New Book Club Set: ‘The Threads of the Heart’ by Carole Martinez

New Book Club Set: ‘The Threads of the Heart’ by Carole Martinez

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of KFPL we have added a new Book Club Set at the Isabel Turner Branch: Carole Martinez‘ prize-winning historical novel The Threads of the Heart (translated by Howard Curtis from the French original, Le coeur cousu).

The review from Publishers Weekly had this to say about The Threads of the Heart:  “Spanning southern Spain to Algeria, this mythic family tale follows a …

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Horror Movie Directors Turned Authors

Horror Movie Directors Turned Authors

Actors are often known to explain “What I really want to do is direct”; but what about directors?  It turns out that more than a few want to write.  Booklist columnist Daniel Kraus has just published an interesting article on horror fiction penned by horror movie directors.  Since KFPL owns most of the titles he listed (plus a couple of extras) it seemed like a good idea for a post.  You can read his original …

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New Book Club Set: a second set of Joseph Boyden’s ‘The Orenda’

New Book Club Set: a second set of Joseph Boyden’s ‘The Orenda’

We have received a very generous donation from the Kingston Newcomers Alumnae book group: a second Book Club Set of  The Orenda  by  Joseph Boyden.   Publisher’s Weekly‘s reviewer wrote: “Epic in scope, exquisite in execution, Boyden’s spellbinding third novel tells the story of the French conquest of Canada from the point of view of both the conquerors and the conquered.  Boyden, winner of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize for 

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The Selection

The Selection

The Selection

Kiera Cass

The Selection is an opportunity for 35 girls to escape their caste. They indulge in fine gowns, jewels, and food while living in a royal palace and hoping to be the one chosen by Prince Maxon.  This luxurious scenario might sound like a dream come true for most, but not for America Singer.  Having entered the competition unwillingly, she was then selected by the prince — and was forced to turn her …

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LGBT Poetry Reading Tuesday Oct 7 at Central Library

LGBT Poetry Reading Tuesday Oct 7 at Central Library

Tonight (Tues Oct 7) at 6:30 Kingston’s Poet Laureate Eric Folsom presents The Night of the Living Poets Reading Rainbow Poets.  Eric has gathered fellow writers from the local poetry community, including Mary Cameron, Helen Humphreys, Daniel David Moses and Anne-Marie Turza.  All of them have selected LGBT poetry and poets that have inspired and moved them, to share with the audience.

The faces of the “It Gets Better” campaign show teens that they’re not alone.  …

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Faust in Fantasy, SF and Horror Fiction

Faust in Fantasy, SF and Horror Fiction

Selling one’s soul to the devil (or trying to escape such a covenant) is a familiar trope in fairy tales so it’s not surprising that it also forms the basis of several dark fantasy and horror novels.  Many writers have used the more specific legend of Dr Faust (or Faustus), the medieval scientist who supposedly traded his soul to the devil in exchange for “earthly knowledge” as a reference. The character was most famously used …

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New Book Club Set: Ania Szado’s ‘Studio Saint-Ex’

New Book Club Set: Ania Szado’s ‘Studio Saint-Ex’

We have added a new Book Club Set at the Central Library: the 2013 historical novel Studio Saint-Ex, by Canadian novelist Ania Szado.  This addition was made possible through the generosity of the Friends of KFPL.

Here’s how Publisher’s Weekly reviewed Studio Saint-Ex:  “Szado (Beginning of Was) crafts the facts of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s life into an engaging tale of youth, power, and longing set in …

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The Mists of Avalon

The Mists of Avalon

The Mists of Avalon   

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Isaac Asimov called The Mists of Avalon “the best retelling of the Arthurian Saga I have ever read.” Mists is the magical legend of King Arthur vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne.  From their childhoods through the ultimate fulfillment of their destinies, the novel follows these women and the diverse cast of characters that surrounds them as the …

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New Book Club Set: ‘The Orchardist’ by Amanda Coplin

New Book Club Set: ‘The Orchardist’ by Amanda Coplin

We have another new Book Club Set at the Central Library, thanks to a very generous donation by the Friends of KFPL:  Amanda Coplin‘s 2012 debut novel The Orchardist.  Library Journal’s reviewer had this to say:

“Coplin’s compelling, well-crafted debut tracks the growing obsession of orchardist William Talmadge, who has lived at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains since the summer of 1857, when he was nine.  A loner shaped …

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Somewhere in France

Somewhere in France

Somewhere in France

Jennifer Robson

In keeping with the hundredth anniversary of World War I this month, Somewhere in France is a perfect read.  Written by Canadian Jennifer Robson, it is a wartime romance between Lilly, a British debutante, and Robbie, a surgeon.  The story is told through the grim realities of working and fighting on the front line, where Lilly drives an ambulance in France and Robbie works in the field hospital.  In a world divided …

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WWI in Fantasy, SF and Horror Fiction

WWI in Fantasy, SF and Horror Fiction

In keeping with KFPL’s programming theme this month (World War I: Home Town, Home Front), here is a handful of sf, fantasy and horror novels which deal with WWI.  Some are alternate histories, some involve time travel, and no more than a few feature long-lived vampires who experienced the Great War.  Just click on any title to place a hold.

If you’re also interested in genre titles which were first published between 1914 and …

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WWI Home Town, Home Front: Knitting for Soldiers

WWI Home Town, Home Front: Knitting for Soldiers

During World War I citizens — women, children and men unable to serve in the military — volunteered thousands of hours to support the war effort.  They worked in factories, they bought war bonds, they grew extra food in home gardens and canned it for storage, they made clothing for refugees, they rolled bandages, they wrote letters for soldiers in hospital, they made hospital gowns and they donated material for “comfort packages” to be distributed …

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