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Summer at the Library Newsletter July 11, 2021

Pinawa Public Library
Summer at the Library Newsletter
July 11, 2021



This week’s Storytime theme is Things That Go! Join us on the rocks outside the library at 1:30 on Wednesday for some car, train, boat and plane-themed jokes, stories, snack and a craft! Don’t forget to register, as we only have six spots left for this week’s session.

For more information on Covid-19 Protocols during Storytime, please see Pinawa Public Library Summer Reading Program Covid Modifications.



Ghosts are supposed to be scary, but our library ghost apparently isn’t – not if he knocked over a whole shelf of Sophie Kinsella books! Sophie Kinsella is a romance writer whose books are considered part of the “chick lit” genre, which is described as light, humorous books about modern women and their misadventures in life and love. So if you are looking for some light reading for the beach or the hammock, take up the library ghost’s recommendations and check out a Sophie Kinsella book from the Pinawa Public Library!



With the library closed, it’s hard to browse the shelves for a great book. Each week, Summer at the Library will highlight a few of the new and great additions to our library!

FictionChicken Sisters, by KJ Dell’Antonia

This debt fiction book, a Reese’s Book Club pick, is a story about the rivalries and bonds sisters share!

“In tiny Merinac, Kansas, Chicken Mimi’s and Chicken Frannie’s have spent a century vying to serve up the best fried chicken in the state – and the legendary feud between their respective owners, the Moores and the Pogociellos, has lasted just as long. No one feels the impact more than thirty-five-year-old widow Amanda Moore, who grew up working for her mom at Mimi’s before scandalously marrying Frank Pogociello and changing sides to work at Frannie’s. Tired of being caught in the middle, Amanda sends an SOS to Food Wars, the reality TV restaurant competition that promises $100,000 to the winner. But in doing so, she launches both families out of the frying pan and directly into the fire.

The last thing Brooklyn-based organisational guru Mae Moore, Amanda’s sister, wants is to go home to Kansas. But when her career implodes, Food Wars becomes her chance to step back into the limelight. Mae is certain she can make the fading Mimi’s look good – even if that pits her against Amanda and Frannie’s. With a greedy producer stoking the flames, their friendly rivalry quickly turns into a game of chicken. Yet when family secrets become public knowledge, the sisters must choose: will they fight with each other, or for their heritage? After all, all’s fair in love, and war, and chicken…” (Publisher)

CrimeThe Next to Die, by Sophie Hannah

The tenth book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Hannah’s psychological mystery Culver Valley Crime series targets the danger friendship can bring.

“What if having a best friend was the most dangerous thing you could do?

A killer that the police are calling ‘Billy Dead Mates’ is murdering pairs of best friends, one by one.

Before they die, each victim is given a small white book…

For months, detectives have failed to catch Billy, or work out what the white books mean. And then a woman, scared by what she’s seen on the news, comes forward.

Stand-up comedian Kim Tribbeck has one of Billy’s peculiar little books. A stranger gave it to her at a gig she did a year ago. Was he Billy, and does he want to kill her? Kim has no friends and trusts no one, so how – and why – could she possibly be Billy Dead Mates’ next target?” (Publisher)

Non-fictionWhy Indigenous Literatures Matter, by Daniel Heath Justice

Our non-fiction pick this week is timely, informative and engaging look at Indigenous literature, while also offering viewpoints on how other forms of literature (for example, fantasy) can help us re-imagine our world and break-down stereotypes and barriers.

“Part survey of the field of Indigenous literary studies, part political and social history, and part literary polemic, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter considers how Indigenous writing works in the world through personal narrative, cultural analysis, and close readings of key creative and critical texts, guided by four central questions: How do we learn to be human? How do we become good relatives? How do we become good answers? How do we learn to live together?

This provocative volume challenges readers to rethink their assumptions about Indigenous literatures, history and politics, and to consider the important work of Indigenous writers in nurturing, restoring and establishing imaginative kinship with the world. In doing so, Daniel Heath Justice welcomes new audiences to Indigenous literary criticism while offering more seasoned readers a renewed appreciation for these transformative works and traditions.” (Publisher)

Check out these and other new books on the Pinawa Public Library website!