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Harbor Springs Festival of the BookSeptember 28-30th
Civic EngagementOctober 13th at 2pm
Know Your Vote: Statewide Ballot Proposal ForumOctober 23rd, 6-8:30pm
TEDtalk Viewing and Discussion November 1st, 7pm
Saturday StorytimeNovember 3rd, 10:30am
Are you as excited as we are for the 3rd Annual Harbor Springs Festival of the Book? We're anticipating book lovers roaming the streets as autumn finally hits northern Michigan, and we can not wait.
If you haven't attended before, the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is a three-day affair in which 49 renowned authors speak at 33 events around town and readers from around the state and beyond descend upon our small town to soak up the literary love. With the exception of a few food-centered events and the keynote address (by Pulitizer Prize winner Deborah Blum), the panel discussions are free and open to everyone. Check out the schedule on their website, www.hsfotb.org and venture downtown to attend as many as you can.
This year, the HSFOTB events that are being held at the library are children's picture book readings on Saturday morning from 9am to 11am, "Believable Characters in Unbelievable Worlds" on Sunday morning from 9am-10:30am, and "Inspiring Community Through Books" on Sunday from 10:30am-noon. We're thrilled to be a part of the festival and look forward to some fascinating conversations around town.
Please keep in mind that there's a portion of State Rd that's torn up downtown between Main St. and Third St. (right in front of the post office).
Don't forget every Thursday morning we have a Toddler Storytime at 10:30am! It's a perfect introduction to libraries for the pre-preschool set- babies welcome!
Our next all ages Saturday Storytime will be on November 3rd. Everyone welcome!
Yesterday was National Voter Registration Day, but if you didn't have a chance to come into the library to register to vote, you have until October 9th to register before the November 6th midterm election. We still have forms available!
If you're still deciding how you're going to vote on Michigan's three statewide ballot proposals, MSU Extension is hosting a statewide ballot proposal forum featuring presentations from unbiased experts on each proposal via webinar on October 23rd from 6pm-8:30pm on the big screen at the Harbor Springs Library. The three ballot proposals on the ticket this year are: recreational marijuana use, the formation of an independent redistricting commission, and a constitutional amendment on voting laws. Participants can hear from the expert panel and ask questions about the potential impacts of a YES or NO vote. This event is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to register online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/vote2018/. For more information, and to view white papers on each of the three ballot proposals, visit http://canr.msu.edu/vote2018.
Anyone interested in learning more about how to become engaged in local government can come to the library on October 13th at 2pm for another Civic Engagement program through MSU Extension.
Every month or so, we hold a TEDtalk Viewing and Discussion here at the Harbor Springs Library- we decide on a theme, then choose three or four TEDtalks and show them on our big screen, followed by a group discussion led by Cyndi Kramer. TEDtalks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity and are widely available on the internet at ted.com. Our next discussion will be held on Thursday, November 1st, at 7pm and will be about activism and education.
Here are some of the newest books on the library shelves:
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History, by Keith O'Brien
In the decades between the world wars, women took to the skies as daring, record-breaking fliers.
Drawing on abundant sources, including letters, published and unpublished memoirs, newspaper reports, and archival material from more than a dozen museums and historical collections, O’Brien (Outside Short: Big Dreams, Hard Times, and One County’s Quest for Basketball Greatness, 2013) has fashioned a brisk, spirited history of early aviation focused on 5 irrepressible women. Amelia Earhart was the most famous among them, but the others were no less passionate and courageous: Louise McPhetridge Thaden, tall, stately, and, even as a child, “a follower of boyish pursuits,” according to her mother; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at a future as the socialite daughter of wealthy parents; Ruth Elder, determined to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic; and Florence Klingensmith, who trained as a mechanic so she could learn planes inside and out but whose first aviation job was as a stunt girl, standing on a wing in her bathing suit. In 1928, when women managed to get jobs in other male dominated fields, fewer than 12 had a pilot’s license, and those ambitious for prizes and recognition faced entrenched sexism from the men who ran air races, backed fliers, and financed the purchase of planes. They decided to organize: “For our own protection,” one of them said, “we must learn to think for ourselves, and do as much work as possible on our planes.” Although sometimes rivals in the air, they forged strong friendships and offered one another unabated encouragement. O’Brien vividly recounts the dangers of early flight: In shockingly rickety planes, pilots sat in open cockpits, often blinded by ice pellets or engine smoke; instruments were unreliable, if they worked at all; sudden changes in weather could be life threatening. Fliers regularly emerged from their planes covered in dust and grease. Crashes were common, with planes bursting into flames; but risking injury and even death failed to dampen the women’s passion to fly.
A vivid, suspenseful story of women determined to defy gravity—and men—to fulfill their lofty dreams. (Kirkus Reviews)
Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
A wild child’s isolated, dirt-poor upbringing in a Southern coastal wilderness fails to shield her from heartbreak or an accusation of murder.
