This Winter, Thrilling Tales (the Library’s storytime for grownups) has got some great tales of crime and suspense lined up by masterful storytellers of today and yesteryear. We’ll have arctic adventure, unspeakable terror, hitmen, con-men, stick-up artists and librarians! Yes, that’s right – on Monday January 28 we will be having a special storytime dedicated to libraries and librarians, and coinciding with the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference, meeting in Seattle that weekend. Here’s what’s in store:
- Monday, December 17. Foxer, by Brian Cleeve. An aging con-man just can’t resist playing a felonious Santa Claus to his grandchildren one last time.
- Monday, Jan. 7. The Consumers, by Dennis Lehane. What do you give the husband who has everything that his greedy hands can grab? A bullet, special delivery.
- Monday, Jan. 28. Thrilling Tales SPECIAL LIBRARY EDITION. The Reference Room, by John D. Macdonald. Welcome to the Library of the Future: they have a killer True Crime section! The General in the Library, by Italo Calvino. Banning Books can have unanticipated results. Exchange, by Ray Bradbury. Captain Spaulding learns that you can go home again, at the library.
- Monday, February 4. The White Silence, by Jack London. They say that dogs are a man’s best friend, but at sixty-five below it’s every man – and dog – for himself. Also The Music on the Hill, by Saki. When the blood is up and the hounds are on the scent, beware the forest primeval.
- Monday, March 4. The Children of Noah, by Richard Matheson. Welcome to Zachry, Maine – population 67, give or take a few – and one terrible place to get a speeding ticket.
- Monday, March 18. Sometimes Something Goes Wrong, by Stuart M. Kaminsky. You know what they say, when you have a lousy day at work, at least nobody died, unless you’re a surgeon or an air traffic controller. Or a stick up man.
Thrilling Tales happens at 12:05 in the Microsoft Auditorium on Level One of the Central Library on the first and third Mondays of most months. The program concludes by 12:50. You’re welcome to bring your lunch or knitting. Admission is free: we’ll supply the stories and the seats, although you may only need the edges of them.