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Monday, November 24, 2008

More new books!


Graphic Classics: H.G. Wells is a completely revised second edition of the third volume in the Graphic Classics series. It features three new comics adaptations: "The Time Machine" by Antonella Caputo and Seth Frail, "The Invisible Man" by Rod Lott and Simon Gane, and "The Inexperienced Ghost" by Tom Pomplun and Rich Tommaso. Plus returning stories adapted by Dan O'Neill, Skip Williamson, Milton Knight, Brad Teare and Nick Miller, including the story of Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds."

This is a fabulous title with undeniable appeal to the illustrators market. This work includes step-by-step drawing sections on: Wizards and Witches; Warriors; Dwarves; Orcs; Elves; Kings; Queens; Landscapes and Battle scenes. It includes beautiful, outstanding illustrations that span graphic novels, animation and computer game characters. It appeals to an ever-growing demographic keen to learn to emulate the look of their favourite fantasy film and computer games.
 Illustrator and author, Steve Beaumont, brings his considerable artistic skill to this appealing how-to book for budding fantasy artists everywhere. The lively design is illustration-led, with all the basic techniques of fantasy drawing conveyed through clear inspirational art, accompanied by concise, step-by-step instructions, guiding the reader through every stage of drawing their personal fantastic fantasy characters. Satisfaction is guaranteed!
Draw Manga Complete Techniques: The Ultimate Step-By-
Step Guide to Creating Your Own Manga World...


Friday, November 21, 2008

K - 12 Education in Rossland

What is the future of our local schools?  On November 13th close to 200 residents attended a meeting to support keeping K - 12 education in Rossland.  The Rossland Telegraph wrote the following editorial:

Rossland is at a crossroads. In uncertain economic times, and with our population dwindling (and our school-age population dwindling more quickly) we need to do everything we can to shore up the pillars of our community if we’re to survive in the long haul. One of those pillars, an essential one, we believe, is Rossland Secondary School.

If our high school students are bussed down to Trail, there’ll be no coming back for Rossland: once the high school component of our school system is gone, it will never return. It’s that simple. And what will that mean to us all?

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pennies for Peace


Starting November 21st bring in your pennies and other coins to help support Canadian Peacekeeping Troops.  The campaign runs until December 19th so empty your pockets, look in your backpack and clean out your drawers for loose change.
"Of all our dreams today there is none more important - or so hard to realize - than that of peace in the world. May we never lose our faith in it." Lester B. Pearson

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

RSS Amnesty International Club

Please come to the library at lunch on Thursday November 20, 2008 to sign a petition against child executions in Iran.  The date 20 November, marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.

Miriam Toew's The Flying Troutmans wins Writer's Trust Fiction Prize


A road novel helped along by a lovably nutty cast, Toews's latest (after A Complicated Kindness) follows a ragtag crew as they crisscross America. Hattie, recently dumped in Paris by her moody, adjective-hating boyfriend, returns home to Canada after receiving an emergency phone call from her niece. Turns out, Hattie's sister, Min, is back in the psych ward, and her kids, 11-year-old Thebes and 15-year-old Logan, are fending for themselves. Thus the quirky trio—purple-haired, wise-beyond-her-years Thebes, recently expelled brother Logan and overwhelmed Hattie—embark on a road trip to the States to find the kids' long-missing father. What follows is a Little Miss Sunshine–like quest in which the characters learn about themselves and each other as they weather car repairs, sleazy motel rooms and encounters with bizarre people. Toews's gift for writing precocious children and the story's antic momentum redeem the familiar set-up, and if the ending feels a bit rushed, it's largely because it's tough to let Toews's characters go.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

On line magazines.


The following magazines are available on line:

About Geist

Geist is published four times a year by The Geist Foundation.

Geist is a magazine of ideas and culture made in Canada with a strong literary focus and a sense of humour. The Geist tone is intelligent, plain-talking, inclusive and offbeat. Each issue reflects a convergence of fiction, non-fiction, photography, comix, reviews, little-known facts of interest, poetry, cartography and the

 legendary Geist crossword puzzle. At the heart of our enterprise is the imaginary country that some of us inhabit from time to time, and which often has something to do with Canada.

