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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).

Alice Munro Wins Man Booker International Prize

Celebrated Canadian author Alice Munro has won the third Man Booker International Prize. One of the richest and most prestigious international literary awards, Munro will take home £60,000.

Dragon Delights

Are you fantasizing about what you will read for fun when school finally ends? Why not escape into a realm where dragons are real and dreams come true? Here is a magical link to such adventures.

New Chinese Books

Today our first new Chinese books of 2009 go on the shelf. Look for great nonfiction titles, including: Ni gou pin ming ma? by Li Zhiying and Wu yue hua xiu dao yuan by Zheng Huajuan. You'll also find excellent fiction titles, including: Shan shan zuan zhi tang by Shenxue and Shi san ming de yue zui mei by Lu Zhaoqi.

A Cornucopia of Suggestions

If you are interested in a variety of subjects, including travel, food, fashion, humor and personal narratives then you may also be interested in the following book list that we put together based on one of our patron's request:

Adopt a new summer friend

Here is a fun way to welcome summer, adopt a pet! Don't worry about pet care, the library has lots of materials on the subject. If you are ready to get a new pet, visit the Michigan Humane Society in Westland or the Humane Society of Huron Valley on Cherry Hill Road in Ann Arbor. Either place will provide adoption counseling. Get ready for your new pet by making a pet toy with the help of Step-by-Step Crafts for Gifts by Kathy Ross.

Mysteries for Beginning Readers

Are you looking for a good mystery book that's easy to read? You're in luck, the library has lots of them! Here's a list of some of the great mystery books we have available in the Readers section.

The case of the missing monkey by story by Cynthia Rylant; pictures by G. Brian Karas — this title is the first in a series about two sleuths in the big city.

Aunt Eater loves a mystery by Doug Cushman — Aunt Eater is an anteater who loves — you guessed it — mysteries!

Yoon and the Jade Bracelet

Looking for a new picture book to share with your curious little one? Try these three stories about Yoon, a young Korean girl who learns of her family's many traditions as she adjusts to life in America.

New Grilling Cookbooks

Memorial Day weekend is here and we have some beautiful weather! Seems like a good time to start grilling. If you're looking for some inspiration, take a look at some of our brand new titles such as: Serious Barbecue by Adam Perry Lang or Emeril at the Grill by Emeril Lagasse.

A Blog About a Blog

I realize this is a blog about a blog, but if you are a reader of mysteries/crime fiction check out The Rap Sheet. It's a blog with reviews of new and forthcoming books,  interviews with authors, and crime-fiction-related Web sites. (Photo: Raymond Chandler/AP Images)

Shugo Chara!

O.k., confession time: Yes, I'm totally addicted to Shugo Chara! Yeah, I'm a guy; what of it? The tiny Charas are just so....cute. Seriously, have you seen them? We just got Volume 6 of the manga in. Check it out. And, if you didn't know, you can watch the anime free (and legally-woohoo!) online at www.crunchyroll.com.

Celebrate Amelia Earhart

Did you know that today is the 77th anniversary of pilot Amelia Earhart's historic crossing of the Atlantic Ocean? On May 20, 1932, she set off across the ocean, heading for Ireland. It was a 2,026 mile flight that took 15 hours and 18 minutes! That's a long flight! She was the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic. Remember Amelia and her bravery by reading this easy book just for beginning readers.
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Need a book suggestion?!

Are you going on a family vacation for the holiday weekend or just not doing anything at all?!  The Teens' Top Ten book nomination list is now available!  Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!  Teens from fifteen school and public libraries around the country nominate the titles and teens (you) choose the win

Reunions Can Be Murder

This month I will be attending a high school reunion.  I started thinking about the expectations, the memories, and just why do people go to these events?  Six mystery writers thought class reunions can stir up a great deal of feeling, perhaps even murderous thoughts...  Mrs. Murphy saves the day for postmistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, in Pawing Through the Past by Rita Mae Brown and Jo Dereske's Miss Zukas finds more than she's looking for at her 20th.

Gunnerkrigg court

Publishers Weekly calls Gunnnerkrigg Court the British boarding school version of Lost. The award winning webcomic is now in printed form! Check it out for a little mystery; it's a mix of magical school adventures akin to Harry Potter mixed with something like the gloomy, gothic, quirkiness of the Adams Family. We've got the book, or visit the webcomic's home online.

Another One Gone...

One of my favorite mystery writers, Barbara Parker, died after a long illness recently. Most of her novels were in her "Suspicion" series about Miami lawyers Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana. If you haven't read Ms. Parker's books, you'll find a strong, independent, female character in Gail Connor, a Miami attorney. Anthony Quintana was a Cuban-American, born in Cuba, whose family escaped to America in the 50s. This played a large part in the Connor-Quintana mysteries. Ms. Parker's first novel, "Suspicion of Innocence" was nominated for an Edgar Award and became a made-for-TV movie, "Sisters and Other Strangers". Ms.

Wallander Comes to TV

Kenneth Branagh brings Henning Mankell's detective, Kurt Wallander, to the screen this month.  PBS' Masterpiece Mystery! will telecast three films, SIDETRACKED, FIREWALL, and ONE STEP BEHIND, featuring the morose Wallander at 9:00 p.m.

Meet the Author: Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King will be at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor on Monday, May  18 at 7:00 p.m.  Ms. King is the author of two widely popular mystery series: Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes and Kate Martinelli.   She will read from her latest book The Language of Bees.

New Japanese Books

Just today we are putting our first new Japanese books of 2009 on the shelf. Lots of great fiction titles, including: Famirī pōtoreito by Sakuraba Kazuki and Kinō no sekai by Riku Onda.