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My Year of the Horse celebration has been faltering, so . . .

November 10, 2014 by Reader's Connection

Here’s an odd article from the Manchester Evening News. You may find this annoying, rather than moving, but four months have passed since my last horse post–I’ve been having poetic permission troubles–and if you didn’t already see this on Twitter, click the picture.



And click here for the rest of this year’s celebration.




Readings and Some Thoughts from Indiana Authors Award Winners

November 8, 2014 by Reader's Connection

Michael Shelden, Norbert Krapf and Kelsey Timmerman

The winners of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the National Author and Regional Author categories, and the finalists in the Emerging Author category, were introduced at the Indy Author Fair on October 25th.

Click on the picture to see the introductions, and then to watch the three winners, Michael Shelden (National Author), Norbert Krapf (Regional Author), and Kelsey Timmerman (Emerging Author), read from their works and share some thoughts.

In addition to the monetary award that each author received, each of them selected a public library in Indiana to receive a $2,500 grant:

• Michael Shelden, Monroe County Public Library
• Norbert Krapf, Jasper Public Library
• Kelsey Timmerman, Muncie Public Library


T.V. Shows Based on Books

November 6, 2014 by Reader's Connection

From Selector Jessica Lawrence:

This year has seen some major big-screen book adaptations, and the small-screen isn’t far behind in its love for the literary world. Now that the fall T.V. lineup is here it has bestowed some tried-and-true as well as some brand new small-screen literary adaptations. The trend is steadily increasing in popularity and pilots have recently been requested for adaptations of Jean M. Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear , Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, and Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.

With the plethora of small-screen adaptations out there, now is a great time to read the book and then explore the show. Check out this list of books that have been adapted to the small-screen over the last few years.

A Country Doctor’s Notebook


Based on A Country Doctor’s Notebook – Mikhail Bulgakov



About a Boy


Based on About a Boy – Nick Hornby




The Astronaut Wives Club


Based on The Astronaut Wives Club – Lily Koppel



Boardwalk Empire


Based on Boardwalk Empire – Nelson Johnson



Déjà Dead, in the Temperance Brennan series


Based on the Temperance Brennan series – Kathy Reichs



Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times


Based on Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times – Jennifer Worth



Red Dragon


Based on Red Dragon – Thomas Harris



The Colorado Kid


Based on The Colorado Kid – Stephen King (ebook)



Hemlock Grove


Based on Hemlock Grove – Brian McGreevy



House of Cards


Based on House of Cards – Michael Dobbs




The credits say that the series is based on the story “Fire in the Hole,” which appears in the collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, but the character Raylan Givens first appeared in Pronto and Riding the Rap. – Elmore Leonard



Orange is the New Black


Based on Orange is the New Black – Piper Kerman





Based on the Outlander series – Diana Gabaldon



Ice Cold, in the Rizzoli & Isles series


Based on the Rizzoli & Isles series – Tess Gerritsen



The Leftovers


Based on The Leftovers – Tom Perrotta



The Three Musketeers


Based on The Three Musketeers – Alexander Dumas



The Strain


Based on The Strain – Chuck Hogan, Guillermo Del Toro



The Terror


Based on The Terror – Dan Simmons



You can check out all of these titles and more at the Indianapolis Public Library!



Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice

November 3, 2014 by Reader's Connection

From Selector Emily Chandler:

November is here!  And so begins my favorite time of the year, starting with Veteran’s Day and leading up to Christmas.  It is a time for giving thanks to the world we live in and the people in our world, a time for spending time with family, and a time for food. Lots and lots of food, often in the form of baked goods and warm beverages.

Therefore, I find it only fitting to dedicate this entry to the many current fiction series devoted to that very topic.  As you see, a little mystery here and a little romance there make up the perfect recipe for a good read.  So remember, as you are wading through the rush of the season, try to take some time out of your busy schedule and make life a little sweeter and spicier by taking a bite out of these delicious book treats!

A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery


Adams, Ellery – A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery



Donut Shop Mystery series


Beck, Jessica – Donut Shop Mystery series




Magical Bakery Mystery


Cates, Bailey – A Magical Bakery Mystery




Tea Shop Mysteries


Childs, Laura – Tea Shop Mysteries




Coffeehouse Mystery Books


Coyle, Cleo – Coffeehouse Mystery Books




Domestic Diva Mystery


Davis, Krista – A Domestic Diva Mystery




Recipe for Love mystery


Edwards, Louisa – A Recipe for Love mystery




Hannah Swensen series


Fluke, Joanne – Hannah Swensen series




Cupcake Club


Kauffman, Donna – A Cupcake Club Mystery




Cookie Cutter Shop Mysteries


Lowell, Virginia – Cookie Cutter Shop Mysteries




Cupcake Bakery Mystery


McKinlay, Jenn – A Cupcake Bakery Mystery




Fresh Baked series


Washburn, Livia J. – Fresh Baked series


Spirit & Place: All Kinds of Journeys

October 30, 2014 by Reader's Connection

A Year with Rumi: Daily ReadingsI’m starting to write this post on October 22nd, and today’s entry in A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings begins this way:

When you die into the soul,
you lift the lid on the cooking pot.

