Monday, March 9, 2009

For Those About to Write...

Sure the Library has its own creative writing contest, but why stop there? If you want to see your work in print, here's another opportunity for you to do just that:

What If? is a creative writing magazine out of Guelph, ON that comes out four times a year. The stories, poems, reviews and accompanying artwork are all created by teens. They are constantly running contests and accepting submissions of creative work. Pick up a copy of the magazine at the Library or check them out online at .

Write @ Your Library

Last week we officially launched the Write @ Your Library contest. This is the fifth year for this event and I'm looking forward to lots of really great entries. Short stories and poems from teens in grades 7 through 12 can be submitted until April 24th. For more details check out the Teen Buzz section of the Library's website: . We're also running a contest to create the cover for the creative writing anthology that is produced from the winning entries. Deadline for that is May 1 and you can find out more of the details by clicking on the link above.

Monday, March 2, 2009

New Books

Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos

Rico Fuentes has traded in Harlem for the mid-west. In Harlem his light skin and hair marked him as an outsider and made him a punching bag for his school. Now living in Wisconsin, the land of milk and honey, he must give up part of his identity. For anyone who loved The Outsiders - and for anyone who ever felt like one - Pulitzer Prize winning author Oscar Hijuelos brings to life a haunting choice and an unforgettable journey about identity, misidentity, and all that we take with us when we run away.

War Is... Edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell

Is war noble? Or is it delusional? Should it be obsolete? Or is it inevitable? respected commentators Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell have commissioned and edited nearly 20 pieces of fiction and nonfiction as varied and complex as war itself.

Witch-Hunt Edited by Marc Aronson

Salem, Massachusetts, 1692. Acclaimed historian Marc Aronson sifts through the facts, myths, half-truths, misinterpretations and theories around the Salem witch trials to present a vivid narrative of one of the most compelling mysteries in American history.

Race by Marc Aronson

Acclaimed young adult historian Marc Aronson tackles questions about race and traces the history of racial prejudice in Western culture back to ancient Sumer and beyond. He shows us Greeks dividing the world into civilized and barbarian, medieval men writing about the traits of monstrous men, until, finally, Enlightenment scientists scrap all those mythologies and come up with a new one: charts spelling out the traits of human races.