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Imagine you are the author of three international blockbuster novels.  Acclaimed throughout the world, you have achieved critical and financial success beyond your wildest imagination. Now imagine that you never see the rewards of your labor because you die, suddenly, before your books are published.  How cruel is that?  Well, it did happen just that way to Swedish author Stieg Larsson, who was felled by a fatal heart attack just months before the publishing date of his first book. He never lived to see any of his books, (The Millenium Trilogy featuring The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire and the forthcoming The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest) in print. Next week, the final volume of the trilogy will be published in the U.S. and will undoubtedly join its predecessors on the best-seller list.

CROSS-CRAFTING WITH A VENGEANCE: THE NEW WEIRD

Genre labels.  Librarians love them because they can quietly signal new finds to readers of genre fiction.  They're a kind of library shorthand, much as Dewey Decimal labels are-- a subtle signpost for the knowledgable browser.  Still, genre labels have their limits.  It can be hard to discover a new author when your favorite titles are thinly scattered throughout a much larger general fiction collection, labels or no.  We created the Speculative Fiction area at New City Library with the intention of fixing this problem.  By bringing the three related genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror together into their own space, we hoped to support the kind of happy serendipity that only happens in a small browsing collection.  As it turns out, there's been an unexpected side benefit. 

One Great Value

One of the best historical events for the money is the annual Conference on New York State History presented by the New York State Historical Association and in partnership with the New York Archiives Partnership Trust. This lesser known event is a must if you love New York history. Presenters from around the country congregate and for two and a half days you are immersed with topics ranging from newspaper businesses in New York City to the Eriie Canal to the lace industry of the Oneida Indians. There are three programs at each time slot starting in the mornings and ending by late afternoon.

The 31st conference will be held at Ithaca College, June 3 -5. Go to the website, nysha.org for further information and the registration form. There are accommodations at the college as well as nearby hotels. Where else can you pay an $85 registration fee and come home with so much information?!! Try it, you will love it.

 

Rockland Trivia

The 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America is being celebrated though officially it began February 11, 1910. This unique organization started small and has on record more than 110 million registered American Scouts. But did you know the importance of scouting in Rockland County? Suffern resident, Daniel Beard (1850- 1941) was the first national commissioner of Scouting and first organized camping within the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in 1910. Mr. Beard is buried in Rockland Cemetery.   Interestingly, 1910 was also the same year the Harriman family gave $1,000,000 and 10,000 acres to create Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks. The Boy Scouts sited their first camp at Lake Stahahe (next to Southfields off the NYS Thruway) in 1913. The first national Scout meeting was held in 1919 at the Bear Mountain Inn. Scouting has certainly had an active history in Rockland County and surrounding Orange. Happy Birthday! 

A Jewel in the New York Harbor

Governors Island: The Jewel  of New York Harbor is one of the many books available in the Rockland Room that focuses on New York City history.  This beautiful book blends a sense of nostalgia with twenty-first-century amenities. The author has included rarely-viewed photos, blueprints, architectural plans and interviews with former residents. Located in the New York Harbor, Governors Island was a British fort in the 1700's and then played a long-standing role as a station for the U.S. Army and the Coast Guard. The island also offers a vivid reflection of historic events in New York City and the world at large. Stop in at the Rockland Room and have a look in the new book section for this fascinating book.

It should be mentioned that there is a new library non-fiction book discussion group, Facts, that has been focusing on books about the Hudson Valley and Manhattan. The May selection was Manhattan: My Downtown by Pete Hamill and the June selection is The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell  by Mark Kurlansky. The group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 1PM. All interested persons are invited.

New DVD Releases For May 11th

We have two new DVD releases for Tuesday, May 11th. They are:

Daybreakers (Horror Film)

Legion (Sci-Fi Film)

Coming in October

Fiction:

Child, Lee. Untitled #15.

Coben, Harlan. Back Spin.

Coulter, Catherine. The Valcourt Heiress.

Donaldson, Stephen R. Against All Things Ending: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

Goldberg, Myla. The False Friend.

Krauss, Nicole. Great House.

Meyer, Deon. Thirteen Hours.

Perry, Anne. A Christmas Odyssey.

Parker, Robert B. Painted Ladies

Roth, Philip. Nemesis

Willis, Connie. All Clear.

Non-Fiction

Ellis, Joseph. First Family: Abigail and John Adams.

Halperin, Ian. The Governator: From Muscle Beach to His Quest for the White House, the Improbable Rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Johnson, Steven. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation.

Kelly, Kevin. What Technology Wants.

Mandela, Nelson. Conversations with Myself.

What's Cooking?: Healing Foods

As I was preparing the Chicken Wine Soup for my daughter-in-law after she gave birth, I realize we often overlook the restorative and healing powers of food.  This Chicken Wine Soup is traditional in the Chinese culture and prepared for new mothers in their recovery from childbirth. This soup contains an abundance of ginger and glutinous rice wine in the soup to help rejuvenate and warm the body. The dried lily buds and wood ears are believed to have anticoagulant properties. The dried Chinese mushrooms revitalize the body and improve its immune system.  Of course, everyone is familiar with the healing quality of chicken soup. There are some who await a new birth with anticipation just to be able to partake of this soup along with a small bowl of pickled pigs’ knuckles with hard-boiled eggs cooked in sweetened black vinegar and ginger.  You may think this latter dish is unappetizing but it is often requested unabashedly.  Although I think the taste is unique and delicious, the true focus is on the restorative value of its ingredients.

New Romance Fiction for May 2010

In paperback:

Desires of a Perfect Lady by Victoria Alexander H
Demonkeepers by Jessica Andersen (4, The Final Prophecy) C, S
Cold Hearted by Beverly Barton (5, Griffin Powell) C, M
Dead by Midnight by Beverly Barton (6, Griffin Powell) C, M
A Most Sinful Proposal by Sara Bennett H
The Secret Duke by Jo Beverley (10, The Mallorens) H
The Devil’s Playground by Jenna Black (5, Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist) C, S
Rogue in My Arms by Celeste Bradley (2, The Runaway Brides) H
Enigma by Carla Cassidy (Harlequin Intrigue: Maximum Men) C, M
Out of Eden by Beth Ciotta C

New Speculative Fiction for May 2010

New to our shelves:

Dark Matter by S. W. Ahmed SF
Backlash by Aaron Allston (4, Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi) SF
Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld) H, R
Directive 51 by John Barnes SF, A
Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle by Peter S. Beagle, with Jonathan Strahan, ed. F, H
The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett (2, Demon trilogy) F
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (5, Mercy Thompson) F, H, R
Changes by Jim Butcher (12, Dresden Files) F, H
Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror by Ellen Datlow, ed. H
Breakfast at Twilight and Other Stories by Phillip K. Dick, with Gregg Rickman, ed.  (2, The Early

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