Who ate all the pies? OverDrive Big Library Read – 16 to 30 March

Perhaps the question should be who made pie? Art of the Pie by pie-guru Kate McDermott is this month’s Big Library Read (March 16-30) on OverDrive, and quite frankly who doesn’t like pie? We can all take this Pie together right now – the Big Library Read means library customers around the world can simultaneously borrow an eBook.

I personally love a good pie and also appreciate Kate’s rules of pie making and life:

  1. Keep everything chilled especially yourself
  2. Keep your Boundaries
  3. Vent.

CoverThis book is American so we are talking sweet – apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie and many more. We have pastry options including gluten free, vegan and no-bake and even tips for high altitude pie making.

What, no steak and cheese? Never fear there is a section on Meat Pies where you pick your own seasoning. Other international classics such as shepherd’s pie and English pork pie get a mention too.

Kate McDermott has taught the time-honoured craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Her pies have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Real Simple, Oprah.com, NPR and more. In the Art of the Pie she shares her secrets to great crusts, fabulous fillings, and to living a good life. Kate provides dozens of recipes for all the pie combinations you can dream up with hints and tricks helpful to even the most experienced pie baker.

Check out Art of the Pie and remember always blow on the pie!

Find Art of the Pie in our collection.

More about the Big Library Read

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook, using Overdrive one of our eBook platforms. Discussions about the cookbook, recipes and more can be found on BigLibraryRead.com. The free program runs for two weeks from March 16 to 30 2017 and to get started reading, all that is needed is a Christchurch City Libraries card and PIN/password

Written from the heart – Jenny Pattrick’s Heartland, our Community Read

HeartlandI wonder what it must feel like to have your book selected for the Library Community Read? To put your head on the pillow at night secure in the knowledge that all over Canterbury there will be folk propped up in bed, all of them reading your book.  Or readers will be meeting up at book groups to chat about it, and fans planning to attend events where you will be the guest of honour.

Because that’s exactly what has happened to Jenny Pattrick whose novel Heartland has been selected as the 2016 Library Community Read.

I know that I would be chuffed as, veering from inwardly proud to outwardly something of a pain in the proverbial. But it’s not going to happen to me. Instead, I get to read this marvellously heart warming book, host an event at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre which Jenny will be attending, and generally faff around getting caught up in this great event.

The Denniston RoseFor someone who only started to write at the age of sixty, Jenny has turned out to be something of a role-model for creative seniors and New Zealand writers in general. Heartland is her tenth book. Well known for her works Heart of Coal and The Denniston Rose, she is also the author of popular children’s book The Very Important Godwit.

If you’ve ever driven through any beautiful, small New Zealand town, stopped for a mince and cheese pie and an L&P, then  wandered over to the Estate Agent notice board and turned to your significant other and said: ‘this is a great little place, and look at the house prices – we should move here!‘ then you will love this book.

It’s got everything. But most of all it’s got heart. Or as Danny the main character would put it: WooHoo!

Find out more about the Community Read

  • Book chat, tea and tales with Jenny Pattrick. Thursday 18 August, 10am to 11.30am. Read Jenny’s book Heartland. Find out more.
  • Experience Jenny Pattrick’s book Heartland brought to life by The Court Jesters.
    Drinks and nibbles from 6.30pm. Friday 19 August 7pm to 9pm.
    Find out more.
  •  Join Jenny for a special interactive, toe-tapping storytime featuring the enchanting The Very Important Godwit. Fly in with the whole family to enjoy a musical storytelling extravaganza! Saturday 20 August 2pm to 3pm. Find out more.

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A Murder in Time – Join OverDrive’s latest global eBook club – 23 June to 7 July

{C04E4869-9DB3-4EF4-B0C1-544EF1AD7EF8}Img400Big Library Read is back in town. This time the title is a little less controversial than American Sniper. OverDrive’s latest for you eBook lovers is A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain. It involves time travel, murder, a clever FBI agent, and the quest for justice and truth.  Sounds brilliant, and a bit exhausting! Luckily you will have from 23 June to 7 July to access this eBook. Borrow now!

If you are not sure of what the Big Library Read is then it is basically OverDrive, one of our eBook providers, making an eBook title available (without limitations) globally on its platform. So people in Dublin, New York and Brisbane are participating in this global eBook club at the same time as you are!

