Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Under the Sea

June 8 has been designated as World Oceans Day. It is the day set aside to show our support to protect the oceans from pollution and keep them healthy for both humans and sea animals. I think most of us have had a chance to at least dip our toes in the ocean, if not swam in it. So you know how great it is, and if you are a diver, you already know what wonders the oceans hold in their depths, and how precious they are. But even if you just snorkel, you can get a sense of the life beneath.
There are several DVDs in the Library's collection that you can check out: the first one is Wondrous Secrets of the Ocean Realm. It is a four disc set that explores and examines the variety of life in the ocean. 
Then there is Oceans which features under the sea film adventures: images of deepwater creatures and whale migration, to name a few.
Dawn of the Ocean discusses the forces that created the surface of the ocean and looks at attempts to document the spectrum of marine life.
And of course you have to watch Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures. You will marvel as you watch him and his team dive hundreds of feet beneath the ocean's surface and encounter its inhabitants.
After watching these movies, I hope you will have a better appreciation of the water around us, specially since the oceans cover 71% of the earth's surface.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The PEN Literary Award for Debut Fiction - Shortlist

Cover image for The UnAmericans : storiesInternational PEN is a non-political association of writers established in 1921 to promote literature, human rights, cultural understanding, and freedom of expression.
Cover image for RedeploymentCover image for Ruby : a novel
The winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction will be chosen from the following shortlist and announced on June 8:

The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol

Ruby by Cynthia Bond    

Redeployment by Phil Klay

The Dog by Jack Livings

Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce

For more information on other PEN Awards:


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Spanish Titles!

As I have proclaimed before, I love all things foreign and books fall into that category. Here is a good list of new fiction in Spanish.  Or course, if it is a translation we should also have it in English, so check them out. 

Valeria en blanco y negro by Elísabet Benavent
El jilguero by Donna Tart
Adulterio by Paulo Cohelo
Marina by Carlos Ruíz Zafón
Y de repente, Teresa
Misión olvido
Bahía de los misterios by Roberto Ampuero
Secretos familiares
Amanecer a la luz de la luna by Jude Deveraux
La luz que no puedes ver by Anthony Doerr

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring Into Music

When we think of spring many images come into our minds - birds, blooming trees and flowers, warm breezes, sun, grass, new beginnings.  Many composers have written spring-inspired classical music.

The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires  - CD CHAMBER PIAZZOLA, A.
The Four Seasons - CD CONCERTO VIVALDI, A.
Music of America - CD ORCHESTRAL COP
English Spring - CD ORCHESTRAL ENG
Springtime in the Park  - CD ORCHESTRAL SPR
Kreutzer; Spring Violin Sonatas - CD VIOLIN BEETHOVEN, L.
Romances - CD VOCAL RAC

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Free Audiobooks from SYNC

Once again AudioFile Magazine is presenting SYNC, a free summer audiobook program for young adults. Starting May 7th 2015, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week--a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic. This year, 28 titles will be given away over 14 weeks.

Simply sign-up to get notifications of when the FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com.

Titles are delivered through the free OverDrive app. You can prepare for the program by downloading the software to whichever device you anticipate listening on.

Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only). The files will be available from Thursday morning until the following Thursday morning when two new audiobook titles go up. When you have downloaded the MP3 files, they are yours to keep.

The first week, May 7-May 13 will feature the following two titles:

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Narrated by Kevin T. Collins with Eve Bianco (Hachette Audio)

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Narrated by Anna Massey (Hachette Audio)

For a complete listing of the audiobook titles that will be offered this summer, just visit www.audiobooksync.com or pick up a handout in the Audiovisual Room or at the Reader Services Desk.

Happy listening!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Printer's Row Lit Fest 2015 - Find Books by Featured Authors at GPL

The Lit Fest was founded in 1985 to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city's bookmaking hub). It attracts over 200 booksellers from across the county and features over 200 authors participating in panels, discussions, and other programs. It's the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest. The line-up of featured authors continues to grow. Some of these authors are world-renowned and you can find their award-winning books right here at GPL.

Elizabeth Berg:  Dream Lover (04/2015); Tapestry of FortunesDream When You're Feeling Blue

Jennifer Chiaverini:  Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule (03/2015); Mrs. Lincoln's Rival; Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

Nelson DeMille:  Radiant Angel (05/2015); Panther; Lion; Plum Island; Night Fall; Gate House

Julia Keller:  Last Ragged Breath (2015), On Order; Summer of the Dead; A Killing in the Hills; Bitter River

Erik Larson:  Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (03/2015); In the Garden of the Beasts; Devil in the White City

Clare O'Donohue:  The Kate Conway Mysteries; Sunday Quilt Mysteries

Sara Paretsky:  Critical Mass; Total Recall; Fire Sale; Indemnity Only

Garry Wills:  Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis (03/2015); Why Priests?What Jesus Meant

Lawrence Wright: Looming Tower: Al Queda and the Road to 9/11; Going Clear; Thirteen Days in September

If you can't make it to Lit Fest 2015, you can certainly check out some of the above titles by featured authors right now from the GPL collection.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

G'Day Mate: Aussie Authors

Australia is famous for many things kangaroos, koalas, The Great Barrier Reef and a wonderful literary tradition as well. Australian authors are slowly but steadily entering the American market with great success. With the recent death of bestselling Australian author Colleen McCullough (1937-2015) and the emergence of several bestselling authors Graeme C. Simsion and Liane Moriarty I was curious about other popular Aussie novelists, and discovered some real gems. Check out one of these fine novels from the land down-under.

Colleen McCullough
McCullough intertwines a sweeping story of two sets of twins--all trained as nurses but each with her own ambitions. Because they are two sets of twins, the four Latimer sisters are as close as can be. Yet these spirited young women each have their own dreams for themselves. They are famous throughout New South Wales for their beauty, wit and ambition, but they are not enthusiastic about the limited prospects life holds for them Together they decide to enroll in a training program for nurses--a new option for women of their time.

Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
The novel begins with a murder, but it's not entirely clear who was murdered. It certainly was someone at the fundraiser for the Piriwee Public School. The novel begins six months prior to the violent act and tells the lives of single mother Jane, twice-married Madeline, and Celeste, who secretly suffers from domestic abuse. Popular author Moriarty revitalizes the tired social-issues themed women's fiction genre with wit, emotional depth and fantastic storytelling.

The Rosie Project
Graeme C. Simsion
Don Tillman, an intense, but emotionally challenged geneticist, thinks having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and sensible. Rosie Jarman, a spontaneous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. Follow this unlikely pair as they discover romance.

Tim Winton
The story of Tom Keely, a man who's lost his way in middle-age and is now holed up in an apartment at the top of a dingy high-rise, looking down on the world he's fallen out of love with. He's cut himself off, until one day he runs into some neighbors: a woman he used to know  when they were kids, and her introverted young boy. The encounter shakes him up in a way that he doesn't understand. What follows is a heart-stopping, innovative novel, funny, provoking, exhilarating and populated by memorable characters.

Shame and the Captives
Thomas Keneally
A story inspired by true events follows the experiences of a World War II prisoner's wife who makes friends with an Italian radical in the hope of improving her husband's suffering, only to be swept up in a violent prison break. Keneally nicely blends history, romance, and wartime scheming into another wonderful historical fiction novel.