Forest of Reading™ Winners!

Last week, the winners for Forest of Reading were announced in Toronto. While our readers picked some of these, a few were surprises (although every single winning book was fantastic)! And the winners were…….

Blue Spruce:

Silver Birch Express:

Silver Birch Fiction:

Silver Birch Non-Fiction:

Red Maple:

Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators who won! We can’t wait until next year!


What Happens After?

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the characters in J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER series after the series ended, you’re not alone. We lived with them through so many pages that we feel like they’re real people, and real people keep on living, right?

Thankfully, over the years, J. K. Rowling has given us little hints as to how she envisioned the characters to age. And just the other day, we came across a great compilation of all of her answers. If you’re a fan, take some time to read through “28 Things that Happened after the Harry Potter Books ended”.


The Passage

Justin Cronin’s very unique vampire trilogy is coming to FOX as a series. THE PASSAGE stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar as a federal agent who is in charge of protecting a young girl who is the test-subject for a government controlled virus. The virus could either cure all diseases, or bring down the entire human race, so as you can imagine, it’s a hotly guarded secret.

Cronin’s books follow the development of the virus across three very long but fascinating books, and FOX originally purchased the rights to the novels to be made into a film. With the success of recent books to television series, FOX has decided instead to bring it to the small screen, where they can probably stretch it out into a multitude of seasons. Great for fans of this series, fans of vampire tales, and also new watchers.

No word yet on starting dates, but if you want to get started on the books (because they’re always better), you might want to pick them up now. These books are LONG–like 600+ pages long…each. Get out that library card and download or check out one today.

What is Amy Adams doing?

If you like Amy Adams, you’ll be happy to know that she’s starring in two of the biggest selling book to movie adaptations in the very near future.  First up for her is Gillian Flynn’s SHARP OBJECTS, a very dark thriller about a reporter who returns to her home town to cover a grisly murder. And it’s just been announced that she’ll play the lead role in the film based on A.J. Finn’s THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW,a best-seller last year.

Both will be sure to draw in the book fans, and hopefully, their adaptations will be as true to the novels as possible.

Will you go to see either one of these? Did you read the books? Leave us a comment below…we’d love to hear what you think!

The Short Story Short List

Five writers have made the CBC Short Story Prize Shortlist for 2018. The topics are diverse, and as always, interesting, and you can read each of the stories online right now. Will you pick the winner? Get reading!

The finalists are:

Poetry Reading at the Library

We still have tickets for the wonderful Poetry Night at the Carleton Place Public Library on Friday, April 20th at 6:30pm. Join us for an evening of local poets Carol Stephen, Dean Steadman, Cliff D. Bird, Claudia Coutu Radmore and Lesley Strutt, who will read their own work and maybe answer a few questions at the end of the evening. It’s a great opportunity to get out of the house, and do something different. We promise, these poets will be fascinating!

Tickets are only $5 each, and all proceeds from that night’s event will go toward our Children’s Summer Literacy Program. Don’t miss out…this is just a special event for National Poetry Month!

Are You Watching?

Last week, a patron came in looking for one of the books in the Canada Reads 2018 competition, namely THE MARROW THIEVES by Cherie Dimaline. We were talking about how this Young Adult book is marketed as a dystopian novel–something we think of when we see books like THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT–but not so much when we see a Canadian book with Indigenous characters.

After discussing the plot and the setting for a few moments, we both realized that the idea of “dystopian”–a book that takes place in a difficult setting and time, often with reference to a government that doesn’t understand or want to help the people, and characters who must fight for everything they achieve—is exactly what many indigenous young adults must feel about their lives.

A YA book is often on the lists these days for Canada Reads, and that’s another important step for readers. Not only are they exposed to new ideas and styles of writing, but they might realize that YA books are not just for teens. Dimaline herself states that she wrote the book for three different audiences– Indigenous youth, diverse youth, and people who are interested in change.

Will this book win? You can follow all of the daily happenings with the Canada Reads debates on their website here.