Friday, January 12, 2007

The Ides of January: Fiction-Related Displays

FWIW, here's what's new at your local library in fiction-related book displays:

Tough Guys -- books with 'manly' protagonists...for example, pretty much every Western novel, books by Robert B. Parker, Andrew Vachss, Joseph Wambaugh, etc.

Spain: a Land of Many Faces -- books set in or somehow connected with you-know-where (yes, this is a tie-in to our Lake Oswego Reads The Shadow of the Wind extravaganza)


Taylor Made -- books by authors with the last name Taylor :-)

-- featuring especially the books of the English novelist Elizabeth Taylor.

Elizabeth Taylor (née Coles; July 3, 1912November 19, 1975) was a popular English novelist and short story writer. Elizabeth Coles was born in Reading, Berkshire in 1912. She was educated at The Abbey School, Reading, and worked as a governess, as a tutor and as a librarian. Read more about Elizabeth Taylor at Wikipedia.

Here's a notable quotation from Elizabeth Taylor:

'The whole point is that writing has a pattern and life hasn't. Life is so untidy. Art is so short and life so long. It is not possible to have perfection in life but it is possible to have perfection in a novel.'

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Lake Oswego Reads The Shadow of the Wind

We've started handing out free copies of The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. If you have a LINAS library card, you are eligible to receive a free copy. By the time you read this, we may still have some copies left. Come by our library's circulation desk and find out.

If you miss getting a free copy (purchased by our wonderful Friends, by the way), fear not. We purchased quite a few copies of this novel for the library; give us a call (503-697-6581) and we'll be happy to place a hold on one for you so you can borrow it from us.

Once you've read the book, register for one of our book discussions by calling 503-534-5665.

(Lake Oswego Reads graphic created by Scott Symer; photo credit for Barcelona photo to amateur_photo_bore)

Your Tax Dollars at Work

As you consider the future of book pricing, do not neglect to thank your lucky stars for your local library.

Come on down and check out a book (if you don't have a card yet, did you know you can apply for one online?).

Or attend one of our upcoming events.