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The Final Twist

The Final Twist Writer's Society was here on Saturday, talking about the writing process and how they inspire each other. Many in the audience found out more about how to get started on the novel or screenplay they've been wanting to start! The Final Twist will be coming back later to do another seminar for us on self-publishing. Keep an eye on our webpage for that later in the spring!


pictures of the Final Twist writers

 

What I've Read This Summer

This summer has included a lot of traveling for one reason or another. As I sat in airports or in the passenger seat of the family car, I caught up on my reading. Here's what I've read so far:

Nine Dragons 


cover of Nine Dragons

212


cover of 212

 

Robots!


another picture of the robot

 

On July 11th, we were lucky enough to have the Klein Robotics Team come and demonstrate one of their robots. As you can see from the picture, it was pretty cool. We were able to watch and control the robot. 


 

The Brass Verdict

I just finished reading The Brass Verdict. This is one of the Harry Bosch mysteries, but it’s also one of the author’s Mickey Haller novels. The first novel to feature Mick was The Lincoln Lawyer. Mick is a defense attorney who works out of his car, usually a Lincoln. He has just gotten back from a year of rehab after being shot and getting addicted to pain killers. He’s hoping to start his life over, and is surprised to learn that he has inherited several cases from a deceased colleague. His colleague was killed in the parking garage of his office and Harry Bosch is the investigating dectective. Harry is in the story, but the focus is on Mickey. He has to figure out how to best defend his client while trying to protect himself. I enjoyed reading The Lincoln Lawyer and I really enjoyed The Brass Verdict. It’s neat to see the character of Harry in a new light and Mickey’s character is likeable and charming. It’s a lighter read than the Harry Bosch mysteries, so it’s a nice change of pace. 


cover of The Lincoln Lawyer

 

Barbara Bush@ 90!

Mrs. Barbara Bush is turning 90 on June 8, 2015. As you know, she has done so much to champion literacy and we are honored to bear her name. We encourage everyone to wish her a happy birthday! Go to the Barbara Bush Foundation Wishing Wall and wish her a wonderful birthday!

picture of Mrs. Barbara Bush

 

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

I recently started watching a PBS Masterpiece Mystery series called The Grantchester Mysteries. The show was so charming that I decided to read some of the books. The TV series covers the first book in the series, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death. Canon Sidney Chambers is a young Anglican priest and his church is in the village of Grantchester, quite near Cambridge. He loves jazz, complicated women and solving crimes.

The Overlook

I’m continuing on with the Harry Bosch series. In The Overlook, Harry is called out to his first case since he joined the Homicide Special squad. Dr. Stanley Kent has been murdered and it looks like a terrorism case. Dr. Kent had access to medical radioactive substances, used to treat cancer patients. As the case unfolds, it looks like someone invaded his home, tied up his wife, and then sent threatening pictures to his phone. He was sent a message to retrieve the radioactive substances and bring them to the Mulholland Drive overlook, or else his wife was going to be killed. Now his body is lying there and Harry has to figure it out. Of course, the FBI is involved, and Harry’s former lover, Rachel Walling, is one of the FBI agents he has to work with. I enjoyed reading about Harry and his struggles. I wasn’t surprised upon finding out who the murderer was, but I enjoyed the story. 


Cover of The Overlook

 

A great time!


Friends enjoying the party

 

The Friends of the Barbara Bush Library had their annual meeting this past Monday. Out new officers were announced, the new budget was accepted and volunteer awards were handed out. Our director, Edward Melton, spoke about the future of the library and the exciting new opportunities coming our way. Everyone had a great time! Special congratulations to Charlotte Moore, Community Volunteer of the Year, shown receiving her award. 


Charlotte Moore

 

Beautiful Art and Writing

picture of Margie Crisp

 

Recently, we held our Pen and Paintbrush Book Discussion. This is done three times a year, in partnership with the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art. We discuss a book related to the current art exhibit and then view the art. For this session, Margie Crisp, author and artist, was there to discuss her book River of Contrasts. She traveled the Colorado River, and wrote about the landscape and the people she encountered. Her illustrations are scattered throughout the book and it is wonderful. I highly recommend checking out a copy. We were able to hear from Margie about the creative process and how she recorded her observations and thoughts with both art and writing. The we enjoyed the exhibit which featured works by Margie and other Texas artists. 

 

Murder Past Due

Murder Past Due is the first entry in the Cat in The Stacks mystery series. It has a librarian, who owns a Cat and solves mysteries. How could I resist this? Normally, I read procedurals and “darker” mystery novels, but once in a while, I like to read a cozy mystery. The hero is Charlie Harris who has recently relocated to his hometown of Athena, Mississippi. Charlie works at the local library and owns a Mane Coon tabby named Diesel who is a major character in the book. Godfrey Priest, big time author and home town boy, returns to give a speech. However, it is not long before he is killed and Charles and Diesel start to work on solving the mystery. This is a nice relaxing read and I enjoyed it very much. I’ll be checking out the other books in the series. 

Murder Past Due cover

 

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