Blind Date with a Book

16195594_1241718475864146_2420850322450417109_nIt’s that time of year again….Blind Date with a Book! We’ve found our favourites from the last year, and packaged them up in pretty paper and stickers! If you drop by the library anytime between now and the end of February, we’d love it if you took one home.

Some of the books have a little blurb on them to give you a hint, but why not be wild and pick one up because you like the look of the decorations? Maybe you’ll fall in love with a new author. Or maybe it’ll be a bore. But either way, it’s a lot of fun and a nice way to make the month go by a little faster.

We have a nice selection of books for adults–both fiction and non-fiction, and books for kids (8 years and older), and teens. All of them are good. Keep an open mind, and you’ll have fun.

16143316_1241719109197416_2926013362927477432_n 16179843_1241718745864119_6040080664942583363_oHappy Blind Dating!

 

Prize for Unpublished Works

tidewater-banner-newIt’s difficult for authors to break into publishing, and while many now turn to self-publishing, the tasks involved can be daunting and without reward. But there is a new competition for unpublished manuscripts by Canadian authors that offers a prize of book cover design, editing and layout assistance, as well as a debut at the Whistler Writer’s Festival in the fall of 2017. Could there be a better prize?

The WIBA Manuscript Competition began only recently, offered originally to self-published books in Canada. But the organizers said that many of the entries, while showing great merit, needed a lot of work. They decided that an earlier approach would allow the best books to really shine, and give them a chance to grow once in bookstores.

There is just over one month left to submit an entry to the competition, and the rules and requirements can be found right here.  If you have a finished book, you can submit the first 5000 words and a full synopsis (up to 500 words), to the competition for adjudication. What a great opportunity!

Need a Laugh?

hrzuzox1e6w-brooke-cagleIt’s January. The US is having a moment. And Canada is trying hard to stay civil when talking about the pipeline issues.  We all need something to laugh about, right? CBC Books just posted their top 10 Canadian books to cheer you up. Download one right now, or head on over to the library to see what we have available. (And we can always recommend something fun to read if we don’t have one of these books for you.)

Stop by the CBC Books website to see the list!

Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Announced

gillerThe jury for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced, and it’s going to be another interesting year! The 2017 jury consists of Anita Rau Badami, Lyn Coady, Andre Alexis, Nathan Englander, and Richard Beard.

gillerjury2017The Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist will be announced in September, the short-list in October, and the winner will be announced in November. This is the largest literary prize that celebrates the best Canadian novel or short story collection of the year, and is worth $100,000.

Who do you think will be on the list?

INTO THE WATER

9780735211209_a3de4Paula Hawins’ first book, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, exploded onto the scene with her unreliable narrator, and characters we didn’t quite like. But the book continues to be a regular circulator in the library, and her follow up novel, INTO THE WATER, looks like it might do just the same. It’s already hitting many of the expected-best-sellers list. (Psssttt….if I were you, I’d get your name on a holds list NOW!)

The cover of INTO THE WATER is slightly deceiving at first, until you realize it is a face that is sunken beneath the surface. It’s actually an update from an older UK version which just features rippling water and spooky looking trees. I think this one is much better, and hints at what the story might entail.

water_ukHere is a little blurb about INTO THE WATER:

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

 

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

 

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

 

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

If you read THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (or saw the movie), did you enjoy it? Will you be picking up this book right away? Let us know!

The Lightning Thief, the Musical

28187It’s another book made into a musical! This time, it’s Rick Riordan’s THE LIGHTNING THIEF, the first in the Percy Jackson series about a boy who discovers he has ties to the Greek Gods he has been learning about in school. While this series has been made into several movies, Riordan hasn’t backed those ventures, but whole-heartedly supports this event off Broadway.

You can hear one of the songs from the original play here, sung by Chris McCarrell who will star. While it doesn’t debut until March of this year, I’m sure fans are already clamoring to get tickets!

THIS IS THAT: TRAVEL GUIDE TO CANADA

51ea22ep3zl-_sx326_bo1204203200_If you follow “This is That” on CBC Radio, you know that the comedy team of Pat Kelly, Chris Kelly, and Peter Oldring, often make fun of things, and this time, it includes their home country, Canada. Recently, they released THIS IS THAT : TRAVEL GUIDE TO CANADA, a book which looks every bit the informative travel guide, but which pokes fun at the whole genre. There are useful tips on finding bathrooms in Canada, navigating Ontario (aka The Home of Toronto), and portaging….because we have to do that so much in Canada.

But the best part about this is the accompanying video by Harold Dalhousie, Canada’s Best Bookseller. Who knew all it took to sell a book was a sticker in the corner?