Notes from your Alta Library

Friday, November 16, 2012

What happened to October? I traveled to Tennessee and attended the Festival of Books, came home again and slept through Halloween and the ending of Daylight Savings Time, and now it is November -- and some days it feels like winter is right on our heels. So, what can I say!

The Festival of Books was great. I could only wish that each of you booklovers could have the opportunity to attend. The hardest part is to try to choose authors that have books in our library, as many are Southern writers and aren't always well known here. One of the first was Lauren Groff -- her book, Monsters of Templeton can be found on our shelves. Ron Rash is a Southern writer, very well known and respected in the South, whose latest book The Cove has recently been added to our collection. A debut novel by Karen Thompson Walker is also a recent acquisition. The title is "The Age of Miracles" and it revolves around the premise that Earth's rotation is slowing, the days are getting longer, gravity mutates, and life is irreparably changed. Others were Gillian Flynn, Junot Diaz, and Ben Fountain, and we have books from all of these.

Other new titles recently acquired are "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed, "The Racketeer" by John Grisham, "The Casual Vacancy" by J. K. Rowling (best known for her Harry Potter books), "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich and the story of the famous bank robber, Willie Sutton, titled simply "Sutton" by J. R. Moehringer. For other new titles, check the "new book" shelves.

The featured authors for the month are Lisa Jackson and Iris Johansen, (have you noticed she is picking them alphabetically?), both talented authors in the mystery genre.

Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving Day are the two notable holidays found in November. Celebrate them by remembering the reason for their existence, and giving thanks for the freedoms we have and for the sacrifices of those who protect those freedoms.

'Til next time,