Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: Hello, I’m Bessie Sullivan 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.
Because we work in the book industry we are often aware of what is being published and being made into movies. Also, when reading books in a series that you enjoy, you tend to pay attention to when the next book is being published, the same is true for a favourite author.
Today on Library Moments, Sherrill Sherwood, Erin Kernohan-Berning and I will be discussing a book or movie that we have been eagerly anticipating.
Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: I have held Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience and redemption, a number of times, contemplating reading it but never quite committing myself to it. Angelina Jolie has taken the decision away from me now with her film adaptation of the title, out in theatres in December 2014, based on the fascinating true story of Louis Zamperini. As a boy, Louis was always in trouble but with the help of his older brother, he turned his life around and channeled his energy into running, later qualifying for the 1936 Olympics. When World War II broke out, Louis enlisted in the military. After his plane crashed in the Pacific, he survived an incredible 47 days adrift in a raft, until he was captured by the Japanese navy. Sent to a POW camp, Louis became the favorite target of a particularly cruel prison commander. I have read reviews of Unbroken and find it really amazing that Louis was eventually able to forgive his captors. He is quoted as saying; “I think the hardest thing in life is to forgive. Hate is self destructive. If you hate somebody, you’re not hurting the person you hate, you’re hurting yourself. It’s a healing, actually, it’s a real healing…forgiveness.” Louis died in July 2014, at the age of 97. I’m looking forward to the dvd release of this story.
Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Anthony Horowitz’s House of Silk has been on my “to read” list for awhile, and when his upcoming sequel Moriarty was featured in a department store flyer I decided now was the time to get reading. Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider and The Gatekeepers juvenile fiction series, was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate to write a new adult Sherlock Holmes story. House of Silk, framed by aged narrator Dr. Watson as “so shocking” it could only be revealed now after the principal players have all died. Surrounding vandalism, art theft, a frame-up, and whispers of a deadly foe House of Silk has been critically acclaimed.
The sequel, Moriarty, will be released sometime in January 2015 and picks up after Holmes and Moriarty tumble over Reichenbach falls and features Detective Lestrade pursuing what’s left of Moriarty’s criminal underworld and the mastermind who is poised to take his place. Unlike recent modernizations which were licensed by the Conan Doyle Estate, Horowitz goes back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original style. I have a hold on House of Silk and will be reading it in anticipation of the release of Moriarty. Even though we don’t have Moriarty yet, it does show up in our catalog as being “on order” and you can place a hold on it as well.
Bessie: Sarah Addison Allen writes chick lit. with a touch of mysticism. Her first book published in 2007 was called Garden Spells which introduced us to the Waverley family and the curious behaviour of the trees and plants in their garden. Allen has written four books since but finally the long awaited sequel to Garden Spells will come out on January 20th.
The book is called First Frost and its October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.
I have waited nearly eight years for this sequel; hopefully I will not be disappointed. Allen’s books while fitting the chick lit. genre in terms of light stories about women also delve into some real challenges faced by women. Throw in a bit of mysticism, in one book the wallpaper keeps changing patterns, and you get satisfying entertaining books.
You are listening to Library Moments on 100.9 CanoeFM. If there is a book or movie coming out soon that you think we should have, let us know. We are always happy with public input!
*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, January 11th – 17th, 2015.