We’re Writing Again!

Write a Novelin 30 days!Libraries are all about books, and what better place to write a book than at the library!

Did you know the Carleton Place Public Library has a writers’ group? We’ve been meeting for over two years now, and many of our writers have written books, been published, and are looking to help others in our community join in the fun

If you want to know more about our project to write books in November as part of National Novel Writing Month, join us on Tuesday, October 18 from 6-7pm to find out more. Meet members of the CP Library Writers Group, find out about our website, and learn all about writing a book in 30 days. It’s possible…and a lot of fun!


Please call to register, or drop by the library to pick up your writing kit if you can’t make it to the Kick Off meeting. We’d love to have new members!


9781501141515_b00fcOf course, if you’re a diehard Springsteen fan, you’ll probably already know about (and have on pre-order) a copy of the much anticipated BORN TO RUN by Bruce Springsteen. While there have been a number of biographies about the singer over the years, this is the first one penned by the Boss himself, and fans are clamoring to get their hands on it for some inside info about his career and personal life.

While I’m not an original Springsteen fan, I’m a fan by association, and have attended two amazing concerts, including his latest tour of “The River” album. The man knows how to entertain, and his songs have always been thought provoking and original. If you’ve ever watched him in an interview, he’s VERY guarded about most everything, so I’m sure fans are wondering just how “vocal” he’s going to be in this book. But, you can watch him read from the book here to get a taste.

If you’d like to read this, drop by the library to see if it’s available or place a hold. You can check for availability on our website at http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

Man Booker Prize 2016 Shortlist

It’s that time of year….literary award book lists are out, and this year’s Man Booker Prize Shortlist has just been announced as well. Six authors–three men and three women–are up for the very prestigious award, and all are very deserving. It is also very evenly split between countries, with two Canadians, two US, and two British authors making the grade.

shortlist-website-imageThe jury was under a great deal of pressure to pick the best from the best, and finally decided on these entries for their short list:

016 Man Booker Shortlist

The 2016 shortlist of six novels is:

Author (nationality) – Title (imprint)

Paul Beatty (US) – The Sellout (Oneworld)

Deborah Levy (UK) – Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)

Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) – His Bloody Project (Contraband)

Ottessa Moshfegh (US) – Eileen (Jonathan Cape)

David Szalay (Canada-UK) – All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)

Madeleine Thien (Canada) – Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 25th. You can read more about the short list books and the prize right here.


Scotiabank Giller Prize Long List Announced

Earlier this month, the Scotiabank Giller Prize long list was announced…twelve Canadian books in the running for the prestigious Canadian literary prize valued at $25,000. All of the books were presented in a field of 161 entries, and were deemed to be the best fiction published in Canada covering a variety of topics and writing styles.

gillerlonglistThe nominees are:

  • Mona Awad for her novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, published by Penguin Canada
  • Gary Barwin for his novel Yiddish for Pirates, published by Random House Canada
  • Andrew Battershill for his novel Pillow, published by Coach House Books
  • David Bergen for his novel Stranger, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Emma Donoghue for her novel The Wonder, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Catherine Leroux for her novel The Party Wall, published by Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Lazer Lederhendler
  • Kathy Page for her story collection The Two of Us, published by A John Metcalf Book, an imprint of Biblioasis
  • Susan Perly for her novel Death Valley, published by Buckrider Books, an imprint of Wolsak and Wynn Publishers
  • Kerry Lee Powell for her story collection Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush, published by HarperAvenue, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Steven Price for his novel By Gaslight, published by McClelland & Stewart
  • Madeleine Thien for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
  • Zoe Whittall for her novel The Best Kind of People, published by House of Anansi Press Inc.

The winners will be announced on Monday, November 7/16 at 9pm, but you might like to attend one of the special readings taking place in various Canadian venues. Please see the website for more details on locations and times, and to get tickets.

This is always such an exciting award, and the books and authors up for nomination this year are going to make the decision very difficult. Have you read any of these, and do you have a favourite? Let us know!

