March 5th is author Mem Fox's birthday. Here in the U.S. it's still March 4th, but right now in Adelaide, Australia where Mem Fox lives, it's already March 5th! If you aren't familiar with Mem's books, check out some of my favorites listed below.
Harriet, you'll drive me wild by Mem Fox; illustrated by Marla Frazee
Time for bed by Mem Fox; illustrated by Jane Dyer
Jane Eyre is a classic I love to revisit. I don't think I am alone, considering the oodles of sequels, adaptations, and movies based on the book. And [rapturous sigh] a new movie version is being released on March 11, 2011. If you are a fellow Eyre-head, browse the Jane-related works at CPL to pass the time as you wait breathlessly for the latest movie to premiere.
Jane Eyre — I love Charlotte Gainsbourg as Jane, but, really, what were they thinking to cast William Hurt as Rochester?
The Mystery Writers of America have announced the 2011 nominations for the Edgar Awards. A complete list of the nominees is available on the MWA website. The awards will be made on April 28, 2011 at the 65th Annual Mystery Writers of America Edgar syposium held in New York City at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Best Novel Nominees
Meg Waite Clayton, author of the acclaimed bestseller The Wednesday Sisters, will talk about her latest novel, The Four Ms. Bradwells at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library on Thursday, March 24, 7:00-8:30PM in the Gallery, Room 100 (use Diag entrance). "The book is about four women who are University of Michigan Law School graduates; it explores the secrets we keep, even from those closest to us, and celebrates the enduring power of friendship. The book reading and chat will be followed by a book sale and signing, courtesy of Nicola's Books."
Call me by your name by Andre Aciman
The Fisher Boy by Stephen Anable
The sky below by Stacey D'Erasmo
Landing by Emma Donoghue
Note: Tickets for this event are sold out as of Thursday, April 7, 2011.
Vintner's Winery is located in the Golden Gate Shopping Complex across from Mettetal Airport in the SE corner of Joy and Lilley Rds.
If you like fiction about vampires, werewolves and other paranormal beings, then give these books about witches a try:
Brida: a novel by Paulo Coelho; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
Waking the witch by Kelley Armstrong
My favorite witch by Lisa Plumley
Prefer nonfiction? Check these out:
Canton Public Library's Book Club in a Bag offers a wide variety of reading selections for book clubs. Each kit has 8 copies of the book, resource material for the leader, and a sign out sheet for members. Book Club in a Bag kits can be reserved by calling the Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.
Pope Joan: a novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross
The other Boleyn girl: a novel by Philippa Gregory
Epic fiction, defined as novels that cover a span of time (often centuries) and are focused on a specific geographical location, and sagas series, defined as lengthy novels (often historical) that focus on the characters and families over a certain span of time, are large and expansive. They'll carry you to a different time and place. Give these a try:
Roses by Leila Meacham
The princes of Ireland: the Dublin saga by Edward Rutherfurd
Late though I am to attending to this matter, I want to acknowledge the passing on Thursday of British novelist Ariana Franklin. Born in Devon and a former Fleet Street journalist, she was the author of four books featuring 12th-century English coroner-investigator Adelia Aguilar (including Mistress of the Art of Death, which won the 2007 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award).
But did you know that the origin of Valentine's Day, or Saint Valentine's Day, comes from the life and death of a Christian martyr? According to author Martha Zimmerman, the date traditionally celebrated as St. Valentine's Day finds it origin in the Roman festival of romance called Lupercalia, when the gods Juno and Pan were honored. It was a fertility festival or a lover's holiday looking forward to the return of Spring. In the fifth century, in an attempt to abolish the pagan festival, Pope Gelasius changed Lupercalia and its February 15 date to February 14 and called it Saint Valentine's Day. Even though the names and the date were changed, the emphasis continued to be on love.