Eragon on Film

Filming for the epic fantasy adventure, Eragon, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Christopher Paolini, is scheduled to begin in August in Budapest, Hungary.

The movie is set for release on June 16, 2006. A world-wide casting search for the title role ended with the selection of newcomer Ed Speleers. Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, and Djimon Hounsou are said to be in negotiations for key roles. Sienna Guillory will star as Arya.

Kidding Around Boston: what to do, where to go, and how to have fun in Boston

Traveling this summer? Have a look at the Kidding Around series which includes Boston Kidding Around Boston: what to do, where to go, and how to have fun in Boston, Chicago Kidding Around Chicago, and San Francisco Kidding Around San Francisco. This series for ages six through twelve includes historic sites and landmarks, parks, museums, entertainment, sports, a calendar of events, and lots of games and activities. Another fun book about San Francisco is City by the Bay; A Magical Journey Around San Francisco, The City by the Bay: A Magical Journey Around San Francisco by Tricia Brown. San Francisco landmarks are featured in wonderful collage illustrations. This tour guide introduces readers to the history and special features of each landmark. For ages 5 and up.

Drive the Future Weekend

Road to Detroit, a national group that aims to revitalize the US auto industry with a more socially and environmentally responsible vision, is hosting a Drive the Future Weekend on August 20-22. In addition to attending one of the events in Detroit, AADL has a few books to jump start your education in how to make your own motor fuel, including how to use vegetable oils as fuel and alcohol as fuel. Or check out Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy (left), by Greg Pahl (2005).

Terrorism in the U.S.A.

On the Diane Rehm show, Friday July 29, 2005, Guest host: Susan Page of USA Today interviews Timothy Naftali: "Blind Spot" a national security historian relates the story of America's decades-long attempt to fight terrorism.
Mr. Timothy Naftali, is an associate professor of history at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs and contractor during 2003-3004 for the 9/11 commission.

Maybe a Miracle, by Brian Strause

You heard it here first. Beat the early buzz on Brian Strause’s charming, poignant Maybe a Miracle, due for release in October. Strause writes with the sure hand and smooth self-assurance of a seasoned novelist in this, his first fiction title.

Monroe Anderson just wants to get high before he heads to the prom but his visit to the family’s pool house to smoke some dope is aborted when he spots his beloved 11 year old sister, Annika, face down in the pool.

He revives her but she remains in a coma and despite her brother’s desire to protect her privacy, she becomes a media phenomenon with her healing powers and inexplicable stigmata.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Bestseller List (August 14, 2005)

Are you in the mood for the chills of a good mystery? Check out these new releases on this week’s list.

At #6 is Double Tap by Steve Martini: another legal thriller featuring Paul Madriani who stumbles across government secrets while defending a soldier on trial for murder.

At #10 is Long Time Gone by J.A. Jance: another familiar name has a new murder mystery set in the state of Washington.

At #12 is Chill of Fear by Kay Hooper: an FBI agent investigates a cold case in Tennessee in Hooper’s latest novel of romantic suspense.

The History of the World in 6 Glasses

Standage offers a distilled account of civilization founded on the drinking habits of mankind from the days of hunter-gatherers to yesterday’s designer thirst-quencher. History, along with a bit of technology, etymology, chemistry and bibulous entertainment. Bottoms up!” (from Kirkus Reviews)

Match the epoch with the beverage:

1. Beer.........A. Enlightenment
2. Wine........B. Globalization
3. Spirits......C. Hunter Gatherer to Farmer
4. Coffee......D. British Empire, Industrialization and Colonization
5. Tea...........F. Exploration
6. Cola.........G. Classical Times

To see the answer to "Match the epoch with the beverage", click on "Read More"(below).

Standage also wrote The Turk : the life and times of the famous eighteenth-century chess-playing machine

Mississippi Proud

Nora Jane: a life in stories is the latest from National Book Award winner (Victory Over Japan, 1984) Ellen Gilchrist.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and a student of Eudora Welty’s Creative Writing Course at Millsaps College in Jackson, she is considered one of the shinning stars of Southern literature. Gilchrist presently lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas while also maintaining a home in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

To find out what is on Ellen Gilchrist’s book shelves and why reading is important to her, here is Oprah’s interview with Gilchrist in August 2002.

My Best Friend by Mary Ann Rodman

Lily decides Tamika will be her best friend. She tries to impress Tamika with a new bathing suit and learning how to dive. Lily learns you can't always pick who will be your friend. This is a good book for young readers who are learning the complexity of friendships.

Guys Read

What fun I had reading Guys Write for Guys Read filled with funny and touching tales from guys for guys and I am a girl! Jon Scieszka edited the collection of stories and he has a fabulous website for kids and parents Guysread.com. Come to the downtown library to see our display of books for guys and gals like me.

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