You see the truth
of what you have been doing.

I was inspired to check out the book because Coleman Barks, celebrated re-interpreter of Rumi, will be taking part in one of the first of this year’s Spirit & Place events.

Coleman Barks and other poets.
A Poetic Journey Through Urban America
Saturday, November 8th,  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
DePauw University, The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics
2961 West County Road 225 S., Greencastle, IN



The festival runs from November 7th through the 16th. Poets, dancers, veterans of the military, journalists, doctors, former prison inmates, a former pastor and a host of others take part. If you click on this One Million Journeys , One Destination image, you’ll be taken to a list of all the events.

The image pertains to one of the events scheduled at Central Library.
One Million Journeys, One Destination is a photo exhibit that will run until January 7th, 2015. The exhibit will have its opening reception on Wednesday, November 12th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. At 7:00, M. Teresa Baer, author of Indianapolis: A City of Immigrants, will give a presentation in the Clowes Auditorium.


Ten days of performances and treasure hunts and conversations–dealing with immigration, love, marriage, recovery from addiction, and other journeys–will close with a public conversation about end-of-life issues.

19th Annual Public Conversation: Journey’s End
Sunday, November 16, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
at Christian Theological Seminary
Shelton Auditorium
1000 W. 42nd St.

The conversationalists will also take part in a two-day symposium, November 17-18, on the IUPUI campus, the first day of which is open to researchers, clinicians, educators, patients/family members, and practice organizations in the community. If you wish to register, click on the symposium link.


Gail Sheehy

Daring: My Passages (2014)

Daring: My Passages

A journalist recounts her risks, fears and triumphs. Author of 16 books, Sheehy has made a career out of examining life stages . . . now, she reflects on her own transitions . . . The author reprises her own reality in three parts: the Pygmalion Years, when she was a young, ambitious journalist trying to establish her reputation and overcome editors’ prejudices about women writers, whom they commonly assigned to stories about food and style; the Passages Years, when she was a star writer for, among many other venues, [husband Clay] Felker’s New York magazine, Helen Gurley Brown’s Cosmopolitan and Tina Brown’s Vanity Fair; and the Bonus Years, focused on Felker’s cancer and Sheehy’s gradual recovery from alcohol abuse and depression following his death . . . Raising a daughter on her own, adopting a Cambodian girl after visiting a refugee camp and helping to found the Women’s Refugee Commission to advocate for survivors of genocide are among many reasons—aside from her career choices—why Sheehy, too, is one of those audacious pathfinders. Daring, the author amply shows in this spirited life story, defines her. — Kirkus Reviews


Mark Nepo

The Endless Practice : Becoming Who You Were Born to Be (2014)

The Endless Practice : Becoming Who You Were Born to BeNepo writes reflectively and poetically about the lifelong spiritual journey. His tone is ruminative and intimate, as he draws from his own experience–he is a cancer survivor, which has powerfully shaped his life–but also adds poetry, bits and pieces of facts and musings, all strung together by his searching mind. The effect is like reading a journal, though a finely honed one. His perspective is a mature one, allowing him to sift through his years of life and a variety of spiritual readings to find meaning in life events . . . Older readers at the stock-taking stage of life will find this exploration of life’s big questions especially congenial. Mystics will delight. — Publishers Weekly



Timothy E. Quill

Physician-assisted Dying: The Case For Palliative Care And Patient Choice (2004, co-edited by Quill)

Physician-assisted Dying: The Case For Palliative Care And Patient Choice

This excellent book presents arguments supporting acceptance of physician-assisted death as an option for terminally ill patients who are suffering from extreme pain unrelieved by narcotics and whose only wish is to die. Contributors consider all sides, however, and readers will benefit from perspectives from health professionals, families, patients, clergy, and lawyers on assisted death. Oregon is the only state that has enacted a Death with Dignity Act, which allows patients experiencing intractable pain, who are within days or weeks of dying, to elect assisted death. In this, as in any similar proposed legislation, appropriate safeguards are included: repeated written/oral requests by patients to end their lives, confirmation of diagnosis and probable time until natural death, protection from abuse, and psychiatric evaluation to rule out depression as the reason for wanting to die. Many non-Catholic clergymen are beginning to agree that physician-assisted death is warranted in particular cases. Health care professionals, lawyers, legislators, and clergy generally consider physician-assisted death to be an action of last resort. Most Catholics do not accept that physician-assisted death is warranted under any circumstances. As this book makes clear, beliefs about assisted death are a very personal matter. — Choice


Spirit & Place is a project of The Polis Center, part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Best wishes to you on all your journeys.