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Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

Celebrate Jane Austen's birthday on December 16. You might think that there's nothing new with Austen, since she's been dead for almost 200 years, and sure enough, her collection of classics hasn't grown much lately. But there have been a slew of spin-offs, add-ons, continuations and re-tellings, and you can explore some of them on the shelves at CPL. Keep an eye out for a new version of Emma coming to Masterpiece in January, and while you wait, check our shelves for other Austen movies!

Happy Belated Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

Well, we've missed the actual day (November 10) of Neil Gaiman's birthday, but it's never too late to celebrate a wonderful author!  He's gotten a lot of attention this year between winning the Newbery Award for The Graveyard Book, and the release of the film version of Coraline.  If those piqued your interest, you might enjoy other books by Neil Gaiman.  You'll find them all over the library, for Children, Teens and Adults.

Celebrate Julie Andrews' Birthday!

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!  Take some time this week to celebrate Julie Andrews' birthday (October 1).  If you haven't read one of her books before, she has written several under the name Julie Edwards.  It's also the perfect week to check out Mary Poppins, or any of Julie Andrews' other movies.  Happy Birthday, Julie Andrews!

75th Book & Author Luncheon

Metro Detroit Book and Author Society will present their 75th luncheon on Monday, October 19th at the Burton Manor in Livonia. Our guest authors include Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist; Rita Mae Brown, Animal Magnetism; Bruce Feiler, America's Prophet; David Alan Grier, Barack Like Me; and Jacquelyn Mitchard, No Time to Wave Goodbye.
Tickets are $30. each and are available by mail order only at Book & Author Luncheon, P.O. Box 82013, Rochester Hills, MI 48308. If you wish to sit together, please send your checks together made out to MDB&A Society.

Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Maybe you noticed the display in the children's library about Roald Dahl month? Well, get ready, because this weekend is Roald Dahl's birthday! Browse through our scrumdidlyumptious collection of his stories to celebrate, or bake a cake from his cookbook. If you're more interested in the man himself, check out some of our biographies full of information on Roald Dahl.

Happy Birthday, Paul Fleischman!

Celebrate Paul Fleischman's birthday on September 5th! Check out one of his books from our collection, or maybe you're especially interested in his poetry. Either way, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate yet another wonderful author's birthday.

A Very Harry Birthday

Rowling.preview.jpgTomorrow is a big day for birthdays - both Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling get to celebrate! And you can celebrate with them. Check out a list of our available Harry Potter items, or if you like Harry Potter but want something new, take a look at these suggestions.

Celebrate Beatrix Potter's Birthday!

Peter.preview.JPGBeatrix Potter's birthday is July 28th, so spend this weekend celebrating! Beatrix Potter was an author, illustrator and environmentalist. You can check out one of her amazing books about Peter Rabbit and his friends, and while you're in the library see if you can spot her illustration hanging behind the Children's Reference Desk. If you're interested in learning more about Beatrix Potter and her work, take a look at The World of Peter Rabbit or the Beatrix Potter Society.

Teen Titans: Can't-Go-Wrong Teen Lit Writers

Thanks to Anne from the CPL's CT&T department for these awesome Fave Five author suggestions!

Scott Westerfeld
writes dystopias and sci-fi that you can't put down.

Attention Ian Rankin Fans

Ian Rankin, author of the Rebus series, has a new series which will debut in England this Fall.  He spoke about this and his venture into music recently on Scotland on Television (stv.tv).

Summer is Just Around the Corner!

It's hard to believe, but Summer Reading is just a few weeks away (and so is the end of school). This summer is all about being creative, so get inspired by reading about some of the writers who create the stories we have in our library. Or learn more about becoming a creative writer yourself!

Getting To Know Margaret Hillert

Did you know that Margaret Hillert, the author of more than 80 books for beginning readers, is a Michigan native? It's true! Margaret Hillert was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1920, and today lives in southeast Michigan.

Happy Birthday, Carl Hiaasen!

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Yes, I know it’s over a month away. But if you’re looking for some great environmental reads in the meantime, try checking out a book by Carl Hiaasen in honor of his birthday today!

If you want to learn even more about the environment, take a look at our April programming for upcoming earth day activities, or look in our collection for more stories and information about protecting the environment!

Happy Birthday, Jane Yolen!

Celebrate Jane Yolen’s 70th birthday by checking out one of her books in our collection.  From picture books to poetry, teen fantasy to fairy tales and short stories to science fiction, it sure seems like she’s written something for everyone.  One of my favorites is Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast.