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Sisters in Crime Anniversary / Author Event – Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 PM

Posted by Pamela Bobker on March 29th, 2017

Past President of Sisters in Crime/New England, Gin Mackey, will share the history of Sisters in Crime, what it has meant to her, and will talk about her two new mystery novels at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 11 in the library’s Morrell Meeting Room. This event is one of several events held at New England libraries in celebration of Sisters in Crime 30th anniversary.

In 1986, women wrote 40% of the mysteries and got 15% of the reviews in The New York Times. Sisters in Crime was founded to “combat discrimination against women in the mystery writing field, raise awareness of the contribution of female authors and to promote the professional advancement of women who write mysteries” according to the organization’s website. Sisters in Crime New England is a chapter of the international organization. Members are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, and librarians bound by a passion for the mystery genre.

This program is free and no registration is required.

Day & Time: Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Pamela Bobker 207-725-5242 ext. 214

Previous Sisters in Crime Author Visits

Here are Sisters in Crime authors who have visited Curtis in the past for our Fall Mystery Author series:

Lucy Burdette (pen name for Roberta Isleib):

  • Hayley Snow, a 20-something food critic for Key Zest magazine, in Key West, Florida, starting with An Appetite for Murder (2012)

drizzled in death

Jessie Crockett:

  • Dani Greene, running her family’s maple syrup business in Sugar Grove, New Hampshire, starting with Drizzled with Death (2013)

Maddie Day (pen name for Edith Maxwell):

  • Robbie Jordan, proprietor of a Pans ‘N Pancakes, a restaurant in fictional South Lick, Indiana, starting with Flipped for Murder (2015)

Kaitlyn Dunnett (pen name for Kathy Lynn Emerson):

  • Liss MacCrimmon, a 20-something dancer forced into early retirement by a knee injury, helping in her aunt’s Scottish store in Moosetookalook, Maine, starting with Kilt Dead (2007)

Kathy Lynn Emerson:

  • Lady Susanna Appleton, an herbalist in Elizabethan England, series, starting with Face Down in the Marrow-Bone Pie (1997)
  • Diana Spaulding, a widowed journalist in 1888, series starting with Deadlier than the Pen (2005)
  • Rosamund Jaffrey, a well-educated woman of independent means serving as spy for Elizabeth I and lady-in-waiting to Lady Mary in 1580’s London, series starting with Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe (2014)

Susan Fleet: Absolution (2008)

death at the wheel
Kate Flora:

  • Thea Kosak, an educational consultant in Massachusetts, starting with Chosen for Death (1994)
  • Joe Burgess, a crusty but big-hearted homicide detective in Portland, Maine, starting with Playing God (2006)

Edith Maxwell:

  • Cameron Flaherty, an organic farmer taking over her great-uncle’s farm, in rural Massachusetts, starting with A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die (2013)
  • Rose Carroll, a Quaker midwife in a mill town in 1880’s Massachusetts, starting with Delivering the Truth (2016)

Leslie Meier:

  • Lucy Stone, a sleuthing wife and mother of four in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, starting with Mistletoe Murder (1998)

Maureen Milliken:

  • Bernie O’Dea, newspaper editor in Northwestern Maine, starting with Cold Hard News (2015)

Susan Oleksiw:

  • Joe Silva, a police chief in Mellingham, Massachusetts, starting with Murder in Mellingham (1993)
  • Anita Ray, an Indian-American living in Kerala, South India, starting with Under the Eye of Kali (2010)

Katherine Hall Page:

  • Faith Fairchild, who marries a clergyman and moves from New York City to a small town in New England, starting with The Body in the Belfry (1990)

Amy Ray: mystery/thriller Dangerous Denial (2014)

Barbara Ross:

  • Julia Snowden, returning to her hometown to run the Snowden Family Clambake Company in fictional Busman’s Harbor, Maine, starting with Clammed Up (2013)

Clea Simon:

