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Jane Eyre Revisited… Again

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.

Movies

Jane Eyre — I love Charlotte Gainsbourg as Jane, but, really, what were they thinking to cast William Hurt as Rochester?

Chocolate Fever Book Discussion

Kids, you are invited to join us in discussing Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith. Registration begins Tuesday, March 2. Register with your library card and come to the Children's Reference Desk to pick up your copy of the book. This book discussion will meet, Tuesday, March 15 from 5:00 to 5:45PM. See you all there!

Harriet The Spy Book Discussion Registration

Hi Everyone! Don't forget that registration for the March Book Discussion starts on Wednesday, March 2nd! We will be discussing Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Be sure to use your library card to register online and then stop at the Children's Reference Desk to pick up your copy of the book. The book group will meet on Wednesday, March 16th from 5:00 to 5:45PM. Enjoy!

Murder Will Out: 2011 Edgar Award Nominees

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

Author Talk: Meg Waite Clayton

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."

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Fiction

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

Everyone's Reading The Lincoln Lawyer

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

Vintner's Book Discussion is March 15th

We will be discussing Death of a Wine Merchant by David Dickinson. This is a British historical mystery set in Victorian England and France with fine prose and a complex plot. A son of the Colvilles, who are wealthy wine merchants, is about to marry the daughter of the even grander Nash family. Immediately after the wedding, the bridegroom’s Uncle Cosmo is found clutching a gun over the body of his brother. He refuses to give any explanation, even to his attorney, who retains Lord Francis Powerscourt to investigate.

Vintner's Winery is located in the Golden Gate Shopping Complex across from Mettetal Airport in the SE corner of Joy and Lilley Rds.

Moon Over Manifest

This year's Newbery Award winning book, Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, presents a story within a story and is totally captivating. Historical fiction should always be this compelling. But you can read the rave reviews and plot summaries by clicking on the link to this item in our catalog. What I want to relate is why this superb novel touched me personally. One story take place in 1936, during The Great Depression. I grew up hearing stories and accounts of what it was like to live during this trying time from my parents and grandparents. My mother told about searching for stray pennies in couch cushions to buy a loaf a bread. She had to sleep on the floor so boarders could have the beds in the bedrooms.

Wicked Reads

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:

Tiffany Aching series

If you’re a firstcomer to Pratchett, then Wee Free Men is an excellent place to start; if you're an old fan, then rest assured that all of the trademark wit you've come to love is here. I found this book hillarious. I could tell you about a girl trying to become a witch, lost baby brothers, and little blue men, but it's the clever dialogue that sells this book. Oh, and the audio book is excellent too!

Going Bovine Book Club Selection

I have the pleasure of working with a fantastic group of young adults at the Starkweather Alternative High School. The Canton Public Library in cooperation with Starkweather was awarded an ALA Great Stories Club Grant last year. The book club was such a success last year we decided to continue meeting. We are currently reading Going Bovine by Libba Bray. We have just started, but I suspect it will be a favorite. If you haven't read this book, I suggest you do!

Book Club Reads: February 2011

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

Epics and Sagas to Sweep You Off Your Feet

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

Author Ariana Franklin's Passing

Just read this in The Rap Sheet:

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).

Ready for Another Grim Grimm Tale?

Follow Hansel and Gretel on their exciting, but bloody and gruesome, adventures in A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. This book makes no bones about keeping to the original shock and horror of some of the Brothers Grimm's tales. It is not for the faint of heart or those looking for 'nice' endings. It is for readers who like humorous adaptations of old tales. Wit and suspense combine to make this a real page-turner. I can't give the ending away, but you won't be disappointed. If you can't get your hands on this book yet, try the Sisters Grimm series or some of the library's other fairy tale adaptations.

Valentine's Day

When we think of Valentine's Day, we often think of red roses, candy in heart-shaped boxes, mushy valentines, and winged cherubs flying about shooting starry-eyed lovers with arrows.

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.

May We Suggest (On Facebook)?

If you're on facebook and like books, DVDs, and all the other great things Canton Public Library provides, you'll probably be interested in our May We Suggest facebook page. We post recommendations from our expert staff: romance books, comedy DVDs, nonfiction and advice titles, and more. Along with that, we'd like to know what you're reading and whether you recommend other people to read it too. Join us on facebook for great recommendations.

Beat the Winter Blues With a Beach Read

Tired of all the snow, ice and grey weather? Wish you could escape to a tropical destination but don't have the budget? Well how about escaping with a great beach read? Try one of these titles for a break from the bitter cold:

It happened in South Beach by Jennie Klassel

Beachcomber by Karen Robards

Tropical getaway by Roxanne St. Claire