Oak Harbor Library Blog

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Whidbey Reads "The Highest Tide"

The Highest Tide, a novel by Olympia author Jim Lynch, has been announced as the Whidbey Reads 2009 book selection. The novel follows the exploits of thirteen-year-old Miles O’Malley as he explores the Puget Sound tidal flats near his home, hunting for starfish, snails and clams and finding a rare deep-sea creature stranded in the mud. While exploring for these treasures from the sea Miles also explores the mysteries of coming of age in somewhat dysfunctional surroundings.
Jim Lynch, who has been featured in several "one book" projects around the country, fully embraces the community reading concept. "Talking with people who have actually read and discussed your book is an amazing experience for an author," he said. "It's totally different than doing a traditional reading. One man told me he had not read a book of fiction in years, until his daughter convinced him to participate in the community read. He had forgotten how meaningful fiction can be, and thanked me profusely for bringing that joy back into his life."
Jim Lynch will visit Whidbey Island in April for two “meet the author” events open to the public. They will be on April 21st at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club and April 22nd at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley. Both events begin at 7PM. He will also visit two Whidbey Island high schools on those dates, working directly with students.
Leading up to the grand finale with the author, many related events have been planned focusing on the novel and on our special relationship with the Puget Sound waters that surround us. The kick off will be a dramatized presentation of the novel by the Seattle based Book-It Repertory Theatre at 7PM on Saturday, February 21st in Parker Hall at Oak Harbor High School. Voted Best Main Stage Production of 2008 by the Seattle Times, this event, suitable for teens and adults, is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there - Mary

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Best Books of 2008

One of my resolutions for last year was to keep a book diary, just a brief journal of books I read, along with some thoughts or interesting quotes. While it wasn't exactly as I had envisioned, this turned out to be one of my more successful endeavors. I kept a log that listed at least the title and author of the books I read in 2008, with more thoughtful information on some of them. It's been interesting to look back and remember the titles I enjoyed, the ones I didn't even bother to finish, and some of the reasons why. I plan to continue this simple diary for 2009. Next time you ask me what I've been reading I actually might remember!

Here are some favorites (mine and others) from 2008: many of these are also available for audio download - ask us how. Enjoy! Mary

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Animal, vegetable, miracle : a year of food life by Barbara Kingsolver

Away : a novel by Amy Bloom

The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Mountains beyond mountains by Tracy Kidder

Three cups of tea : one man's mission to fight terrorism and build nations-- one school at a time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Water for elephants : a novel by Sara Gruen

The world without us by Alan Weisman