Natasha Peterson Book Launch

gooseOne of our lovely patrons, Natasha Peterson, is launching her first picture book at the Carleton Place Public Library on Saturday, September 24 at 11am. This is a delightful tale called GAYLE THE GOOSE GOES GLOBAL and includes wonderful illustrations by Witls Games and Animation. Natasha will be reading from her book, selling and signing copies, and may even have a few surprises for young attendees!

About the book:

The rhyming text, beautiful illustrations, and strong characters will bring readers into Gayle’s story. Gayle is a regular Canada Goose except for one thing. She is directionally challenged. When her flock flies away, leaving Gayle behind at migration time, she is forced to either sit back and wait for their return, or take matters into her own wings by migrating on her own. Brave Gayle takes on the challenge of a lifetime and learns that she can both survive and thrive on her own.  When Gayle returns to share her adventures with the rest of her flock, the geese begin to wonder if her quirkiness may be just what the flock was missing. Perhaps a change from the ordinary routine would do them all a little good.

We asked Natasha a few things about her debut, published by Polar Bear Press.

CPPL: How long did it take you to write this book?

NP: The story took close to a year from start to finish. That included: writing it, finding an illustrator, publishing etc.  However, after I wrote the story, I didn’t decide to make a book right away. There was a gap of a few months.

CPPL:Where did you get the idea?

NP: I have always loved writing children’s poems. This is just a longer one. I often write about animals with human problems so the characters connect with kids.

CPPL: Where did you find your illustrator? The illustrations are gorgeous!

NP: I found my illustrator on a site called GURU.com.  A publisher told me about the website when I mentioned I had no idea how to find an illustrator (when self-publishing). Remember, I did this totally blindly, and didn’t know who I could ask questions to. GURU is a website where one can hire freelance anything. You simply post the job you’re looking to hire someone for (in this case, I was hoping to find an illustrator for a children’s book) and an amount I was willing to pay. Then people applied for the job. I had 13 people apply for the job so I asked to see samples of a Canada Goose image. In the end, I ended up liking a company called Witls Games and Animation best. We kinda just clicked. The company understood what I was looking for. I guess the funniest thing about this is that they had never done a book before (however, they had created video games), and to this day, I still don’t know their names! I have asked, but they prefer to promote their company, so we go by the company name.

CPPL: Any more plans for future books?

NP: Yes! A second book is currently in the works. It’s another animal book about a chipmunk and a squirrel called NUTTY NEIGHBOURS. It will hopefully be ready by Christmas!

Natasha has published a variety of poems and GAYLE THE GOOSE GOES GLOBAL was the recipient of a Canada Book Award. You can find out more about Natasha and her book at Polar Bear Press.

All The Time in the World

allThis fall, our Nerd Herd Book Club will be lucky to have local teen author S.J. Ryan visit us at a meeting to talk about her first self-published book, ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD. While she’s been busy this summer volunteering at our local Carleton Place and Heritage Museum, we hope she’s had a bit of time to work on the next in this time-travel series.

From Goodreads:

The world has changed. In the last hundred years, things have changed a great deal. Technology has slowly begun its reign over mankind, and the world will never be what it once was. One band of misfits seeks to change the way they live, through the manipulation of time itself. They travel back in time to the year 1900 to attempt to carve out a simpler, more meaningful life for themselves. However, when an unexpected stowaway with a dark past threatens to ruin all they have worked so hard for, they find themselves questioning their plans. Will they be forced to return to their miserable lives in the future? Or worse?

We’re looking forward to hearing about her writing process, the struggle and satisfaction of self-publishing, and maybe a few tips for other young authors in our book club. It should be a fascinating book club!

We have a copy available in our library if you’d like to read it, or you can pick up your own copy at Amazon.


If you were a fan of the podcast SERIAL, you’ll be interested to know the case is back in the news. While the original podcast told the story of 20-year-old Adnan Syed who went to prison for the murder of his high school girlfriend. Now, the lawyer, Rabia Chaudry, who brought his case to the attention of the world, is telling her side of the story in a new book called ADNAN’S STORY: THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE AFTER SERIAL.

9781250087102_af9bdYou can read the L.A. Times review of the new book right here.  Will it disclose new information or make you change your mind about the case? Maybe. Maybe not. But if you were a fan of the podcast, this book will probably be a must-read.