More book news, February 9, 2013

Compiled by Mary Louise Ruehr, Books Editor Published:

John France to visit Ravenna library

Local author John France will appear at Reed Memorial Library at 2 p.m. Sunday to discuss his book, “The Idea Hump.” France has more than 30 years of experience in bringing new technologies to market, working with companies such as Dow Corning, PPG, 3M, Newell Rubbermaid, Graco and many more. He has been part of new ventures that have raised millions of dollars, and he currently holds numerous utility, process and design patents.

In The Idea Hump, he shares his “start to the start up” principles, which focus on the initial stages of moving ideas forward. He is working on his next book, “Beyond the Idea Hump.”

Reed Memorial Library is located at 167 E. Main St. in Ravenna. For more information, call 330-296-2827 ext. 200.

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BOOK CLUBS

• Pierce Streetsboro Library’s Book Discussion Club: 3 p.m. Feb. 11, meeting room of the library, 8990 Kirby Lane — “Blackbird House” by Alice Hoffman, a novel taking place in a Cape Cod farmhouse over the course of generations. Light refreshments served courtesy of the Friends of Pierce Streetsboro Library. For information or to register: 330-626-4458.

• Adult Book Discussion: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Reed Memorial Library, 167 E. Main St. — “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson, a novel about a retired widower who finds an unlikely ally in his neighbor, a Pakistani shopkeeper. The expectations of culture and tradition add complexity to their friendship as it develops into something more. Copies available at the circulation desk. For information: 330-296-2827, ext. 200.

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WICK POETRY NEWS

• The winners of the 2010 Wick Chapbook Competition for Ohio poets, Lisa Ampleman and Heather Kim Lanier, will give readings at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in room 306 of the Kent Student Center. Earlier that day, both poets will participate in an informal question and answer period at the Wick Poetry Corner in the Kent State University Library at 11 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

• Submissions are now open for the First Book Contest, offered to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. The winner will receive $2,500 and will give a reading at Kent State University in 2014. The deadline for submissions is May 1. For information on entering, visit www.kent.edu/wick.

• The Wick Poetry Center’s National Teen Writing Contest runs from Feb. 15 to April 30. High school students may enter to win $500. The entry fee is $5 per submission. Visit www.kent.edu/wick for information.

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Spot Tea Party at the Learned Owl Book Shop

The Learned Owl Book Shop (204 N. Main St., Hudson) will have a special tea party with Spot at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 with tea and a treats, stories, and a Spot craft. Reservations are required and space is limited. To reserve a spot, call the Learned Owl at 330-653-2252. Admission is a bag of cat or dog treats that will be donated to Pawsibilities (The Humane Society of Greater Akron). For more information, call the Learned Owl Book Shop at 330-653-2252.

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Spot Storytime at the Learned Owl Book Shop

At 11 a.m. Feb. 16, Spot will visit the Learned Owl Book Shop (204 N. Main St., Hudson) for a very special Storytime with stories, activities, treats and photo ops. Reservations are requested but not required. Call 330-653-2252 if you plan to attend.

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Best-seller lists

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. “Until the End of Time” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)

2. “Private Berlin” by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown)

3. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

4. “A Memory of Light” by Robert Jordan (Tor)

5. “Suspect” by Robert Crais (Crown)

6. “Tenth of December: Stories” by George Saunders (Random House)

7. “A Deeper Love Inside” by Sister Souljah (Atria)

8. “The Fifth Assassin” by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central Publishing)

9. “Speaking from Among the Bones” by Alan Bradley (Delacorte)

10. “The Racketeer” by John Grisham (Doubleday)

11. “Ever After” by Kim Harrison (Harper Voyager)

12. “The Husband List” by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s)

13. “Threat Vector” by Tom Clancy (Putnam)

14. “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Ayana Mathis (Knopf)

15. “Cross Roads” by Wm. Paul Young (Faith/Words)

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. “The Legend of Zelda” by Shigeru Miyamoto (Dark Horse)

2. “Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes” by Ian K. Smith (St. Martin’s Press)

3. “Francona: The Red Sox Years” by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

4. “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor (Knopf)

5. “Killing Kennedy” by Bill O’Reilly (Henry Holt and Co.)

