Craft Books -> Craft Fair!; Unholy Night; Michigander Eugenides wins award

Just updating you on some new non-fiction titles (available here at FPL and throughout Oakland County’s library cooperative), particularly for those blessed with more crafty-er talents than most of us…

Tim Adam’s How to make money using Etsy : a guide to the online marketplace for crafts and handmade products

Kari Chapan’s The handmade marketplace (“For crafters who have more confidence running a sewing machine than setting up a Web site, The Handmade Marketplace breaks down and makes sense of the global possibilities for marketing and selling crafts.”

These are geared towards the intermediate (at least) if not professional DIY-crafters (of which Ferndale is blessed with a bushel-full)…

For the amateurs or flat-out craft-less types like myself, we can look forward to, instead, going shopping and enjoying the intricate creations, precious productions and stylized wares of this town’s talented glue-gun gripping elite – via Handmade Detroit’s Spring craft show – Craft Revival (one-month from now, May 12, at the Loving Touch.)

In other book news –

As we await (yet-again) another film adaptation of a popular book, that being Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, just in time for Easter and Passover, we can now enjoy the similarly-awaited follow up from that same author (an edgy, entertaining, and sometimes surprisingly well-researched historical-fiction writer whom the L.A. Times considers to potentially become “a Joss Whedon for the niche literary set…”) as he takes on the story of the Nativity – particularly, just who were those Three Kings and what kind of sordid origins and exiciting, sinister, scary and blood-splattered secrets might they be running from… Check out a review from Entertainment Weekly of: Unholy Night

And in other news – the American Booksellers’ Association announced this years winners of its Indies Choice Book Awards (“reflecting the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide and the IndieBound movement”) and E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards (“reflect the playful, well-paced language, the engaging themes, and the universal appeal to a wide range of ages embodied by E.B. White’s beloved collection”)

ABA Indie Awards
Adult Fiction Book of the Year: The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winners

  • Middle Reader: The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, Ian Schoenherr (Illus.) (Putnam Juvenile) and Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illus.) (Balzer + Bray) (–and, yes, that’s the same Colin Meloy of popular literate indie-folk group The Decemberists).

Meanwhile, FPL Reference Librarian Darlene Hellenberg declared The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht (Random House) to be one of her favorite books of the year – and now its been awarded Adult Debut Book of the Year

Read more from Publisher’s Weekly.

ALSO -How ‘Bout Them Tigers?? Opening Day was last weekend -and, arriving on bookshelve’s just in time is Calico Joe, the anticipated new novel by John Grisham, noted crime/suspense novelist who, here, is taking on America’s pasttime.

Spring is in swing!

But who else is ready to start brainstorming some summer reading lists, already?

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