We just learned that the Manchester Portland Pie Co. has closed unexpectedly for the rest of today. As a result, tonight’s fundraiser will need to be postponed. We apologize for the short notice, and would like to thank any would-be supporters who were planning to attend. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s been rescheduled.
April 16th, 2015 · City Library, Events, News, Uncategorized
April 14th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, West Branch
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809 and died in Baltimore in 1849. He was best known for his poetry and short stories, and his work led to the beginning of different literary genres, earning him the nickname “Father of the Detective Story.” Among his major works were Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, which included the short story “The Fall of the House of Usher;” the 1841 story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue;” and the 1845 poem “The Raven.”
In 1946, the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) created the Edgar Awards, named for Mr. Poe, to honor the best novels, non-fiction books, television shows and films produced or published in the previous year within the mystery, crime, suspense and intrigue fields.
This year’s nominees for the 2015 Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Best Novel are:
This Dark Road to Mercy, by Wiley Cash
Wolf, by Mo Hayder
Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
The Final Silence, by Stuart Neville
Saints of the Shadow Bible, by Ian Rankin
Cop Town, by Karin Slaughter
The winner of this category, as well as the rest of the Edgar winners, will be announced on April 29 in New York City. For more information on the award and a full list of nominees for all the categories, check out the award website: www.theedgars.com.
March 30th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, National Library Week, News, NH Room, Trustees
The Portland Pie Co. has partnered with local libraries for a tasty fundraising event during National Library Week. Join us on Thursday, April 16th, from 5-9 PM at any Portland Pie Co. eatery and enjoy a feast of their marvelous pizza and Shipyard Beer. One dollar for every pizza and Shipyard beer ordered will go to benefit the Manchester City Library.
March 30th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch
Check your hat at the door because the show is going to go on and it’s here at the Manchester City Library! Local historian and author John Patrick Jordan has just published another local history gem! Manchester’s historic Palace Theatre is celebrating it’s historic 100th birthday this year and what a better way to help celebrate this occasion, than with this wonderful tribute! The Vaudeville Years in Manchester Palace Theater 1915-1955 will be discussed by author John Patrick Jordan. Plan to join us on Saturday, April 4th, at 11 o’clock and listen as Mr. Jordan discusses his latest publication. Books will be on sale and signed at that time. For more information please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 311.
March 25th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch
For March the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. The Goldfinch (2013) is the third novel by American author Donna Tartt, her first new book in 11 years. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014 among other honors.
A young boy miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Abandoned by his father, he is taken in by a friend’s family. In the years that follow, one of the few reminders of his mother is a small painting that ultimately draws him into the art underworld.
The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate. Plan to join us on Tuesday, March 31st, at 12:15 and don’t forget to bring along your lunch. For any questions or for more information please contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 320.
See you at the book discussion!