Guy Fawkes Day started in 1605 and is always commemorated in England on November 5th. It was an uprising of English Catholics who were distressed about the increased severity of laws prohibiting the practice of their religion by the Protestant King James I. They plotted to blow up Parliament but the authorities were informed by an anonymous tipper, broke into the hideaway, and found Guy Fawkes guarding the gunpowder! The day is celebrated with fireworks and he is burned in effigy. For more information on this history, see:
Faith and treason: the story of the Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser
When the Spanish Conquistadors first came to America, they found the Native Americans performed a ritual that seemed to mock death. Skulls were displayed as trophies and used to honor the dead during a month long ceremony. Today, in Mexico and the Southwest U.S., people don wooden skull masks called calacas and dance in honor of their deceased relatives. The wooden skulls are also placed on altars that are dedicated to the dead. Sugar skulls, made with the names of the dead person on the forehead, are eaten by a relative or friend. For books about this holiday, see:
Books and DVDs on this topic can also be found in our Youth Department as well.
The billionaire's vinegar: the mystery of the world's most expensive bottle of wine by Benjamin Wallace — Come join us for a discussion this book, which concerns the fraudulent auction of an extremely expensive bottle of wine reputed to belong to Thomas Jefferson. Learn a lot about the history of wine in Europe and America as well! Our discussion runs from 7:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 15th. Register online, and don't forget to ask for the book at Adult Reference.
Rosh Hashana is the first day of the Jewish New Year. Learn how this day is celebrated by visiting this Fact Monster website. On this day, Jewish people examine their relationship with God and pray for forgiveness for past sins and a long life. After ten days, this period culminates in Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, when forgiveness for sins is prayed for by penitents and granted by God. For recipes to help celebrate Rosh Hashana, see this cyber kitchen site. Adult books on this holiday and other Jewish holidays are a rich source of understanding for anyone of any faith. Books and DVDs on this holiday are also available in Children's.
Register and join us for wine and a mystery book discussion on Tuesday, October 18th from 7:00-8:00 PM at Vintners Canton Winery. Drop by the Main Reference Desk to pick up a copy of this month's book:
The night inspector : a novel by Frederick Busch — William Bartholomew, a maimed veteran of the Civil War, returns from the battlefields to New York City a hardened man, bent on reversing his fortunes. This is a gripping portrait of a nation trying to heal from the ravages of war, of the desolation of a people searching for hope in a new age, and of one man's attempts at recapturing a lust for his own life.
What could be more intriguing than a spy story, where truth is stranger than fiction or fiction incredibly true to life? Here are some suggestions for exciting reading material to "spies" up your life!
Operation Dark Heart: spycraft and special ops on the frontlines of Afghanistan--and the path to victory by Anthony Shaffer — Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer had run intelligence operations for years before he arrived in Afghanistan. He was part of the "dark side of the force"—the shadowy elements of the U.S. government that function outside the bounds of the normal system. Operation Dark Heart tells the story of what really went on—and what went wrong—in Afghanistan.
Register to join us for a glass of wine and book discussion from 7:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 20th at Vintner's in Canton when we'll discuss The old wine shades: a Richard Jury mystery. The "Old Wine Shades" is the name of a pub where Inspector Richard Jury is told an intriguing tale. This story leads him to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a woman and her autistic son while house hunting in the English countryside. The only clue he has is Mungo, the clever family dog, who disappeared with them and now has returned. Copies of this book are available if you ask!:
The old wine shades: a Richard Jury mystery by Martha Grimes
Also, check out our Inspirational Books Suggestions on our "Books and More" Page and our Inspirational Bundles.
A signed registration form and other information about your pet is required if you wish to be in the show. You must present your homeowners insurance and dog's shot records to participate.
Dogs will be judged on various criteria including appearance, behavior, best trick, and best costume. Many prizes will be awarded with an overall Best in Show grand prize for the winner.
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Society for Military History — Distinguished Book Awards
Vietnam's forgotten army: heroism and betrayal in the ARVN by Andrew Wiest
Caesar: life of a colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy
Register to join us from 7:00-8:00PM on Tuesday June 21st at Vintner's Winery, on Lilley, south of Joy Rd. in the Golden Gate Shopping Center. Ask for a copy of the book at the Adult Reference Desk.
A ton of trouble : a Josephine Fuller mystery by Lynne Murray — May 17th – Our heroine sleuth, Josephine, balances her time between digging up the secrets behind one of the most powerful wine families in Napa Valley and uncovering what exactly is happening behind the closed doors of a women’s clinic. When a body is found in a wine casket, her friend, Thelma, a supersized porn queen, is the leading suspect. Add to this that the head of the clinic is a gun-toting, self-righteous, faith-filled woman who dislikes Josephine intensely and the quirky characters start to get interesting. This is a fast, fun, entertaining read.