Tuesday, April 18, 2006

2006 Pulitzer Prizes Announced

March by Geraldine Brooks
Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
Late Wife by Claudia Emerson
Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins

For a complete listing, go to the Pulizter Prizes website.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Mystery ...Old West Style

Hop on your saddle and head out to big sky country. Meet Big Red and Old Red, two mystery solving ranch hands from Stephen Hockensmith's Holmes on the Range. Strange things are afoot at the Bar-VR ranch and the Sherlock loving Old Red drags little brother Big Red snooping around detective-style. A fun, fast paced mystery that will make you smile and conjure up images of the great Old West.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

What is horror?

What makes a story a horror story? From www.wikipedia.com, it is "broadly, fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle or horrify the reader." It has also been described as being a novel or story "that contains a monster, whether it be supernatural, human, or a metaphor for psychological torment."-Anthony Fonseca and June Pulliam, Hooked on Horror.

Some gothic novels that started horror fiction include Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794), Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764), and especially Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein. Of course there is Bram Stoker's Dracula and The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Some more modern titles are Stephen King's Misery, Clive Barker's Imajica, Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby.

Horror fiction and Gothic fiction can be interchangeable at times. Within horror fiction there are also categories like ghosts and hauntings, medical horror, psychological horror, witches, vampires, monsters, and more. Check the library catalog for the above titles and more! http://hawk.hdpl.org/catalog/ Or go to our online databases and visit Novelist to browse other categories and authors of horror fiction.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

April is Jazz Apppreciation Month

The Smithsonian's 2006 Jazz Appreciation Month poster highlights Duke Ellington, composer, bandleader and pianist. Learn more about Jazz Appreciation month at the Smithsonian website and explore the materials offered on the wonderful world of jazz at any one of our Henderson libraries.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Mystery Awards Alert!

The 60th annual Edgar Awards will be handed out April 27th by the Mystery Writers of America. For Best Novel, the nominees are... The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly, Red Leaves by Thomas H. Cook, Vanish by Tess Gerritsen, Drama City by George Pelecanos and Citizen by Jess Walter. For Best First Novel by an American Author the nominees include Die a Little by Megan Abbott, Immoral by Brian Freeman, Run the Risk by Scott Frost, Hide Your Eyes by Alison Gaylin and Officer Down by Theresa Schwegal. Also awarded that night, will be Breaking Faith by Jo Bannister, Dark Angel by Karen Harper and Shadow Valley by Gwen Hunter...all vying for the Simon & Schuster - Mary Higgins Clark Award. For more nominees, go to Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards 2006.

Monday, April 03, 2006

from Pages to Pictures in April

Guess what's been grabbed off the bookshelves to be made into film? Read up and compare to see if the movies do the books justice!

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield (this film has a limited release, first starting in select theaters in California then slowly making its way across the US)

The Sentinel by Gerald Petievich (thriller involving a White House Special Agent framed for murder)

Sunday, April 02, 2006

New NonFiction for April 2006

Barbara: The Way She Is by Christopher Andersen
Fever: The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee by Peter Richmond
G-man's Life; The FBI, Being "Deep Throat," and the Struggle for Honor in Washington by Mark Felt and John O'Connor
My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme
Send in the Idiots by Kamran Nazeer

The Bush Agenda; Invading the World, One Economy at a Time by Antonia Juhasz
The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero by David Maraniss
The Collar: A Year of Striving and Faith Inside a Catholic Seminary by Jonathan Englert
The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Douglas Brinkley
The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History by Michael Baigent
The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
Look Great, Feel Great: 12 Keys to Enjoying a Healthy Life Now by Joyce Meyer
Notorious C.O.P.: The True Story of the NYPD "Hip-Hop Cop" Who Cracked the Case of Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, and Jam Master Jay by Derrick Parker with Matt Diehl
The Only Game in Town by Fay Voncent
Parenting Young Athletes the Ripkin Way: Ensuring the Best Experience for Your Kids in Any Sport by Cal Ripken, Jr.
The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family by Mike Leonard
A Simple Act of Murder: November 22, 1963 by Mark Fuhrman
The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery