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Year 2013 Top Fiction Picks

Every year all of Canton Public Library's Information Services Librarians share their favorite 2013 fiction reads, a mixture of Adult, Teen, and Children's fiction books.

And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini



The goldfinch by Donna Tartt






The dinner: a novel by Herman Koch ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett






Sisterland: a novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

Kids Read Comics

Do you love comics? Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd the Ann Arbor District Library invites you to a totally free event: Kids Read Comics!  Learn, draw, meet cartoonists!  Can't make it to KRC?  Check out these great graphic works by some of KRC's featured artists:

Hercules: the twelve labors by story by Paul Storrie ; pencils by Steve Kurth ; inks by Barbara Schulz

Drama by Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Gurihiru ; [lettering by John Green]

Giants beware! by written by Jorge Aguirre ; art by Rafael Rosado ; story by Rafael Rosado & Jorge Aguirre ; colors by John Novak, Matthew Schenk

Phineas and Ferb: it's about time! by adapted by John Green

Great Graphic Novels

Comics aren't just for kids!These graphic novels tell great stories (with and without superheroes) fit for adults.  Some stand alone, some are part of a series.  They all feature excellent characters and beautiful images. 

Fables. Vol. 1. Legends in exile by Bill Willingham, writer ; Lan Medina, penciler ; Steve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton, inkers ; Sherilyn van Valkenburgh, colorist ; Todd Klein, letterer ; Fables created by Bill Willingham

Blacksad by written by Juan Diaz Canales ; illustrated by Juanjo Guarnido ; lettering by Studio Cutie

Batman: the killing joke by Alan Moore, writer ; Brian Bolland, art and colors ; Richard Starkings, letterer ; introduction by Tim Sale ; afterword by Brian Bolland ; Batman created by Bob Kane

Eisner Award Nominees Announced

The nominations for the 2013 Eisner Award have been announced. Named after acclaimed comics creator Will Eisner, this is the 25th year of this award highlighting some of the best comics and graphic novels around.

One of the Best X-men Books Out

Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Huge revelations. Gut wrenching plot twists. And, characters you love that bite the dust... Equal parts philosophy, romance, and violence, this series -definitely  for older teens- has been touted as one of the best x-men books out, and it's no lie. Check it out.

Dark Knight Returns Gets The Animated Treatment

Batman: the Dark Knight returns — the classic graphic novel by Frank Miller is being adapted into two animated movies. We’ve got the first one coming to the library soon. This is edgy, dark and beautiful stuff, for you batman fans out there. See IGN's video review where they name it as one of the best DC animated movies to date.

Amity Blamity by Mike White

Amity Blamity. Vol. one by Mike White — If you are looking for a normal adventure, this is not the graphic novel for you. However, if you want to read about a talking pig, Chester, his silent sidekick, Gretchen, and her unstable uncle, this is the book for you. Join them on their adventures to discover just who the mysterious white, fluffy, floaty beings are that have invaded their farm and how they are going to keep Uncle Downey from hurting himself as he tries to catch them.

Warriors Skyclan and the Stranger

warrior skyclanAre you looking to Go Wild reading this summer? If so, be sure to browse our New Book Shelf for the most recent title in the Warriors Graphic Novel Series. These books will take you on an adventure of epic-sized hairball proportions! The cats are waiting, check them out new before they run away.

Wonder Woman Reinvented

Wonder Woman Vol. 1 Blood (The New 52) — is a bold reimagining. Greek gods with odd, new looks (Hades has a candle for a head), scenes out of a horror movie (centaurs sprout from decapitated horses), and lots of butt kicking by one of the most iconic heroines. Brian Azzarrello has taken this comic in a new direction, and it's never been more exciting. If you love Greek mythology then check it out.

Avengers Assemble

Hyped for the Avengers Movie? Want a little backstory? Try out some of these excellent titles to increase your superhero education:

The Avengers. Vol.1

Essential Avengers. Vol. 4

The New Avengers. Vol. 1. Breakout

The Adventures of TinTin: The Black Island by Herge

TinTin is on the prowl in this new adventure The Black Island by Herge. He is a brave reporter and also solves mysteries. It has action, adventure, and a mystery.  Can you solve the crime before our hero?  Good luck!

Eisner Award Nominees

Looking for the best of the best in new comics? Well, the nominees for the 2012 Eisner Award have been announced. The list includes such fantastic titles as Daredevil, iZombie, Unwritten, Habibi, and Bubbles & Gandola, to name a few. All of these are excellent, maybe even classics in the making, so do yourself a favor and check them out. Who knows which ones will win...

Peanuts by Charles Schultz

Our art collection has many different topics in it and one that I just know you will enjoy is our array of books by Charles Schultz. The Peanuts characters have been beloved by millions for many, many years. Be sure to check out our selections located in both the Children's and Adult departments. I can almost hear Schroeder playing the famous theme song now. Enjoy!

Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking

Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy thinking: a Toon book by Philippe Coudray — is a quick read with early reading level text. This short graphic novel is really great for kids in Kindergarten to Second grade. Each comic is a one page episode in Benjamin Bear's life with his animal friends and is sure to get some giggles out of the reader. Enjoy!

Daredevil

Daredevil by Mark Waid. Vol. 1 is, in a word, fun. It's everything old school comics used to be: An underdog hero (come on, he's blind) who cleverly outwits his opponents, impossible situations to overcome, and funny one-liners. Plus, bright, inventive art. Try reading this book without grinning. There's a reason why it was named by Comic Book Resources as the #1 comic of 2011.

Adopt a Glurb! by Elise Gravel

Adopt a glurb! by Elise Gravel — is a quick, fun read. It outlines the basics for feeding, loving, and playing with your pet Glurb. Be careful though, they can be quite naughty! Be sure to ask your folks if it is okay for you to adopt one. Have fun!

Korgi, a Delightful Epic for All Ages

Korgi. Book 1, [Sprouting wings!] by Christian Slade — a beautifully illustrated woodland fantasy about a young girl, Ivy, her Korgi cub, Sprout, and their amazing adventures in Korgi Hallow. This wordless series is the masterful artistic creation of Christian Slade who was a Disney animator for many years. Gaze upon illustrations that are so full of life that the pages radiate the emotions of the characters. No written dialogue is necessary to know exactly what is happening and what is being felt. Join Ivy and Sprout on their perilous encounters with trolls, dinosaurs, and other exotic creatures when they wonder too far from the safety of their village.

Super Villain, Secret Agent

Venom by Rick Remender takes the classic spider-man villain and turns him into a secret agent for the side of good. Really; I'm not kidding. Flash Thompson is the new guy in the (evil?) alien suit, and he's doing military missions for the government. There's just one catch: they've got a "bomb" strapped to him in case the "living" suit gets out of his control. It's a great new twist to this old character, and if you love bad guys turned good, give this one a read.

National Book Festival

If you weren't able to attend the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. on September 24-25, videos of the event including authors' talks are now available. Historian and author David McCullough appeared at the 2011 National Book Festival, as did Sylvia Nasar, Cassandra Clare, Wally Amos, Sara Paretsky, and more.