Biblio File

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/16/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    October 16, 2017

    The Knit Shift with Anne Shifflett will be returning to the library on Thursdays, beginning on October 19th, 2017 from 1:00-4:00. Join us for knitting and crocheting – relax, share tips and patterns and get help if you’re stuck.

    Are you a fan of the hit series Justified?  Seasons 4, 5, and 6 have just arrived!  Settle in for a weekend of binge-watching.  Additionally, a few dozen new books have been added to the shelves over the past week in all genres so drop by for a browse.

    Did someone say renovation?  Doesn’t the arrival of fall mean re-arrange the furniture?  Buy new leaf-colored cushions? We have a wide collection of books about organization, decoration, de-cluttering and construction – everything you need to start, design, or change up your home. And speaking of change – our new shelves are in! We are feeling much more organized.

    For those who have been borrowing the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission reports from the Home Grown section – these are now available online at

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/9/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    October 9, 2017


    Happy Thanksgiving!  What are you thankful for?  Health? Happiness? Friends? Family? Food? Books? If you are looking for something to read while relaxing post dinner (after the dishes are done of course), we have many new titles on the shelves this week.  A sample includes:

    Lights, Camera, Action! and Mice on the Runway (Mouseford Academy series) by Thea Stilton (Junior Fiction)

    Whatever After #9, Genie in a Bottle by Sarah Mlynowski and Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz (Junior Fiction)

    Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen (Teen)

    Proof of Life (J.P. Beaumont #23) by J. A. Jance, and I Know a Secret (Rizzoli and Isles #12) by Tess Gerritsen. (Crime)

    Almost a Crime by Penny Vincenzi, Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell, The Spy by Paulo Coelho and Cold War (Power Plays #5) by Tom Clancy. (Fiction)

    The Great Grey Owl by Robert R. Taylor, and Paddy by R. D. Lawrence. (Non-Fiction)

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    Reminder that Story Time starts this week!  Join us at the library on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 2:15 p.m., for stories, snacks, and a simple craft.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/3/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    October 2, 2017

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    Hats off to the 2017 Quiz Night winning team:  Don & Louise Daymond, Ken McCallum, Andrew Chambers, Shelley McLean, Rhonwen Mikkelson, Amber & Ryan Bilinsky.  This is the 3rd win for the ‘Dazed and Confused’ team, they’ve won on alternate years since 2013.  Congrats also to Florence Vilks, winner of the Club/Diamond/Heart/Spade game and to Crystal Stanley, the True/False champ – her second time accomplishing this feat.  J Horton was ecstatic to have his ticket drawn for the 50/50 prize.  Maria Allan won the lovely wine/snack gift basket, thanks very much to Solo Market for donating this prize.

    Thanks to all who participated in Quiz Night this year!  We enjoy hosting this fun event and appreciate your support of the Library.

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    Our large print block of books has been recently refreshed so please drop by and browse the new titles!

    Looking to get a start on your Christmas shopping?  Of course you are.  We have limited signed copies Gerald Kuehl’s fantastic book, Portraits of the North, on sale at the library for $35.00!   Perfect for under the tree.


    Don’t be alarmed!  The library doesn’t look like this, but you might notice some disruption over the next few weeks as we move things around in anticipation of our new shelving.  There is method to our madness and all of the books will still be easily found.  Please bear with us during this short period of reorganization.

    Please note that the library will be closed on Sunday, October 8, 2017 and Monday, October 9, 2017 for the Thanksgiving weekend.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/25/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    September 25, 2017


    October is Canadian Library month.  It’s an opportunity for libraries to celebrate and raise awareness of their importance in the community and in people’s lives.  Libraries are so much more than just books. They are a place for interaction, conversation, support, friendship, events and fun for both adults and children.  Come by and relax in our cozy reading areas or if you feel inclined, add some pieces to our ongoing and ever-changing puzzle.  At our library we often have presentations, get-togethers, and fun events such as our annual QUIZ NIGHT (September 29, 2017 – get your team registered!).


