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This is the FFL Book Club reading list for the first half of 2013.

 

January 29

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

February 26

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

March 26

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

April 29

The Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresiowski

May 28

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

June 25

The Absolutist by John Boyne

July 30

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The Ferndale Science Fiction Book Club will meet again on February 14 at the Ferndale library (222 E. Nine Mile) at 7pm.

Once again, we’ve picked both a short story and a book by the same author (and once again there’s a rather good movie adaptation, this time of the short story).

Read the novel, or read the short story. Or, for the fun of getting into the author’s mind, read both and see how they might connect.  And then watch the movie and see how the director adapted it into dramatic form.

The author this month is Philip K. Dick, one of the most prominent American science-fiction authors of the 20th century, certainly one of the most filmed.  In recent years he has also achieved increasing prominence in scholarly circles for the unique structure and themes in his works.

The book we will be reading is Ubik.  We have the book in the Ferndale Public Library and you can find the catalog link here:

http://catalog.tln.lib.mi.us/uhtbin/cgisirsi/?ps=srenUqUcMQ/FERN_69/322250016/9

It also appears that some dedicated readers have loosed themselves from the constraints of copyright law and made a copy available online:

http://www.francobrain.com/philip-k-dick-ubik.htm

The short story for the month is Minority Report

And once again somebody has found ways to make it available in other forms:

http://www.cwanderson.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Philip-K-Dick-The-Minority-Report.pdf

Finally, there is the film.  http://catalog.tln.lib.mi.us/uhtbin/cgisirsi/?ps=AWvNd59NfB/FERN_69/163590053/9

Ray BradburyThe Ferndale Science Fiction Book Club will take a meet again on November 9 at the Ferndale library (222 E. Nine Mile) at 7pm.

Once again, we’ve picked both a short story and a book by the same author (and once again there’s a rather good movie adaptation).

Read the novel, or read the short story. Or, for the fun of getting into the author’s mind, read both and see how they might connect.  And then watch the movie and see how the director adapted it into dramatic form.

The author this month is Ray Bradbury, one of the most famous American science-fiction authors of the 20th century and (like last month’s author, Ursula LeGuin, one of the few with wide regard beyond the genre of science fiction.)

The book we will be reading is, in a nod to the upcoming holiday season, Something Wicked This Way Comes.  We have the book in the Ferndale Public Library and you can find the catalog link here:

http://catalog.tln.lib.mi.us/uhtbin/cgisirsi/?ps=srenUqUcMQ/FERN_69/322250016/9

It also appears that some dedicated readers have loosed themselves from the constraints of copyright law and made a copy available online:

http://www.e-reading.org.ua/chapter.php/71172/3/Bradbury_-_Something_Wicked_This_Way_Comes.html
The short story for the month is any snippet from the short story collection Dandelion Wine which shares some settings and characters with Something Wicked.

A link to the library’s copy is here:

http://catalog.tln.lib.mi.us/uhtbin/cgisirsi/?ps=sqJ8I6I4KQ/FERN_69/305240026/9

And once again some enterprising Russians have found ways to make it available in other forms:

http://readr.ru/ray-bradbury-dandelion-wine.html?page=1

Finally, there is the film.  Our library does not have it but (don’t tell Disney) somebody’s put the entire film up on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjH5Hj9xgHY

If you cannot obtain a copy please contact Kevin Deegan-Krause at kdecay@gmail.com and he’ll deliver a copy to your door :-) .

The Ferndale Science Fiction Book Club will take a meet again on November 9 at the Ferndale library (222 E. Nine Mile) at 7pm.

Recognizing how busy we all are, we’ve picked both a short story and a book by the same author.

Read the novel, or read the short story. Or, for the fun of getting into the author’s mind, read both and see how they might connect.

 

The author this month is Ursula Le Guin, widely regarded as one of the best science-fiction authors of the 20th century and one of the few with wide regard beyond the genre of science fiction.

The short story is “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas,” one of her most famous and best, and perhaps the most relevant thing we could read given the recent emergence of “Occupation.”  It is available online in pdf format (http://iweb.tntech.edu/jcbaker/The%20Ones%20Who%20Walked%20Away%20from%20Omelas.pdf) and text format (http://harelbarzilai.org/words/omelas.txt).

The book is The Lathe of Heaven, which is available throughout the TLN library system:

But if you don’t have the time to read it, you can actually watch a faithful (if somewhat dated) version here:

If you cannot obtain a copy please contact Kevin Deegan-Krause at kdecay@gmail.com and he’ll deliver a copy to your door :-) .


A Benefit for the Ferndale Public Library and Queer for Books

Blumz… By JR Designs
503 East 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI
Hosted by Blumz by JR Designs and Queer for Books
Featuring Author: Kathe Koja

June 3rd, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Please join the Ferndale Public Library’s new GLBT book club, Queer for Books, for cocktails, appetizers, live music, and Victorian punk fun to begin your Pride Weekend!

