Writers, Writers!

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We have lots of people participating in writing groups at our library this November. While the Camp NaNoWriMo version of National Novel Writing Month was popular in April, we weren’t sure if everyone was ready to go again this month. But…..we have LOTS of participants! Not only do we have several people who wrote books in April working on new projects now, we also have many new members…some who started their projects as recently as last week. Will everyone finish? Maybe not, but our library group is all about supporting each other and trying to encourage the act of creativity.

But I must add, our lone 12-year-old participant is kicking butt!  She is not only meeting her daily word counts, but surpassing them! Way to go, Beky!

The added fun this month comes from our Young Writers Group which meets each Sunday. The numbers have been expanding each week, so much so, we had to add another table this past Sunday to our Tween group! These kids take their writing seriously, let me tell you. We usually begin with a fun writing exercise, something to get them thinking creatively, and then we move on to reading some of our writing. The best thing? These young writers are always eager to take home a few new books, so they’re always being inspired! (All right, I’m sure some of the draw is about snacks, but you can’t write without snacks, can you?)

It’s nice to know our community has such a great interest in writing. Will one of these authors publish a book that will end up on our shelves one day? Who knows? It’s so exciting!

Published in: on November 21, 2014 at 3:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Book Olympics!

If you’ve ever wondered how those books you read are bought and sold right from the start, this could be for you. Each year, there are large book fairs held throughout the United States, as well as in Germany and other places overseas. At these book fairs, agents, publishers, authors and editors meet over the course of a few days to wheel and deal. Popular books are sold to foreign publishers, agents bring their latest and greatest finds and try to sell them off to potential publishing houses, and yes, there are even some great author readings and signings. If you’re lucky enough to be in one of these cities during a book fair, you might take in a workshop or get in a long line to have that best-seller signed by a favourite author. It’s an exciting time, for both authors, publishers and readers.

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PBS has decided they’ll try something fun this year and stream live coverage of the Miami Book Fair on their station November 21st – 23rd.  Producers are promising it to be Olympic-style coverage, with popular hosts dropping into various venues and events throughout the course of the fair. While it’s never really been done before, PBS knows their audience base has a high percentage of readers, and they felt this would appeal to viewers, even though book fairs generally are not the source of wild publicity.

You can read more about the event on PBS here.

 

Published in: on November 13, 2014 at 3:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Best Books!

If you’re an avid reader, you’ll know that the end of any year is the best time for lists. Amazon.ca has announced their list of best books of the year….so far. Who knows? Maybe there will be a few coming out this month and next that will be added to the list.

 

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Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte (HarperCollins)
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (Hamish Hamilton)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)
A Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman (William Morrow)
The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison (Graywolf Press)
The Martian by Andy Weir (Crown)
The Quick by Lauren Owen (McClelland and Stewart)
The Bees by Laline Paull (Ecco)
Console Wars by Blake J. Harris (Dey Street Boys)
Ping-Pong Diplomacy by Nicholas Griffin (Scribner)
Climate Changed by Philippe Squarzoni (Harry N. Abrams)
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker (HarperCollins)
Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty (Belknap Press)
The Secret World of Oil by Ken Silverstein (Verso)
Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture by Erez Aiden (Riverhead)
Young Money by Kevin Roose (Grand Central Publishing)
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld (Harper)
Euphoria by Lily King (HarperCollins)
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay (Grove Press)
Andrew’s Brain by E.L. Doctorow (Random House)
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Knopf Canada)
The Troop by Nick Cutter (Gallery Books)
The Noble Hustle by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff (Knopf)
I must admit, I’ve only read two from this list, but I think I’ll pick up a few more before the year is out to see what I think. How many have you read? Do you think there are any great books missing?
Published in: on November 6, 2014 at 3:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Letters

If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to receive a letter in the mail from a famous author, wonder no more! Now you can subscribe to a really interesting program through The Rumpus called “Letters in the Mail”.

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Twice each month, you’ll receive a letter from a famous author….in the mail! Yes, they’ll be real letters, although photocopied. Some are hand-written, some typed, and some even include illustrations. The best thing? They include a return address, so you can always write back to the author, if you’re so inclined. It doesn’t cost much to subscribe, and it might be a fun idea for that special person if you’re thinking about gift giving for the holidays. They even have a kids version for your favourite bibliophile!

Prices are $6/month US, and a bit more if you live outside of the United States, but it’s still worth it. Isn’t this a fun idea? You can read more about the whole program here and sign up.

Published in: on November 5, 2014 at 3:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Diana Gabaldon Signs the Deal!

For those of you who are Outlander fans, uber-author Diana Gabaldon just signed her contract for the ninth–and final–book in the series! Apparently, her agent waited about a year to finalize the book deal in order to wage more bargaining power now that the television series based on the books has become so popular. For this ninth book,  it is suggested she made a $6million-dollar deal…about double that of the eighth book in the series.

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Will she decide that TEN is the magic number in order to secure another big publishing deal?  Gabaldon says no. According to an interview she made in 2012, there were always supposed to be nine.  Considering the time factor between books, this is probably more than most of her fans can handle. 

Now we must wait to hear what the new book will be called……..

Published in: on October 15, 2014 at 3:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist announced!

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Early last week, the Scotiabank Giller Prize Short List was announced, and there are some great choices! The authors will have a variety of public events over the course of the next month, and the final winner will be announced on  CBC at 9pm on November 10th. Who will you pick as the winner?

 

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THE BETRAYERS by David Bezmozgis is about a disgraced Israeli politician.

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TELL by Frances Itani takes place at the end of the Great War.

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US CONDUCTORS by Sean Michaels is a mix of love, electricity and the jazz age.

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THE GIRL WHO WAS SATURDAY NIGHT by Heather O’Neill is the tale of two special twins and their charmed life.

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ALL MY PUNY SORROWS by Mirian Toews , a story about two very different sisters.

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THE EVER AFTER OF ASHWIN RAO by Padma Viswanathan is set in the time after the 1985 Air India bombings.

Published in: on October 14, 2014 at 3:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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