    With the return of school comes the return of Story Time!  Story Time is on Wednesdays and will begin on October 11, 2017 at 2:15.  Join us at the library for stories, songs, a snack and a simple craft.  This weekly get-together is run by Grassroots – Pinawa Early Childhood Development Committee.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/19/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    September 18, 2017

    Who doesn’t love a good book about animals?  Over the last few weeks our shelves have seen a burst of new animal themed books for all ages and interests, including:

    The Usborne Little Book of Dogs and Puppies by Phillip Clarke

    Cats by Anna Milbourne

    If Your Cat Could Talk by Bruce Fogle

    The Horse: A Miscellany of Equine Knowledge by Julie Whitaker and Ian Whitlow

    Wolf: Legend, Enemy, Icon by Rebecca L. Grambo

    ASPCA Complete Guide to Dogs by Sheldon L. Gerstenfeld

    A quick peek through our shelves finds many more “guides to”, informational, photo, story and fun books about animals of all kinds.

    If you are interested in more exotic animals along with stories of travel and adventure please join us at the Pinawa Library for Donna and Ray Warenko’s “An African Journey” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  Donna and Ray will take you through their 2-month journey through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa.  Everyone welcome!




  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/11/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    September 11, 2017

    Is everyone “falling” back into a routine?  We hope this includes some reading time because the return of our fall hours means more new books on the shelves! Checklist:  hot chocolate, sweaters, wool socks, books!  Come over and browse – we love patron requests, suggestions and reviews!

    Connie Hill highly recommends News of the World and writes “the setting may suggest a Western, but this lovely novel by Paulette Jiles is so much more.  An old man and a twice orphaned girl journey through a dangerous landscape to deliver the child to relatives and the news to isolated towns. Their developing relationship is at the heart of the story”.

    A few new books on the shelf include Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology & the Business of Keeping us Hooked by Adam Alter, Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton and Glass Houses by Louise Penny (The latest in the popular Inspector Gamache series!).

    We hope to see you at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the library to meet and chat with Pinawa’s own Gerald Kuehl about his amazing book, Portraits of the North.  Join us for reading, conversation, and refreshments.

    Don’t forget to drop in and register for Quiz Night which will be held on September 29, 2017!  And equally as important – start thinking of your top secret team name!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/4/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    September 4, 2017

    Why do we have a picture of a black rhino on our page this week?  Mark your calendars because Donna and Ray Warenko will be at the library on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00 to share their experiences during their 2-month, 12,000 km  journey through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa.  Yes, that is their camper that the rhino is checking out! Their presentation will include a slide show and tales from their trip.  Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

    The library would like to say a big thank-you to our wonderful summer students Rebecca and Terra for a job superbly done!  We wish them and all others a great return to school this week.

    With school resuming, we will be returning to our regular hours effective Tuesday, September 5, 2017:

    Monday 6:30-9:00
    Tues-Thurs 9:00-4:00 & 6:30-9:00
    Friday 9:00-4:00
    Sunday 1:00-3:00

  • The Biblio File: Library News (8/28/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    August 28, 2017

    Meet author and artist Gerald Kuehl on Wednesday September 13, 2017 at 7:00 in the Pinawa Public Library!

    Gerald is a self-taught pencil artist that grew up in Pinawa. Over the past 30 years he has drawn everything from fish to hockey skates. On a trip to northern Manitoba in 1997, the seed was planted for Portraits of the North, when he became fascinated by the stories of the people he met.  He was determined to capture the spirit and vitality of these people through pencil portraiture.  This decision has taken him over 90,000 km by car, plane, bus and train to many settlements and communities in the north.

    During the years that Gerald has been pursuing this project, he has been directly involved in Aboriginal culture, which has given him a great understanding of his subject matter. His amazing collection of drawings includes the First Nations groups: Cree, Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Dene, as well as the Metis people.

    Portraits of the North, Pencil drawings of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Elders of Northern Manitoba offers an incomparable glimpse into the experiences and history of more than one hundred elders from Canada’s North.  This is a stunning collection of portraits along with intimate profiles collected from oral accounts and anecdotes.