6. “Hitmaker” by Tommy Mottola (Grand Central)

7. “The Future” by Al Gore (Random House)

8. “Remembering Whitney” by Cissy Houston (Harper)

9. “Rebooting Work” by Maynard Webb (Jossey-Bass)

10. “I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak” by Joel Osteen (Faith/Words)

11. “Going Clear” by Lawrence Wright (Knopf)

12. “Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust” by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)

13. “No Easy Day” by Mark Owen (Dutton)

14. “The Plan” by Lyn-Genet Recitas (Grand Central Publishing)

15. “The Way” by Adam Hamilton (Abingdon)

MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS

1. “Betrayal” by Danielle Steel (Dell)

2. “Kill Me If You Can” by James Patterson, Marshall Karp (Vision)

3. “Love in Plain Sight” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)

4. “Just Kate” by Linda Lael Miller (Harlequin)

5. “Angel Mine” by Sherryl Woods (Mira)

6. “Criminal” by Karin Slaughter (Dell)

7. “Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult (Pocket Books)

8. “Close Your Eyes” by Iris Johansen (St. Martin’s)

9. “Moonlight Masquerade” by Jude Deveraux (Pocket Books)

10. “Shelter Mountain” by Robyn Carr (Mira)

11. “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

12. “The Long Way Home” by Mariah Stewart (Ballantine)

13. “Odd Interlude” by Dean Koontz (Bantam)

14. “Montana” by Debbie Macomber (Harlequin Mira)

15. “Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Imperative” by Eric Van Lustbader (Grand Central)

TRADE PAPERBACKS

1. “Proof of Heaven” by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

2. “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James (Vintage)

3. “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

4. “Quiet” by Susan Cain (Broadway Books)

5. “Private Number 1 Suspect” by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro (Grand Central Publishing)

6. “Fifty Shades Freed” by E.L. James (Vintage)

7. “Fifty Shades Darker” by E.L. James (Vintage)

8. “Low Pressure” by Sandra Brown (Grand Central)

9. “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain (Ballantine)

10. “ObamaCare Survival Guide” by Nick J. Tate (Humanix Books)

11. “Death Comes to Pemberley” by P.D. James (Vintage)

12. “Home Front” by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Griffin)

13. “Private London” by James Patterson (Grand Central Publishing)

14. “Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel” by Sylvia Day (Berkley)

15. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky (MTV Books)

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

FICTION

1. “Until the End of Time” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press)

2. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)

3. “Private Berlin” by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown)

4. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishing Group)

5. “A Memory of Light” by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson (TorBooks)

6. “Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers” by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)

7. “Emeraldalicious” by Victoria Kann (HarperCollins)

8. “Suspect” by Robert Crais (Crown)

9. “Tenth of December” by George Saunders (Random House)

10. “A Deeper Love Inside” by Sister Souljah (Atria Books)

NONFICTION

1. “The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia” by Shigeru Miyamoto, Eiji Aonuma (Dark Horse Comics)

2. “Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes” by Ian K. Smith (St. Martin’s Press)

3. “Jesus Calling: Enjoy Peace in His Presence” by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson Publishers)

4. “Francona: The Red Sox Years” by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

5. “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor (Knopf)

6. “Killing Kennedy” by Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

7. “Hitmaker” by Tommy Mottola with Cal Fussman (Grand Central Publishing)

8. “Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

9. “StrengthsFinder 2.0” by Tom Rath (Gallup Press)

10. “The Future” by Al Gore (Random House)

FICTION E-BOOKS

1. “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

2. “Until the End of Time” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press)

3. “Wait For Me” by Elisabeth Naughton (Elisabeth Naughton)

4. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishing Group)

5. “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcis, Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

6. “Collide” by Gail McHugh (Gail McHugh)

