‘Killing the Curse’ authors coming to Martin Library

Curse - FINAL Cover

Authors Dennis Hetzel and Rick Robinson will sign copies of “Killing the Curse” 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 29 at Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York.

L-R Rick Robinson and Dennis Hetzel strong horiz.Hetzel was editor and publisher of the York Daily Record for 13 years and this is his first published work of fiction. “Killing the Curse” won an honorable mention in the “best fiction” category of the Great Midwest Book Festival and an honorable mention in the San Francisco Book Festival competition.

Hetzel collaborated on the book with Rick Robinson, his friend and an author of multiple political thrillers.

The story opens with the mysterious death of the father of the star pitcher for the opposing Boston Red Sox. The plot flows out of the childhood friendship between Bob Walters, an ego-driven sports-radio talk show host known as “the man Cubs fans love to hate,” and President Luke Murphy, a lifelong Cubs fan who faces a crisis as the end of the World Series turns into a far-more important event than a baseball game.

The book is also available in Kindle and Nook formats.

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Irvin’s Books moving to Springettsbury Township

Irvin’s Books is moving to a new location in Springettsbury Township.

Store owner Terry Irvin said the new location, 2107 Industrial Highway in Springettsbury Township, has more through traffic and a mix of stores that will appeal to his customers.

Irvin said he’ll close the West Manchester Township store near the end of April to move his inventory of about 100,000 books. The new location will be open May 1.

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Martin Library’s Celebrity Auction March 22

20150313_085110_032512-PMK-1-AUCTION_sized_400Collectible items from television and movie stars, athletes and authors will be on the auction block March 22 at Martin Library’s 18th annual Celebrity Auction.

Preview begins at noon with bidding at 1 p.m. in the Quiet Reading Room of the library,  159 E. Market St., York.

The auctioneer will be Gary Gladfelter. So far, there are more than 300 items, including  autographed posters, apparel, photographs, scripts, music, books and more.

Proceeds benefit the purchase of material for the children’s library. Here’s a complete list of auction items . For details, call Martin Library Marketing Director Fran Keller at 717-849-6925.

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‘Orphan Train’ celebration in Strasburg

20141020_030736_OrphanTrain_finalcoverhighres_100This year’s One Book One Community Readers’ Celebration will be 2 to 5 p.m. March 22 at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum in Strasburg. This free event will celebrate the reading of this year’s One Book selection, “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. Music will be provided by Fire in the Glen, a Lancaster County Celtic band.

There will  be a reception catered by Isaac’s and a silent auction to benefit future One Book, One Community programs.  While there is no charge, participants must present a ticket for admission.  Visit www.oboc.org  for a link to obtain a ticket.

Fire in the Glen

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Comic Book Wednesday: ‘Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952′

Hellboy_and_the_BPRD_1Mike Mignola‘s latest series takes a look at the early career of his beloved character, Hellboy.

“Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952″ takes place eight years after Professor Trevor Bruttenholm found Hellboy. In that time, Hellboy has grown to the size of an adult but doesn’t have much life experience.

The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) investigates paranormal activity throughout the world using a team of former military men and women.

On this particular mission to Brazil, the professor thinks it is time for Hellboy to learn some skills and to become a man, which he can’t do locked up in his room.

The crew arrives in Brazil and is given shelter by an old woman. However, an interaction between the old woman and a priest seems to show there is more going on than the crew truly knows.

This first issue sets up a lot of background information and sets the scenes for the thrilling, paranormal, action-packed story to come. And whereas that can be quite boring in other stories, the flow of this one keeps it progressing. Readers soak up the information like a sponge, eagerly awaiting the a-ha moments to come. Mike Mignola loves his character, and that love shines through the story. John Arcudi contributed to the story, as well.

The art keeps the constant Mignola style, with the dark shading and eerie feel, yet it isn’t gloomy or depressing. The slight colors pop off the page yet tie it all together.

We can’t forget Hellboy, of course. This Hellboy is younger — youthful and skinny with an almost naive look. He isn’t the larger-than-life, burly demon we know and love. Yet, he still gives that vibe, ever so slightly. You can tell he is a badass waiting to emerge, and maybe we will see him in subsequent issues.

Alex Maleev did an amazing job with this issue’s art, really tying together the story.

This issue will probably make you addicted to Hellboy, but go out and grab a copy anyway. You won’t be disappointed.

Comic Book Wednesday is a feature that will showcase a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.

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Meet local author Rachel Walter


Name: Rachel Walter
Age: 28waltermug
Lives in: York
Family: Husband, three step-children, one daughter
Hobbies: Reading and collecting coffee mugs
Book title: “Pucked”
Release date: Feb. 10, 2015
Published through: Self published
Where to purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books, Smashwords
Synopsis: “Pucked” follows two teenagers, Audrey and Riley, through their journey to adulthood while dealing with the struggles of parental alienation.
How the idea come about: The idea came to me when I was doing dishes one day. From the very start, I knew this was the book I needed to write.
Events: Kiss and Tell Author Event Signing,  July 25, Harrisburg
Website: http://RachelWalterAuthor.blogspot.com

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One Book, One Community: Orphan Train events

20141020_030736_OrphanTrain_finalcoverhighres_100Here are some upcoming activities relating to the 2015 One Book, One Community pick, “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline.

Adult Book Discussion Group: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Kaltreider Benfer Library

Adult Book Discussion: 1 p.m.  Feb. 12, Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center

The Orphan Train Movement: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Martin Library

Spend Sunday afternoon at the library for a presentation by Donna Aviles, a descendant of an orphan train rider. Donna shares the story of her grandfather, Oliver Nordmark, as he traveled from their New York orphanage to the small town of Bern, Kansas.  Light refreshments will be served.