    The evening will include reading and conversation with the author, along with book sales and signing.  Everyone welcome – refreshments provided.

    Also please note that the library will be closed on Sunday, September 3, 2017 and Monday, September 4, 2017 for the Labor Day weekend.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (8/14/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    August 14, 2017

    Now that the plus 30 temperatures seem to have slowed, it’s time to consider turning on the oven again.  Want to try out a new recipe but would prefer to browse before buying the whole book? Ever wonder how many things you can actually do with beans?  The library has over 130 food and food related books, along with a few magazines dedicated to, or filled with, recipes and meal ideas.

    Speaking of food…let’s take a moment to highlight some local talent! The Exchange District brunch spot, Clementine Café, has been nominated for enRoute magazine’s annual list of Canada’s best new restaurants.  Clementine is the only Winnipeg restaurant among 30 on the list for the 2017 edition of the magazine’s annual compilation.  The top 10 will be unveiled in October.  The café is co-owned by Pinawa’s Adam Donnelly, who also co-owns Segovia – one of the best known spots in the city.  Segovia and Clementine were designed by Fiona Sanipelli, also from Pinawa, and the coffee that you enjoy with your brunch comes from Dogwood Coffee Company, co-owned by Nils Vik of Pinawa (who also co-owns Parlour Coffee in Winnipeg).

    The library has a special “Home Grown” section that features local authors and interest.  Be sure to browse this section the next time you stop by.  There’s a lot of talent in, around, and originating from this small town!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (8/7/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    August 7, 2017

    Are you planning a road trip this month?  What is the driver supposed to do while the passengers are relaxing, sleeping, reading and watching movies?  Well, we’re glad you asked!  The library has over 150 audio-books to educate or entertain while those miles are piling up.

    Speaking of travel, it’s so inconvenient to have to bring a separate suitcase just for books.  Luckily there are eBooks!  Recently a new app has been launched to access the eLM (eLibraries Manitoba) collection.  The set up process is smooth and the app is streamlined and visually appealing. The app is called Libby and can be found in the iOS (Apple) and Play (Android) app stores to download. More information about Libby can be found at

    Prefer to travel by human-power?  New to the library is the set of 6 Trans Canada Trail maps with navigational and interpretive guides. These colorful and easy to read maps include a listing of photo-op points, museums, historic sites, points of interest, wildlife viewing areas, birding hot spots, geo-spots and more.

    Don’t forget about armchair travel!  Originally this term was used to describe reading travel books to learn about a country, people, or area.  The definition has expanded to include reading any kind of book to transport oneself to a different place, time or experience without ever having to leave your chair. Who doesn’t love this idea?  Stop by, grab a few books and get comfortable.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (7/31/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    July 31, 2017

    Did you know that our library has over 1000 DVDs?  They can be borrowed for free and yours for 3 weeks to enjoy!  We have many genres and a huge children’s section for those rainy summer days.

    We have added a few more titles recently, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, When Nature Calls, and the Pet Detective Animated Series. Also new to us are Blue Smoke (based on the novel by Nora Roberts), Doubt (based on the multiple award-winning play), and Evening.  Kay Harvey has donated Series 3 of The Indian Doctor and for the kids we have Mr. Strong and Mr. Tickle from the well-known Mr. Men and Little Miss series.

    The Man Booker Prize is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language and published in the UK. The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured international renowned and success; therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade.  The 13 title longlist has been released.  This will be voted down to a 6-book shortlist in September and the winner will be announced on October 17, 2017.  From this list we have on our shelves  The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy, Autumn by Ali Smith, Swing Time by Zadie Smith, and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  On order are 4321 by Paul Auster and Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. You can see the full list at

    Reno alert! We will be changing our shelving in the fall and will have some bookshelves to give away! If you are interested please stop by and take a look.  We would love to find new homes for these – they are solid wood and very sturdy.  Perfect for a basement, storage room or garage.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (7/24/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    July 24, 2017

    We hope that everyone is having a great summer so far!  For parents with young children, we know that beach-reading is just a pipe dream.  Drop in and choose from our great selection of magazines – easy to flip through and handy to put down every 45 seconds when you need to do a head count!

