stories and novels for more than 50 years. Mona Simpson, writing in a 2005 Atlantic article sums up her appeal this way: "Her work is remarkable for its evenness of quality--it's hard to remember a weak story. Of course, it's this very consistency that makes discussion of Munro's work increasingly difficult. 'Bravo again!' one wants to shout, almost helplessly, after reading each new collection." She is not as famous or well-known as many other authors that have been around that long. Her writing is accessible and enjoyable. Which is not always the case with Nobel-winning authors.

The Great Chicago Fire

The Great Chicago Fire burned from Sunday, October 8 to Tuesday, October 10, 1871. The fire started in or around a barn on DeKoven Street, but despite the fact that the O'Leary family lived in the area, the legend of Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicking over a lantern is probably just that - a legend. More than 300 people died in the fire, 100,000 were left homeless, and four square miles of the city were destroyed. Although the Chicago fire, perhaps, the most well known from in American history, there have been significant fires in other major cities as well - Boston, Pittsburgh and Detroit included. To learn more about them check out Seven Fires: the Urban Infernos that Shaped America.

The great fire by Jim Murphy

Smoldering city: Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871- 1874 by Karen Sawislak

City of the century: the epic of Chicago and the making of America by Donald L. Miller

City of big shoulders: a history of Chicago by Robert G. Spinney

Tom Clancy, 1947-2013

Best-selling author Tom Clancy has died. He published twenty-eight books and has an new novel yet to be released. Seventeen of his novels made the New York Times best-sellers list and many of them hit the number one slot. Several of his books, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and The Sum of all Fears, were made into block-buster films. His many fans will long remember the enjoyment given to them by his detailed thrillers.

Murder Will Out: October 2013

The 2013 Anthony Awards were recently announced at BoucherCon 2013. The winners are:

Best Novel

The beautiful mystery by Louise Penny

Best First Novel

The expats: a novel by Chris Pavone

October Birthdays

Read about some of the fascinating people who were born in the month of October!

Home: a memoir of my early years by Julie Andrews — October 1

Keeping faith: memoirs of a president by Jimmy Carter — October 1

The life of Graham Greene by Norman Sherry — October 2

Buster Keaton: cut to the chase by Marion Meade — October 4

Chester Alan Arthur by Zachary Karabell — October 5

Rocket man: Robert H. Goddard and the birth of the space age by David A. Clary — October 5

This little light of mine: the life of Fannie Lou Hamer by Kay Mills — October 6

Italian-American Heritage Month

About 5.5 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 2004. The greatest surge occurred between 1880 and 1920 when more than 4 million Italians came to America. October is the time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Americans of Italian descent in all walks of life.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: October 24, 2013

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, October 24 from 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing Say Nice Things About Detroit by Scott Lassiter. Copies of the book are distributed at the meeting or request a copy at the Adult Help Desk. No registration required.

Say Nice Things About Detroit by Scott Lasser.  After his divorce and the death of his son David Halpert escapes to his hometown Detroit, and becomes involved in a murder investigation when he learns about the shooting of his high school girlfriend Natalie and her black half-brother, Dirk, and becomes romantically involved with Natalie's sister.

If you like Kate Morton

especially The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, try these titles:

A place of secrets: a novel by Rachel Hore

The Ashford affair by Lauren Willig

Season of storms by Susanna Kearsley

Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Five quarters of the orange by Joanne Harris