Ages 18+.

Timeless Maintains Number Three Position

Timeless by Martina McBride holds on to the number three position for the second week on the Billboard 200 Chart. That album also stays a second week on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards

The Hurston/Wright Foundation announced the winners of its 2005 Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards on Tuesday, November 1, 2005.

Winners in the four categories are:

Maryse CondéWho Slashed Celanire’s Throat

Debut Fiction
Chris AbaniGraceLand

Alexis De VeauxWarrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde

Contemporary Fiction
Tracy Price-ThompsonA Woman’s Worth (this will be ordered November 15, 2005)

The mission of the Foundation, founded in 1990 by novelist Marita Golden, is “…to develop, nurture and sustain the world community of writers of African descent.” Named after two giants of literature, Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, the Legacy Awards are in their 6th year and have honored such esteemed authors as Mat Johnson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Wil Haygood.

What Not to Knit

Please, enough with the ponchos already. It seems every time I browse the library's knitting patterns, I come upon an item that makes me wonder, "What were they thinking?!"

It turns out I'm not alone in my feeling that certain sweaters should never see the light of day. You Knit What??is the funniest knitting blog I've chanced upon in a long time.

And for the fictionally inclined, Knit One, Kill Two is the beginning of a new mystery series by Maggie Sefton.

Eat Meat?

Ever wonder what's in your meat or where it comes from? Read Mad Cowboy : Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat, by Howard F. Lyman with Glen Merzer and find out! says: "Persuasive, straightforward, and full of the down-home good humor and optimism of a son of the soil, Mad Cowboy is both an inspirational story of personal transformation and a convincing call to action for a plant-based diet -- for the good of the planet and the health of us all."

Is Wal-Mart Good For America?

Today on Talk of the Nation guests discussed Wal-Mart's recent efforts to improve its public image in the wake of criticism over treatment of workers and an apparently scathing new documentary titled Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (on order). While you're waiting for the new DVD, you may want to try the 2004 PBS Frontline title Is Wal-mart Good for America?, left.

The Giller Prize


Founded by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994 to honor the memory of his late wife Doris, The Giller Prize is dedicated to celebrating the best in Canadian fiction each year.

Past winners include Alice Munro (2004) and Michael Ondaatje (2000).

This year's finalists are:

Luck by Joan Barfoot
The Time In Between by David Bergen
Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
Alligator by Lisa Moore
A Wall of Light by Edeet Ravel

The winner will be announced on November 8th. I expect U.S. publishers are already scrambling for the rights.

Pride and Prejudice

Also coming soon, another adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, this time starring Keira Knightley. Surprisingly, this is only the second big screen version of the novel by Jane Austen (the first being the 1940 Hollywood classic starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier), but the Library owns both the 1985 BBC version and the wildly popular 1995 BBC miniseries, left, starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. P&P was also the source for the 2004 Bollywood musical Bride and Prejudice.


According to Variety, Jarhead, Hollywood's take on the United States' initial offensive against the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein doesn't come close to David O. Russell's Three Kings. The book, however, written by Anthony Swofford in 2003, is "a witty, profane, down-in-the-sand account of the war" and "a worthy addition to the battlefield memoir genre." (Publisher's Weekly).

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Bestseller List (10/30/05)

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Sunday October 29, 2005. It is time to fall back and take shelter with a good book.

At #1 is Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan: the many fans of the Wheel of Time series were just waiting to snap up Book 11 in the series.

At #4 is Consent to Kill by Vince Flynn: another entry in the field of spies, terrorists and international conspiracies.

At #5 is A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve: her fans will rejoice in this bittersweet tale of seven former schoolmates.

Don't panic yet ! There's still time ...

It’s coming up fast! How time flies! Yes, Thursday, November 3 is National Men Make Dinner Day. If you’ve missed it in the past, here’s an opportunity for “non-cooking men only” to give their wives or partners a break, a chance to “whip up a culinary delight with no help from family members.” Be sure to follow the 'official' rules.

If the recipes on the web site don’t excite you, the library’s the place for cookbooks for every taste and level of sophistication. Real novices can try books listed in our catalog under Quick and Easy Cookery. And remember, if you’re really ambitious, most of the great chefs (e.g.,Jacques Pepin, Emeril, James Beard, Paul Prudhomme, Pierre Franey, Craig Claiborne, etc.) are men. Try it, you might like it, and have 365 days to bask in the afterglow.

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