Happy Birthday, James Patterson!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

James Patterson, photo credit Sue Solie PattersonHappy birthday to James Patterson, creator of the Alex Cross thrillers, The Women's Murder Club books, and the I Funny series for young readers, among many others.

Patterson spent his career working in advertising, serving as CEO of ad agency J. Walter Thompson's North American company.  As a lifelong booklover, he began experimenting with writing a novel in his spare time.  The result, The Thomas Berryman Number, was rejected by more than 30 publishers before it was finally released in 1976.  It won the Edgar Award for best first novel.

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Something Good

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Usually when someone drops in and asks us to recommend a book, they have something fairly specific in mind.  They want a romance, or some light historical fiction; a gritty mystery or a well-crafted literary tale.  But sometimes we get readers who say, "I'm just looking for something good." 

We've got recommendations for them too.

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Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Stephen Hawking, visionary scientist and author of A Brief History of Time, has died at the age of 76.

Hawking was only 22, studying for his PhD in cosmology at Cambridge, when he was diagnosed with ALS (also known as motor neurone disease), which was beginning to slowly paralyze him.  He was given only two years to live, and despite initially suffering from depression at the altered course his life would take, Hawking's brilliance was unaffected.

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Michael Connelly Wins the Diamond Dagger Award

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Dagger Awards, presented by the UK's Crime Writers' Association, recognize excellence in crime and mystery writing in a wide range of cateogories, from first novels to translations. 

The association's highest honor, however, is the Diamond Dagger, which is given to a writer "whose crime writing careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and who have made a significant contribution to the genre."  This year's winner is Michael Connelly!

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