Author Archive

J. R. R. Tolkien at the Morgan Library

February 14, 2019

 If you are a Hobbit fan then check out the new exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum featuring author J. R. R. Tolkien.  The museum is displaying material from Oxford as well as private collections, original illustrations, photographs, drafts, maps and memorabilia. “Tolkien: Maker of Middle- earth” is being shown though May 10th.  Lectures, discussions and family events are being offered.  Remember, if you have a NYPL card admission is free with Culture Pass.

CCBC Canadian Book Awards

February 7, 2019

 Now that the children’s book award list has been announced, I am always curious to learn what titles are in the running or won in other countries.

Let’s take a look at the Canadian children’s book awards.

For ages 5-9 the 2018 winner was “Town by the Sea” by Joanne Schwartz

For ages 4-9 the 2018 winner was “When the Moon Comes” by Paul Harbridge

The non-fiction Norma Fleck Award for ages 14 and up went to “#notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women” edited by Lisa Charleyboy

For ages 10-14 the 2018 winner was “The Assassin’s Curse” a Blackthorn Key book by Kevin Sands

For ages 12 and up the best mystery went to “The Hanging Girl” by Eileen Cook

For ages 13 and up the Amy Mather Award went to “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline

These titles are all available to borrow from our library system. Happy reading!


Looker by Laura Sims

January 31, 2019

Looker: A Novel A young woman living in the city becomes fixated on the famous actress in her neighborhood to the point of obsession.  As her own marriage is unraveling, the woman imagines the perfect life of the actress as compared to her own which is falling apart. Her job as a college writing professor is in danger and she ignores the messages of her soon to be ex-husband to return his cat although she never liked him in the first place.  With rising horror, we watch as she disintegrates into stalking the famous woman and dreaming she will become friends with her at the upcoming block party knowing at the same time she will commit some unforgiving act to humiliate herself.  At just under 200 pages, Looker is a thriller, character-driven suspense novel you can’t turn away from.

Island War

January 24, 2019

Island War  The latest title from reliable author Patricia Reilly Giff, is historical fiction and takes place on an Alaskan Island during World War II.  11 year-old Izzy and 14 year-old Matt both relocate to a remote Alaskan island as each of their families undergo change and transition.  Moving from Connecticut, the two meet on a ferry travelling over to Attu off the coast.  Taking an immediate dislike to each other, they are thrown together by desperate circumstances as they each struggle to survive after being abandoned.  At a spare 208 pages, Giff’s novel is descriptive of the unforgiving environment which threatens their survival.  As the war’s intensity mounts, even the small island is thrust into the changes war forces upon it.  Though brief in length, Island War offers a unique snapshot of a forgotten part of history combining man’s struggle with nature and being forced to make serious choices at a young age.

Mary Oliver

January 17, 2019

Poet Mary Oliver died today at age 83. Writing for more than 50 years, Oliver’s last book was ‘Devotions: selected poems’ from 2017. A biography is expected out soon. Oliver won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 as well as the National Book Award.

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