Friday, May 01, 2015

[Library Events and Programs] Friends of the Library 2015 Spring Book Sale

Make room on your shelves and ready your shopping bags. In 21 days, the Friends of the Memphis Public Library will host its annual Spring Book Sale. All items are priced $2.00 or less!

Click poster to view price list

Friends of the Library
2015 Spring Book Sale

Friday & Saturday
May 22 - 23, 2015
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
(Friends of the Library members only preview sale Friday 8:00 - 10:00 AM)

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Meeting Rooms
3030 Poplar Avenue 

Visit the Friends of the Library webpage


[Awards] 2015 Edgar Awards

May is Mystery Month and I can't think of a better time for the Mystery Writers of America to announce the winners of the 2015 Edgar Awards.

The Edgar Allen Poe Awards are given to "the best titles in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television, published or produced in 2014."

Click the titles below to find the following Edgar winners at one of our library locations. 

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann

Click to view all 2015 Edgar Award Winners

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

[Book Review] The Stranger by Harlan Coben


Andrea reviews THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben (Random House, 2015)

Everyone has secrets. The secret could be so small the holder may not remember having it, or the secret could be so gigantic it is eating its owner from the inside.  It does not matter the magnitude of the secret because everyone has them. It’s just a matter of what happens when the secrets are exposed.

Enter the Stranger. He thrives in finding out different people’s enormous secrets and exposing them cruelly and elaborately. As sick and twisted as this is, he justifies it by making it a living blackmailing others.

When the Stranger runs into suburban lawyer, Adam Price, he exposes a secret so great that Adam’s entire universe is shattered. Soon the tangled web of lies and deception that Adam and wife Corinne enters is so dark that their perfect life together is just a mirage. Adam comes to realize if he does not play this chess game just perfectly, his American dream will be completely annihilated by these con artists.

Once again Harlan Coben has written an amazingly dark tale that causes readers to lose sleep because they just have to know what will happen next. If you’re a fan of reading non-stop, not sleeping because the story is just that good, or else, getting absolutely nothing done on your to-do list, read The Stranger. I promise, you will not put it down until you have absorbed all of it!

Andrea Bledsoe-King, Poplar-White Station Library

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Friday, April 24, 2015

[News and Notes] April 24, 2015


Günter Grass, German novelist and winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature,  passed away April 13 at the age of 87. He is best known for his debut novel, The Tin Drum, as well as a number of plays and essays.  (NYTimes & The Guardian UK Obituaries) (Gunter Grass library catalog


The 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners were announced April 20th. Click the Pulitzer winning titles below to locate or place holds. (View all 2015 Pulitzer Winners)

Fiction - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Biography - The Pope and Mussolini: the secret history of Pius XI and the rise of Fascism in Europe :  by David I. Kertzer

General NonfictionThe Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Why We Love Libraries on April 18th of National Library Week

"The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history." -Carl T. Rowan


Friday, April 17, 2015

[Library Events and Programs] Bookstock is Saturday April 18th at 10:30 a.m.

Don't forget to bring the entire family to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library  for BOOKSTOCK. 
This fun-filled, exciting event is Saturday, April 18th, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm. 

View Bookstock Event Schedule

Why We Love Libraries on April 17th of National Library Week

“The library serves as a gathering place for friends who share the love of books. It further serves as a resource for those who escape the pressure of everyday life, doing it by losing themselves in the written word.” ― Kristen Ashley, Breathe


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Why We Love Libraries on April 16th of National Library Week

“A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.” ― Norman Cousins


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