Geeked about books and reading? For the most interested, a nonfiction selection of stories about authors or the inspiration for their work.
The Brontë sisters: the brief lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef
The trouble begins at 8: a life of Mark Twain in the wild, wild West by Sid Fleischman
Marooned: the strange but true adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the real Robinson Crusoe by Robert Kraske ; illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
C.S. Lewis: the man behind Narnia by Beatrice Gormley
Fans of historical dramas will have two new productions to choose from on Monday, May 28. HBO is debuting Hemingway & Gellhorn at 9:00 PM and the History Channel will present its miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, also at 9:00 PM. Hemingway & Gellhorn stars Clive Owen as the author, and Nicole Kidman as the legendary foreign correspondent who became Hemingway's third wife. Considered one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century, Gellhorn reported on virtually every major conflict during her 60 year career, including the Vietnam War. Hatfields & McCoys stars Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as Devil Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, two members of the families involved in the long running feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky.
The 13th Annual Love is Murder Conference for Mystery writers and readers will be held in Chicago at the Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel Friday, February 3 through Sunday, February 5. The conference offers author chats, opportunities to meet with publishers and/or agents, and writer's workshops. Entertainment in the evening includes a performance by Those Were The Days Radio Players.
Artistic license by Julie A. Hyzy — Ms Hyzy is the conference's Guest of Honor.
Christopher Eric Hitchens, author and journalist, columnist and literary critic for The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, World Affairs, The Nation and others died at 62 years of age on December 15th from complications from esophageal cancer. He was voted the world's 5th top public intellectual in a Prospect/Foreign Affairs opinion poll. Here are some of the books Canton Library owns by this controversial author:
God is not great: how religion poisons everything by Christopher Hitchens
Hitch-22: a memoir by Christopher Hitchens
Check out some of the library's new author biographies which have been published recently. Place your holds now!
And so it goes: Kurt Vonnegut, a life by Charles Shields
Charles Dickens: a life by Claire Tomalin
Fiction ruined my family by Jeanne Darst
Best-selling author Pat Conroy shares his reminiscences of his boyhood days visiting the library every Monday with his mother. This video clip is made available by The Open Road Integrated Media.
Mark Twain, one of America's best-known and well-loved authors, was born on November 30, 1835. His works have been translated into hundreds of languages, and Hollywood continues to produce film adaptations of his books. The following Special Collection focuses on his life and work.
Being in Pictures: A Conversation with Joanne Leonard and Sidonie Smith
Are you interested in art? Photography? The lives of women? Join us for a conversation with author Joanne Leonard and Sidonie Smith, U-M Professor of Women's Studies and English. In Joanne Leonard’s book, Being in Pictures: An Intimate Photo Memoir, she uses her personal experiences as a feminist artist, academic, single mom, identical twin, and daughter of an Alzheimer's patient to create evocative art and heartfelt writing. The conversation will explore the creative process and the ideas the work inspires. Followed by a book sale and signing, courtesy of the Michigan Union Barnes & Noble. Sponsored by The Author's Forum.
Celebrate Noel Streatfeild's birthday on December 24th! Come to the library early (we're closed on the 24th and 25th) to check out some of her books. My favorite is Ballet Shoes, and the library has many other fiction books about ballet, or informative books on dance. Come check them out!