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Here’s a more complete summary of this Big Library Read title:

Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place – Aldrich Castle – but in a different time: 1815, to be exact. Mistaken for a lady’s maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there’s some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.

If this eBook sounds like you, then pull up a comfy chair and download away – let yourself be filled with the joy of participating in the latest literary love-in.

American Sniper is our Big Library Read – 17 to 31 March

OverDrive has made the title American Sniper its Big Library Read and it will be available in both eBook and eAudiobook format from 17 March until 31 March 2016. You can put your holds on the eBook or eAudiobook now, and you’ll be notified when it is available.

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American Sniper was one of the bestselling books of 2015. The New York Times bestselling memoir of a U.S. Navy Seal was even the source for Clint Eastwood’s academy award nominated movie. This controversial title is considered to be ‘a first-rate military memoir’ by Booklist. It details the effects of modern warfare on the writer, his fellow soldiers and his family. The author Chris Kyle is considered the most lethal sniper in US history. His fellow soldiers during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head.

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You can find out more on the Big Library Read page, where you can also listen to the Professional Book Nerds podcast interview with Taya Kyle, widow of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and the author of American Wife.

We have had a number of Big Library Read events here at Christchurch City Libraries. These events are sponsored by OverDrive (one of our main eBook and eAudiobook platform providers). Every few months they choose a title and make it accessible to absolutely everyone for a given period of time. The idea is to create one massive worldwide book club. As a librarian I love this concept!

If you haven’t taken part in what is basically a worldwide book club event then maybe this is the title that will change all that. See what you think …

Double the reading fun with the Big Library Read!

Ever wanted to join a book club or reading group but never got round to it? Here’s your opportunity! It’s quick, easy and doesn’t require venturing out in dismal weather.

OverDrive Big Library Read

I am talking about the OverDrive Big Library Read, which is coming back from 7 to 21 October. The Big Library Read is a global book club: during this period, millions of readers around the word have unlimited simultaneous access to the selected eBooks – no need for waitlists or holds.

And, this time, the Big Library Read offers not one but two titles to choose from. You can place a hold now and you’ll be notified when the eBook is available:

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The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley
(Suitable for ages 10 and up)
Ensorcelled princesses … a frog that speaks … a magical hind — Newbery Medal winner Robin McKinley opens a door into an enchanted world in this collection of original and retold fairy tales.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
(Suitable for ages 14 and up)
Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

So get ready to join the global book club!

Shakespearean Spinach – Auckland Writers Festival and beyond

Cover of Shakespeare Saved My Life, by Laura BatesIt’s tricky to write anything new about a man born 450 years ago, tricky to sum up what an impact he’s had on the world with words, just words. After thousands and thousands of adaptations and spin offs, it seems there’s always more to say and always a new angle to take. That’s why I’m fascinated to see what they have to say about Shakespeare in the Auckland Writers Festival free session: Shakespearean Spinach. Notre Dame University professor Peter Holland will be talking about what Popeye, the Dude, R2-D2 and Quentin Tarantino have to do with Shakespeare. If you’re in Auckland for the festival, come alone to this free session and find out!

Closer to home, see who else is coming to the WORD Christchurch events in May, or if you need a Shakespearean fix right away, head along to the Canterbury Repertory Theatre’s production of Richard the Third on till March 28th. 

Or even closer to home (in fact you don’t even have to leave your home) you can join in with the Big Library Read and read Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard, on till April the 1st.

There are hundreds of books in our collection on the topic of Cover of Shakespeare: The Bard's Guide to Abuses and AffontsShakespeare, and even more in our e-book collection, including an incredibly valuable resource of insults, Shakespeare: The Bard’s Guide to Abuses and Affronts, available through Overdrive.

You can also kick back with Naxos Video Library’s collection of Shakespearean plays, which you can stream through library computers or at home with a library card and PIN.

Then you can search our catalogue for Shakepearean DVDs, graphic novels, audiobooks, and so much more

This is only brushing the surface of everything the library can offer when it comes to Shakespeare, as we can only really brush the surface of the impact he’s made on the world. On a personal note I, for one, probably wouldn’t exist at all without him, because my parents met through a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That starts off a train of thought about the countless number of connections people have made with each other through Shakespeare over the last centuries. Do you have any serendipitous connections in your life relating to the Bard of Avon?

