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Murder Will Out: Magna Cum Murder XIX

Of special interest to writers of Mystery, Crime, or Thriller fiction. Magna Cum Murder XIX is being held October 25-27, 2013 at Ball State University's Columbia Circle in Indianapolis. Steve Hamilton, author of the Alex McKnight series set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is the Guest of Honor. This year's Banquet Speaker is Hank Phillipi Ryan, an investigative reporter in Boston and author of the Charlotte McNally series.

A cold day in paradise by Steve Hamilton

The other woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Lunch & a Book July 2013

On Thursday, July 11 at noon, we will be discussing:

The catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger — This classic coming of age story electrified the literary world when published in 1951. The New York Times wrote that the 'book's very first sentence, struck a brash new note in American literature': "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." Over sixty years later, Salinger's writing and his disaffected and cynical narrator, Holden Caulfield, not only have iconic stature in the literary world, but remain as fresh and exciting as they were when new.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: July - December 2013

The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We meet every month except December. Information Services librarians, Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski, alternate leading the discussion. Copies of the discussion book are distributed at the monthly meeting or request a copy at the Adult Services Help Desk. No registration required.

South of Broad: a novel by Pat Conroy meets July 25

Case histories: a novel by Kate Atkinson meets August 22

River of doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey by Candice Millard meets September 26

Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser meets October 24

The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain meets November 21

Futuristic Fiction...or, If You Liked The Hunger Games

So you've finished the Hunger Games, and you're looking for more tales of grim future days? Look no further...

Brave new world by Aldous Huxley

The stand by Stephen King

A canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood

The maze runner by James Dashner

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: August 22, 2013

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, August 22 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing Kate Atkinson's Case Histories. Copies of the book are distributed at the meeting or request a copy at the Adult Help Desk. No registration required.

Case histories: a novel by Kate Atkinson

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

The tiger's wife: [kit] a novel by Téa Obreht — Natalia, a young doctor, arrives in a Balkan country on a mission of mercy. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. But Natalia is also confronting a private mystery of her own: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather's recent death. After telling her grandmother that he was on his way to meet Natalia, he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone. Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel. Searching for clues, she turns to the stories he told her when she was a child. But the most extraordinary story of all is the one her grandfather never told her, the one Natalia must discover for herself. One winter during the Second World War, his childhood village was snowbound, cut off even from the encroaching German invaders but haunted by another, fierce presence: a tiger who comes ever closer under cover of darkness. "These stories," Natalia comes to understand, "run like secret rivers through all the other stories" of her grandfather's life. And it is ultimately within these rich, luminous narratives that she will find the answer she is looking for.

Murder Will Out Edgar Winners Announced

The 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards were announced on Thursday, May 2 in New York. A complete list of the nominees and award winners is available at Mystery Writers of America.

Live by night by Dennis Lehane

The expats: a novel by Chris Pavone

Midnight in Peking: how the murder of a young Englishwoman haunted the last days of old China by Paul French

What We're Reading: May 2013

We're not just reading, we're listening to audiobooks and watching videos.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society [sound recording] by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

The lost art of mixing by Erica Bauermeister

Peyton Place [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a CinemaScope picture ; Jerry Wald's production

A wrinkle in time: the graphic novel by [Madeleine L'Engle] ; adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson ; [colored by Jenn Manley Lee]

Putumayo presents Jazz around the world [sound recording]

Lunch & a Book June 2013

On Thursday, June 13 at noon, we will be discussing:

11/22/63: a novel by Stephen King — Jake Epping's friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession: to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake's new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine, to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

Murder Will Out: May 2013

The spotlight is on new authors or seasoned authors featuring new detectives...

Behind the walls: a Harper Jennings mystery by Merry Jones

Cage of bones: a novel by Tania Carver

Killer librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin

Moon underfoot by Bobby Cole

Nickeled and-dimed to death by Denise Swanson

Scratchgravel Road by Tricia Fields

Canton Seniors Book Group May 23, 2013

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, May 23 at 2:00-3:00pm in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing Barbara Delinsky's THE SUMMER I DARED.  Copies of the book are distributed at the meeting or request a copy at the Adult Help Desk.

The summer I dared: a novel by Barbara Delinsky

Lunch & a Book May 2013

On Thursday, May 9 at noon we will be discussing:

The tiger's wife: a novel by Téa Obreht — Natalia, a young doctor, arrives in a Balkan country on a mission of mercy. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. But Natalia is also confronting a private mystery of her own: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather's recent death. After telling her grandmother that he was on his way to meet Natalia, he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone. Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel. Searching for clues, she turns to the stories he told her when she was a child. But the most extraordinary story of all is the one her grandfather never told her, the one Natalia must discover for herself. One winter during the Second World War, his childhood village was snowbound, cut off even from the encroaching German invaders but haunted by another, fierce presence: a tiger who comes ever closer under cover of darkness. "These stories," Natalia comes to understand, "run like secret rivers through all the other stories" of her grandfather's life. And it is ultimately within these rich, luminous narratives that she will find the answer she is looking for.

Edible Fiction

Picture Books About Outer Space

Star seeker: a journey to outer space by Theresa Heine, Victor Tavares


Stars! Stars! Stars! by written and illustrated by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace


Full Moon and star by Lee Bennett Hopkins ; illustrated by Marcellus Hall


How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers


Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and ; [illustrated by] Marla Frazee

Book Club Choices: April 2013

The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, that will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion. For additional book club resources the Canton Public Library offers a wide variety of Book Club in a Bag kits.

The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain

The art of racing in the rain: a novel by Garth Stein

Gone girl: a novel by Gillian Flynn

The language of flowers: [kit] a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Rockefellers: an American dynasty by Peter Collier and David Horowitz