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.

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Do You Have a Clue?

Board Game Night PosterThis is the second sneak-peek into our Fall programming…..and it’s all about having fun!

Tuesday nights just got a little brighter, with our family-friendly “Board Game Night” at the library. Drop in alternating Tuesdays this fall, starting September 22nd from 5-8pm to join in a game, start a new one, or just to watch. Where else could you have so much fun for free?

We’ll provide the games, so pop the kids into their pajamas and drop by to play a quick game before bed. No kids, but still like a good game of Monopoly? Bring some friends, or come alone….we’re sure to have others who will want to play a friendly game or two.

Our fall calendar will be available soon, so drop by to pick one up. It’s going to be all kinds of fun this fall at the library!

Do You Need a Ghostorian?

Earlier this week, I came across an interview on the Yes and Yes website with personal historian, Rachael Rifkin. What is a personal historian, you might ask? She talks about it as being “part ghost writer, part historian”, hence the term ‘ghostorian’. She interviews people about their lives and puts together a chronicle in book format, complete with photos, to help preserve family stories. It’s almost like writing a biography, but about a regular person.  And as it turns out, there is a marketplace for this type of work.

People love family stories, but often the stories tend to disappear when our relatives pass away. And while it might seem simple enough to jot down the details, it can be more complex to make the story into something comprehensible and available to other family members. Personal historians will interview people, whether it’s a grandparent, a celebration of a new baby, or another important event, and then put everything together into a book format. They’ll take the time to organize photos and really pull out the important bits of information to make the history sound like a great piece of non-fiction. It might take months for a small project, or years for something larger, but wouldn’t it be worthwhile to protect something that could be passed down for generations?

If you do genealogy, this could be a really interesting way to branch off and focus on one of your immediate family members. Or if you had letters from a great-grandmother, it might be a nice way to show her story from beginning to end.

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There are plenty of places online where you can find a personal historian, including the Association of Personal Historians . You can even check out Rachael’s own website to see what she offers.  She even has samples of some of the books she’s put together.

Are there people in your family you’d love to do this with? Don’t wait until it’s too late!

 

It’s Family Literacy Day!

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We don’t need a special day to enjoy books, but today is the perfect time to plan something out of the ordinary. It’s Family Literacy Day! While there are lots of events planned at libraries and bookstores across the country, you might want to aim for something to do at home.

Why not:

1.  Read a book together and then watch the movie!  There are plenty of family-oriented books that are easy to read in one night. Netflix, your local library and the cheap bins at big box stores always have great choices to help you plan a fun night. Try THE CAT IN THE HAT, JUMANJI,  or CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.

2.  Make a theme dinner. Pick a fun book your family enjoys, then make a meal based on the characters, the story or the setting. You could try making green eggs and ham, or decorate your kitchen table with monkeys and bananas (for a Curious George meal). Be as silly as you wish…the kids will enjoy it!

3.  Instead of rushing to get the kids out the door in the morning, get everyone up a few minutes early and announce you’re having a morning storytime!  They’ll be excited and you could even let them eat breakfast while you read.

4.  How about trading a stack of your favourite books with another family? Ask a friend who might have children who are the same ages as yours, and switch books for the evening. Tell your children these are the books that Bobby and Susie and Sam read each night. It might be fun!

What are YOU going to do to celebrate Family Literacy Day?