The Great Michigan Read 2011-2012 is drawing to a close. This year's selection has inspired displays and discussions across the states in public libraries and schools. The author, Kevin Boyle, received his undergraduate degree from University of Detroit-Mercy and his doctorate from University of Michigan. He is presently teaching at Ohio State University. Arc of Justice won the National Book Award in 2004 and was named Michigan Notable Book in 2005.
A good man is hard to find and other stories by Flannery O'Connor
The house of the seven gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne; edited with an introduction by Milton R. Stern
A prayer for Owen Meany: a novel by John Irving
To the lighthouse by Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Heaven awaits the bride by Anna Rountree
A monster calls: a novel by Patrick Ness ; inspired from an idea by Siobhan Dowd ; illustrations by Jim Kay
The complete history of American film criticism by Jerry Roberts
An uncommon history of common courtesy: how manners shaped the world by Bethane Patrick
Five books to help make life a little easier as you age:
I feel great about my hands: and other unexpected joys of aging by edited by Shari Graydon
Electric barracuda [sound recording] by Tim Dorsey
The fault in our stars by John Green
The marriage plot [sound recording]: a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Wednesday, March 28 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We are reading:
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot — Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells-taken without her knowledge-became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years.
The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association has announced the nominees for the 2012 Dilys Award. This award is given to the mystery titles booksellers most enjoyed selling throughout the year. The winning novel will be announced at the Left Coast Crime Convention in Sacremento on March 31. This year's nominees are:
Faithful Place: a novel by Tana French
Wicked autumn: a Max Tudor novel by G.M. Malliet
The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid — Fans of Val McDermid's Dr. Tony Hill should be interested in her recent article Methods and Madness in Mystery Readers Journal Winter 2011-2012 issue. Apparently Tony Hill, Clinical Psychologist and profiler came to Ms. McDermid as a fully developed character with his own agenda.
2011 North American Hammett Prize nominees have been announced by the International Crime Writers Association — North American Branch. The organization will name the Hammett Prize winner, during the Bloody Words Conference, in Toronto, June 1-3, 2012. The winner will receive a bronze trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.
Feast day of fools: a novel by James Lee Burke
The cat's table by Michael Ondaatje
The informant by Thomas Perry
The killer is dying: a novel by James Sallis
Breakdown by Sara Paretsky — A first time Skype Event at Nicola's Books. Sara Paretsky will join Nicola's Books patrons via an Internet video conference on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:00 PM. A screen and projector hooked to a laptop will bring Ms. Paretsky to you to discuss her new V.I. Warshawski.
The Mystery Writers of America have announced its nominees for the 2012 Edgar Awards for the best mystery writing in fiction, non-fiction, television, and production.
Murder in the 11th house: a Starlight Detective Agency mystery by Mitchell Scott Lewis
All cry chaos: an Henri Poincaré mystery by Leonard Rosen
Ghouls, ghouls, ghouls by Victoria Laurie
Blood ties by Jane A. Adams
Benjamin Franklin's numbers: an unsung mathematical odyssey by Paul C. Pasles
The Boy in the Suitcase [sound recording] by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
Caleb's crossing [sound recording] by Geraldine Brooks
Damned [sound recording] by Chuck Palahniuk
A dance with dragons [sound recording] by George R.R.
The language of flowers: a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Winterdance: the fine madness of running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen
My name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
1984: a novel by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm
Registration is required and will begin on January 21, 2012. The February reading selection will be available for pickup at the Canton Public Library's Help Desk on January 21.
ITV in partnership with Agatha Christie, LTD has announced they will film 5 new Hercule Poirot stories for release in 2012.
Dead man's folly by Agatha Christie
The big four [Large print]: a Hercule Poirot mystery by Agatha Christie
Elephants can remember [by] Agatha Christie by Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976