Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Hello, I’m Erin Kernohan-Berning from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.
The theme for March’s Online Book Club is experimental fiction. Experimental fiction goes outside the bounds of traditional literary fiction, might cross genres, and may incorporate non-prose elements for dramatic effect. Selections for March’s online book club include a book that incorporates eerie pictures, another that bends space and time, a book that prompts the user to visit online content, and a book that is a book about a book about a film about a house that is a labyrinth.
On this episode of Library Moments, Sherrill Sherwood and I will each talk about one of this month’s online book club selections.
Sherrill Sherwood, Collection Development Coordinator: The summary of Night Film from author Marissa Pessl’s webpage reads: On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years. For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family seems more than just a coincidence. What makes this novel unusual is that there are screen shots of hidden websites, there are blog postings and anonymous user comments, and sprinkled throughout these illustrations there is a secret, very discreet bird symbol. If you download the Night Film Decoder app and scan the illustration that has this bird symbol, you will get extra content on your tablet or phone. The author explains that ideally you will read the book, and if you want to continue the experience, that’s when you find out about the app, and you can get additional content in that way. But it is not something that you need to do while you’re reading the book so you can still get that immersive reading experience, without interrupting it with technology, unless you want to.
Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: In Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, a box of strange old photographs and a family tragedy lead sixteen year old Jacob to a mysterious orphanage where he discovers his grandfather’s tall tales weren’t so outlandish after all. Well, they were outlandish, but also true. He finds an invisible boy, floating girl, and a headmistress that turns into a bird at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Ransom Riggs peculiar fantasy novel was inspired by his collection of vintage photographs. The book contains 44 photographs from various collections. The photos lend a creep vibe to the novel – Riggs having come to realize that all pictures of children from 80-100 years ago are universally creepy in some indefinable way. The photos serve as inspiration, plot device, and atmosphere.
Anyone can participate in Haliburton County Public Library’s Online Book Club by choosing to read one or more of four books selected each month. You don’t even have to read from a particular month’s selection you can go online and make comments about books and reading in general. Just go to haliburtonlibrary.ca and click on the “g” for Goodreads. That’s it for this week’s Library Moments. We hope we’ve inspired you to experiment and try reading something a little bit different from what you usually would. Thanks for listening here on 100.9 CANOE FM.
*Originally aired March 2018 on 100.9 CANOE FM.