Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, Red Maple…oh my!

Forest of Reading is about to begin…just one short week away!  We’ll be visiting schools in January, but children are welcome to start reading in December. (It’s always a great way to get ahead over the holidays.)

The books in each category are really interesting this year…we can’t wait to put up our display and see which books are taken out first!

If you have a reader in Kindergarten to Grade 8, encourage them to join our Forest of Reading program this year. It’s a wonderful way to engage new readers, to promote all of the fantastic Canadian authors and illustrators featured, and to get through the winter blahs. (And at the end of April…we’ll have a voting night and party!)

Stay tuned…

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Heather, the Totality

Recently, we received our copy of HEATHER, THE TOTALITY by Matthew Weiner, with our regular library book delivery. Upon first inspection, it looked a lot like a YA book–the cover featuring a young girl inside the font. But no—it was adult fiction. Secondly, it was a teeny, tiny book. When our cataloger Caroline opened it up, she realized this very skinny book was a large print copy, which left us wondering just exactly how thin this book would look in regular print. Apparently, it looks much more like a novella than a full-fledged novel, at only 130 pages.

Such a curious novel meant I had to find out more. Weiner is a former TV writer, producer, and creator, most famous for Mad Men. This is his debut novel, and Goodreads gives the description as this:

The Breakstone family arrange themselves around their daughter Heather, and the world seems to follow: beautiful, compassionate, entrancing, she is the greatest blessing in their lives of Manhattan luxury. But as Heather grows-and her empathy sharpens to a point, and her radiance attracts more and more dark interest-their perfect existence starts to fracture. Meanwhile a very different life, one raised in poverty and in violence, is beginning its own malign orbit around Heather.

Matthew Weiner-the creator of Mad Men-has crafted an extraordinary first novel of incredible pull and menace. Heather, The Totality demonstrates perfectly his forensic eye for the human qualities that hold modern society together, and pull it apart.

There is a lot of controversy about this novel, with many complaining about Weiner’s use of weird fomatting and style, very akin to a script, without a lot of character development. In a novel this short, I’m not sure why anyone would be expecting a lot of character development—it would seem the perfect size for something very plot-driven. I’m sure it will circulate quite a bit at our library, as people often love a short, easy read, but it will be interesting to see if others complain of the same things.

If you’ve read the book, what are your thoughts? Did Weiner leave his newest audience wanting more, or did he hit on a style that might work for the “now” generation? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

Black Friday Signed Editions

This fall, I was eager to get my hands on one of the signed copies of John Green’s TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. I pre-ordered a copy and it showed up in my mailbox shortly after it was released. Easy as pie. For those of us who live outside of a major city, it’s tricky to get signed books unless you grab them up online right away, or happen to be traveling near a book signing. Will one of our lucky young readers get this copy of TURTLES next summer…..wait and see.

But in the meantime, if you’re desperate to add a signed edition of a new book to your home library, Barnes & Noble are kicking off the holiday season with a Black Friday sale of signed books! You can find out all of the info you’ll need as well as see a complete list of the books that will be available, and get ready to shop! There is a wide selection, from adult fiction & non-fiction to teen books (including the one above) and even children’s books. Make someone (or yourself) happy by getting your Black Friday shopping list ready today!

Best Books of 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s that time of year again….the best books of the year are being announced—and debated.

According to Publishers Weekly, the best piece of fiction this year was Hari Kunzru’s WHITE TEARS. But Indigo books though Angie Thomas’ YA book, THE HATE YOU GIVE, was more deserving of praise. I guess it depends on the type of books you read, and how extensive your reading list was this year.

Here are the listings for the Publishers Weekly winners, followed by the Indigo picks:

PW
White Tears
, Hari Kunzru (Knopf)
Ill Will, Dan Chaon (Ballantine)
In the Distance, Hernán Díaz (Coffee House)
Grief Cottage, Gail Godwin (Bloomsbury)
Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)

Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India, Sujatha Gidla (FSG)
The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost, Peter Manseau (HMH)
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein (Liveright)
Extreme Cities: The Perils and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change, Ashley Dawson (Verso)
Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics, Kim Phillips-Fein (Metropolitan)

Indigo
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas (Balzer & Bray)
The Sun & Her Flowers, by Rupi Kaur (Andrews McMeel)
Beartown, by Fredrik Backman (Atria)
The Lonely Hearts Hotel, by Heather O’Neill (Riverhead)
Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime, by Ben Blum (Doubleday)
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (Knopf)
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of The Last True Hermit, by Michael Finkel (Knopf)
Hunger, by Roxane Gay (Harper)
The Child Finder, by Rene Denfeld (Harper)
Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman (Norton)

Are these the best books of the year? What do YOU think? Let us know in the comments!

Not a Bookstore anymore

Chapters Indigo–the largest bookseller in Canada–is not “just” a bookstore anymore. Once, it called itself a retailer of “books and music”, but if you’ve been to one lately, they’ve changed direction, and it seems to be working.

Now touting itself as a “cultural department store”, Indigo.ca sells a lot more than books. When you enter any of the stores, you’ll immediately be faced with entire sections devoted to housewares, clothing, baby items, stationary—all very upscale and unique to the store, but certainly not the original intent of the company, which was devoted to books, with a smaller slant toward music.

And with the success of this transition, Indigo is getting ready to launch a few stores in the US to see if the market there is receptive to the same type of concept store. While print sales dropped to 58.4% of total sales, its general merchandise grew by $11 million last year alone. It might not be taking over, but the concept is certainly grabbing shoppers. While the main focus of the website looks like books, you can browse all of the other items and purchase online as well. With a fun rewards program, the deals are making shoppers happy.

Will it be a success in the US? Only time will tell, but as more and more shoppers flock to online sites, it’s nice to see that a physical store has something to offer to readers and shoppers alike.

Your Pet in a Book

As we come into present-buying season, books are always a favourite for Librarians to recommend. While we haven’t read this book, it sure does seem like a fun idea for those who might have a special pet at home.

I See Me’s fun site allows you to choose your dog’s style, include your dog’s name, and the names of up to four people who love him/her, and they’ll create the book. Sounds fun, right?  Genius. What child–or dog lover in general–wouldn’t want to get a book like this?

Let us know if you’ve purchased one of these books in the comments. We’d love to hear how it turned out!

Halloween Storytime Drop In!

Do you have little ones who are eager to get out tonight? We’re holding a Halloween Storytime Drop In for 2-5 year olds this afternoon at 1:30pm. It’ll be a fun half hour of spooky stories and more–all aimed at the younger crowd.

Dress up, if you like, and drop in. No registration necessary. See you later……..