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R.I.P. Author of Inspector Ghote Series HRF Keating

Henry Reymond Fitzwalter Keating, better known as author HRF Keating, died on March 27 at age 84. He was one of Britain’s leading detective story writers and the inspired creator of Inspector Ghote. Mr. Keating was the Crime Fiction Critic for The [London] Times and past president of The Detection Club.

Keating received the George N Dove Award in 1995 and the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature in 1996. On his eightieth birthday in 2006 members of the Detection Club honoured him with an anthology, Verdict of Us All. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1990.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: April 27, 2011

Are you a fan of author Michael Connelly's stories? Reading this year's Everyone's Reading book, The Lincoln Lawyer? The Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will be discussing Mr. Connelly's book on Wednesday, April 27 from 2:00-3:00PM at Canton Public Library in Group Study Room A.

Figure Skater Kristi Yamaguchi coming to Novi Borders!

If you loved watching Kristi Yamaguchi skate her way to Olympic Gold a few years back or loved watching her elegantly dance herself to the top on Dancing with the Stars, then you are in luck! Kristi is coming to the Novi Borders at 6:00PM on March 30, 2011 to sign her new picture book, "Dream Big, Little Pig." Enjoy listening to her read the book and have fun meeting her while she signs your very own copy! Click here for more information! Also, if you want to brush up on your ice skating, be sure to read our great selection of ice skating books.

Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011)

British writer Diana Wynne Jones passed away today at the age of 76. She was the author of many works of fantasy fiction that are enjoyed by both children and young adults. One of her novels, Howl's Moving Castle, was made into an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name. Find a more complete list of her books and see what other great books by Diana Wynne Jones are available at the Canton Public Library.

Pathfinder

Orson Scott Card, writer of Ender's Game, delivers another brilliant teenager in Pathfinder. Rigg has a gift; he can see people's paths through history, much like an animal leaving its tracks. On the day his father dies he is mysteriously charged to seek the sister he never knew he had, and from there the plot weaves together fantasy adventure with hardcore science fiction. This book may be a little slower than Ender's Game, and even repetitive at times due to the nature of its plot, but for all of that it's deeply philosophical, and fun. For an adventure book with one of the most original takes on time travel out there, it's worth reading.

Murder Will Out: Sherlock

BBC One’s Sherlock, a clever, fast-paced TV updating of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved Victorian detective saga, has won the 2010 Royal Television Society Programme Award for Best Drama Series. "This was one of the most original and entertaining new series for years," the society declared in a canned statement. If you didn't get a chance to watch Sherlock on PBS, check it out at Canton Public Library.

Book Club Choices: March 2011

Is your book group looking for a good read?

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

The other Boleyn girl by Philippa Gregory

The piano tuner by Daniel Mason

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

The Lincoln Lawyer on the Big Screen

2011 Everyone's Reading The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly is now showing at a theater near you. Matthew McConaughey plays a believable 'Mick' Haller (shortened from Mickey in the books) and Marisa Tomei plays Maggie McPherson, Haller's first wife.

Michael Connelly at the Berman Theatre

Note: Tickets for this event are sold out as of Thursday, April 7, 2011.

Tickets for the 2011 Everyone's Reading author, Michael Connelly's talk are still available. He will be speaking on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30PM at The Berman Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (6600 West Maple Road West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322). The Lincoln Lawyer, a Mickey Haller book, was chosen as Metro Net Library Consortium's 2011 Everyone's Reading selection.

The Weight of Silence

One August morning two seven-year-old girls go missing — Calli Clark, a sweet, gentle girl suffering from selective mutism brought on by a tragedy when she was a toddler; Petra Gregory, Calli's best friend, and her voice. Gudenkauf deftly weaves the threads of suspense, and eventually reveals the answers lie trapped in the silence of unspoken secrets. You can find this book and Gudenkauf's new title These Things Hidden as well as other psychological fiction in the library's collection.

New Romance Short Stories

If you enjoy romances, don't overlook the romance short stories. These anthologies are shelved with the Short Stories, located on the wall opposite Science Fiction. This past month alone we received several great new romance short story collections.

The guy next door by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, Victoria Dahl

The other side by J. D. Robb ... [et al.]

Saving Zasha

Are you in the mood for a simple, sweet dog story? Then Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow is just for you. It takes place in the Soviet Union right after World War II and is based on the real situation of canines in Russia at this time. Two brothers are determined to save a beautiful German Shepherd from certain death, since anything 'German' should be destroyed. Service in the military, starvation, abandonment, illness, and injury had all but eliminated the entire dog population in the Soviet Union. Finally realizing the value of dogs the Soviet government decided to create a new breed of dog — a "superdog" — to be used for work and military purposes. What few dogs remained were being kidnapped and sold for large sums of money.

Paranormalcy

Parnormalcy stands out from the rest of the paranormal romance books out there in that it's got something of an attitude. Yes, romance junkies, you can be sure there's plenty there to make your heart 'a flutter', but it's the tongue in cheek humor — a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer — and the very likable, kick-butt heroine, with her pink taser and sarcastic commentary, that makes this worth reading. This book isn't afraid to poke fun at itself while at the same time dishing out top notch suspense. Definitely worth checking out.

National Book Award Winner Announced

Jennifer Egan has won the National Book Critics Circle award for her book A Visit from the Goon Squad. For more information and the non-fiction award see this New York Times article.

Tickets Available for Michael Connelly's Author Talk

Note: Tickets for this event are sold out as of Thursday, April 7, 2011.

Everyone's Reading author, Michael Connelly will talk about his life and experience writing The Lincoln Lawyer, part of the Mickey Haller series. Mr. Connelly will speak on Thursday, April 14 at 2:00PM at The Community House in Birmingham and at 7:30PM at The Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield. Tickets are free and available to Canton Public Library cardholders at the library's Adult Reference Desk.

Copies of The Lincoln Lawyer will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of the Book Beat bookstore.

Mem Fox

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

Mysteries of the Magnificent Variety

Are you looking for a great mystery with some meat to it? Lewis Buzbee has written such awesome books. In Steinbeck's Ghost, 13-year-old Travis, unhappy about his family's recent move, finds he can still connect with his old life at the Salinas Library re-reading his favorite books. He enjoys Steinbeck — after all, Salinas is Steinbeck's hometown. But suddenly he begins seeing the characters spring to life. As he struggles to solve this mystery, budget cuts threaten his library. In looking for ways to save his haven, Travis uncovers many truths and stumbles into a story Steinbeck might be telling him to write.