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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

Teen Action Thrillers To Die For

Variant by Robison Wells

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Don't turn around by Michelle Gagnon

Mind games by Kiersten White

I hunt killers by Barry Lyga

Confessions of a murder suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The night she disappeared by April Henry

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Look What's In Large Print - September, 2013

September and it's back to school. Maybe time to re-read a classic. A book read at seventeen isn't the same book read decades later...


The Europeans [Large print]: a sketch
by Henry James


The End of the Affair [large print]
by Graham Greene


Wuthering Heights [Large print]
by Emily Brontë


Pride and Prejudice [large print]
by Jane Austen


Lord Jim [Large print]
by Joseph Conrad ; edited by Cedric Watts and Robert Hampson

(All images: eLibrary. Web. 29 Aug. 2013.)

2013 Michigan Author Award

The Michigan Library Association will present Laura Kasischke with the 2013 Michigan Author Award during their Annual Conference in Lansing on October 18, 2013. Kasischke has published eight novels, authored eight books of poetry and received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in 2012. Her most recent book is a compilation of short stories entitled If a stranger approaches you.

Kasischke grew up in Grand Rapids, currently resides in Chelsea and is an Allan Seager Collegiate Professor of English Language & Literature at the University of Michigan. Throughout her diverse body of work, Kasischke ties her characters to the state of Michigan.

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

Say nice things about Detroit [kit] by Scott Lasser — In a racially polarized, economically collapsing city a man struggles with the double shooting death of a high school classmate and her brother while still mourning the death of his own teenage son and coping with his mother's dementia. A starred review Booklist suggests: "Forget the grime and crime, political corruption and economic decay. Lasser's Detroit may be a troubled city, but it is one whose vibrant soul is writ large in the small actions of its loyal citizens. With a serene and steady hand, Lasser's spare but intense tale is a smart, intimate homage to the power of second chances."

Lunch & a Book September 2013

On Thursday, September 12 at noon, we will be discussing:

Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser — The author will be joining us via Skype as we discuss this compelling urban portrait and touching love story. In a racially polarized, economically collapsing city a man struggles with the double shooting death of a high school classmate and her brother while still mourning the death of his own teenage son and coping with his mother's dementia. A starred review Booklist suggests: "Forget the grime and crime, political corruption and economic decay. Lasser's Detroit may be a troubled city, but it is one whose vibrant soul is writ large in the small actions of its loyal citizens. With a serene and steady hand, Lasser's spare but intense tale is a smart, intimate homage to the power of second chances."

Great New Tween Sci-Fi & Fantasy

The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman

Hammer of witches by Shana Mlawski

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani ; illustrations by Iacopo Bruno

The apprentices by Maile Meloy ; with illustrations by Ian Schoenherr

SYLO by D.J. MacHale

The reluctant assassin by Eoin Colfer

A world without heroes by Brandon Mull

NPR's 100 Must Read for Kids 9-14

NPR has just released the Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf, a list of the top 100 books for kids ages 9-14. The books (or in some cases, series) are divided into categories like American Stories, Biographies, Everyday Magic, Family Life, Fantasy Worlds, Friendships and Finding Your Place, Good for a Laugh, Mysteries and Thrillers, Myths and Fairy Tales, Science Fiction, Poetry, and Survival and Adventure. You'll find most, if not all of these books at Canton Public Library.

New Teen Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Paranormal with a Bit of Romance

Check out one of these highly recommended new teen books:

Etiquette & espionage by Gail Carriger

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The darkest minds by Alexandra Bracken

Altered by Jennifer Rush

The archived by Victoria Schwab

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Poison by Bridget Zinn

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Elmore Leonard, 1925-2013

Author Elmore Leonard, age 87, died at his home at Bloomfield Hills. Perhaps best known for his gritty crime novels such as Get Shorty, Leonard was also a master of western stories such as 3:10 to Yuma which was made into a film in 2007 starring Russell Crowe. A long-time resident in the Detroit area, he won many writing awards in his lifetime including the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America.

Sleuth It: Dead & Done IX

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

The empty mirror: a Viennese mystery by J. Sydney Jones

Hangman blind by Cassandra Clark

Some danger involved: a novel by Will Thomas

Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson

The janissary tree by Jason Goodwin

If You Like Iris Johansen or Tami Hoag

If you enjoy suspense with romantic interest, are a fan of Iris Johansen, Tami Hoag, or Catherine Coulter try...

Love me to death: a novel of suspense by Allison Brennan

Trust me by Brenda Novak

Show no mercy by Cindy Gerard

Shiver by Karen Robards

Die for me by Karen Rose

Sworn to silence by Linda Castillo

Live to tell by Wendy Corsi Staub

Sleuth It: Dead & Done VIII

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Sweet poison by David Roberts

Christine Falls: a novel by Benjamin Black

The day the music died: a mystery by Ed Gorman

The hell screen by I.J. Parker

Shadow trade by Alan Furst

Sleuth It: Dead & Done VII

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean

Pride and prescience, or, A truth universally acknowledged by Carrie Bebris

Mute witness by Charles O'Brien

A beautiful blue death by Charles Finch

A conspiracy of paper by David Liss

Sleuth It! Mystery MeetUp

If you weren't able to attend Mystery MeetUp and earn your Sleuth It Badge as part of Connect Your Summer 2013, Canton Public Library's Summer Reading program for all ages, here is the list of books we talked about.

A cold day in paradise by Steve Hamilton

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger



Blood alone by James R. Benn

As if by magic by Dolores Gordon-Smith

The hell screen by I.J. Parker

A duty to the dead by Charles Todd

Murder on Nob Hill by Shirley Tallman