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Dark Stars: Diversity in Speculative Fiction

I have an embarrassing confession to make.  Unless the information has been handed to me in an author bio, I am often remarkably clueless about the personal details of the people I read.  Age, gender, race, religion, orientation, ethnicity-- I know they matter in shaping the person who's shaped the story I'm reading, but finding these things out isn't high in my priorities.  I read speculative fiction because I'm interested in the world inside the author's head, not their place in the world outside of it.

Sometimes the answers are obvious, of course, either from the author's name (if it is the author's real name) or from the context of the stories he or she writes.  If I see initials instead of a first name, I'll suppose the author is female-- men don't really need to hide their gender to sell books (except in the Romance genre).  In the absence of other clues, I'll generally assume the author is something like the book's main character, if I take time to think about the matter at all. 

New DVD Releases for February 15th

We have five new releases for Tuesday, February 15th. They are:

Kites: The Remix (Foreign Film - India)

Life As We Know It (Katherine Heigl)

Unstoppable (Denzel Washington)

Waiting For Superman (Documentary - Educational System)

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Anthony Hopkins)

1940 Census is Coming!!

There is a lot of movement and correspondence coming through as we approach the release of the 1940 Federal Census. The magic date is April 2, 2012. If you want a peek at a census form and get an overall view of this decade, go to this web site: www.archives.gov/research/census/1940/. This census will be totally digital with free access, and there will be no microfilm available. NARA has no plans to index. Any censuses thereafter are bound by the 72-year privacy restriction making the 1950 census available in 2022.

New Large Print for February 2011

Fiction:

Chapter and Hearse by Lorna Barrett

Playing the Game by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Tripwire by Lee Child

The Outlaws by W.E.B. Griffin

Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Rose in the Storm by Jon Katz

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Great House by Nicole Krauss

Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay

The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

Deja Vu by Fern Michaels

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

Kiss Me if You Can by Carly Phillips

Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts

Tea Leaves and Tarot Cards by Jacqueline Seewald

The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart

 

Non-Fiction:

In the Still of the Night by Ann Rule

New DVDs February 8

For Colored Girls

It's a Kind of Funny Story

My Soul to Take

Paranormal Activity 2

You Again

New Romance Fiction for February 2011

In paperback:

The Perfect Mistress by Victoria Alexander H, S
Promise Canyon by Robyn Carr (11, Virgin River) C
Wild Man Creek by Robyn Carr (12, Virgin River) C
The Duke's Night of Sin by Kathryn Caskie (3, Seven Deadly Sins) H
The Scent of Jasmine by Jude Deveraux H
How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling H
I Dream of Genies by Judi Fennell (1, Genies) C, F
Wedding of the Season by Laura Lee Guhrke (1, Abandoned at the Altar) H
Off Kilter by Donna Kauffman (2, Hot Scot) C
Yours for the Taking by Robin Kaye (4, Domestic Gods) C

New Speculative Fiction for February 2011

New to our shelves:

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2010 by Rich Horton, ed. SF, F, A (SF Year's)
Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels & Heavenly Hosts by Stephen Jones, ed. F (Fantasy Visitants)
Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey (2, Sandman Slim) S, F
On the Banks of the River of Heaven by Richard Parks F
The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre by John Polidori, et al. S (Horror Polid)
Citadel by John Ringo (2, Troy Rising) SF
The Sellswords by R. A. Salvatore (1-3, Forgotten Realms: Legend of Drizzt: The Sellswords trilogy) F
Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber (2, Star Wars: Death Troopers) SF, S

Adult Programs Cancelled

Wednesday's adult programs for Wednesday, February 2 are cancelled due to weather conditions. The movie, Out of Towners will be shown Wednesday, February 23 @ 1:30PM. The Grief Counselling talk will be postponed until June. We apologize for any inconvenience.

New Music Releases, February, 2011

Aldean, Jason.  My Kinda Party                                                            MC ALDE MKP B97

Allen, Geri.  Geri Allen & Timeline Live                                                    MJ ALLE LIV M04

New DVDs for February, 2011

THREE DAY DVDS

Alamar (Foreign Film – Mexico)                                                    #12999

Animal Kingdom (Guy Pearce)                                                     #12996

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