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Twilight Fans Rejoice!

You didn't think it was really over, did you?! Stephenie Meyer is revisiting Forks with a new book called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella. Bree Tanner, introduced in Eclipse, is a newborn vampire and part of the newborn army who tangle with the Cullins. Her story promises to be exciting, mysterious, and dangerous. This is certainly a must-read for Twilight Hardcores!

Not just a book discussion, it's an adventure!!

Take an adventure with Tony Abbot's The Postcard. Take a trip to Florida with 13 year old, Jason, to clean out his recently deceased grandmother's home. He didn't know her so he isn't very thrilled about spending his summer vacation away from his best friend. However, he receives a bizarre phone call that leads him to an old postcard hidden away in his Grandmother's desk.The postcard is a clue that leads Jason on a mysterious adventure that blends the lines between fact and fiction.

Register for the Tween Book and Pizza for Saturday, April 10 at 1:00PM to eat pizza and discuss this exciting book with Miss Sarah. Don't miss out!

Will Novels Save the World?

It is no secret that novels can sometimes convey complex scientific subject matter in a way that many find compelling. In his review of Far North by Marcel Theroux, John Atcheson discusses this phenomenon in relation to climate change. According to Atcheson in his review entitled, "Will Novels Save the World?", climate change as the back drop to novels such as Theroux's may help in some small way to effect positive change. "At their best, they provide another way of viscerally experiencing a truth" he says. In the case of Far North, Atcheson concludes that the method works because the story and plot stand on their own while still "rendering climate change as a reality and a palpable force to be reckoned with and avoided".

Left Coast Crime Convention Awards Announced

The winners of the Left Coast Crime Convention held in Los Angeles this year were announced on March 16. The LCC is an annual event sponsored by fans of Mystery Literature, for fans of Mystery Literature. The intent is to provide an event where fans of the Mystery genre can gather in convivial surroundings to pursue their interest in the genre.

A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell is the 2010 Winner of The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award.

Don't Forget to Vote!

It's that time again! The Thumbs Up! ballot is here.

The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually by the Teen Services Division of MLA to an author for an outstanding contribution to teen literature having both literary quality and teen appeal. "Teen" for the award's purpose is someone between 12-18 years of age. The book must appeal to this age group, both in respect to its characters and setting, as well as in terms of subject and theme.

Post Apocalyptic Romance?

Michigan author Joss Ware has created an unusual setting for her new romance series — a dark, post apocalyptic world. If you like zombies mixed up in your romance, this series is for you. The first book is Beyond the Night followed by Embrace the Night Eternal and Abandon the Night.

Ware is a pen name for Colleen Gleason, author of The Gardella Vampire Chronicles.

Fan of Ann Tyler?

Noah's compass : a novel by Anne Tyler features protagonist Liam Pennywell who wakes up in the hopital with no memory of being attacked in his apartment. This is a compassionate, humorous account of his quest to retrieve his memory. A former teacher, divorced twice, Liam searches to recover those lost hours and is led into an unlikely new relationship. An exploration of Liam's life and how he is transformed. Quintessential Tyler treatment of one rather eccentric man's search for wholeness.  I have been a longstanding fan of Ann Tyler and Noah's Compass did not disappoint.

Due Process

Canton Public Library is part of the Metro Detroit Everyone's Reading 2010: Presumed Innocent, a legal thriller written by Scott Turow and later made into a movie starring Harrison Ford. On Tuesday, March 23, from 7:00 to 8:30PM in the Community Room, Joyce Simowski (Adult Services Librarian) will share her expertise and love of legal thrillers. She'll talk about a few familiar authors and introduce you to some new authors and their characters as well. The Friends of the Canton Public Library will supply prize baskets to a couple of lucky attendees.
No registration required.

Victorian Is My Passion

I love Victorian mysteries, movies, non-fiction or anything with that flavor or set in that time period. A trifle romantic, a bit goth, always prim and proper up front, but underneath...ooh, so mysterious! Here is a list of titles, some classics, but most not so well known.

Fiction

Kept : a Victorian mystery by D.J. Taylor

Death at Whitechapel : a Victorian mystery by Robin Paige

Man of Mystery

Why is there a body in the library's Mystery stacks? He's promoting this year's Everyone's Reading selection Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow.

In conjunction with several Metro Detroit communities, Canton Public Library offers a variety of events including a book talk, book discussions, and a personal appearance by Scott Turow on Wednesday, April 14 at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill. For a chance to win a pair of tickets to hear Mr. Turow in person go to your patron record and register for the ticket drawing.

Leviathan, Have You Read It?!

Leviathan, the newest book from Scott Westerfeld, is all about an alternative history. It is the ultimate face-off between the German Clankers with their advanced machinery and the British Darwinists with their crossbred animals. Steampunk writing at its best, this book is certain to take you for an adventure.

In honor of Teen Tech Week, join the discussion here and post a question, response, or review of Leviathan to be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Incarceron

Incarceron is one of the more wildly imaginative books I've read in a while. Forests made out of metal, airships inside, and animals that might have a bit wiring weaved into their veins. The narrative winds between a boy trapped inside a futuristic, living prison and a girl on the outside, in a faux 17th century world, trying to get him out. The outside world has outlawed technology and everyone is forced to live "in period", though occasionally people cheat, which makes for some intersting scenes...like a scullery maid secretly whipping out a laser wand to get rid of her wrinkles... Try this for a fresh, original fantasy.

Murder Will Out

To demonstrate their tremendous enthusiasm for crime, mystery, and thriller fiction, the British are planning their first National Crime Fiction Week, to run from June 14 to 20, 2010. This event is sponsored by the Crime Writers Association. CWA members will take part in readings, discussions, readers' group events and workshops all over the country. Your favorite authors are already planning Murders in Libraries, Bodies in Bookshops and Strawberries and Crime at Village Fetes. For more information check out the National Crime Fiction Week website.

Lunch & a Book - May 13

The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian. Recognizing that the final stage of their lives is upon them, John and Ella Robina, the former an Alzheimer's patient, the latter succumbing to cancer, sneak away from their over-protective children and doctors to embark on an RV vacation along Route 66.

Lunch & a Book - April 8

March by Geraldine Brooks. In a story inspired by the father character in "Little Women" and drawn from the journals and letters of Louisa May Alcott's father, a man leaves behind his family to serve in the Civil War and finds his beliefs challenged by his experiences.  See the Program Calendar for more details.

Strand Magazine Critics Awards Nominees

The Strand Magazine has announced its nominees for the 2009 Strand Magazine Critics Awards. The awards will be presented in the categories of Best Novel and Best First Novel at an invitation-only cocktail party, hosted by The Strand on July 7, 2010, in New York City.

Coming to PBS: Sherlock Holmes & Aurelio Zen Mysteries

MASTERPIECE on PBS and BBC Worldwide Sales and Distribution, Americas have announced a major co-production deal that includes Sherlock, a Sherlock Holmes with a 21st. century spin on it and three Aurelio Zen mysteries based on the series written by Michael Didbin (1947-2007).

What Has Your Library Done For You?

Are you a woman who has a life-changing story about your library? Would you be willing to share it with others? If yes, consider entering the Woman's Day/American Library Association essay contest. Up to four winners will have their essays published in an upcoming Woman's Day issue. Good luck!