Under the Poppy, June’s featured book, is the critically-acclaimed story of two men in love and war, at a notorious Victorian brothel theatre. Under the Poppy has also been adapted for an immersive stage presentation. Buy your copy of the book at this event, meet author Kathe Koja, and receive a specially autographed copy of the stage show script at the next Queer for Books meeting on June 25th.

Tickets are $30, available in advance at the Ferndale Public Library and Blumz, and $40 at the door. All proceeds are tax deductible, and will benefit the Queer for Books Collection at the Ferndale Library. And your ticket stub is your ticket to the event’s afterparty at Menjo’s!

Victorian punk costumes encouraged- tophats, fishnets, bustles . . .
Come get Queer for Books Under the Poppy!

Live music by (the) fundamentalists
Sponsored by Menjo’s and BLUMZ BY JR DESIGNS

The Ferndale Science Fiction Book Club will take a meet again on June 8 at the Ferndale library (222 E. Nine Mile) at 7pm.

Recognizing how busy we all are, we’ve picked a book that has both a novel-length version and a short-story version: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, a classic about children and war, strategy and exceptional talent

Read the novel, or read the short story.  Or, for the fun of getting into the author’s mind, read both and see what he added to the short-story for the transition to novel form (and what he took away).

The short story is available online (apparently with the author’s permission) here: http://www.hatrack.com/osc/stories/enders-game.shtml

Copies of the novel-length work  are available throughout the TLN library system:

If you cannot obtain a copy please contact Kevin Deegan-Krause at kdecay@gmail.com.

open mic

The Ferndale Reads program encourages everyone from our community to read and celebrate one book.

This year, the library has selected a favorite among the staff: John Connolly’s The Book of Lost Things.

The story follows young David through a garden wall and into a magical world filled with creatures of all sorts, good and bad.  There, David must try to rescue his mother and find his way home again.

The line-up of events includes The Crooked Man’s Open Mic Night, a film series, book discussions, The Play of Lost Things at Go Comedy!, and an appearance by John Connolly himself.

Find the full schedule here at:
http://www.ferndale.lib.mi.us/images/stories/fernreadschedule.pdf


The Ferndale Science Fiction Book Club continues in November the library (222 E. Nine Mile) at 7pm.

In honor of the 2010 elections we’ll be talking apocalypse and reading Margaret Atwood’s new “The Year of the Flood” which is available at the Ferndale Library (and almost every other library in the system) and even by downloadable audiobook.

Come for the conversation even if you haven’t read the book (and we’ll try not to spoil it for you)!


Ferndale Science Fiction Book Club, today (Wednesday) at the library (222 E. Nine Mile) at 7pm. We’ll be talking What Ifs (in this case Philip K. Dick’s Man in the High Castle in which the US lost WWII) and what nexts (which books we should read in future).

Come even if you don’t know the book!

It’s no longer hard to justify science fiction as “serious” literature, since it seems like everybody’s doing it these days–Michael Chabon, Philip Roth, Kazuo Ishiguro, Margaret Atwood–but the best justification is that it is fun to read.

So join us on Wednesday, October 13th for our first Ferndale Science Fiction Book Club meeting.  We begin with a classic alternate history story: Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle (which takes the standard Nazis on Mars nightmare and enriches it with a subtle considerations about the meaning of truth, history and authenticity.

The Man in the High CastleCopies are available throughout the TLN library system but if you cannot obtain a copy please contact Kevin Deegan-Krause at the address below.

Book Parties live on! The Ferndale Public Library’s 5th book party will feature You Shall Know our Velocity, by Dave Eggers. It is the story of two friends who set out on a adventure around the world with the main purpose of giving away large sums of money to those deserving, as vaguely planned as is stated here.

Borrow a copy from your local public library and meet us at the Emory!

Thursday, May 13th, 7:30pm
Light snacks will be provided and if you show us your library card, your first drink is on the house.

Look forward to our future Book Parties every other month–we will feature a Michigan Authors Series next!

Where: Ferndale Public Library 642 E. Nine Mile

When: Library hours May 1 to May 15

What: General Fiction, Biographies, Kids and Young Adult, Reference

How Much: $1 per bag

A few small notes:

  • The library is not (yet) taking donations for future sales, but that day will soon come so hold on to them.  We will post here once we have space to store sale materials.
  • This sale will not need Friends help–the last one without active Friends participation.

