Joseph Bernt

Joseph Bernt

This year’s Fall Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, is taking shape.

Cannon Beach lodging establishments, restaurants and shops are donating gift certificates for drawings to be held the afternoon of the festival.

Tickets for the drawings will be on sale beginning Sept. 2 through the day of the drawing, Sept. 28, at the library.

Meantime, library members are volunteering baked goods and craft items for sale at the festival.

The Cannon Beach Reads group will discuss “Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics,” by Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, Sept. 18, 7 -8:30 p.m., at the Cannon Beach Library, 131 N. Hemlock St. I’ll lead this discussion. Anyone interested is encouraged to participate in the discussion. Refreshments will be served.

Earlier, this column reported on new non-fiction books added to the library in July, along with a promise to describe new fiction and mystery titles that Marjorie MacQueen also added. Of the nine novels added in July, Karl Marlantes’ “Deep River,” which I’ve already hyped, and ”The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead, who received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award last year for “The Underground Railroad,” are destined to become classics.

Marlantes’ novel challenges Ken Kesey’s “Sometimes a Great Notion,” David James Duncan’s “The River Why,” Ursula LeGuin’s “The Lathe of Heaven,” Brian Doyle’s “Mink River,” Molly Gloss’ “The Jump-Off Creek” and Don Berry’s “Trask” as classic works of Pacific Northwest literature.

Similarly Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys” will join such classic literature of the Black experience as Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man,” “Richard Wright’s “Native Son,” Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple,” James Baldwin’s “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon,” Ishmael Reed’s “The Free-Lance Pallbearers,” Eldridge Cleaver’s “Soul on Ice,” Claude Brown’s “Manchild in the Promised Land” and Maya Angelou’s “The Color Purple.”

Other fiction added to the library collection includes “Evvie Drake Starts Over” by Linda Holmes, a popular culture correspondent for National Public Radio. Holmes sets her romantic comedy in a Maine seaside town where Eveleth “Evvie” Drake, lonely from bumping around a large home for a year after her husband’s unexpected death, is introduced by Andy, a mutual friend, to Dean Tenney, a former professional baseball pitcher who contracted the “yips” and lost the fine-motor skills necessary to his pitching success.

Andy, a mutual friend of Evvie and Dean, convinces Evvie to rent Dean an apartment, and one thing leads to another in this hopeful plot.

“Red Metal,” a new thriller by Mark Greaney, has been added to the library, too. Greaney, who collaborated on Tom Clancy’s final books and continued producing Clancy’s Jack Ryan books, wrote a series of Gray Man thrillers.

The library also has added “The Most Fun We Ever Had” by Claire Lombardo, “The New Girl” by Daniel Silva, “The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna” by Juliet Grames, “The Strawberry Thief” by Joanne Harris and “The Van Apfel Girls are Gone” by Felicity McLean.

Lombardo, formerly a social worker, received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. “The Most Fun We Ever Had” is her first novel, a 533-page analysis of a troubled Midwestern Family, a novel heavily reviewed and anticipated before its publication in June by Doubleday.

Daniel Silva has just added his 19th thriller, “The New Girl,” to his series of popular Gabriel Allon novels. Joanne Harris has added “The Strawberry Thief” to her Chocolat series. The library just as quickly added these two bestsellers to its holdings, along with “The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone,” Felicity McLean’s debut novel set in Australia.

And the library has added seven newly published mystery or crime novels.

Andrew Wilson, for the third time, resurrects Agatha Christie in “Death in a Desert Land,” describing her exploits in Mesopotamia. (Perhaps fans of Christie’s own mysteries find some enjoyment from reading about their favorite author as processed into a character in Wilson’s mystery plots, but this hardly seems a cricket approach to creative writing.)

Ever-popular Peter Lovesey has added his 18th Peter Diamond mystery, “Killing with Confetti,” to this popular series; Norwegian Jo Nesbo has added “Knife” to his popular Harry Hole series; and, with “Heart of Barkness,” Spencer Quinn has added a ninth book to his Chet and Bernie mystery series.

These mysteries—along with Laura Lippman’s “Lady in the Lake,” David Baldacci’s “One Good Deed” and Garry Disher’s “Under the Cold Bright Lights”—are now available at the library.


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