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More book news, February 9, 2013

Compiled by Mary Louise Ruehr, Books Editor Published: February 9, 2013 4:00 AM

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 Librarys 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 Pettigrews 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 Centers 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. Martins)

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. Martins 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 OReilly (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. Martins)

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 Ludlums 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. Martins 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. Martins 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 OReilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

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

8. Killing Lincoln by Bill OReilly, 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 OReilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

7. Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes by Ian K. Smith (St. Martins 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. Martins 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 OReilly, 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 Childrens)

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 dont go back to 1958 and theres no way to trace who borrowed the book. She wont reveal the name on the check.

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Kitty Kelley writing book on women in Congress

NEW YORK (AP) Kitty Kelleys 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 Amins 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 doesnt quite achieve lyrical status, although it tries very hard.

The boy at the center of the story is actually its least interesting character. Its 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 its easy to simultaneously make it too vague. Its 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 doesnt 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 wasnt 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, Ill 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 daughters 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. Thats 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, shes an actress (Elizabeth Clark). Id be thrilled if anyone had an interest in adapting my books. Id 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 dont like to read anyone elses 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 Im 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 dont give them much credit. If you cant stand behind your opinion ... I dont 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 Im 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 couldnt 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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