John C is reading the short story collection “Between Friends” by Israeli author Amos Oz, just recently released.
The stories are all set at a kibbutz. Kibbutzim, agricultural cooperatives, played a major role in Israel’s history. I have a special connection to this subject. I had an opportunity to work and live at a kibbutz off and on over a year and a half. (I’m a proud ex-turkey farmer.) The stories capture the unique personalities of people who live at a particular kibbutz, and illuminates the everyday problems and challenges they face. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict once again dominates world news, but the people who live in and around this conflict may actually have more pressing demands that play center stage.
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY!!!!
Some classic friendships to check out:
- Elephant & Piggie (all of the books) - Mo Willems
- Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
- Corduroy - Don Freeman
- Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
- The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
- Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
- The BFG - Roald Dahl
- Frog & Toad - Arnold Lobel
and many many more
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Sunday section tours went missing for awhile there. To commemorate their return we’re taking a look through McNally Robinson’s Mystery section with section manager Liz.
1) Any exciting news about your section?
Peter May, the multi award-winning author of numerous crime thrillers, including the internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy,
in conversation and signing the Fin MacLeod crime thrillers The Black House
and The Lewis Man
will be here on September 16th
Last summer, I picked up a advance reading copy of The Black House and was quickly drawn in by the haunting landscape of the remote Isle of Lewis, situated in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, and the glimpses into Fin MacLeod’s boyhood spent there.
On November 17th
McNally Robinson is hosting No. 1 bestselling crime and thriller writer, Peter James, in conversation with Terry MacLeod CBC Radio One 89.3 FM/990 AM’s The Weekend Morning Show
and signing his latest book Want You Dead
. Want You Dead
is the tenth book in the Detective Roy Grace series.2)What should people be aware of in your section that they maybe aren’t?
In addition to current bestsellers, we carry old favourites like Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Dashiel Hammett, and Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes is definitely holding his own against the likes of Harry Hole and Jack Reacher.
I would like to bring attention to the Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo Inspector Martin Beck series. Writing in Sweden of the 1960’s, they have been called the “best writers of police procedural in the world” by The Birmingham Post and were among the first to incorporate a social consciousness into their work.
3)What are you hand selling these days?
Roseanna, the first Martin Beck Mystery, is the the book I hand sell most frequently. In addition, I often hand sell Jussi Adler-Olsen’s books from the Department Q Series. Customers enjoy this series featuring homicide detective Carl Morck.
For the past month or so, we have had a display called “First in the Series”, promoting the first books of many different series. Included are the familiar, such as Henning Mankel’s Faceless Killers
and Jar City
by Arnaldur Indridason, alongside new mysteries such as Becky Masterman with the first Bridget Quinn #1 Rage Against the Dying
or Belgium’s Pieter Aspe Square of Revenge.
In the future, a small portion of the Mystery section will be allocated to books which are the firsts in many more series.
4)Any new trends?
We are looking forward to a new release from the always popular Louise Penny, A Long Way Home,
coming in August. Penny’s How the Light Gets In
is releasing in paperback on July 29th
5)Any perfect mysteries for the cabin?
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair,
a first book release for Switzerland’s Joel Dicker, sold more than two million copies in Europe and has been on several ‘summer reads’ lists. It will be interesting to see how it is received in Canada.
More Summer Reads:
The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel
New Philip Kerr novel Prayer
6)What should we look forward to in the section?
I am personally looking forward to delving into The Last Policeman Series by Ben H. Winters, mysteries set in pre-apocalyptic United States.