The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 31, 2013

Get ready to write your novel

Holly Youngquist
Adult Programming Librarian

---- — NaNoWriMo Launch Party. The NaNoWriMo launch party will be today from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This will be an informal “Meet and Greet” so you can get to know your fellow NaNo-ers and maybe do some last minute brainstorming before you start your novel on Nov. 1.

Iowans Who Fought Against the Union. Most Iowans think that the state was solidly pro-Union during the Civil War. In reality, at least 67 Iowa residents served the Confederacy. This talk will focus on five of them, including two who had lived in Clinton County. David Connon will explore their motivations and describe their pre-war, war-time, and post-war experiences on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. in the children’s non-fiction room at the main library. Program made possible by a grant from Humanities Iowa.

Internet Research for Writers. Need help with research? On Monday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in the children’s non-fiction room at the main library, I will offer a class called “Internet Research for Writers.” As your instructor, my mission is to help you get the most out of your search engine.

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month Write-Ins. Clinton area writers, get ready! November is NaNoWriMo! National Novel Writing Month is when writers tackle the challenge of completing a 50,000-word novel from scratch during the month of November. This year, the Clinton Public Library will be a host location for area writers with write-ins each Wednesday night (Nov 6, 13, 20 and 27) from 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Writers are invited and encouraged to bring their laptop or pen and paper to the Root Cellar to get a solid two- hour block of time to write.

Story time. The theme for next week is Big and Little. Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, please contact children’s staff at 243-5436.

Afternoon Adventures. Explore your world on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Open to children in grades first through fifth. The next adventure will be Nov. 6.

Write Your Mystery. On Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m., local authors Misty Evans and Amy Manemann return to the library to help mystery writers learn how to plant false leads, create believable characters and plot a suspenseful mystery. Misty Evans is the award winning and best-selling author of four series including: the Super Agent romantic suspense series and Witches Anonymous, a light paranormal series. Amy Manemann is the international best-selling author of the Deadly mystery series.

Geek Reads for science fiction and fantasy readers is reading urban fantasy novel “Storm Front” by Jim Butcher. The group will meet for discussion on the second Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. The December selection will be chosen at the meeting. Contact the library to sign up and place a hold on a copy so you can check the book out. Snacks will be provided for attendees.

Book Review. When New Orleans haunted walk tour guide Nikki DuMonde wakes up to find one of her employees at the foot of her bed asking for help, she thinks it’s a bad dream and goes back to sleep. But it was no simple nightmare. One of her employees has been murdered, and Nikki is determined to find out who killed her and why in “Ghost Walk” by Heather Graham. Her investigation leads her smack into the tall, dark and handsome Brent Blackhawk, a paranormal investigator who can communicate with the dead. He’s tracking an eerily similar murder of an undercover FBI agent, and he’s certain the two crimes are related. Brent tries to protect Nikki because the killer is stalking her, too. As the two work to unravel the case, they fall in love, but Brent suspects Nikki’s friends. Suddenly she doesn’t know who to trust… not her friends…not Brent…not even the two victims—whose ghosts keep visiting her in the dead of the night.

Holly Youngquist is the Clinton Public Library’s adult programming librarian.