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The following are a collection of titles selected by Library Bound staff as their favourites for the month.


Ron Stadnik Print Manager ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your comments)

"The Mariposa Folk Festival: A History" by Michael Hill

So many stories about Canadian culture and heritage aren't told; the result of a small market in a huge country. Long time artistic director and unofficial festival historian Michael Hill contributes a lively record of the small festival that first began in Orillia in 1961 and continues to this day. In the beginning, only the Newport Folk Festival was doing anything similar; Mariposa was instrumental in developing the concept of workshops, crafts, kids stages, adding indigenous and world music components, and environmental practices that have since become common at festivals across the country. While repetitive at times, this is invaluable Canadian cultural history.

Adult Non-Fiction Paperback LBN 1252918

"The Half-Drowned King: A History" by Linnea Hartsuyker

A page turning saga of ninth century Vikings during the violent birth of Scandinavia. Linnea Hartsuyker, in her fiction debut, manages a rare triple with a novel that will appeal to readers who appreciate a great story, compelling characters, and sense of place. The first of a trilogy, this Dewey Diva pick is worthy of obvious comparisons to Game of Thrones and the TV series The Lost Kingdom and Vikings.

Adult Sagas Hardcover LBN 1264919

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Helen Wilding Cook Children's Collection Development Coordinator ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your comments)

"Jane, Unlimited" by Kristin Cashore

I am an unrepentant fan of Kristin Cashore and her work. I hold up Jane, Unlimited to the universe*, and all in it, and say, “There! See? Kristin Cashore is brilliant!” She spreads her literary wings and soars in this novel, sharing intriguing ideas and plying her craft with consummate skill. She has created an abundance of settings and a diverse crowd of splendid, memorable, complicated, (and sometimes flawed), characters to surround, intrigue and infuriate, brave, broken-hearted Jane.

Kristin Cashore fans, I beseech you, don’t read any more, just dive in and enjoy.

If you need convincing - oh ye of little faith - Ms. Cashore has sewn into the fabric of this book dozens of her favourite places, settings, books, works of art, and other interesting things. Use it as the focus of a book club, together with Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier; Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte; The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton, A.A. Milne’s Winnie The Pooh, Chapter 8: In Which Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition [sic] to the North Pole and more. (See the author’s acknowledgements) The book club could also virtually visit the paintings, sculptures and museums mentioned in this novel, but I digress.

Jane explores a rambling architecturally mismatched mansion – alternately an A.I. spaceship, which makes Arthur C. Clarke’s HAL look like a lap dog - pursuing four mysteries. She finds a living library, undulating with colour (the books catalogued by the hues of their spines); a heroic, almost telepathic basset hound; secret passages and portals; an alternate world; multiverse theories; art history lessons; extraordinary sculptures and paintings including a Rembrandt and last but not least, many gorgeous, eclectic umbrellas, critical to several plot points... Actually so is the basset hound. Recommend this book to ardent readers, both young adults and grown-ups.

(*I should say Multiverse.)

YA SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY / ROMANCE / DIVERSE / LGBTQ / ACTION / ADVENTURE MYSTERY

Hardcover LBN 1271112

Audiobook LBN 1294394

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Dan Patterson Graphic Novel Specialist/Cataloguing Coordinator ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your comments)

"Compass South" by Hope Larson

It’s the late 19th century and Alexander and Cleopatra are potential orphans when their father disappears while looking for work.  Taking shelter with other criminal orphans, the two are thrust into an adventure when they look to swindle their way into riches, helped along by mysterious gifts from a mother they never knew.  Compass South is a fun adventure story featuring a plucky brother and sister in the waning days of the age of sail.

JUVENILE GRAPHIC NOVEL

Hardcover LBN 1153191

Paperback LBN 1252479

"Comics Squad: Detention" by Various

The juvenile comics anthology Comics Squad returns in its third volume, this time focusing on that most dreaded of school fears, detention. Featuring comics by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Ben Hatke, George O’Connor, Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm and more, Comics Squad is a great little collection of entertaining juvenile comics.

GRAPHIC NOVEL

Hardcover LBN 1257292

Paperback LBN 1255873

"The Great Lakes Avengers" by Zac Gorman

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Great Lakes Avengers and their wackier super heroic adventures and now they’ve returned as Detroit’s only superheroes when a legal loophole gives them the right to once again use the Avengers name.  The Great Lakes Avengers is a silly and fun parody of the inherent silliness of superhero comics.

YA GRAPHIC NOVEL - Superheroes

Paperback LBN 1248732

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Tracy Reid Music & Video Game Manager ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your comments)

"Project" by Lindsay Ell

Native Calgarian and all-around rockstar, Lindsay Ell will be releasing her debut album The Project on August 11, 2017. The new album follows her breakthrough EP, Worth the Wait, which was released in early 2017 and produced by Kristian Bush.

Genre: Country Compact Disc - VRN 310047

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Anna Kardas
DVD Coordinator ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your comments)

This is Us: The Complete First Season

A family with siblings of the same age feature their connections and how their lives intertwine in unique ways that are both familiar and different. When a brother and sister lose their third sibling at birth, their mom is determined to bring a third child home. She then adopts an African American baby who was also born on the same day and who was abandoned by his biological dad. You'll see this family unveil their struggles and triumphs throughout the years as well as the touching love they have for each other

Genre: TV Series DVD - VRN 310383

The Fear of 13

Part confessional and part performance, this haunting psychological thriller is a stylistically daring experiment in storytelling. Nick, a death row inmate, petitions the court to be executed. As he goes on to tell his story, it gradually becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems. Nick spins his tale with all the twists and turns of classic crime drama, with a final shocking twist that casts everything in a new light.

Genre: Documentary DVD - VRN 298819

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