Day of Books and Roses

Where:
Ferndale Public Library, 642 E. Nine Mile
When:
Sunday, April 18, 2pm to 7pm
What:
Books:
For browsing and purchase by Bookbeat in Oak Park and Leopold’s Books in Detroit and other booksellers.  Readings and book sales by local authors.
Roses:
Beautiful flowers for purchase
Music:
Howling Diablos jazz trio
Food:
Savory and sweet Crepes by the Cannella Patisserie & Cręperie, Birmingham
Drink:
Samples of French and Spanish wines by Elie Wine in Royal Oak
Coffee by Cafe Con Leche in Detroit
How:
Join us and buy $1 tickets for wine samples (2 tickets), coffee (1 ticket), crepes (4 tickets) and roses (1 ticket)
Why:
To introduce the Day of Sant Jordi, the day that the people of Barcelona and all of Catalonia celebrate books and love.
To support the Friends of the Ferndale Library to whom the Society of Sant Jordi is donating all proceeds.
For information call: 248-546-2504
Download the factsheet here: booksandroses
And don’t forget our Friends’ Revival from 2pm to 3pm on April 25:

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Many thanks to all who participated in the Big Read events, nearly twenty in all.  Hundreds of people became involved, sampled the library’s collections and services and made connections with one another.  The great news is that this is just the beginning.  The Friends of the Library are working with the library staff to leap from the Big Read to a whole new series of cultural events–not only books but art, music, and performances–that will begin with the opening of the new library building when it opens on July 10 this summer and last until 2011.  Keep reading this page or our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/ferndale library) for details.

It’s going to be a Big Year.

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We need youThanks to those of you who have already volunteered to help and who have joined us as Fans on Facebook.  We’re planning a BIG “Friends Revival” meeting later in spring to prepare for the grand opening, but before then we will also host a meeting for those interested in volunteering for Big Read events (see: http://ferndalefriends.org/?p=24).

Please join us for that meeting, help out at Big Read events and enjoy yourself in the process:

When: Saturday, 20 February, 2pm-3pm
Where: Ferndale Public Library 642 E. Nine Mile.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment here or call Darlene Hellenberg at the library, 248-546-2504.

p.s. We are still in the process of scheduling the “Revival” but it’s likely to be on the afternoon of Sunday, April 25 at the library.  Mark your calendar for that too!

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The “new” Friends of the Ferndale Library had an impromptu debut today at the magnificent Ferndale Schools Extravaganza.  Thanks to the organizers of the event and especially to the dozens of people who stopped by the Library/Friends table to ask questions, pick up free copies of the Maltese Falcon and watch the computer animation of what the library will look like when it opens this summer.

In putting together the materials for the debut we not only created a Facebook fans page and linked it to this page, but we also prepared some initial thoughts about what a renewed Friends group should look like in a community like Ferndale and what it should do.  We’ve started think about near term tasks and long term plans.

The big picture is a combination of service, fun and community:

  • We’ve got some work to do to supplement the library’s efforts, organizing programming, assisting as volunteers and raising money for special services and final touches on the new building.
  • We’ve got plans–and invite lots more–for parties, programs, and events that will make the library the premier destination in Ferndale.  The Friends can help the library in its efforts to inform and entertain the community.
  • We want to bring people together, to talk to one another and build relationships that will strengthen Ferndale.

There are a number of specific things that the new Friends can do in the next few months, even before the new library opens:

  • Promote and staff events related to The Big Read in February and March.  See: http://ferndalefriends.org/?p=24
  • Help the library develop a wonderful even to celebrate the Catalonian “Sant Jordi Day” of Books and Roses (more to come)
  • March in the Ferndale’s Memorial Day Parade
  • Organize the best Grand Opening party the city has seen in a long time.

This is just a start—the easy and obvious stuff—and there are so many other things that we could do.  Here is where we need your help:  fill out our online membership form (no obligation) or leave a comment on this page or on our Facebook wall and answer some questions:

  • What do you want from your new library?
  • What should the Friends be doing?

We’ll keep asking your help and relying on your opinions.  Please let us know what you’re thinking.

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The Big Read is going to be a big deal in Ferndale and we’re looking for a few people to help with a few tasks. Photographers, greeters, movers of furniture, all are welcome. The full list of events is here:
http://www.neabigread.org/communities/?community_id=2059

The list of things that we need help with is below. If you are interested in helping with any of these please email: ferndalefriends@yahoo.com or ferndalefriends.org@gmail.com

    Kick-Off Party @ the Library – Feb. 27, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • Take Pictures (ask for permission from people to have their photos printed on web, etc)
    • Set Up / Clean Up

    WSU Panel Discussion @ Affirmations – March 3, 7:30 – 9:00 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • Take Pictures (ask for permission from people to have their photos printed on web, etc)
    • Help Greet People? Just be around in case people have Big Read questions

    Go Comedy – March 4, 11, 18, and 25 8:00 – 10:00 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • If I’m not there, say a few words at the beginning or end about upcoming events, thanks for coming, and tell them about donation box
    • Take Pictures (ask for permission from people to have their photos printed on web, etc)
    • Greet People? Just be around in case people have Big Read questions

    Film Noir Movie Series – March 12, 19, and 26 7:00 – 9:00 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • Set Up / Clean Up
    • Make announcements about up coming events (if I am not there)
    • Greet

    Key-Note Speaker – Loren D. Estleman March 25th 7:30 – 9:00 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • Refreshment table set up / clean up
    • Help greet people
    • Take Pictures (ask for permission from people to have their photos printed on web, etc)

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