Fans of Octavia Butler will know she rarely writes short stories. This, her only book of short stories, is slim and includes only five short works of fiction (seven and two short essays, if you’re reading the second edition). The book begins with her most well-known short story, Bloodchild, winner of an award for best novelette from the Science Fiction Chronicle, and winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards. It also includes Speech Sounds, winner of the 1984 Hugo Award for best short story.
Published on Saturday, March 5, 2011
On August 20, 1910, a roaring wind galvanized the small fires already affecting the dry, kindling-like national forests of the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana into a virtually unstoppable inferno. Scrambling to avert disaster, forest rangers recruited all available men, from college boys to immigrants in the mining camps, to help battle the flames.
Published on Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Published on Thursday, February 3, 2011
Written ten years after his impressive debut The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex is Eugenides’ equally ambitious novel about Cal Stephanides, born Calliope Helen Stephanides. At age thirteen, it becomes apparent that Callie is not like other girls her age. When she is taken by her parents to a genetic specialist, the truth about her hermaphroditism sets Callie off on a quest to find out about her family and why she is the way she is.
Published on Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Join us for an evening of fun with The Knight at Dawn book trivia, parchment paper making, and coat of arms design.
February 16, at 6:30 pm
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Published on Monday, January 10, 2011
I know it’s a little late to be posting this, but I couldn’t resist. Every year, one of my favorite BBC Radio 4 programs broadcasts a Christmas travel quiz in front of a live audience.
Both presenters and participants have a lot of fun, and it’s amazing how much you learn about our planet and the myriad cultures that populate it.
So go on, have a listen, and remember to keep track of your own score to see how you measure up!
Published on Thursday, January 6, 2011
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements: That’s the full title of the book folks, and yes, it’s time to get in touch with your inner geek.
Published on Thursday, December 16, 2010
This film was the winner of numerous international awards, including nine Clarín Entertainment Awards (Argentina) and the 2010 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
1999. Recently-retired Argentinean federal justice agent Benjamín Espósito decides to write a book about a cold case that occurred 25 years earlier. The brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto, her husband Ricardo Morales’s reaction, and the unresolved question of whether or not the crime was perpetrated by a childhood friend of the murder victim named Isidoro Gómez have haunted Benjamín for years.
Published on Saturday, December 4, 2010
Visit the Mt. Pleasant Library with your friends and have fun making your own crafty and creative gelt bag. Materials provided by the Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Library.
Date: Wednesday December 8
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Published on Thursday, December 2, 2010
Meet Balram Halwai: servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer. During the course of seven nights, this shameless, wily man will reveal to us through a series of letters everything there is to know about who he is and everything he did to reach his present station in life—leaving very little to the imagination when it comes to his opinions on just about all aspects of life.
Narrated in a brisk, searing manner, The White Tiger pulls no punches in its portrayal of a modern, vibrant India, a developing nation chomping at the bit, eager to make the jump from much-touted up-and-comer, to established global powerhouse.