Book Talks: When to rob a bank and Drunken fireworks

when to rob a bankWhen to rob a bank… and 131 more warped suggestions and well-intended rants
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

When Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner released their runaway hit Freakonomics in 2005, they also started a website. And a blog. And using this blog they, as they put it, ran all of their craziest ideas up the flagpole to see how quickly they would get shot down. After 10 years of blogging about everything from the uselessness of the penny (the American penny, that is), the logic of pricing chicken wings, the dangers of having Wayne as a middle name, and, most importantly, when to rob a bank, Levitt and Dubner have released a curated collection of their ramblings. When to rob a bank… and 131 more warped suggestions and well-intended rants by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner pulls together the best of the duo’s popular blog. If you are already a follower of the Freakonomics blog and podcasts, you’ll likely have heard or read most of this material, but will enjoy revisiting these favourites thematically arranged with explanatory notes and updates.

When to rob a bank… and 131 more warped suggestions and well-intended rants by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner is available along with the rest of the Freakonomics collection at the Haliburton County Public Library.

drunken fireworksDrunken fireworks by Stephen King

A brand-new, never-before-published Stephen King short story is now available only on audio. Drunken Fireworks tells the tale of Alden McCausland and his mother. Thanks to an unexpected life insurance policy payout and a winning Big Maine Millions scratcher, Alden and his Ma are what they call “accident rich”. They are able to spend their summers down by the lake, idly drinking their days away in a three-room cabin with an old dock and a lick of a beach. Across the lake, they can see what “real rich” looks like: the Massimo family’s Twelve Pines Camp, the big white mansion with guest house and tennis court. When Alden’s holiday-weekend sparklers and firecrackers set off what comes to be known as the Fourth of July Arms Race, he learns how far he and the Massimos will go to win an annual neighborly competition—one that lands Alden in the Castle County jail. Read by Down East storyteller Tim Sample—praised by Stephen King for his “wit and talent and good-heartedness”, Drunken Fireworks makes for explosive listening. Drunken Fireworks is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library in audio and will also be one of 20 short stories in King’s November print release of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM July 26 – August 8, 2015.

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