“The Marsh Girl,” “swamp trash”—Catherine “Kya” Clark is a figure of mystery and prejudice in the remote North Carolina coastal community of Barkley Cove in the 1950s and '60s. Abandoned by a mother no longer able to endure her drunken husband’s beatings and then by her four siblings, Kya grows up in the careless, sometimes-savage company of her father, who eventually disappears, too. Alone, virtually or actually, from age 6, Kya learns both to be self-sufficient and to find solace and company in her fertile natural surroundings. Owens (Secrets of the Savanna, 2006, etc.), the accomplished co-author of several nonfiction books on wildlife, is at her best reflecting Kya’s fascination with the birds, insects, dappled light, and shifting tides of the marshes. The girl’s collections of shells and feathers, her communion with the gulls, her exploration of the wetlands are evoked in lyrical phrasing which only occasionally tips into excess. But as the child turns teenager and is befriended by local boy Tate Walker, who teaches her to read, the novel settles into a less magical, more predictable pattern. Interspersed with Kya’s coming-of-age is the 1969 murder investigation arising from the discovery of a man’s body in the marsh. The victim is Chase Andrews, “star quarterback and town hot shot,” who was once Kya’s lover. In the eyes of a pair of semicomic local police officers, Kya will eventually become the chief suspect and must stand trial. By now the novel’s weaknesses have become apparent: the monochromatic characterization (good boy Tate, bad boy Chase) and implausibilities (Kya evolves into a polymath—a published writer, artist, and poet), yet the closing twist is perhaps its most memorable oddity.
Despite some distractions, there’s an irresistible charm to Owens’ first foray into nature-infused romantic fiction. (Kirkus Reviews)
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America, by Beth Macy
Harrowing travels through the land of the hypermedicated, courtesy of hopelessness, poverty, and large pharmaceutical companies.
A huge number of Americans, many of them poor rural whites, have died in the last couple of decades of what one Princeton researcher has called “diseases of despair,” including alcoholism, suicide, and drug overdoses caused by the hopeless sense that there’s a lack of anything better to do. Roanoke-based investigative journalist Macy (Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South, 2016, etc.) locates one key killer—the opioid epidemic—in the heart of Appalachia and other out-of-the-way places dependent on outmoded industries, bypassed economically and culturally, and without any political power to speak of, “hollows and towns and fishing villages where the nearest rehab facility was likely to be hours from home.” Prisons are much closer. Macy’s purview centers on the I-81 corridor that runs along the Appalachians from eastern Tennessee north, where opioid abuse first rose to epidemic levels. She establishes a bleak pattern of high school football stars and good students who are caught in a spiral: They suffer some pain, receive prescriptions for powerful medications thanks to a pharmaceutical industry with powerful lobbying and sales arms (“If a doctor was already prescribing lots of Percocet and Vicodin, a rep was sent out to deliver a pitch about OxyContin’s potency and longer-lasting action”), and often wind up dead or in jail, broke and broken by a system that is easy to game. Interestingly, Macy adds, “almost to a person, the addicted twentysomethings I met had taken attention-deficit medication as children.” Following her survey of the devastation wrought in the coal and Rust belts, the author concludes with a call to arms for a “New Deal for the Drug Addicted,” a constituency that it’s all too easy to write off even as their number climbs.
An urgent, eye-opening look at a problem that promises to grow much worse in the face of inaction and indifference. (Kirkus Reviews)
The Other Woman, by Daniel Silva
Gabriel Allon is back in action.
For a time, it looked like Israel’s most famous spy might actually retreat to a desk job. In The Black Widow (2016) and The House of Spies (2017), it seemed as if Allon's creator was bringing younger, secondary characters to the foreground, but Allon has now taken center stage again. In this way and others, Silva's latest feels like a throwback to some of the earlier books in the series as well as to spy novels of the Cold War era. This is not the product of a lack of creativity on Silva’s part but rather a reflection of current events. Russia is the adversary here, and Allon and his team must find the one woman who can reveal the identity of a mole who has reached the highest echelons of Britain’s MI6. The search will take Allon deep into the past, into the secret heart of one of the 20th century's greatest intelligence scandals. Silva’s work has always had a political edge, and his storytelling has only grown more biting recently. Although he doesn’t name the current American leader, he does mention “a presidential tryst with an adult film star” as well as that president’s strange fondness for Vladimir Putin. Silva depicts a world in which communist true believers are dying out while far-right populists around the world look to the New Russia as a triumph of hard-line nationalism. The alliances that have sustained Western democracies are fraying, and Europe is preparing for a future in which the United States is no longer a reliable friend, nor a superpower. Silva’s work is always riveting, but this summer blockbuster isn’t exactly an escape—especially for readers who stick around for the author’s note at the end. Although the Gabriel Allon novels are interrelated, Silva is adept at crafting narratives that can stand alone. This thriller will satisfy the author’s fans while it will also appeal to those who appreciate past masters of the genre like John le Carré and Graham Greene.
Gripping as always and grimly realistic. (Kirkus Reviews)
As a reminder, Katie down at Between the Covers offers a generous 20% discount on books intended to be donated to the library. She has a list of books that we'd love to receive, and we're more than happy to inscribe a bookplate honoring you, your child, your grandchild, your dog, or your favorite teacher! You can also donate directly to the library or on our website via Paypal.
As an independently funded library that doesn't receive any tax dollars, we always appreciate your support.
Amélie Trufant Dawson
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