Summer Reading is Coming!

We’re gearing up for a WILD summer of reading at the library….but you’ll have to wait a little bit longer. We have WILD programs, WILD ideas, and WILD fun planned, so stay tuned. Summer Reading at the Carleton Place Public Library is about to be released!

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A Library Book Launch!

51y22LEWRDL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Did you know our library has an active writers group, and now….a published author! Sharon Holzscherer penned PATTERNS OF DISORDER during one of our National Novel Writing Month events, and has just published it through Amazon! We’re so pleased that she has chosen to hold her book launch here at the library on Tuesday, June 28th at 1pm! Sharon will share a bit about her journey to publication–including how she managed to stay so motivated in order to get this book to a finished product–and will have copies available for purchase on the day of the event that she will be signing.

PATTERNS OF DISORDER is a mind bending thriller, sure to keep you on the edge of her seat. Here is the Amazon blurb:

Sharon Holzscherer has written thousands of words about education and education reform. Here is her first foray into the conspiracy/mystery world of fiction. Drawing from her vast experience with learning disabilities, she weaves a story of a massive conspiracy in the most unlikely of arenas. Patterns of Disorder combines action and tension with thought provoking questions about the modern world’s reaction to children with ADHD. Are children just being active children or is there something more happening? Peter Marcus looks through volumes of data to find patterns. That is his job. But recently the pattern that is emerging has an ominous hue. Scientists studying aspects of childhood learning disabilities are being manipulated all over the world. Some are turning up dead. Pulled unwillingly from his secure lab into a secret world of powerful forces, violent methods, and unlimited resources, Marcus is swept deeper into a nightmare. Patterns of Disorder illuminates the power of one person’s obsession and the dangerous unforeseen results. More than just a novel of murder and conspiracy, this book raises fundamental issues about the direction of humanity.

 

This will be a really fun afternoon, with many of our local writing group coming out to support her debut launch. We are hard at work on our own site to let fellow community members and patrons know more about all of the fun and struggle our writers go through each year, so stay tuned for more information on that.  But if you’re interested in picking up Sharon’s book, finding out more about her work, or want to learn more about our group, please plan to attend the launch on June 28th!

If you can’t make it to her launch, you can pick up her book free for download on Kindle (or for a small fee for Canadians), or purchase a hard copy of her book here.

Congratulations, Sharon!

Is Your Father a Famous Horror Writer?

Is there something in the water that horror writers are drinking to produce offspring who also go on to become writers?  It might seem so, if you look at two of the horror genre’s most famous fathers, Stephen King and Peter Straub. Both are well known in the writing world, and have very respectable writing chops. In fact, they collaborated on a series of books called THE TALISMAN, and now share another common link: both of their children are authors.

talisman King’s son, Joe Hill, has been following directly in his father’s footsteps, writing his own brand of horror, and even making it to the big screen with HORNS. Recently, he just released his latest novel, THE FIREMAN, which is once again getting critical acclaim. He’s a different writer than his father, but covers his topics in unique and terrifying ways.

joehillSo, it is interesting to hear that Straub’s daughter, Emma Straub, has just popped up as having the possible “book of the summer” with, MODERN LOVERS. While this isn’t her first book, it is creating a lot of buzz with great reviews and plenty of interest.

straubDo you think it helps or hurts an author to have a famous parent who also writes? And would you read these books simply because of the lineage? Let us know in the comments.

Last Nerd Herding of the Season

boneToday is the last Nerd Herd Teen Book Club of the season. We’re taking a little break for summer, but have BIG plans for September, so don’t fret if you were hoping to join.

If you’re in the library today between 4-6pm, you’ll likely hear lots of laughter, a bit of conversation, and tons of chewing noises. Yes, we’re having a bit of a party, and plan on viewing Harry Potter during the meeting as well. More importantly, we’re going to celebrate this great year of YA books and meetings that saw us have heated discussions, play games, do lots of crafts, interview a YA author in real time, and yes, eat lots of snacks. (Who knew salt and vinegar popcorn would turn out to be the most requested snack ever!)

If you have a teenager 12 and up,  we’d love for them to join us in September when we meet again. Normally, our meetings are the last Wednesday of each month, from 4-5:30pm. We have a new book to read each month, and the discussion can range from the absurd, to the intellectual, so expect lots of chatter.

In the meantime, we’re gearing up for summer reading, which includes our favourite summer event… Book Buck Bingo for teens! Drop by the library anytime beginning June 30th to pick up a card, and get reading. It’s going to be a WILD summer!

TED Talks

9780544634497_4fc66I’ve often thought about TED Talks, and how they are all so interesting. Is there a formula they give out when applying to do one? Are these people just exceptionally gifted at public speaking? And how could the idea of TED Talks be applied to someone giving a short speech to a group? All of these answers and more look to be addressed in the new book by the head of TED, Chris Anderson.

TED TALKS: THE OFFICIAL TED GUIDE TO PUBLIC SPEAKING is Anderson’s guide to those of us who want to know. If you’re not familiar with TED Talks, take a few minutes (or a few days…you’ll get hooked) to listen to a few of these great presentations right here.

Not only are these short 18-minute-or-less talks interesting, but they are always informative. Sometimes, they are given by famous people who have a unique perspective to share. But more often than not, they are given by researchers, or explorers, or creators…anyone who has something fresh to say.

Anderson’s book is getting some high praise from early reviewers. While he really knows how to market TED related material, the book is also earning its reviews, with sound advice and an interesting approach for anyone who might be interested in public speaking. If you have to do a speech in the near future, or if you just want to make those workplace presentations a little more interesting, this might be the book to pick up.

We do have this title available at our library, so drop in to check it out, or place a hold. This could change how you view public speaking for good.

Books, Translated

vegetarianWhile we don’t often talk about books that are written in another language and then translated, at the library we come across this on occasion when talking about French books for children. Many popular English books are translated into French and then released for French readers, but sometimes, the translation leaves something to be desired. So much so, in fact, we’ve had requests from Francophone parents who have asked us to only purchase books by French authors. The art of translation is a tricky one, even at the picture book or chapter book level, so you can imagine how difficult it must be for adult fiction to be translated well.

It gets even more mind-numbing when you think that there is a literary award given to books that have been translated from some other language into English. The Man Booker International Prize for 2016 was just awarded to Han Kang for her book THE VEGETARIAN, translated from Korean into English by 28-year-old Deborah Smith who only started learning Korean at the age of 21. Wow. The translation must not only be accurate, but also portray the beauty of the author’s prose and their original intention.

Kang has won a variety of literary awards in Korea for her novels and teaches creative writing at the Seoul Institute for the Arts, but this was her first book translated into English. It is a novel in three parts, telling the tale of a dutiful Korean wife who one day decides to become a vegetarian. Along the way, the act of giving up meat also leads her to give up other things in her life, and eventually, leads to her discard the whole premise of humanity, causing her life to spiral. You can read more about this author and the award right here.

What an amazing accomplishment!

 

Winners!

The official Forest of Reading® winners have been announced!  We sent off all of our votes along with other libraries and schools, and these were the winning books for 2016.

Blue Spruce™:

If-Kids-Ruled-the-World-WebSilver Birch Express™:

End-of-the-Line-WebSilver Birch Fiction™:

Masterminds-WebSilver Birch Non-Fiction™:

Haunted-Canada-WebCongratulations to all of the fantastic Canadian authors and illustrators who won!