Sweetheart of the Month- Bela Lugosi

Friday, October 20 is the birthday of Bela Lugosi, classic horror hero who stole our hearts in the original film production of Dracula. Lugosi was born on October 20, 1882 in Lugos, Hungary. Most of his acting career was in Germany before he came to the U.S. in 1921. Best known for his roles in horror movies, Lugosi started out playing more traditional roles, including Shakespeare.

Check out our great horror movie collection at AADL for a truly spooky Halloween night.

October is Family History Month in Michigan

Geneology

You never have all the information you want about your ancestors. There's always someone or some questions that you never asked until it was too late. Fortunately some records keep getting easier to locate and view.

Some states such as West Virginia have set up sites click here that allow people to view and download vital records such as birth, death and marriage records over 75 years old. Hopefully Michigan will do so in the near future. Recently I discovered the death certificates of my maternal grandmother and great grandmother via West Virginia's fine web site. What a find! Saved me hours of travel and/or countless correspondence.

A deeper understanding of Lemony Snicket

Did you ever notice that the character Mr. Poe has two sons named Edgar and Allen, and realize the connection to the poet Edgar Allen Poe?

If you like Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events you may want to check out this article from NPR. NPR has both the audio for an interview with Mr. Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) as well as an article discussing the literary allusions in the books (such as the one above). It's a fun read for any Snicket fan.

Animanga Club Vintage Night!

Spend your Friday night watching Anime, and playing DDR. October 20th from 7-8:30pm, we will be celebrating Vintage Night in the Multipurpose room at the Downtown library. On the docket so far are Urusei Yatsura and Kimagure Orange Road. Give a shout out for your favorite oldies but goodies and we can watch them. There will be a DVD and a VCR player set up, so there will be no discrimination of technology. Plus, the laminator is coming out to make all your best manga drawings into cool bookmarks and signs to decorate your bedroom.

Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport

John Parker was a former slave who was separated from his mother when he was eight. He bought his freedom for the sum of $1,800, and become a businessman who employed more than twenty-five men, both black and white. He never forgot what it was like to be a slave and helped over 900 slaves cross the Ohio River to freedom. Doreen Rappaport tells this story of one of the unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad in Freedom River.

Most Mamas Are Not Madonna

Madonna and her husband apparently are adopting a one-year-old boy from the African country of Malawi, which reportedly does not normally allow international adoption. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt recently adopted a child internationally. With all this controversy and excitement in the news - celebrities! babies! money! - it should be pointed out that for most parents, international adoption is yes, exciting, but it also requires a lot of research. A good place to start is Complete Book of International Adoption or hop to Hands Across the Water adoption agency in Ann Arbor.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (10/15//06)

Dick Francis has a new book out, the first since his wife Mary died. It has put to rest some of the rumors about her being the author of his popular horse racing mysteries. And the good reviews seem to indicate that this old steeplechase champion was able to finish alone.

At #1 is For One More Day by Mitch Albom: Another story of reunion and reconciliation by the best-selling sportswriter from Detroit.

At #3 is Under Orders by Dick Francis: Sid Halley is back! Our favorite jockey turned P.I. investigates race fixing and murder.

At #4 is The Road by Cormac McCarthy: Known for his gritty tales of cowboys on the move in the dry and dust West, McCarthy surpises his fans with a dystopic novel about a father and son traveling through a post-apocalyptic landscape.

At #11 is Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn: the latest "Star Wars" novel.

At #14 is Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman: Things that go bump in the night and other creepy crawlers in this chilling new work of short fiction.

57th National Book Award finalists are announced, Part I

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57th National Book Award finalists are announced, Part I

Last week the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the 57th National Book Awards. So get ahead of the pack and try to pick the winners who will be announced November 15, 2006.The finalists are:

Fiction

Mark Z. Danielewski for Only Revolutions
Ken Kalfus, for A Disorder Peculiar to the Country
Richard Powers, for The Echo Maker
Dana Spiotta, for Eat the Document
Jess Walter, for The Zero

Nonfiction

Taylor Branch, for At Canaan’s Edge: America in the Kings Years, 1965-68
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, for Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone
Timothy Egan, for The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Peter Hessler, for Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present
Lawrence Wright, for The Looming Tower:Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

57th National Book Award finalists are announced, Part II

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Poetry

Louise Gluck, for Averno
H.L. Hix, for Chromatic
Ben Lerner, for Angle of Yaw
Nathaniel Mackey, for Splay Anthem
James McMichael, for Capacity

Young People’s Literature

M.T. Anderson, for The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1, The Pox Party
Martine Leavitt, for Keturah and Lord Death (on order)
Patricia McCormick, for Sold
Nancy Werlin, for The Rules of Survival (on order)
Gene Luen Yang, for American Born Chinese (on order)

2006 Quill Awards

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The 2nd annual Quill Awards, a readers’ choice-by-vote honor, announced its winners October 10.

Big winners include:

Book of the Year
Don’t Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings:Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life, by Tyler Perry

Platinum Quill
Caroline Kennedy

Biography/Memoir and Audiobook
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, by John Grogan

Children’s Illustrated Book
If You Give a Pig a Party, by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

Check out the full list of winners on the Quill website.

The Quill Awards will be aired on October 28 on NBC.

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