July 30, 2014

The Man Booker Prize Longlist: Fiction at its Finest

Filed under: Arts,Award,Fiction Collection — Chelsea Blog @ 10:25 am

The longlist of finalists for Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize was announced last week. In a major shift, this award will now be eligible to all authors, regardless of citizenship.

Previously, all winners had to be citizens of the United Kingdom, or nations within the Commonwealth. Eleanor Catton, whose novel “The Luminaries” won the 2013 Man Booker Prize, lives in New Zealand.

This year, with the citizenship requirement lifted, there are 4 American authors among the finalists. Here’s the complete list:

Niall Williams – History of the Rain

Ali Smith – How to be Both

Howard Jacobson – J

Richard Powers – Orfeo 

Siri Hustvedt – The Blazing World

David Mitchell – The Bone Clocks

 Joseph O’Neill – The Dog

Neel Mukherjee – The Lives of Others

Richard Flanagan – The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Paul Kingsnorth – The Wake

Joshua Ferris – To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

 David Nicholls – Us

Karen Joy Fowler – We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

July 21, 2014

Song of the Summer for Nerds

Filed under: music — Chelsea Blog @ 8:09 am

Ok, everyone, you can stop looking this summer’s addictive hit. It’s this one. This one right here.

We’re officially calling Weird Al Yankovic’s “Word Crimes,” a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” the jam of the summer for people who know “you’re” from “your” and “then” from “than.”

Check out the video below. Thanks, Weird Al!

July 11, 2014

Book to Film – Gone Girl

Filed under: authors,books to film,Fiction Collection — Chelsea Blog @ 9:32 am

Gillian Flynn’s 2012 blockbuster Gone Girl is coming to theaters on October 3rd. The film stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy Dunne, the couple at the center of this suspenseful story.

Fans of the book may remember an unsatisfactory ending to Flynn’s pulse-pounding page-turner, but filmgoers beware, the film adaptation has undergone some changes from the original story. Flynn addressed some of these reports – confirming some changes and her level of involvement in the film production.

If you can’t wait until October to see Gillian Flynn’s story take over the big screen – check out Dark Places, an adaptation of Flynn’s pre-Gone Girl novel starring Charlize Theron, opening September 1st.

Check out the Gone Girl trailer here:

July 1, 2014

Yoga on the Lawn with Sue Whitmarsh

Filed under: Community,Connect,Health and Wellness — Chelsea Blog @ 9:57 am

June 24, 2014

New Title Spotlight: The Fever by Megan Abbot

Filed under: authors,Fiction Collection — Chelsea Blog @ 9:10 am

Megan Abbott’s latest novel, The Fever, combines her trademark twists and suspenseful storytelling with smart, insightful writing.

Abbott describes her writing style as “teenage noir,” while the books are aimed at an adult audience, the main characters are high schoolers, which opens up the world of drama, tension and the teenage psyche.

The Fever is about a trio of friends in a small town, where a mysterious illness strikes several students, and the speculation  and secrets that arise as a result. You can read more in this recent coverage by the Detroit Free Press.

Abbott’s previous book, Dare Me, took place in the pressure cooker of competitive cheerleading and mixed in a controlling coach, queen bee cheerleaders, lies, love, and a dead man to make a great psychological thriller.

Reviewers are comparing this title to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, so read it now and get ahead of the trend!

June 11, 2014

New Book and Author Spotlight: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Filed under: authors,Culture,Fiction Collection — Chelsea Blog @ 2:29 pm

Michigan author Josh Malerman’s novel Bird Box came out in May, and has already been optioned by Universal Studios for a film adaptation.

This horror-thriller takes place in a world gripped in fear of an unexplainable force, one glimpse of which drives the viewer into madness and violence. The book focuses on a woman and her two children, locked in an abandoned house, ready to make a huge leap for a chance to get to safety. They plan to raft down the river and away from this lurking terror – but to safely venture outside without going mad, they must do so blindfolded.

Malerman’s book is full of suspense and imagination – and it’s an intense read for those with an interest in the dark and infinite. When he’s not writing heart-pounding novels, the author is part of the band The High Strung, which was at the heart of Library Director Bill Harmer’s Rock & Roll Library Tour in 2008. Check out an interview with the author here.

Check out the Bird Box trailer here:

June 1, 2014

Play the Adult Summer Game to Win Fabulous Prizes!

Filed under: Community — Chelsea Blog @ 9:56 am


The theme for the adult game this year is The Big 400, celebrating Chelsea’s location as the gateway to 400+ acres of natural playground in the form of the Waterloo and Pinckney State Recreation Areas.

Players will have a choice for their summer game – a traditional reading log game or a checklist of library-related activities. The game card will be two-sided, so people can play choose one or play both games.

Players who complete the game will win their choice of gift certificates to ZouZou’s, the Chelsea Bakery or $3 off library fines.

The more books you read or tasks you complete, the more entries you earn into the Grand Prize drawing for prizes that include a Trek bicycle, a Nook Glowlight e-reader, or gift certificates to Thompson’s Pizza, the Garden Mill or the Common Grill.

The game runs from June 10 – July 30. You can register anytime after June 10 and play as much as you like. The more you play, the better your odds are that you’ll be riding your new Trek bike around town this August.