Noon Book Talk: Feb. 16, Guthrie Memorial Library

Evening Book Talk: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Guthrie Memorial Library

Presentation followed by book discussion, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17,  Red Land Community Library

Cindy Washburn from of Oxford Hall Celtic Shop in New Cumberland will be at Red Land Community Library at 6:30 pm to explain about Irish culture and the items that are mentioned in the book. A book discussion will follow at 7 p.m.

The Orphan Train Story Time: 10:30 a.m. Feb. 18, Village Library

The Rowdy Readers Book Discussion Group: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19,  Village Library

Book Discussion: 7 p.m. Feb. 23, Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock

Mystery Readers Book Discussion: noon Feb. 24, Kaltreider Benfer Library

Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Dillsburg Area Public Library

K’Nex Rail Lab: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center

Working in small groups, students use K’NEX building kits and other learning aids to explore various themes related to railroading, including: bridges; levers and pulleys; wheels, axles & inclined planes; and gears.

Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Martin Library

Thursday Evening Book Club: 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26Collinsville Community Library

Orphan Train Discussion: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 Glatfelter Memorial Library

Book Discussion: 1 p.m. Feb. 27, Delta Area Community Senior Center

Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Faith United Church of Christ

Pre-Teen Book Club (ages 10 -12): 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 28, Dover Area Community Library

Join us in the small study room to discuss Poneasequa – Goddess of the Waters by Stephanie A. Duckworth-Elliott. This is a related book for young adults.

Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. March 3Dover Area Community Library

Riding the Rails in the late 1800s: 6:30 p.m. March 5, at Steam into History, 2 W. Main St., New Freedom

The orphan trains took children to the Midwest in search of a new life. Join us in the station to hear how train travel in the late 1800s would have been on a trip across country. Were they warm? How did they eat? Sleep? Tour a replica coach from the era. Presented at no charge by Paul Smith Library of Southern York County. Space is limited. Please call the library at 717-235-4313 for reservations.

Here is the event listing for One Book, One Community events

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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ALA announces Newbery, Caldecott and Printz awards

The American Library Assn. announced the winners of its slate of book prizes, including the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz awards, at its annual meeting Monday.


The John Newbery Medal for outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to Kwame Alexander’s book “The Crossover.” The novel in verse, about a basketball-playing teen, is the first book for middle-graders from Alexander, a veteran author who has published more than 20 books.


The Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished picture book for children was awarded to “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend” by Dan Santat. Santat, who lives in Southern California, is the creator of “The Replacements,” a Disney Channel series.

The Coretta Scott King Award for an author went to Jacqueline Woodson for “Brown Girl Dreaming.” The book is also the recipient of a Newbery honor and won the National Book Award in the young adult category.

The Printz Award for young adult novel went to “I’ll Give You The Sun” by Jandy Nelson, a book about fraternal twins whose lives have diverged. It’s the second book by Nelson, who also works as a literary agent.

Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think?


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Comic Book Wednesday: ‘Doctor Who’

12D_01_Alice_.jpg.square-false_maxheight-835_size-350If you can’t wait for “Doctor Who” to come back on TV, pick up the comic “Doctor Who” and begin to read the “new adventures with the Twelfth Doctor.”

This first issue with our Scottish Doctor is called “Terrorformer.”

The comic opens with Zaxx and his A.I., Clive. They are investigating a weird reading on a planet that looks a lot like Earth. However, when Zaxx gets out of the ship, he soon gets caught up in some hot water.

Cut to The Doctor and Clara. The Doctor is taking Clara to Isen VI to teach her how to ski (or so Clara thought.) But the planet doesn’t look like a huge winter wonderland once they get out of the Tardis — It is more like a tropical jungle!

They soon realize that money will buy anything (which is why the Doctor hates it), and this icy world has been terraformed into a jungle paradise.

We find out that the Doctor wasn’t just taking Clara here to teach her how to ski; the Tardis picked up on a warning signal from the planet that was Gallifreyan in origin. The Doctor explains it was an ancient system where a series of beacons would rove the galaxies and detect threats to universal harmony, disruptions in time and space, and other inexplicable phenomena. And though the Tardis picked up on the signal, it couldn’t tell them what as the system is failing.

Soon, the scouting party stumbles along something, and through a series of unfortunate events, comes face-to-face with a demonic creator hell-bent on destroying the universe.

I really enjoyed this story by Robbie Morrison. It was witty and playful but continued the suspense that we enjoy from “Doctor Who” episodes. It is hard to warm up to the Scottish Doctor (and even harder to understand him!), so I loved all the funny quips from the Doctor and Clara. I was laughing throughout the whole comic.

However, I didn’t enjoy the depictions of the Doctor and Clara. The surrounding art and secondary character designs were great. The coloring was engaging. But Clara and the Doctor sometimes looked nothing like themselves in many panels. I know the characters well, since I watched the TV show, but what about those who have never watched it? It was confusing and a bit lazy, in my opinion. The cover (seen above) is amazing, but that was done by Alice X. Zhang. I think artist Dave Taylor has many talents, but I wish he stuck with what the characters look like on television.

Despite my feelings about the art, the comic is awesome! I really recommend this title, especially if you miss our dear Doctor.

Comic Book Wednesday is a feature that will showcase a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.

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Mark Zuckerberg picks second book

angelsFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his second book club pick for 2015: Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” published in 2011. The book argues that looking back at human history, violence is on the wane.

Zuckerberg has launched a book club on Facebook, A Year in Books, where he plans to read and discuss a new book every two weeks throughout 2015.

Read how a York County resident helped spark Zuckerberg’s decision to form a book club. 

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