7. “Hopeless” by Colleen Hoover (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

8. “The Misremembered Man” by Christina McKenna (AmazonEncore)

9. “Private Berlin” by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown)

10. “Heartsong” by Debbit Macomber (Random House)

NONFICTION E-BOOKS

1. “Guns” by Stephen King (Stephen King)

2. “The Pirate Coast” by Richard Zacks (Hyperion)

3. “Proof of Heaven” by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

4. “Cry Silent Tears” by Joe Peters (Harper Collins)

5. “Remembering Whitney” by Cissy Houston (HarperCollins)

6. “Killing Kennedy” by Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

7. “Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes” by Ian K. Smith (St. Martin’s Press)

8. “Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely (HarperCollins)

9. “Going Clear” by Lawrence Wright (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

10. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey (Free Press)

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

1. “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

2. “Until the End of Time” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)

3. “The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia” Shigeru Miyamota, Eiji Aonuma, Akira Himekawa (Dark Horse Comics)

4. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

5. “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

6. “Private Berlin” by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown)

7. “Wait for Me” by Elisabeth Naughton (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

8. “Proof of Heaven” by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

9. “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James (Vintage)

10. “Collide” by Gail McHugh (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

11. “Fifty Shades Freed” by E.L. James (Vintage)

12. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)

13. “Fifty Shades Darker” by E.L. James (Vintage)

14. “Suspect” by Robert Crais (Crown)

15. “Hopeless” by Colleen Hoover (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

16. “Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes” by Ian K. Smith (St. Martin’s Press)

17. “Heartsong” by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine)

18. “Tall, Dark, and Deadly” by Lisa Renee Jones (Self-published via Pubit!)

19. “The Forgotten” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

20. “The Silver Linings Playbook” by Matthew Quick (Sarah Crichton Books)

21. “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot” by Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

22. “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

23. “The Fifth Assassin” by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central Publishing)

24. “Betrayal: A Novel” by Danielle Steel (Dell)

25. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (Dutton Children’s)

For the extended, interactive and searchable version of this list, visit http://books.usatoday.com/list/index

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Library book returned 55 years late, with $100

NEW YORK — A long overdue book has finally been returned to the New York Public Library — 55 years late.

The Daily News says the biography of a 16th-century priest called “Fire of Francis Xavier” was checked out of the Fort Washington branch in upper Manhattan on April 10, 1958.

Library manager Jennifer Zarr tells the newspaper the book arrived at the library on Monday wrapped in a plain brown envelope with a check for $100 to cover the dues inside.

She says library records don’t go back to 1958 and there’s no way to trace who borrowed the book. She won’t reveal the name on the check.

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Kitty Kelley writing book on women in Congress

NEW YORK (AP) — Kitty Kelley’s next book will be short on celebrity gossip and long on gender and politics.

Kelley has a deal with Grand Central Publishing for a book about the record 98 women serving in the current Congress and how they might change Washington. Grand Central, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced Monday that the book is currently untitled and is scheduled for 2016.

Kelley is known for unflattering best sellers about Nancy Reagan and Frank Sinatra, but she also has a background in politics. In the 1960s, she worked as a press aide for Sen. Eugene McCarthy, the Democrat and Vietnam War opponent from Minnesota.

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‘Dancing to the Flute’ falls short on substance

By NAHAL TOOSI, Associated Press

“Dancing to the Flute” (Atria), by Manisha Jolie Amin

A little boy appears in an Indian village, not remembering his name nor where he was from. But he is charming, clever and musically gifted, and manages to make his way, thanks largely to the kindness of strangers.

His talent for playing the flute brings him to the notice of a wandering healer whose brother is a famed musician. That brother decides to take on the boy, known as Kalu, as a student. And over the years, both learn much.

“Dancing to the Flute” is Manisha Jolie Amin’s first novel and her American literary debut. It is an airy, free-floating tale, evoking the notes of a flute on the wind.

