The Learned Owl Book Shop, May 29, 2017
Kate's Corner

Happy Memorial Day!  Summer break is upon us and we are are in the thick of the Main St. makeover.  As you may have noticed a small moat has been dug in front of the store and they are currently working on placing the underground cells that will allow the trees' roots to grow when they are planted in the final stages of construction.  It's actually a very interesting process if it wasn't effecting the businesses so much.

To the city's credit, they are taking some steps to help the businesses and encourage people shop local.  Please see the construction section below for links to all sorts of useful information.

However, it is not just the city that is making an effort. The show of community support has been wonderful and we are so thankful for everyone that has made the extra effort to get downtown to shop and dine.  Your smiles are what keep us going each and everyday. Together we will get through it and in the end Main St. will be all the better for it.

Happy reading!

- Kate
Main Street Construction Update
At the request of merchants, and with the help of the Chamber of Commerce, the City has two parking maps on our website under the Community tab, and then "Shopping and Dining".  Here are links to the maps:


At this time, they feel the major work should be completed sometime in August. I will keep you updated with any changes to this timeline or you may subscribe to the City of Hudson email newsletter here:
Brave the Barrels, Get Rewarded!
Text BARREL to 55678 to find about special offers from all of your favorite downtown businesses!!
Find Waldo Hudson Returns!!
Back by popular demand for the entire month of July, you will be able to find Waldo in over 24 businesses in Hudson. Stay tuned for more details in the weeks to come.
Storytime at the Farmer's Market returns!

Look for us every Saturday morning, weather permitting, for storytime on the Green!
The Learned Owl Book Groups

Mon., June  12, 1 PM & Tues., June 13, 7pm (Christ Episcopal Church)
Join us as our Learned Owl Book Club discusses The Lightkeepers  by Abby Geni. New members are always welcome! Please note that the book club will be meeting at the Christ Episcopal Church this month.

Sunday, June 18, 2 PM (at The Owl)
Attention, history buffs! The Learned Owl History Book Club will be meeting June 18th to discuss Winston Churchill. Read any book you are interested in on the topic and come to share what you have learned. This is an open discussion and we welcome anyone interested!

Thursday, June 29, 6:30 PM (location TBD)
Book Club in a Bar will meet to discuss Redemption Road by John Hart. Book club light at it's finest!
Please note that we will be closed Monday May 29 for Memorial Day.
 We will reopen Tues. at 9 am with regular hours and many of your required reading books for summer!
The Learned Owl Book Shop Takes Our Show on the Road...

Wednesday, June 7, 7-8:30 PM (at the Cuyahoga Falls Library)

New York Times Bestselling author Regina Brett will be at the Cuyahoga Falls Library on Wednesday, June 7th to talk about how to find your mission in life and how to live a more vibrant life at any age. She is the author of God Never Blinks, Be the Miracle, and God is Always Hiring. She has been a journalist for 30 years, having been a columnist at The Beacon Journal and The Plain Dealer.  She currently writes for the Cleveland Jewish news and is busy working on her next book. The presentation is free; books will be available to purchase from The Learned Owl Book Shop. Register in person, online, or by calling the library at 330-928-2117.

Thurs., June 8, 7-8:30 PM
(at the Hudson Library)

New York Times  bestselling author Amor Towles will discuss his latest novel,  A Gentleman in Moscow , about a Russian aristocrat who is sentenced to house arrest in a luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Kirkus  calls the book "a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight...This is a book in which the cruelties of the age can't begin to erase the glories of real human connection and the memories it leaves behind. A masterly encapsulation of modern Russian history, this book more than fulfills the promise of Towles' stylish debut, Rules of Civility ." The library's Between the Lines Book Club will be discussing A Gentleman in Moscow  at their August 14 meeting.
 
Born and raised in the Boston area, Towles graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from Stanford University. His first novel, Rules of Civility , published in 2011, was a New York Times  bestseller in both hardcover and paperback and was ranked by the Wall Street Journal  as one of the best books of 2011. The book was optioned by Lionsgate to be made into a feature film and its French translation received the 2012 Prix Fitzgerald. His second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow , published in 2016, was also a New York Times  bestseller and was ranked as one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune the Miami Herald the Philadelphia Inquirer , the St. Louis Dispatch , and NPR. Both novels have been translated into over fifteen languages. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
 
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Register for this free program online at hudsonlibrary.org or call (330) 653-6658 x1010.
More Fun at the Hudson Library

Tuesday, June 20, 7 PM
Author Thrity Umrigar will discuss her book Everybody's Son . The novel explores issues of race, class, privilege, and power and asks us to consider uncomfortable moral questions in this probing, ambitious, emotionally wrenching novel of two families-one black, one white.

Wednesday, June 28, 7 PM
Author Mary Kubica visits the the library to discuss her new novel,  Every Last Lie , a psychological thriller about a widow's search for truth after her husband's tragic death.

For more information and registration for these events, contact the Hudson Library at 330-653-6658 or  hudsonlibrary.org .
New Summer Reads!
Magpie Murders by  Anthony Horowitz
(Harper, Hardcover $27.99)
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the  
manuscript of Alan Conway's latest 
novel, she has no rea son to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the
bestselling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pund, who solves mysteries disturbing  sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.

Conway's latest tale has Atticus Pund investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she's convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.

Kate Recommends:
Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
(Riverhead Books, Hardcover $27.00)
When Liv and Nora decide to take their  hus bands and children on a
holiday cruise,  everyone is thrilled. The adults are lulled by the ship's comfort and ease. The four 
children--ages six to eleven--love the nonstop buffet and their newfound independence. But when they all go ashore for an adventure in Central America, a series of minor  misfortunes and miscalculations leads the families farther from the safety of the ship. One  minute the children are there, and the next they're gone.

The disintegration of the world the families knew--told from the perspectives of both the  adults and the children--is both riveting and revealing. The parents, accustomed to  security and control, turn on each other and blame themselves, while the seemingly  helpless children discover resources they never knew they possessed.
     
Kate Recommends:  Words in Deep Blue
by Cath Crowley
(Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover $17.99)
Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. Theday before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family's bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city--and to the bookshop--to work alongside the boy she'd rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can't feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side--surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages--they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it's possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

by Cirocco Dunlap
(Random House Books for Young Readers, Hardcover $17.99)
A book is no place for tomf oolery, a nd this mouse  assures us that his book is to  b e no exception. Just please ignore that Word-Eating Flying Whale, and--oh, no, the lights have gone out. Wait, what is
THAT? Nothing to fear. Everything is under control...

Readers will delight as this charming yet uptight mouse is challenged and subverted by gloriously imaginative creatures that are like nothing you've ever seen. Will our little mouse succumb to the attractiveness of their overwhelming exuberance?
Our Back Door Is Always Open!
 
"You can't buy happiness but you can buy books and that's kind of the same thing."