May 29, 2014

Maya Angelou – 1928-2014

Filed under: Arts,authors,Culture,Nonfiction Collection — Chelsea Blog @ 2:28 pm

Renowned poet and author Maya Angelou passed away on May 28 at her home in North Carolina. She was 86 years old.  In 2011, President Obama awarded Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contributions to American culture. Her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was a best-seller, leading to more extremely successful memoirs and much-admired books of poetry.

Read her full obituary from the New York Times here.

In 1993, Angelou read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Clinton’s inauguration:

Angelou reads another of her well-known poems, “Still I Rise,” in this video:

May 21, 2014

6th Annual Comedy Showcase Returns in June

Filed under: Events — Chelsea Blog @ 9:13 am

The Chelsea District Library’s 6th Annual Comedy Showcase will again bring live stand up comedy to Katie’s Korner to entertain the crowds at Sounds & Sights on Thursdays in June. The comedians start at 6:30 pm, so get here early to stake out your space on the library lawn! Many thanks to our partner in this event, the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, and to the Friends of the Chelsea District Library, whose support makes this event possible.

This year our line up includes:

June 5 | Sean Kent

Critically acclaimed standup comic and winner of the prestigious San Francisco and Seattle International Comedy Competitions, Sean Kent has been praised as having “an urgency not seen in comedy since the likes of Bill Hicks.”  The Austin, Texas native is currently performing his hard-hitting socio-political comedy to packed houses worldwide, and has appeared on Nickelodeon’s “Mom’s Night Out,”  Showtime’s “Green Collar Comedy Special,” Comedy Central’s “Comics Unleashed,” NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” seasons 1 and 3, E!TV’s “40 Smokin’ On-Set Hookups,” Comedy Central’s “The Comedy Central Roast of Pam Anderson” “The Bob and Tom Show,” “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” on FOX Sports Net, NBC’s “Friday Night Videos,” ‘Yes, Dear” on CBS. His most recent endeavor on TV was the reality/drama series “Modern Dads” on A & E.”

A two-time cancer survivor, Sean also works to raise awareness by speaking and performing at a variety of annual charity events including the Cancer for College Fundraiser with Will Farrell and the City of Hope Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion. Sean’s recently released album “Waiting for the Rapture” was hailed as “brilliant” by Laughspin Magazine and can be heard on XM / Sirius Radio. You can also listen to Sean Kent on his Pandora station and as a featured comic on 24/7 Comedy Radio.

June 12  |  Dan DeCapua

Dan DeCapua has already performed at some of the premiere clubs in the country with some of comedy’s biggest names, including Christopher Titus, Pauly Shore and Kevin Pollack. His act is original, clever, and delivered with uncanny energy that leaves audiences screaming for more. Dan transcends generational gaps — touching on everything from playing Nintendo to being the youngest person at a Neil Diamond concert. His act is drawn from personal experiences and situations, which he analyzes and… Show more twists into a hilarious comedy tornado. If you haven’t seen Dan’s show yet, what are you waiting for? His clean, clever material has landed him at stages across the country including Caroline’s on Broadway, Zanies in Chicago and Grand Valley State University. He has also appeared on Comcast’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Telethon.

June 19  | Sal DeMilio

Growing up Italian there was never a shortage of food, “I would have liked to have eaten out, but until McDonalds comes out with a 30 piece McRavioli, I’m eating at Mamma Louise’s. Starting out in the fertile comedy grounds of southeast Michigan, Sal DeMilio has grown as a comic and now tours the country performing at colleges, clubs and corporate events. His comedy is clean, clever and always hysterical.

Corporate clients such as Ford Motor Company, Home Depot, United Way, Arizona Beverages and 7 Up Bottling Company have all had the pleasure of Sal performing at their National Sales Meetings. 7 Up General Manager, James Fox said, “Sal was hysterical; he had my national sales force in stitches for 45 minutes. Any company would benefit with Sal as their entertainer.”

Sal has broken out recently as a national headliner and performs regularly at such top clubs as Zanies, The Funny Bone, Hilarities, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, and The Laugh Factory. Sal has complimented such acts as Dave Coulier, Dave Attel, Kathleen Madigan, Nick Dipaolo, Lewis Black and Bobby Collins.

June 26  |  Mark Knope

For over a quarter-century, Mark Knope has been making people laugh – in clubs, at colleges, casinos – you NAME it! You wanna “bet on a winner?” Bet on Mark! He covers his material in a fun and energetic manner – peppering in sound effects, quirky facial expressions and a few celebrity impressions along the way! He never stays on a particular subject too long – he shifts his show’s gears from tattoos to golf…then, on to “dating grandmothers” and breast implants!  Comcast’s “Comedy Spotlight on the Road,” Comedy Central’s “Stand-Up, Stand-up,” “Nightshift” on FOX, “America’s Funniest People” and “Comedy at CLUB54″ are all television shows that have featured Mark over the years. His first CD, “Don’t Laugh…It’ll Only Encourage Him!” was released in January of 2001! You’ve seen him in ads for Marathon Oil, Weight Watchers, D.O.C., and LoanGiant.com – look for him soon in the movie “THE TANK II.”

May 19, 2014

How Does George R.R. Martin Write His Books?

Filed under: Culture,Fiction Collection — Chelsea Blog @ 9:53 am

On a DOS computer with Wordstar 4.0 software, of course! Check out the clip below for Martin’s reasons why a completely outdated machine is his best friend as he writes the Song of Ice and Fire series.

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