Spring is here!
International Falls Public Library
Spring is beginning to show signs of arriving in International Falls. I have crocus blooming in my backyard and hopefully we won’t see too many more wildfires before the spring fire season is over. But spring, summer or whatever season you want can be found in books if not outside. So the next time you want that pool side weather now, swing on by the library and let us help you find it in a book.
Tomatoes. Tomatoes is what warmer weather begins to make me think about and Epic Tomatoes by Craig LeHoullier and Heirloom Flavor by Doreen G. Howard make by mouth water just by looking at these books. Mr. LeHoullier provides details on selecting and growing ‘the best varieties of all time’ in his informative book. Lots of practical information on troubleshooting, preserving and of course growing those wonderful orbs of summer is provided. Ms. Howard doesn’t focus on just tomatoes but all sorts of the ‘best-tasting vegetables, fruits, and herbs for today’s cook’ from yesterday’s varieties. The pictures are marvelous and the details both in practical and historical about the varieties shared is wonderful.
I love to seek out new folklore and regional tales are particularly fascinating to me. Great Lakes Folklore by Charles Cassady, Jr. fit the bill. He presents ‘legends of the Five Sisters’ in his slim volume of folktales.
When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning is an incredible look at a small piece of World War II. 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks of 1,200 different titles were printed and shipped to millions of servicemen serving overseas, providing comfort, distraction and escape from the brutalities of war.
Philip Margolin writes thrillers with an uncanny view of criminal behavior, probably due to his work as a criminal defense attorney. His newest, Woman with a Gun has a wonderful cover. It is a photo of a woman shot from behind, in a wedding dress standing on the shore at night, facing the sea and in her right hand, hidden behind her back is a six-shooter. Aspiring novelist Stacey Kim is doing a retrospective on the work of acclaimed photographer Kathy Moran when she encounters this photo and decides to investigate and quickly finds herself with many questions and few answers.
Another gorgeous, but very different cover that pulled me in is The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. The layout of this book is as beautiful as the story of a couple of elderly Britons in the days of British decline following Roman departure and the power of memory and how love, vengeance, war and even forgetting affect us all.
Let’s end this week with a light read that makes us all dream of summer on the beach. Beach Bags and Burglars by Dorothy Howell is a Haley Randolph Mystery. Haley is a part-time sleuth and full-time fashionista and her latest escapade takes place at Rowan Resort, an exclusive island getaway catering to the whims of millionaires, royalty and Hollywood A-listers.
Pictures and Pens
"Pictures and Pens – Year 3!" The library’s program to encourage both photographers and writers in their craft. Each month we will post a theme for writers and photographers to work with. Writings of less than 1,000 words and 8x10 photographs will be accepted up to the last day of each month the library is open. A winning writing and photograph that best capture the theme will be selected with each winning entry receiving a $50 prize. After we have selected twelve photos and stories we will print them together in a small book. Everyone is eligible to enter these contests (although if you win one month, you are not eligible the next month). For more information, visit the library blog, or contact Diane at the library.
The April theme is 'new.'