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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.

K. A. Barson at Ann Arbor Bookstore Nicola's Books

45 pounds (more or less) by K.A. Barson — K. A. Barson will be at Nicola's Books on Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30PM to talk about her recent book, answer questions, and autograph her book.

Murder Will Out October 2013

Aunt Agatha's Bookstore in Ann Arbor is hosting two author events in November.

Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00 PM — Chris Grabenstein will be joining the Aunt Agatha Book Group. He'll talk about his New Jersey set series featuring John Ceepak, as well as his books for young adults. He's written two with James Patterson; two featuring Riley Mack and most recently, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.

Friday, November 8 at 2:00 PM — Julia Spencer-Fleming & Tasha Alexander will participate in Aunt Agatha's Book Group's discussion moderated by Andrew Grant. Julia has a terrific new Clare & Russ mystery and Tasha has a new Lady Emily mystery.

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

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