Emily St. John Mandel–the bestselling author behind the critically acclaimed novels Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel–joins Kelsey and Jenn on this episode of The First Fifty Pages. Emily talks about her love of Science Fiction, the un-romantic process of revision, and about how her latest novel, Sea of Tranquility, moves through time and space. (!) Spoiler — the future is not a catastrophe…
On the The First Fifty Pages podcast, international Bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz joined Kelsey Patterson and Jenn Delperdang from the Sioux City Public Library, to talk about his journey as an author, the writers who cultivated his love of reading, and his new novel, Quicksilver.
“They tried to call me a horror writer for a long time, and I resisted strenuously because I’m not a guy who writes gore…The way to get around that was, ‘uh yeah, okay – I’ll let you put that suspense brand on me if you want, but then I’m going to do all these other things.’ There were moments when I was told this will destroy your career,” said Koontz.
April 3 – 9, was National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role the Library and its staff play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week was “Connect with Your Library.”
The Sioux City Public Library invited visitors of all ages to participate in coloring a page for display at the Library and writing their favorite thing about the Library or listing a favorite book. We had many amazing contributions and want to share a few with you:
During the month of April, check out the in-house curated displays or librarian recommended lists online for choice pieces on poetry. The Sioux City Public Library has poems for the literature lover or the reader who is just starting to discover the wonder of poetry!
Get free internet at home when you borrow a HotSpot from the Library! Smarter HotSpots are available for patrons to check out. Access the internet and preinstalled apps directly on the device or enable it as a hotspot and connect up to eight web-enabled devices to its mobile data for the internet.
Alice Hoffman, the spellbinding author behind bestseller like The Marriage of Opposites and Here on Earth, joined Sioux City Library’s Jenn Delperdang and Kelsey Patterson on The First Fifty Pages podcast. Hoffman talked about the magic of books and her latest novel, much beloved Practical Magic series’ final installment, The Book of Magic.
“When I was writing the Book of Magic, I cried the whole time I was writing it. I still read it and I still cry,” said Alice Hoffman. “Life is love, but it is also loss and as these characters get older and things happen then there is loss involved. That was hard for me as a writer.”
The Sioux City Public Library Board of Trustees has voted to permanently eliminate overdue fines for full-service Sioux City Public Library cards, a move that benefits at least 75% of the Library’s cardholders.