GLBA Awards

GLBA AwardsGLBA Awards

Trying to avoid the football crowd on Oct. 7th?

Head to the 2006 Great Lakes Booksellers Association Trade Show at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn (Directions).

Check out the schedule of events; and author appearances, which include big names such as Chris Bohjalian, Brian Freeman, Kathe Koja, Joyce Maynard, Ridley Pearson, Julia Spencer-Fleming; and many regional/local favorites.

If you happen to be free on Friday, Oct. 6th, it will be worth your while to check in at the luncheon where the 2006 Great Lakes Book Awards will be presented to:

Katrina Kittle, for The Kindness of Strangers, (Fiction)
Paul Clemens, for Made in Detroit, (General Non-Fiction)
Elisha Cooper, for A Good Night Walk, (Children)

Founded in 1995, the awards honor the year’s brightest and most deserving books about America’s heartland; recognize and reward excellence in the writing and publishing of books that capture the spirit and enhance awareness of the Great Lakes region. Past Winners.

Let me tell you a dirty little librarian secret – publishers will be throwing advance readers at you down every isle – you could very well pick up a FREE prepublication Jane Smiley, Jonathan Lethem, Nelson DeMille, Walter Mosley, just to name a few. (There is an admission charge to the Exhibits).

What's Michael? Planet of the Cats

Volume 11 in the spot-on tails of cats, Japan and absurdity by Makoto Kobayashi is just as fab as the previous 10 volumes. No one draws cats with as much humor and accuracy as Kobayashi. The stories show how people interact (and often make idiots of themselves) with cats - while letting us look into the lives of cats and the people who love (and hate) them! Whether you are a cat-lady-in-training or an official cat-hater you *will* find something to love in these great stories.

The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey...In the Wild West!

Steve Sheinkin's snappy and concise graphic novel is a unique and hilarious blending of Jewish wit and wisdom warmly set in the Wild West. Sheinkin was inspired by an equal childhood love of an old copy of 101 Jewish Stories and a book on the wild west - while this may seem an unusual pairing it works quite well. As Sheinkin puts it - Harvey is part old world rabbi, part western sheriff.

Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah

Ramadan, Islam’s month of fasting, prayer and reflection and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year will begin this weekend. Click the above links to see some great books on both of these religious celebrations or visit the links below to learn more.
http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday2.htm
http://www.holidays.net/ramadan

A dirigible revisited

According to NPR, researchers will be exploring the remains of the dirigible USS Macon this week. The Macon was 785 feet long and flew from 1933 until 1935, when it crashed off the coast of California during a violent storm. To read more about these amazing blimps, check out our books on the Hindenburg or airships in general.

Mitten, Mitten. Who Will Get The Mitten?

Every year the Children's Services Division of the Michigan Library Association gives the Mitten Award to a children's book that a committee of youth services librarians deemed best of the year.
The 2005 Mitten Award Committee has announced its list of finalists. The winner will be chosen from this list and announced at the MLA Fall Conference on October 12, 2006.

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going
Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka
Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Littman
Hidden Child by Isaac Millman
Zen Shorts by Jon Muth
Song of the Water Boatman by Joyce Sidman
Harry Sue by Sue Stauffacher
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel

Which one do you think deserves The Mitten?

It's Roald Dahl Day today!

Did you know that Roald Dahl was born on this day in 1916? To celebrate what would have been the author's 90th birthday the UK is holding the first ever Roald Dahl Day! Some of Roald Dahl's most famous books include The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Dahl also recounted hilarious tales from his childhood in Boy: Tales of Childhood.

If you would like to learn more about this famous author, check out the author's official website, the Roald Dahl Museum or the Roald Dahl Foundation.

Take a Fall Library Tour

You can request a library tour for your group this fall simply by calling 327-8327 at least two weeks before a requested date. With school back in session, it's a good time to visit and learn about new items, services, events, and exhibits. We offer five types of tours, including a Class Research Tour and the The Malletts Creek Green Tour. For complete information, click here.

Dawn Farm's 33rd Annual Jamboree

Dawn Farm's 33rd Annual Jamboree will take place Sunday, September 10, from 1-6 p.m. at Dawn Farm, 6633 Stoney Creek Rd, Ypsilanti. This year's events include a midway, pony rides, live music, hayrides, and tours of the 74-acre farm.

Invasion of the mini-books!

Have you ever wondered what your favorite book would look like in miniature? Well, now's your chance! This Sunday, September 10th, marks the fourth annual Kerrytown BookFest and this year the special guest is the Miniature Book Society (MBS). The festival will be accompanied by lectures, demonstrations and plenty of exhibitors showing and selling books of all kinds. So come to the BookFest and pick up some new, potentially tiny, reading material!

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