Archive for April, 2013

Hi Folks,

I’m writing this from home as the Lisle Library District will be closed for a full day today due to the official state of emergency. There are further postings being made on the library’s Facebook page.

I have contacted our book’s author, Denise Swanson early this morning to let her know that we would be cancelling tonight’s event. HOWEVER — we will be re-scheduling this event and Denise has generously agreed to come when we have the date confirmed. For now, just know that it will be on a Thursday night either in July or August — and that more details will be sent out once things are firmed up. I have sent an enail to all members I had an address for, and I’m hoping this post will reach anyone I missed. Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we get this sorted out. We will meet next month as scheduled to discuss James Patterson’s “!st to Die” — our first Patterson book! (More info to come on that as well.)

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Mystery Awards Tab link

Two of the major mystery awards given to mystery authors will be determined at the beginning of May. Our Awards tab has been updated with the fiction book nominees in difference categories for the Edgar awards, presented by Mystery Writers of America by member authors, and the Agatha awards presented at the Malice Domestic mystery convention. The Edgars will be announced on Thursday night, May 2nd at the Edgar Gala banquet, and the Agathas will likewise be announced on Saturday night, May 4th at the Agatha Awards Banquet.

Here’s your chance to get a jump on who the winners might be. Go to the Awards tab (or click on the Mystery Awards graphic above). All the nominees listed have links to both our catalog so you can reserve the book — and to the author’s website or an author-related site, so you can learn more about the writer as well! We’ll be posting the winners on this page as well, so read quickly — and see if you can determine who will win these prestigious awards.

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NY Times Best-Selling author, Craig Johnson
In an up-coming issue of Publishers Weekly there’s an interesting Q&A with noted western mystery writer Craig Johnson.

I’m going to try to use such things as a reminder to me to highlight different mystery writers you may not know.

If you haven’t had a chance to try Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series, you’re missing one of the best modern mystery writers working today. A Wyoming native, Johnson’s deep understanding and appreciation for the American West draws the reader in along with the mystery. The new TV series Longmire (now in its second season) is based on these mysteries, and we have that in our DVD collection as well — but start with the novels, you won’t want to miss this author’s way with words.

The first book in the series is The Cold Dish. Click on the book cover to go to our catalog’s copy of the book.


As for that Q&A — the library has Publishers Weekly in its magazine collection. Issues of PW are available for loan. Ask library staff about borrowing it. (This article is in the latest issue that is not being circulated yet.)

Click on the Craig Johnson’s picture to go to the author’s web site.


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