The author writes that each part of the novel is supposed to mimic an Indian melodic form known as the raag, starting slowly and gaining pace as it progresses. But the book doesn’t quite achieve lyrical status, although it tries very hard.

The boy at the center of the story is actually its least interesting character. It’s the others around him — the meek servant girl, the downtrodden buffalo handler and others — who give the book what little heft it has. There are two particularly powerful moments in the book, and Kalu is something of a side-note in each of them.

One of the downfalls of trying to make a book “lyrical” or “atmospheric” is that it’s easy to simultaneously make it too vague. It’s a bit unfair to the reader, who can struggle to try to understand what just happened in a paragraph or a chapter.

Sacrificing substance for style doesn’t always work. “Dancing to the Flute” falls short of achieving exceptional style, and it definitely could have used more substance.

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Books: Catching up with author Mary Jane Clark

Scripps Howard News Service

By GINNY BEAGAN | Scripps Howard News Service

Mary Jane Clark is the author of the Key News Thrillers and Wedding Cake Mysteries series. Her latest novel, “Footprints in the Sand,” came out in January.

Excerpts from an interview:

Q: What was your favorite book as a child?

A: I loved the Trixie Beldon mysteries series.

Q: Did you always want to be a writer?

A: No. I wanted to be in broadcast journalism and my time at CBS News led me to writing.

Q: Can you remember the very first thing you ever wrote?

A: No.

Q: Can you recall the moment you found out you were going to be published?

A: Yes! My first book took me two years to write, another two years to rewrite and then sat on a shelf for another two years. I finally found an agent that would take it and she sold it in two weeks! It was so thrilling. It wasn’t a lot of money, but it was a thrill!

Q: How many rejections did you get?

A: Around six.

Q: What is your workday like?

A: Like most, get up, watch the morning news shows and then start writing. I try to set a goal for myself. On a good day, I’ll write 10 pages and some days only a couple of paragraphs.

Q: What is your writing style? Do you outline first?

A: No. I am a pretty organic writer. I get a general idea, then my characters, then location and then just write from there.

Q: Do you have a preferred place to write?

A: My home office.

Q: Do you prefer to work with music or quiet?

A: Quiet.

Q: How do you arrive at the physical appearance of your characters?

A: (“Footprints” protagonist) Piper Donovan is loosely based on my daughter’s appearance.

Q: Where do your ideas come from? Do the stories come to you in total or in pieces?

A: A couple of places. From my experience; the Key News series came from my time at CBS. They also come from my perceptions and from the things that I enjoy. That’s why “Footprints in the Sand” is set in Florida. I love Florida.

Q: If your book was made into a feature film, who would you want to play the lead?

A: My daughter, she’s an actress (Elizabeth Clark). I’d be thrilled if anyone had an interest in adapting my books. I’d love to see them made into a movie.

Q: What is your favorite movie that was adapted from a book?

A: “Gone With the Wind”

Q: What are you reading now?

A: Nothing now. I am writing for deadline, and when I write, I don’t like to read anyone else’s work. I need to focus.

Q: Who is your favorite author?

A: Too many to name.

Q: Do you use an e-reader?

A: I have an iPad, but have not downloaded a single book on it yet. I like the feel of having a book in my hand. Of being able to see where I’m at and being able to look back.

Q: How much time do you spend on social media?

A: I have two Facebook fan pages. One for me, and my character, Piper Donavan, has one. I check in on them several times a week.

Q: Do you read your reviews?

A: Yes, and I have gotten bad ones. Some of the bad ones are written anonymously and I don’t give them much credit. If you can’t stand behind your opinion ... I don’t take them super-personally. I chose to focus on the good ones.

Q: Are there any books you refuse to read? Why?

A: No, not refuse. There are some I’m just not interested in. I have to use my time wisely.

Q: What do you do for fun?

A: I like to go to the movies, garage sales. I once saw one of my books at a garage sale and couldn’t decide whether I should buy it or leave it there in the hopes that someone else would buy it later. I love reading, traveling, dining out and cooking. I love the Food Network channel.

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