Short Stories

An Excerpt from: The Bane of Telsamon

As we moved on to the next trial, I found myself checking everywhere around me in anticipation. Then, after what seemed like an eternity, we came to a gigantic gold door encrusted in jewels. Cautiously I pushed on it, it swung open, and it was surprisingly light. Raising my sword I walked in and saw… a sea of teddy bears blocking the exit.

2012 Tween Creative Writers

Check out the pieces submitted during the fall 2012 Tween Creative Writing Series.  Developed by a local Creative Writing Masters student, the kids were encouraged to stretch their writing skills and think outside the box.  Thanks to all of those that attended and took part.    

Hedwig's Story by Cynthia B.

This story is one of the winners of the Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest. Congratulations!

Chapter 1. Tundra

The first feeble rays of sunlight were just starting to appear on the horizon. Papa raised himself slowly and stood in the center of what was left of our nest. He stretched his powerful wings and ruffled his majestic, white feathers. Settling himself back down into a seated position, we all drew in closer to the warmth of his body. The dreaded time was approaching, but it had not yet arrived. For a few precious moments, we all still had each other.

When we were young hatchlings, Mama would tell us stories while Papa was away from the tundra nest, hunting for lemmings. She explained to us that we were in the middle of the Time of Lasting Light, a time when the Arctic never gets truly dark. But she also told us about the Great Cold Darkness which overtakes the land every year. Snow would cover the ground in a thick blanket. The only sound would be the howling wind, and there would be only the dimmest of light, even at midday. How strange it seemed! So impossible, so distant. As we listened to her stories, the earth around us was warm, and blooming flowers dotted the tundra with color. We could not imagine a world other than the one that surrounded us, filled with sunlight, sounds and smells. It was a very happy time.

Christmas Mysteries

Curl up by the fire, sip some eggnog, and read a Christmas mystery novel. We have a variety of Christmas mysteries to help you ring in the holiday season.

Visions of sugar plums by Janet Evanovich — Christmas is right around the corner and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on a mission to track down Sandy Claws, a toymaker in trouble with the law. There is also a strange and handsome man in her kitchen. Can he help her find Sandy Claws and a Christmas tree before Christmas? Fans of the humorous Stephanie Plum series will enjoy this special Christmas treat.

Santa clawed: a Mrs. Murphy mystery by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown — When a body is found under the Christmas tree that Harry Harristeen is about to buy, she and her cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter and dog Tucker embark on the case. Those who like a cozy murder puzzle with the clever perspectives of pets will be sure to find this the purr-fect Christmas mystery.

Happy Anniversary, Aunt Agatha's Bookstore

Hey, mystery lovers! Aunt Agatha's Bookstore, featuring new and used mysteries, detective and true crime, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on Wednesday, October 3 from 4:00-7:00 PM. Mystery lovers attending their open house will have an opportunity to meet well-known authors such as Steve Hamilton, Louise Penny, Sara Zettel, Deborah Morgan, Loren D. Estleman and more. Aunt Agatha's is in Ann Arbor at 213 S. Fourth Avenue. For more information call 734-769-1114.

Book Club Choices: September 2012

Has your book group tried any short story collections? You could choose an author to concentrate on or assign a story to each member, or simply assign a collection and let your members report back to the group.

Among the missing by Dan Chaon

Don't tell anyone by Frederick Busch

The PEN/O. Henry Prize stories. 2011 by chosen and with an introduction by Laura Furman; with essays on the stories they admire most by jurors A. M. Homes, Manuel Munoz, Christine Schutt

A day in the life of a smiling woman: complete short stories by Margaret Drabble; edited by José Francisco Fernández

Murder Will Out: March 2012

Are you looking for something new? Short Story collections are the perfect way for Mystery fans to try new authors.

A study in Sherlock: stories inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

The best American mystery stories 2011 edited and with an introduction by Harlan Coben

Hook, line & sinister edited by T. Jefferson Parker

Original sins: a Crime Writers' Association anthology edited by Martin Edwards

The Black Lizard big book of Black Mask stories edited and with a foreword by Otto Penzler

Creative Writing Short Stories

This Summer, Teen Creative Writing students were asked to write a story based on a selected list of genres. Each story developed over the course of the six week class, beginning with gathering ideas, a rough draft, and the final product represented in the audio recordings of the finished products below.

The Mirror World

by Arsh Kaiser

Synopsis: When his parents purchase a strange mirror as a gift for his sister, Sam discovers that there's more to a reflection than he ever imagined.


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The Normal Ghost Tracer

by Kriya Shah

Synopsis: A young girl befriends an interesting boy who teaches her how to understand ghosts. Together they begin a quest to help the dead and the living understand and accept each other.

Look What's In Large Print: October, 2011

What We're Reading: Staff Picks March, 2011

The staff at Canton Public Library is a diverse group and our reading picks reflect this…

Candyfreak: a journey through the chocolate underbelly of America by Steve Almond

Unaccustomed earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Lord of Misrule: a novel by Jaimy Gordon

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

The Copper Scroll by Joel C. Rosenberg

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