    New and “new to us” books are added weekly to our shelves, but not always listed in the Biblio File because of other timely news, or because the list is just too long! To stay on top of our most recent 100 tiles added, go to our website at and “Search Our Catalogue”.

    We love book reviews and recommendations!  Genie Johnston describes A Beaver is Eating my Canoe: True Tales to Make You Laugh by Matt Jackson as “the best book of short stories that I’ve ever read!” Connie Hill highly recommends LaRose by Louise Eldrich and writes that it is “A powerful novel of love and loss, revenge and forgiveness.  The title character is a young boy with an old soul, the beloved son who is offered to another family in recompense for the death of their own.”

    “Books are uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (7/10/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    July 10, 2017


    The Pinawa Town Market is held at the Community Centre from 11-3 on Sunday, July 16th.  Don’t miss our sale table where you will find something for everyone.  We will have bargain books, “Almost New” books and DVDs for your perusal.  Pinawa’s own Mike Luke will be at the market with The Murder House, Book 3 in the “Finding Cindy” Trilogy.

    Don’t forget to pick up a raffle ticket in support of the library – you could be the lucky winner of a 55” Ultra HD TV.  The draw will be made at the town market – we appreciate your support!

    Calling all Star Trek fans!  We have 295 Star Trek books for sale inside the library.  They are in excellent condition and are available to purchase individually to complete your set, or make an offer for the whole collection!

    Our students are settling in and would love to see you at the first story time of the summer on Wednesday, July 12th at 2:00 for stories, a simple craft and a light snack.

    Have a fun and safe Pinawa Birthday weekend!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (7/4/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    July 3, 2017

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    Summer is officially here and we would like to introduce and welcome our summer students Terra and Rebecca!  They will be starting up our weekly summer story time beginning on Wednesday, July 12th at 2 p.m.  These fun afternoons include stories, a snack, and a simple craft.

    A number of new westerns have been added to our collection recently, by author William Johnstone.  Western readers who also like crime … have you tried author C.J. Box?

    Other new crime titles include:

    Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves

    Judgment Cometh by Scott Pratt

    The Cruel Stars of the Night by Kjell Eriksson

    Camino Island by John Grisham

    Whatever your genre of choice is for this first (and hopefully warm) week of summer, we have something for you!

    Don’t forget our summer hours for the months of July and August – we are no longer open in the mornings so sleep in and we will see you after lunch.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/26/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    June 26, 2017


     Hours - July & August

    A giant thank you to all of the volunteers that help in the library throughout the year – we couldn’t run as smoothly as we do without you.  We hope to see you back in September!

    Last week at the library we received a HUGE book donation which has been reviewed and sorted (thank you Audrey, for tackling this!).   These generously donated volumes have been divided between our shelves, our sale books, and some put aside for our sale table at the Pinawa town market in July.  There’s always something going on at the PPL!

    Connie Hill has read and highly recommended Ian McEwan’s latest novel, Nutshell. “Readers unfamiliar with the prize-winning author might wonder about his choice of a fetus as narrator and witness to a murder plot.  But this imaginative take on “a fly on the wall” is perfect.  As the plot unfolds, we are enlightened and entertained.”

    Are you looking for a biography?  The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, by award-winning author Hisham Matar, is described as “a great read” by Genie Johnston.  When the author was 19 his father was kidnapped and held in a secret prison in Libya. 22 years later, after the fall of Qaddafi, when the prison cells empty there is no sign of his father.  Hisham returns to the land he thought he’d never go back to, in search of the truth behind his father’s disappearance.  The Return is the story of what he found there.

    We love book reviews and recommendations so please keep them coming in.

    The countdown to summer is on! Have you made your beach reading list?