To read or not to read that is the question: Overdrive’s Big Library Read!

KTT The big library ReadNow we all know that eBooks are now an accepted and popular way to experience the written word. What better way to experience this phenomenon than with a global love-in and read-in with the Bard?

As of right now you can go to the OverDrive website and check out Shakespeare Saved My Life : Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates as part of the Big Library Read. The Big Library Read allows unlimited check outs until the end of March on a selected eBook in OverDrive libraries the world over. For example, somewhere in Ireland a beautiful Irish Colleen is reading this eBook just as you could be! Cosmic!

The eBook itself looks fabulous. Kirkus reviews calls it:

An eye-opening study reiterating the perennial power of books, self-discipline, and the Bard of Avon.

Basically the eBook is about how a Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer called Laura Bates decides to teach Shakespeare in solitary confinement. Here she creates an unlikely bond with Larry Newton, a convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and an agile mind on his shoulders. Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships.

Sounds brilliant. All you need is your library card number and password/PIN and you will have a happy alternative to watching that horrendous TV programme The Bachelor NZ which I definitely do not watch…

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Book cover of Anatomy of a MisfitIt’s Big Library Read time again, and this time it’s a young adult title! People of all ages are enjoying the ‘teen-lit’ renaissance and now you can join in with readers from all over the world.

The Big Library Read is a program in which libraries worldwide offer a single eBook to their members in order to create a global library book club. As a Christchurch City Libraries member you are invited to join in the fun. You can download, listen to and read Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes on OverDrive from Tuesday 14 October until Wednesday 29 October – there is no limit on how many people can check this title out, tell your friends, your family, people on the bus, all readers are welcome!

Described as a mix of Heathers and Mean Girls (with a dash of The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Anatomy of a Misfit is about the third most popular girl in school and her choice between the hottest boy in town and a lonely but romantic misfit (swoon!). The narrator, Anika is a sarcastic bad girl who you may love and hate in the same chapter, and who needs to decide if she is going to maintain the status quo or rock the high-school-clique boat.

Join library members from Christchurch, and around the world and download Anatomy of a Misfit. Then let us know what you think of it and the Big Library Read in the comments.

Need some help getting eBooks going on your device? Contact us and we can get you reading fast!

Become a champion mystery solver with Laurien Berenson

AvailableAsEbook-smallA Pedigree to Die For is available for download as an ebook right now

 

From June 4th till  June 18th A Pedigree to Die For is available as as part of a ‘global book club’– no waits, no holds.

The apparent heart attack that killed kennel owner Max Turnbull has left seven pups in mourning, and his wife Peg suspecting foul play. But the only evidence is their missing prize pooch—a pedigreed poodle named Beau.

Enter Melanie Travis. With her young son happily ensconced in day camp, the thirty-something teacher and single mother is talked into investigating her uncle’s death—unofficially, of course. Posing as a poodle breeder in search of the perfect stud, Melanie hounds Connecticut’s elite canine competitions, and finds an ally in fellow breeder Sam Driver. But her affection cools when she’s put on the scent of Sam’s questionable past…and hot on the trail of a poodle-hating neighbor and one elusive murderer who isn’t ready to come to heel.

For, as Melanie soon discovers, in a championship dog-eat-dog world, the instinct for survival, and winning, can prove fatal.

A Pedigree to Die For is available for download as an ebook right now.

 

Unlock Your Inner Cook with Aida Mollenkamp

Food Network and Cooking Channel star Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen is available for download as an ebook right now. No waiting.

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Aida Mollenkamp lays an invaluable foundation for cooks in Keys to the Kitchen. Her comprehensive manual collects more than 300 innovative, contemporary recipes as well as colour photographs, plenty of informative illustrations, a substantial technique primer, and helpful how-to information on subjects as wide-ranging as rust removal, throwing a cocktail party, and knife skills.

For members of the tech-savvy new generation who can’t cook but want to, this essential reference guide makes an ideal starting place and for those already at ease in the kitchen it’s full of “who knew” moments for expanding their repertoire of great recipes.

From February 18th through March 5th Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen is available as a download from Overdrive – no waits, no holds.