Monthly Archives: December 2014

Remembering 2014

The year 2014 saw a handful of literary anniversaries that didn’t make it in to the column. Louise Fitzhugh’s fabulous sleuth, Harriet The Spy, turned 50 (though Harriet is perpetually a child). She is always clutching a notebook and pencil, … Continue reading

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Holiday hours

The Lennoxville Library re-opens on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 9 a.m. Check in for our 2015 schedule of events. In the meantime, you can sign out e-books online, through the library website. You’ll need to give yourself 10 minutes … Continue reading

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For many, a little bit of silence can be a lovely thing: Creepy thrillers that question the connection between silence and secrecy

Oh, those strong silent types… they’re not much for talking. For many over the holidays, silence is not the product of shyness or sullenness. Silence can be peaceable. Even book titles can make the case for reticence. Take Rupert Thomson’s … Continue reading

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The kids are all talking about Olive, the other reindeer, while Scrooge’s ‘own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him’

Hark! Old Harold’s angel sings glory to the newborn King. Peace on earth so mercy smiles ‘cause God and reptiles reconciled… – Linda Raybern, singing her heart out at the age of seven The Yuletide season is upon us. And … Continue reading

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Stumped? Need a gift?

Looking for a gift? How about a gift of books and coffee? Offer a friend a regular lift to the Lennoxville Library! A hand-made coupon can be snuck into the branches of a Christmas tree… or hidden in a holiday … Continue reading

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Who decides whether that book is in the library? An introduction to one of our many indispensable people (or, the people you should charm!)

Lady Peabury was in the morning room reading a novel; early training gave a guilty spice to this recreation, for she had been brought up to believe that to read a novel before luncheon was one of the gravest sins … Continue reading

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The quest for the money-making bestseller: Before the US passed copyright laws, their publishers stole UK books willy nilly

Just what is a bestseller? The scholar and literary critic John Sutherland calls the bestseller a snapshot of the age in which it is published. The interests and anxieties of a culture are on display within its pages, the author … Continue reading

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