Mike’s Booknotes


At the Library for September 29, 2015

Last Updated 2015/09/28

In ‘Open Heart, Open Mind,’ Clara Hughes—one of Canada’s most decorated Olympic athletes—tells of her lifelong struggle with depression. An awkward high-school student and a terminally ill girl become unlikely friends in the humorous yet warm ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’—the latest novel by Jesse Andrews. Storytime is back! Preschool Story Time is


At the Library for September 22, 2015

Last Updated 2015/09/21

In ‘Children of the Broken Treaty,’ Charlie Angus looks at the amazing yet short life of Shannen Koostachin—a young Cree woman who led the largest human rights movement in Canadian history. Gabby Duran is recruited by a secret agency to babysit a group of aliens in ‘Gabby Duran and the Unsittables.’ Storytime is back! Preschool


At the Library for September 15, 2015

Last Updated 2015/09/14

Retired College of the Rockies instructor and local writer Michael J. Morris’ latest work is ‘The Chapleau Boys Go To War.’ Written with his cousin Michael K McMullen, Morris charts the story of the contributions and sacrifices made by the people of Chapleau, Ontario (a small village in Canada’s North) during the First and Second


At the Library for September 08, 2015

Last Updated 2015/09/06

Cranbrook’s favorite musician, band teacher, author and columnist has just published the first of what is sure to be many more collected works. Jim Cameron’s ‘Cranbrook Then and Now’ collects the best of Cameron’s ‘Janus’ columns, which have chronicled the “often baffling and humorous” 130 year history of our town. Tony De Saulles’ ‘The Deep


At the Library for September 01, 2015

Last Updated 2015/08/31

From growing up in dire poverty in the Depression, developing a love of jazz music, his involvement in the modernization of the Canadian agriculture industry and his entry into federal politics, local author Alan Coulter paints a fascinating portrait of Canadian life in his memoir ‘As Time Goes By.’ Steve Parker explains to younger readers


At the Library for August 25th, 2015

Last Updated 2015/08/24

In ‘The Intimate Bond’ Brian Fagan charts our historic relationship with animals, from the first wolf that walked into a caveman’s camp and found companionship to our modern day pets. Marliee Peters explains to young readers how scientists solve the mysteries of deadly epidemics throughout history in ‘Patient Zero.’ Our new website is up and


At the Library for August 18th, 2015

Last Updated 2015/08/17

Orianna Fielding’s ‘Unplugged’ is a guide to rebooting one’s self the same way we do our computers or phones—by unplugging them. Michelle Mulder’s ‘Trash Talk’ highlights the innovative ideas young people have come up with to deal with the planet’s garbage. One is example is Boyan Slat, a Dutch teenager who invented a system for


At the Library for August 11, 2015

Last Updated 2015/08/10

Robert Kurson’s ‘Pirate Hunters’ recounts the recent discovery of pirate ship Golden Fleece, which was gunned down by the British 350 years ago. Roy Henry Vickers’ ‘Orca Chief’ is the brightly illustrated retelling of an ancient Tsimshian legend about four hunters who damage the ocean due to their carelessness. Where did the summer go? Closing


At the Library for July 28th, 2015

Last Updated 2015/07/27

Lester Brown explains how individuals and the planet can benefit from switching from fossil fuels to cleaner and renewable energies in ‘The Great Transition.’ Everyone’s favorite dork returns in her latest adventure in Rachel Renee Russell’s ‘Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen.’ Ready to join the Summer Reading Club and have an awesome


At the Library for July 21

Last Updated 2015/07/20

Michael Finkel’s ‘True Story’ is indeed the true story of an escaped murderer who was able to evade authorities by posing as Finkel himself, causing a deadly game of cat and mouse. Brett Wright re-imagines Romeo & Juliet as a pair of modern teens communicating solely by text messages in ‘YOLO Juliet.’ Ready to join