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    Vampires: Friend or Foe?

    by Patti Nouri - 0 Comment(s)

    From ancient times, people have had a fascination with vampire legends and myths. What is it about the “vampire mystique” that holds our interest? Vampire stories often take different approaches to exploring the popular legends but some similar themes seem to keep us intrigued: the reputed vampire traits of eternal life, blood drinking, and sexual magnetism.

    On Thursday, September 1st, Central library will be hosting the book launch for a brand-new anthology of forward-looking vampire stories, including stories by local authors, entitled Evolve Two: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.

    Featuring the work of several authors including Tanith Lee, Kelley Armstrong, John Shirley, Erika Holt, Ivan Dorin, Eileen Bell, Peter Sellers, Ryan McFadden, Steve Vernon, Bev Vincent, and Sandra Kasturi, this book has been described as “fiction at its very best” and “destined to become a classic.”

    Join us on September 1st for the book launch and a Readers’ Theatre presentation in the John Dutton Theatre at Central library from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Just a heads up, this program contains adult content.)

    Have you heard of Readers’ Theatre? Local author Ivan Dorin, whom you will meet at the book launch, introduces it for us here: “Reading is normally both a solitary and a communal activity. People read the same text, but at different times, with different background information, and in different contexts. My goal with the readers' theatre approach is to have more people experiencing the same factors that gave rise to the story, in the same place and at the same time, and with more opportunities for discussion.”

    If you are, like me, intrigued by the undead and excited to experience Readers’ Theatre, don’t miss "Vampires: Friend or Foe?" Register here.

    In the meantime, if you’d like something vampiric to whet your appetite, try one of these:

    Evolve: Vampire stories of the new undead edited by Nancy Kilpatrick

    Fledgling by Octavia Butler

    Guilty pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

    Oscar Wilde and the vampire murders by Gyles Daubeney Brandreth

    Dead until dark by Charlaine Harris

    True Blood DVD (based on Charlaine Harris’s series)

    And keep your eyes open for another anthology soon to be released:

    Rigor Amortis edited by Erika Holt.

    Summer. Read. Wrap-up

    by Patti Nouri - 0 Comment(s)

    Although summer is not officially over yet, there have been some telltale cooler nights…

    That means that our Summer. Read. program is wrapping up for this year—thank you for participating! It’s been a great summer of reading, listening and watching DVDs, and we have received many of your comments and reading recommendations. This Friday, August 26th, is the last day to submit your final ballots and provide comments here We love to hear from you, so please let us know what you think!

    The grand prize draw for ten Kobo e-readers will be held on September 2nd—stay tuned.

    We hope you’ve enjoyed reading with us!

    Summer. Read. Week 9

    by Jasna Tosic - 0 Comment(s)


    (A concrete poem?)

    Be a ballet dancer… Be a balloon maker…or Be a clown…

    Be a friend to trees… Be alive… Be all you can be… or Be brown...

    Be here now… Be not afraid… Be water, my friend...

    Be happy… Be polite and kind… Be cool…Be kind rewind…

    *The Be "poem" is made up of titles from our catalogue that start with be.

    Here are some other suggestions:

    The Art of Being [WMA Audiobook]

    Erich Frome

    The Art of Happines in a Troubled World [Adobe EPUB book]

    Dalai Lama


    Alessandro Baricco

    The Namesake

    Jumpa Lahiri

    The Age of Innocence [Adobe EPUB book]

    Edith Wharton

    The Memory Keeper's Daughter [Adobe PDF eBook]

    Kim Edwards

    We hope you've enjoyed Summer. Read. Please let us know what you think, by completed the following short survey: . Thanks so much for participating, it's been a great summer of reading!

    Summer. Read. Week 8

    by Jasna Tosic - 1 Comment(s)


    We do it every day without even noticing – which might be why stories about transformation and growth are so intriguing. Whether it’s a very hungry caterpillar becoming a glorious butterfly, or an extra millimeter to our toenails, we live in a constant state of change which is both hopeful and heart-breaking at the same time.

    April and Oliver

    Tess Callahan

    Good Will Hunting [DVD]

    Directed by Gus Van Sant

    The Rain Before it Falls

    Jonathan Coe

    Garden State [DVD]

    Directed by Zack Braff

    A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

    Xaiolu Guo

    Rushmore [DVD]

    Directed by Wes Anderson

    Midnight at the Dragon Cafe

    Judy Fong Bates

    We are also looking for your feedback on the Summer. Read. program, so please fill out the survey at the following link to let us know what you think!