Great Endings / Great Beginnings: Ferndale Reads, First Stop, & more

Happy New Year!

Book News:
Thoughts On Endings…
As the year ends, takes a nuanced look at the way books-end, -writer/author Laura Miller observes, “…We want a novel to swell with a sense of limitless possibility at the start and in the middle, but we also want it to zero in to a point of inevitability as it ends….For this reason, last lines, like first ones, often suffer from a bad case of Trying Too Hard…” (Spoiler alert! What makes a great ending?)

Curious, that this can so often be the case… FPL Reference Librarian Darlene Hellenberg and I often get into minor/friendly quarrels over how-books-end and certain bad-tastes-left-lingering from a book any reader may have likely enjoyed the first 94% of…

Some of us read books for the beauty of the language, the description (like myself) and thus, I’m often not as sensitive about the endings… But that’s me… Miller’s column this week is fun and you can add your own personal favorite book endings in the comment section…

Library News:

How is this book going to end?
The Local News – Miriam Gershow

And why should you care? —Well… firstly,   most of the FPL staff already knows how it ends, since we’ve spent our December and early January reading it, so you know we’ll recommend it. Secondly, though, we’re admittedly bias, since in preparation for this season’s Ferndale Reads festivities!

You’ll remember last Feb/Mar – we offered copies of John Connolly’s Book of Lost Things to patrons as encouragement to join in a community-wide Book Club – packed with special events and culminating in an author’s visit (reading/signing). This year, we’re bringing it back, currently planning a handful of events, like flim screenings and other gatherings/discussions/activites, that will also, eventually, lead up to an author’s visit. (Our author, this year, hails from lands much closer than Connolly’s native Ireland, -Ms. Gershow will only be coming from as far as Oregon…though she knows our state quite well…)

The Local News: – Lydia’s older brother Danny is missing. He hasn’t been seen since he was playing basketball late one night with his friends. Danny’s disappearance has rattled the small town and left Lydia’s parents in a state of bewilderment. Lydia, on the other hand, isn’t sure how she feels about Danny’s disappearance…. In The Local News, (which takes place in Michigan/Metro Detroit in the mid 19990’s), Lydia tries to piece together her feelings, struggle through high school, and eventually try to solve the case of her missing brother.

“Miriam grew up outside of Detroit and attended the University of Michigan in Ann
Arbor. She moved to Oregon in 1994 and received her MFA in fiction from the
University of Oregon in 2002. Miriam is the recipient of the James C. McCreight Fiction
Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, as well as an Oregon
Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts in Portland OR….”Gershow’s debut novel, The Local News, was published by Spiegel and Grau in 2009. It has been called “deftly heartbreaking” with “urgency and heft” by Janet Maslin of the New York Times… and “disarmingly unsentimental narrative voice,” (Kirkus Reviews).

While Ms. Hellenberg distributes The Local News for our adult patrons, Youth Services Librarian Jillean McCommons is encouraging Tween readers (5th – 8th grade) to experience their own Ferndale-Reads with: Eleven, by Patricia Reilly Giff.


Eleven: – Sam is almost 11…when he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather Mack’s room, and a newspaper clipping with a headline saying he (Sam!) was ‘kidnapped!’as a toddler. There are lots of other words but Sam has always had trouble reading. He’s desperate to find out who he is, and if his beloved Mack is really his grandfather, after all. At night, he’s haunted by dreams of a big castle and a terrifying escape on a boat. Who can he trust to help him read the documents that could unravel the mystery? …Then, he and the new girl, Caroline, are paired up to work on a school project, building a castle in Mack’s woodworking shop. Caroline loves to read, and she can help. But she’s moving soon, and the two must hurry to discover the truth…

–Both books are mysteries, dealing specifically with the unnerving, suspenseful missing-person motif – potential film screenings could include similarly themed stories such as “The Lovely Bones” or “Harriet The Spy…”

The Kick-Off Party is February 16th at 7:00pm -in the Library’s Community Room, -at which we will present/introduce The Local News, that’s including book giveaways and refreshments.

Stay tuned here – or to the Ferndale Library main site for updates.

Meanwhile… the First Friday of January – top that, the FIRST FRIDAY OF 2012 -is coming upon us – and Kelly, per usual, will be welcoming a new pair of local bands into the Community Room to perform (around 7pm).

Old Empire:

Find them on Facebook.

and Superbomb:

Listen: “Some Things”


In other news:

Your Neighborhood Professor Series
Wednesday, January 4 @ 7:00 PM

Presented by Mark Huston, assistant professor of Philosophy at Schoolcraft College.
This presentation will look at some of the recent academic and popular literature on conspiracy theories in order to explore reasoning, explanation, and other topics of philosophical interest.

^^…and finally – looking further down the road in 2012? Bob Ramsey, (aka Mr. Antiques) will be stopping in, a couple weeks from now, to appraise one item per audience member during his presentation of Wazzit?

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