September 15, 2007
Dark and Stormy Night Mystery Series
Once again, autumn is swiftly approaching and that means that the staff at Driftwood Public Library have been hard at work preparing this year’s Dark and Stormy Night mystery series. This will be their fifth year presenting the series under the generous sponsorship of The Driftwood Library Foundation and Chinook Winds Casino and Resort. This year’s lineup of authors is very exciting, and the library can’t wait for the community to have the opportunity to meet each of them. Each author will be visiting at 4:00 p.m. on a Thursday in October, and as in past years, The Book End will be on-hand to sell books by the visiting authors. Marcy Taylor is participating again this year, and is already hard at work preparing information packets for the series and devising quizzes and games for which attendees can win free books.
Sharan Newman will open the series on October 4th. Sharan is the author of the LeVendeur series of mysteries set in 12th century France (including The Witch in the Well, Heresy and Death Comes as Epiphany), as well as the author of the Guinevere trilogy, which retells Arthurian legend from the Queen’s perspective. Sharan’s most recent book is a non-fiction work titled The Real History Behind the Templars.
The series continues on October 11th when Elaine Flinn visits the library. Elaine has written a series of "expertly plotted" mysteries starring Northern California antiques dealer Molly Doyle. The first book in the series was Dealing in Murder and the most recent is Deadly Vintage.
The library welcomes Chelsea Cain on October 18th. It is Chelsea’s book, Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, which inspired the theme of this year’s series theme: Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called Chelsea’s newest book HeartSick an "outstanding thriller" in the tradition of Silence of the Lambs. Chelsea has also co-written several non-fiction books including Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture, Does This Cape Make me Look Fat?: Pop Psychology for Superheroes and The Hippie Handbook.
The series concludes on October 25th when sisters Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush join us. Lisa’s most recent thriller is Absolute Fear, and her most recent paperback, Almost Dead, shot directly to number two on the USA Today bestseller list upon publication. The third title in Nancy’s series, Ultraviolet, was just released and is getting positive reviews for the “shrewd, sassy” namesake of the series, Jane Kelly.
In addition to our visiting authors, there will once again be a writing contest. This year’s challenge will be to write a short Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys mystery. Complete rules for the contest will be released in late September.
The library is trying something new this year to enhance the series a little: each Wednesday evening in October they will screen two films in the Friends’ room of the library. The first in each double-bill will be one of the original Bonita Granville Nancy Drew movies dating from 1938, and the second film will be a selection from the serialized Hardy Boys series that originally aired on the Mickey Mouse club in 1956-57. Both of these series are appropriate for all ages, so feel free to bring children to these showings as well.
Driftwood Public Library is located at 801 SW Highway 101 on the second floor of the City Hall building adjacent to Price and Pride grocery store. If you have any questions or comments regarding library programming, please contact Ken Hobson at 996-1242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.