  • Theda Krakow, a cat-loving, freelance writer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, starting with Mew is for Murder (2005)
  • Dulcie Schwartz, a Harvard doctoral candidate living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the ghost of her cat, Mr. Grey, starting with Shades of Grey (2009)
  • Pru Marlowe, an animal psychic returning to her hometown in the Berkshires, New York, starting with Dogs Don’t Lie (2011)
  • Blackie, a cat with a vague past life and Care, a homeless young woman living on the streets, starting with The Ninth Life (2015)

Lea Wait:

  • Maggie Summer, the owner of Shadows, an antique print business in Maine, starting with Shadows at the Fair (2002)
  • Angie Curtis, returning home to Haven Harbor, Maine in the Mainely Needlepoint mysteryes, starting with Twisted Threads (2015)

Leslie Wheeler: Historical mysteries Murder at Plimouth Plantation (2001) and Murder at Gettysburg (2005)

New Bestseller Express Titles

Posted by Pamela Bobker on March 22nd, 2017

Hurry in to the library – we have the hottest bestsellers!


Celine by Peter Heller

Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

In this Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Vicious Circle by C.J. Box



Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

Sponsored by Curtis Friends, Bestseller Express titles are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be checked out for 7 days. Exclusively for Curtis cardholders, they cannot be reserved or renewed so you’ll have the best access to new titles, but you will have to read fast. The Bestseller Express books are located in the New Books Room, across from Lending Services.




Hygge at the Library

Posted by sarah brown on February 7th, 2017

In the past year, this concept of Scandinavian coziness has made inroads with an international audience. At least six books about hygge were published in the United States, with more coming in 2017.

“The Little Book of Hygge” claims that ”the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark.” Why is Denmark the happiest place on earth? The answer, says author Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, is Hygge. Loosely translated, Hygge (pronounced Hue-ga) is a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience,” Wiking explains. “It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.”

There are many elements to hygge, all of which encourage coziness and togetherness: candle-lit dinners on a snowy night, warm cookies from the oven, intimate conversations, family game nights, a handmade afghan folded over the bed. Hygge isn’t about having or doing more, but rather focusing on activities and objects that offer a sense of gentleness and quiet contentment. Its broad definition means you are free to interpret as you see fit, and engage in elements of hygge and daily activities that are meaningful to you. To me, it’s about connections, conversations, and comfort, about building sanctuary and community.

So I would argue that the happiest place on earth is THE LIBRARY! When walking through the Library’s 1904 fireplace room recently, I realized how the Library could be hygge too. Snow was falling heavy out, but inside, the fire was crackling and folks were curled on couches with a book, tapping away on their laptop, or browsing the latest New York Times, steam rising from their cups of “free-coffee-Friday” libations.  This brought a wonderful warmth and sense of hygge to my librarian heart. These were my peeps – my tribe. And THIS is my happy place.

If you’re in pursuit of hygge…. Our suggestion? Grab a friend and head to the library. Strike up a conversation with one of our friendly staff members, and grab a book while you’re at it. Snug up fireside and read. Fuzzy slippers optional, but encouraged!

To help get your hygge on, check out these books:

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking (2017).

How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life by Signe Johansen (2017).

The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell (2016).

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen (2016).

The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection by Louisa Thomsen Brits (2017).

Scandinavian Gatherings by Melissa Bahen (2016).

Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte (2015).

Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect, and Create More Joy by Bernadette Noll (2013).

The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of A Neglected Pleasure by Catherine Blyth (2009).

The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts and Other Homemade Adventures by Adrianna Adarme (2015).

Tea & Cookies: Enjoy the Perfect Cup of Tea— with Dozens of Delectable Recipes for Teatime Treats by Rick Rodgers (2010).

Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar (2013).


The Year of Hygge: the Danish Obsession With Getting Cosy,” by Anna Altman, New Yorker, December 18, 2016.

“‘Hygge’ at Home: 5 Ways to Cozy Up to the Trend” by Vicky Hallett, The Washington Post, January 30, 2017.

The Art of Hygge” by Hannah Baker, Director, December 2016/January 2017.

Move Over, Marie Kondo: Make Room for the Hygge Hordes” by Penelope Green, New York Times, December 25, 2016.

I Practices Hygge and It’s Kind Of the Best Thing Ever” by Anne Rodrique-Jones, Self Magazine, January 21, 2017.