Ages 18+.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #58

Michael Wallner’s, debut novel April in Paris*, is a thrilling read.
The story begins in the summer of 1943, in German occupied Paris. Roth, a 22 year-old German corporal, fluent in French, is newly assigned to the SS headquarters to translate the confessions of the local Resistance fighters caught and tortured. In the evenings, he takes to wandering the city disguised as “Monsieur Antoine” a Frenchman, and meets up with Chantal, a bookseller's daughter who is connected to the Resistance.
When a bomb at a club kills several high-ranking German officers, Chantal disappears, leaving Roth as suspect in the hands of the SS, and his future very grim.
Realistic and suspenseful, with authentic period details of war-torn Paris, this love story of two decent individuals finding each other in the wrong place and at a difficult time will move you and keep you hoping for a happy ending.

Michael Wallner is an actor and screenwriter. He divides his time between Berlin and the Black Forest. The book is translated from the German by John Cullen.

* = Starred Review

aadlfreespace is free!


Looking for a place to have a small meeting and can't afford to rent a room? Check out the aadlfreespace on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library. It holds up to 32 people. You can reserve this room for meetings for free up to four times in a calendar year and make your reservations on line. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. You will need an AADL library card to make the reservation. Date availability is shown as well on line. Can't get to a computer? Call 734-327-8323 to make your reservation.

New Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List (4/1/07)

Lionel Shriver changed her name from Margaret Ann when she was fifteen. She left North Carolina a long time ago and has lived in England most of her adult life. Her previous novel (her seventh), We Need to Talk About Kevin, concerned a mother's reaction to her son's violence at school (Columbine?). It was a major bestseller there and also won the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction. While it only enjoyed modest success here, her name became more widely known.

While she claims her latest novel is not a thinly veiled autobiography, she admits to being haunted by her own past dilemma. She too had to pick one man over another. In Post-Birthday World she explores this question of what does the future hold if you choose this person or that person. After the first chapter the story splits into two alternating narratives, presented in alternating chapters. This book has garnered a lot of attention stateside and could become a book club favorite. There is a lot to talk about.

The other new titles are Daddy's Girl by Lisa Scottoline and What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman.

The War on Coca in Columbia

National Public Radio (NPR) has been working on a five part series about the "forgotten" war on drugs. The latest installment covers how the United States has been spraying defoliant to prevent the growth of coca crops in Columbia. For further reading check out these resources.

Sancho's Scene: Community Events that Wander off the Path

Fans of Project Runway should head to the Downtown Library this Friday at 6 to check out the Project Design Fashion Show featuring the work of local high school and college students. Still need convincing? The models will take the runway to the sounds of DJ Jacoby, and a reception with light food and drinks caps off the evening.

The Best Words in Their Best Order

In honor of National Poetry Month, Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux has started a poetry blog where you can listen to mp3s of poets reading their own work and the poetry of others who have influenced them. Today you can listen to Seamus Heaney reading “The Thought-Fox” by Ted Hughes. If you like that, you can find more books by Heaney and Hughes in the AADL’s collection.

Oy Vey!

This irreverent celebration of Yiddish is the perfect parody of the Five Little Ducks for a Passover chuckle. Author Dave Horowitz sends five little chopped fish balls on adventures through the colorful streets of NYC. All I can say is, don’t let the bus driving pigeon meet up with the feisty gefiltes-OY VEY!

The Play Ground

The Play GroundThe Play Ground

The Reverend James Morell's joy in his comfortable marriage to Candida is shaken by the arrival of the young poet, Marchbanks. Both men adore her and she is attracted to them for their very different qualities. They both forget she is her own woman. In "Candida,'' first produced in England in 1898, George Bernard Shaw turns his eye on marriage and how and why successful unions become and stay that way. Through April 15 at the Performance Network, 663-0681.

Meet Patricia Smith, Poet and author of Teahouse of the Almighty!

Meet journalist, poet and author, Patricia Smith at the Neutral Zone, Tuesday, April 3 @ 7:00 PM. Patricia is a four-time national poetry slam champion and was featured in the film Slamnation. She is the author of four poetry collections - including Teahouse of the Almighty. The evening will kick-off with some local slam poets - a great evening for sure!

Panjabi books at the Mallets Creek Branch

Look for books in Panjabi at the Malletts Creek Branch in the Foreign Language section along the wall behind the computer room area. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding Pajabi books (or any other foreign language) at the library, please e-mail You can also search for more Panjabi books throughout the library system by searching for the call number "FLC PAN" or for youth books "Youth FLC PAN"

Some of our Panjabi books at Malletts Creek are:

Loku kahai darawesu: nāwala by Guracarana Singha Jaito
Prema-kaṇī by Niranjan Singh
Pālī by Jasawanta Singha Kămwala
Pānca nada dā pāṇī by Ātmajīta
Piāsa by Guracarana Siṅgha Arashī
Kaurawa sabha by Mittara Saina Mīta
Sangharasha: kahāṇī sangraha by Simarajīta Barāṛa Simmī


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