About The Walrus


The Walrus launched in September of 2003 with a straightforward mandate: to be a Canadian general-interest magazine with an international outlook. We are committed to publishing the best work by the best writers from Canada and elsewhere on a wide range of topics for readers who are curious about the world. The Walrus is published by a registered non-profit charitable foundation.

Friday, November 14, 2008


Hummingbirds have long been a symbol of wisdom and courage. In this charming story, a hummingbird makes a valiant effort to put out a raging fire that threatens her forest home — trip after trip, her beak is filled each time with just a drop of water. Her efforts show her woodland companions that doing something — anything — is better than doing nothing at all. The hummingbird parable, which originates with the Quechuan people of South America, has become a talisman for environmentalists and activists worldwide committed to making meaningful change. This retelling, enlivened by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ fabulous Haida-manga illustrations, is suitable for all ages of would-be activists. Although environmental responsibility often seems like an overwhelming task, The Flight of the Hummingbirdshows how easy it is to start and how great the effect could be if everyone just did what they could.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

YOUTH CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
 

Twelve-year-old Craig Kielburger, upset by a newspaper article about the forced

 slavery and subsequent murder of a child in Pakistan, began in 1995 to research

 worldwide injustice against children. Armed with the disturbing facts, he convinced friends at his Canadian grade school to form a group to advocate for children's rights. With world-changing zeal, Free the Children gathered information, wrote world leaders, and led conferences on the issue with other youth. Kielburger himself was given the opportunity to accompany a human rights worker through cities in South Asia

The young man witnessed shocking abuse from which most middle-class Western children have been carefully shielded: he met an 8-year-old girl whose job was to recycle bloody syringes without gloves or other protection, children in a factory working with extremely hazardous materials to provide fireworks for a Hindu religious celebration, and children sold for sex on urban streets. On returning to his home in Canada, Kielburger bore witness to what he had seen and asked a simple, devastating question: "If child labour is not acceptable for white, middle-class North American kids, then why is it acceptable for a girl in Thailand or a boy in Brazil?"

Free the Children is now a powerful organization in support of the world's youth, and this book is sure to be a call to further action--certainly for all young people, and perhaps for many adults who have previously felt hopeless about the possibility of ending abusive child labor and poverty. "We simply do not believe that world leaders can create a nuclear bomb and send a man to the moon but cannot feed and protect the world's children," says the author. "We simply do not believe it." --Maria Dolan --

Want more information on what you can do to make a difference?

Check out the following links:

PeaceJam


Free the Children


Youth Make a Difference


Friday, November 7, 2008

New graphic novel

Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Great reads for November.

Come in to the library, check out a new book and settle into a comfortable bean bag chair for a great read!













Maus:  A Survivor's Tale is a memoir by Art Spiegleman, presented as graphic novel.  The whole book took thirteen years to complete.  It recounts the struggle of Spiegelman's father to survive the Holocaust as a Polish Jew. In 1992, it won a Pulitzer Prize Special Award.

Uglies is a 2005 science fiction novel by Scott Westerfeld.  Set in a future post-scarcity dystopian world in which everyone is turned "Pretty" by extreme cosmetic surgery upon reaching age 16.  It tells the story of teenager Tally Youngblood who rebels against society's enforced conformity, after her new found friends show her the downside of becoming "pretty".

Three Cups of Tea is a New York Times bestselling book by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.  The book describes Mortenson's transistion from a mountain-climber to a humanitarian committed to reducing poverty and educating girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Louis Riel:  A Comic Strip Biography by Chester Brown reinvents the comic-book medium to create the critically-acclaimed historical biography Louis Riel, winning the Harvey Awards for best writing and best graphic novel for his compelling, meticulous, and dispassionate retelling of the charismatic, and perhaps insane, nineteenth-century M├ętis leader.






The Host by Stephanie Meyers is now in the library.