Ahoy, Mateys!

Yes, it’s that time of year again….International Talk Like a Pirate Day! And what could be more fun than pirate books!

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There is never a shortage of pirate-themed books, it seems, ranging from picture books, to craft books to YA fiction and even adult. So, hoist them sails and get ye o’er to th’ library fer some excitin’ pirate tales!

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And if you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate today, check out the variety of Pinterest boards based on the theme.

Published in: on September 19, 2014 at 3:08 am  Comments (2)  
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The Final Trailer

For those who’ve been waiting, the final trailer for MOCKINGJAY : PART 1 has just been released.  If you’re itching to see it, you’ll have to wait until November, but for now, give this a watch. It looks great!

 

Published in: on September 16, 2014 at 3:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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As You Wish!

You’d probably have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t know the line, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”  (Although that said, this phrase emblazoned on a t-shirt caused quite the uproar when a passenger wore it on a flight a few years back. Maybe not such a good idea when traveling.)

But the popularity of the cult classic, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, has only grown since the film was released in 1987. In fact, it was ranked by the American Film Institute as one of top 100 Greatest Love Stories, and by the Writer’s Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time. This movie still goes out of the library on a weekly basis, and the book by William Goldman is also popular. And now, one of the film’s most popular actors, Cary Elwes,  is releasing a new book called, AS YOU WISH: INCONCEIVABLE TALES from the MAKING OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE.

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It promises lots of behind the scenes stories, photos we’ve never seen, and interviews with cast members and crew. If you’re starting to think about gift giving for the upcoming holiday season, this might be a great choice for the fan on your list! The book comes out in stores Oct. 16th, and we have it on order for the library. You can place a hold on it now and we’ll call you when it’s your turn to pick it up.

To the pain!

Published in: on September 15, 2014 at 3:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Will They Like It?

Margaret Atwood is participating in a project she’ll never live to see. None of us reading this today will, actually.  Scottish artist Katie Paterson came up with the idea to create a piece of ongoing art that will be celebrated 100 years from now. She’s calling it the Future Library Project, and each year, one new famous author will contribute a text to the work, beginning this year with Margaret Atwood.

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In Oslo this past summer, 100 trees were planted in preparation for the book which will come out in 2114. Then, the trees will be cut down in order to make paper for the project. Will there even be paper books available in 2114? No one knows, of course, so Paterson and the rest of the people that make up the literary trust decided to make it simple for those who will publish the book next century.

Of course, this means none of Atwood’s fans–or fans of any of the other writers who are asked to contribute–will be able to read the story she’s written for the work. And Atwood is fine with this. She cautions that some of the language might not even be used 100 years from now, and the whole book might need some “translation” for future readers. It’s also exciting to her to think that many of the authors who will contribute might not even be born yet.

You can read the entire article here to find out more about the selection process for the compilation, and see how they’re going to move the project forward, considering most of the people involved in its creation will not be alive when it comes time to publish.

Published in: on September 8, 2014 at 3:11 am  Comments (1)  
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Books, Movies and TV

When books are made into movies for the big screen or little screen, we often see a surge in their popularity, even if the book has languished on the shelf for a while.  It’s nice to see them revived and discovered by a new audience, and even better that people who are going to see them in different versions STILL want to read the book! (Because the books are often better, right?)

Recently, we’ve seen a great demand for THE GIVER by Lois Lowry, due to the movie’s release this summer, and for George R.R. Martin’s GAME OF THRONES series because of the tremendous popularity of the HBO series. Up next?  We’re expecting Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL to start being requested like crazy again when the movie comes out this October, and who knows, maybe even a few extra requests for Joe Hill’s HORNS upon its US movie debut on Halloween.

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Do you request books once you’ve seen a movie/tv series, or do you like to read the books first? Let us know!

Published in: on September 2, 2014 at 3:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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Book Covers

We don’t often think too much about book covers or how they’re designed, but sometimes, special attention goes into creating something very special.  The just released book entitled THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton, has brought about some significant excitement, and with it, a different book cover for the UK version. The book itself is about a young woman in the 17th century who creates a magical dollhouse that begins to predict the future.

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You can read more about Ms. Burton on her website, and follow her research into 17th Century Amsterdam  to learn how this book came about. The UK book cover took quite a turn from this North American cover, showing the actual dollhouse in a very creative format. How lovely to see them hand-painting the font etc.!  You can watch how it was created below.

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Sometimes it amazes me how much work can go into a single book!  But this book is getting a lot of buzz right now, so it’s sure to be worth the effort. Would you like to read it?

Published in: on August 28, 2014 at 3:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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