What to Read in September? Librarians Choose!

Librarians have chosen their picks for great September releases, according to Loan Stars. 

1. Once More with Feeling, Méira Cook
2. First Snow, Last Light, Wayne Johnston
3. Deer Life, Ron Sexsmith
4. A Reckoning, Linda Spalding
5. Lost in September, Kathleen Winter
6. Demi-Gods, Eliza Robertson
7. The Visitors, Catherine Burns
8. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
9. The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream, Christina Dodd
10. Godsgrave, Jay Kristoff

Head over to loanstars.ca to download a full pdf of the list!

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THE SECRET

When THE SECRET by Rhonda Byrne was released in 2009, people couldn’t get their hands on it fast enough. The book claimed to hold simple “rules” to getting whatever you wanted in life. And it remained on the Best Seller list for three years, sparking rumours of a movie version of the self-help tome.

But it never seemed to happen. An Australian company produced a movie, but it was never released in the US and fizzled locally. Here we are, several years later, and a big budget version starring Katie Holmes is going to be made and released in the US.

Since this is a non-fiction, self-help book, the movie version will feature a lovely family story about a single mother who hires a handyman to fix her home. While he works, he regales the young widow with his beliefs about gathering the things you want from the Universe by simply asking for them. The producers hope it will not only satisfy the longtime fans of THE SECRET, but also to “ripple out and and touch millions more people in the world”.

Have you read THE SECRET? Were you a fan when it first came out? Did you follow the guide in order to bring things to you? If you did, are you excited about this movie? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Hey, Young Writers!

If you have a young writer at home aged 7-11, we’re running a series of four writing workshops this fall. We’ll discuss what makes a good story, how to make a story better, and work on fun aspects of writing overall.

This workshops requires registration, and the participants are expected to attend all four, from beginning to end. (Sorry, once we start, we can’t add participants.) We’re meeting Tuesdays from 6-7pm, September 12 – October 3rd. At the end of the series, we’ll be posting the stories on our writing blog, and in the library! It’s going to be exciting!

Teen Book Club

Our Nerd Herd, aka the Teen Book Club, is getting ready for a fun book-filled fall! We’ve got our choices picked, and we’re gearing up for lots of discussion, fun, and more.

If you have a reader who is at least 12 years old who might like to join, drop by the library before school starts to get on the list. It’s always a fun session, and our first meeting takes place on Wednesday, September 27, from 4-5:30pm.

Money Money

Forbes has released its 2017 list of the top earning authors, according to its estimates. The list covers the 12 month period from May 2016 – May 2017, and falls in this order:

1. JK Rowling $95 million
2. James Patterson $87 million
3. Jeff Kinney $21 million
4. Dan Brown $20 million
5. Stephen King $15 million
6. John Grisham $14 million
6. Nora Roberts $14 million
8. Paula Hawkins $13 million
9. EL James $11.5 million
10. Danielle Steel $11 million
10. Rick Riordan .$11million

No real surprises here…except for maybe the fact that EL James is still on the list. If there hadn’t been a movie based on her FIFTY SHADES OF GREY series, would we still be talking about her? I’m pretty sure a lot of second hand booksellers have been overwhelmed with the number of copies of FIFTY SHADES that they have on hand–enough to make art out of them, and more. And here at the library, while it still circulates, it hasn’t been on demand since the series first came out, even with a movie in theatres.

Don’t you find it an interesting difference between the number one and number ten slots?

 

The Commuter Pig Keeper

THE COMMUTER PIG KEEPER: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO KEEPING PIGS WHEN TIME IS YOUR MOST PRECIOUS COMMODITY by Michaela Giles, has won an illustrious award—The Bookseller’s Diagram prize for the worst book title this year.

Author Giles was really excited about the prize, which came right after one of her prize pigs was crowned supreme champion in a rare breeds show. While there is no monetary prize, the person who nominates the book wins wine. This sounds like a perfectly acceptable way to get people to participate!

The cover of this book is really cute, and I don’t even really mind the title (which won over a book called LOVE YOUR LADY LANDSCAPE). But this brings up the question, what is the weirdest book title you’ve ever seen? And did you read it?

 

Man Booker Prize 2017 Longlist

If you love books, you’ve probably heard of the Man Booker Prize. It aims to award the best book of the year published in English in the United Kingdom, and awards the author with 50,000 pounds as the prize. But more importantly, it is a wonderful way to promote amazing books and writing. It’s always very exciting to wait for the short list, but the long list was just announced.

Here is the full list of authors and their books:

The 2017 longlist:

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Ireland) (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Ireland) (Canongate)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (UK) (4th Estate)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (India) (Hamish Hamilton)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (UK-Pakistan) (Bloomsbury Circus)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fleet)

How many of these have you read?