  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/19/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    June 19, 2017


    Did you know that along with our collection of over 20,000 books and over 1,000 DVDs we also have over 60 different magazine subscriptions?  There’s something for every interest – crafts and hobbies, kid’s interest, lifestyle and fitness, home décor, sports, news, science and much more.  New to our collection are SUP (replacing Canoe & Kayak) and Shape.    Drop by our air conditioned reading area this summer and flip through a few!

    We have been busy cataloguing new and “new to us” books over the past week, and we’ve covered a number of different genres.  Here is just a sampling of what’s on the NEW shelf this week:

    Heirloom knits by Judith McLeod-Odell and Knitting on the edge by Nicky Epstein for the crafters.

    Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel in our Junior Graphic Novels section.

    Debbie Macomber and Mary Jane Clark fans will be happy to see that we have added 5 books from each of these popular authors.

    New Crime includes The Only Child  by Andrew Pyper, Rubbernecker  by Belinda Bauer, and Sing a Worried Song by William Deverell.

    A number of William W. Johnstone westerns have been added along with Science Fiction titles The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds, and Take us to your Chief by Drew Hayden Taylor.

    You will find interesting new titles in our Non-Fiction collection as well, including Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, and Stranger  than we can Imagine by John Higgs.

    Stop in and browse the shelves for these and many others. It’s time to start thinking about the beach and cottage reading list!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/12/2017)

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    One of our ongoing projects at the library is to sort through our book and DVD donations.

    People often ask: “What happens to donations that we find to be duplicates or can’t use”?

    We put them onto our sales carts or “nearly new” area to raise additional funds for the library. Sale books are sold by the bag and are an unbelievable bargain. You can also pick up some gems individually for couch cushion change!   Don’t forget to keep checking because we refresh these sections often and there is something for everyone.

    We also bundle up past years magazine subscriptions and offer these by the bundle. Great for crafts, idea boards, recipes, and leaving at the cottage for a leisurely flip-through.

    If we are unable to sell these in the library, we arrange to have them donated to a charity based thrift store. We are very thankful for your donations, and ensure that they will always end up with someone who appreciates them!

    New (and “new to us”) books this week:

    Crime:  Breakdown and Critical Mass  – numbers 15 and 16 in Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski series.   Moon Music by Faye Kellerman

    Fiction: Under Gemini and Voices in Summer by Rosamunde Pilcher

    Teen:    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

    The Fire by Night  by Teresa Messineo. This newly received donation was read and highly recommended by Carol Findlay. The Fire by Night is about two young nurses during World War II.  One ends up in a Japanese internment camp and the other ends up on the European front.  Carol describes it as a compelling read from a nurse’s point of view, definitely not a sanitized account of war.  Many thanks to the donor of this book!

    New books are added often…visit us and browse the shelves!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/5/2017)

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    What’s new at the Library? – Cheryl!  Actually she’s our same old Cheryl who’s been here for years, the new bit is that she’s going to start writing the Biblio File news.  As always, we’ll continue to welcome your book and movie recommendations.  Keep on telling us about the latest book you enjoyed, or even better if you’re moved to write a short blurb.  Everyone loves a book suggestion and we’re happy to share yours.

    So now it’s over to you, Cheryl!

    NEW DVDs this week:

    What if……we had 3 new Wild Kratts DVDs?

    I’d like to say that these are for the kids, but I’ve learned something every time I’ve watched an episode – fun and informative shows that teach kids (well, everyone) about animals and the environment.  This week on our shelves:  Wild Reptiles, Australian Adventures, and Panda-monium.

    Friends of Diego will enjoy his adventures in The Iguana Sing-along, The Great Dinosaur Rescue and Arctic Rescue.

    You will also find Series 1 and Series 2 of “An Indian Doctor”, a multiple award winning BBC drama.  This is the story of Delhi graduate Dr. Prem Sharma who arrives in the UK in 1963 as part of the first wave of Indian doctor wooed by then health minister, Enoch Powell.  Prem and his dignified wife, Kamini, want to build a new life for themselves following a family tragedy – but rather than finding a glamourous job as a high-flying consultant in London, Prem finds himself in the Welsh coal mining village of Trefelin, where apart from the culture shock, he quickly starts to realize that things are not quite as they should be.

    I have it on authentic Welsh authority that this is a very good series…thank you Kay Harvey for the donation!  Interest is high on these so make sure you reserve your spot!

    Stay tuned for new book titles in next week’s Biblio File.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/29/2017)

    Imagine creative Manitoba

    Speak up for your library
    The Province of Manitoba is conducting a Cultural Review, and public libraries are a significant component of this review.  Participation and responses from library trustees, library staff and library users will be very important to inform decisions on investments and policies around public libraries over the course of this government’s term and perhaps beyond.

    The Province invites us all to submit feedback before June 30, 2017 and it is important that they hear from us.  You can find a Discussion Paper and information on how to submit your feedback at  Or drop by the Library and pick up a printed copy of the section on public libraries (p.68-79) which includes three library-specific questions:

    1. What can be done to maximize the role and contributions of libraries to the well-being of all Manitobans?
    2. How should the cultural policy address the challenges currently impacting the public library system?
    3. How can libraries play a role in celebrating and promoting culture in your community?

    There are many ways of submitting feedback.  It is not necessary to read the entire Discussion Paper to answer the questions posed and people need not stick to the formatted questions.  You can tell how and why you value library services through an online submission, and also send an email or mail your ideas directly to the Minister.

    New fiction
    The House Where Angels Dwell, 1992-1993 by Henry K. Ripplinger
    Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor
    Black Apple by Joan Crate
    Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    by Fredrick Backman:
    A Man Called Ove
    My Grandmother Sends her Regards & Apologizes

    New crime
    Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
    Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
    The Black Book by James Patterson
    16th Seduction by James Patterson
    Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/22/2017)

    Focus on non-fiction

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    The White Road: journey into an obsession
    by Edmund de Waal
    A white spine, fragments of pottery – the outside of this book doesn’t shed much light on what might between the covers.  I decided to find out more and came across an online review (below).  If you like biography, travel, history and some mystery, here’s one to try.

    “In The White Road, bestselling author and artist Edmund de Waal gives us an intimate narrative history of his lifelong obsession with porcelain, or “white gold.” A potter who has been working with porcelain for more than forty years, de Waal describes how he set out on five journeys to places where porcelain was dreamed about, refined, collected and coveted–and that would help him understand the clay’s mysterious allure. From his studio in London, he starts by travelling to three “white hills”–sites in China, Germany and England that are key to porcelain’s creation. But his search eventually takes him around the globe and reveals more than a history of cups and figurines; rather, he is forced to confront some of the darkest moments of twentieth-century history.
    Part memoir, part history, part detective story, The White Road chronicles a global obsession with alchemy, art, wealth, craft and purity. In a sweeping yet intimate style that recalls The Hare with Amber Eyes, de Waal gives us a singular understanding of “the spectrum of porcelain” and the mapping of desire.”

    New non-fiction
    The Last Goodnight: a World War II story of espionage, adventure, and betrayal by Howard Blum
    Science of the Magical: from the Holy Grail to love potions to superpowers by Matt Kaplan
    The New Tsar: the rise and reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers
    A River Runs Again: India’s natural world in crisis, from the barren cliffs of Rajasthan to the farmlands of Karnataka by Meera Subramanian
    Canada Before Television: radio, taste, and the struggle for cultural democracy by Len Kuffert
    Where Song Began: Australia’s birds and how they changed the world by Tim Low
    What to do When Machines do Everything: how to get ahead in a world of AI, algorithms, bots, and big data by Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig and Ben Pring

    New fiction
    Against All Odds by Danielle Steel
    City of Friends by Joanna Trollope
    First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
    The House Where Angels Dwell: 1992-1993 by Henry K. Ripplinger (Angelic Letters #6)
    The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
    Autumn by Ali Smith