Today we lost a Detroit superstar and an American legend in Aretha Franklin. But she will live on with her indomitable sound. 

A frank examination of Aretha Franklin, Mark Bego's definitive biography traces her career accomplishments from her beginnings as a twelve-year-old member of a church choir in the early 1950s, to recording her first album at the age of fourteen and signing a major recording contract at eighteen, right up through her headline-grabbing 2010 health scare. Originally positioned to become a gospel star in her father's Detroit church, Aretha had a privileged urban upbringing--stars such as Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington, and Sam Cooke regularly visited her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin. It wasn't long before she was creating a string of hits, from "Respect" to "Freeway of Love," and becoming one of the most beloved singers of the twentieth century. 

Aretha : from these roots by Aretha Franklin

America's Queen of Soul recounts the story of her life, from her childhood as a minister's daughter in Detroit to her rise to success, offering insights into the faith and determination that have taken her to the top.

SEMCOG announces the launch of Southeast Michigan ParkFinder, a new mobile app that makes it easier than ever to explore recreation opportunities throughout the seven-county region. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) created a mapping app to help you find parks in the region on your smart phone or on the web. Simply go to maps.semcog.org/ParkFinder to use the map and get access to the ParkFinder app for iPhone and Android smart devices. 

For decades, he worked 13-hour days as a line cook in restaurants in New York and the Northeast before he became executive chef in the 1990s...until his "madcap" memoir about the dark corners of New York’s restaurants made him into a celebrity chef and touched off a nearly two-decade career as a globe-trotting television host.

“We have lost someone who was in my opinion the sharpest and keenest observer of culture that I have ever known,” [Andrew Zimmern] said. “When we were alone his hopes and dreams extended into amazing areas.” - New York Times

Free and confidential suicide prevention hotlines

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (Open 24 hours a day, every day, for everyone. Ayuda En Español)
  • Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741
  • The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 (for LGBT youth)
  • Trans Lifeline: U.S.: 877-565-8860 | Canada: 877-330-6366 (for transgender people with transgender staff)

 

Chef and author Anthony Bourdain travels the world sampling local foods and culture.

To celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride in the month of June, we wanted to highlight some graphic novels in our YA and Adult collections. From comic book heroes to real-life heroes, introverts and extroverts, butt-kickers, heart-melters, and heart-breakers. For more titles and information, check out the new Queer Comics Database.

Profiles of inspiring women, some who are world famous and some who are little known in graphic format, including Nellie Bly, Hedy Lamarr, Josephine Baker, Tove Janssen, and Naziq al-Abid.

Blue is having a hard time moving on. He's in love with his best friend. He's also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart's content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal's strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means...leaving him.

"Mr. Roth was the last of the great white males: the triumvirate of writers — Saul Bellow and John Updike were the others — who towered over American letters in the second half of the 20th century. Outliving both and borne aloft by an extraordinary second wind, Mr. Roth wrote more novels than either of them. In 2005 he became only the third living writer (after Bellow and Eudora Welty) to have his books enshrined in the Library of America." - New York Times

American pastoral by Philip Roth
Also available in: audiobook

Seymour "Swede" Levov, a hard working man who came of age in triumphant postwar America, must give up his dreams of a peaceful life when his daughter grows up to be a 1960s revolutionary terrorist.

Tracing the full span of Philip Roth's career - from the early controversies surrounding the stories in Goodbye, Columbus to his recent assessments of his work and corrections of the record - this retrospective summation of his essays and interviews shows at every turn the vigour, acuity, and persuasive power of our most celebrated living novelist.

June 2nd is National Trails Day® on the Rouge

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) is a celebration of America’s magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day® events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities, and Canton's beautiful Lower Rouge Trail is no exception.

The event takes place on Saturday, June 2nd, 9am-12pm. Attendees can start at the Lower Rouge Trailhead, located at Michigan Ave and Morton Taylor Rd. A librarian from Canton Public Library will be stationed at the trail with information on hiking and the outdoors as well as some freebies to help you on your journey. Check out our display in the front lobby, visit cantonfun.org, or call 734-394-5472 for more information. FREE for all ages.

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"An innovative journalist and novelist whose technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers, astronauts and Manhattan’s moneyed status-seekers in works like 'The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby,' 'The Right Stuff' and 'Bonfire of the Vanities'..." - New York Times

In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD-induced "acid tests" all along the way. Long considered one of the greatest books about the history of the hippies, Wolfe's ability to research like a reporter and simultaneously evoke the hallucinogenic indulgence of the era ensures that this book, written in 1967, will live long in the counter-culture canon of American literature.

Sherman McCoy, a young investment banker in Manhattan, finds himself arrested following a freak accident and becomes involved with prosecutors, politicians, the press, and assorted hustlers..

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the "Oscars" of the comics world. Below is a taste from the long list of categories. Visit the San Diego Comic-Con International website for the complete list of nominees for each category. Check out the award winners at world renowned Comic-Con in July.

"Face front, true believers!" - Stan Lee

Best Continuing Series

When a visitor from the outside world arrives on the Farm, looking for the Black Hammer and bringing news of Spiral City to its Golden Age heroes, everything changes. Her arrival stirs up old memories and awakens new hope in the marooned heroes and they make a new attempt to escape their strange prison

You can discover all of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning materials as well as the finalists in the Letters, Drama, and Music category at Canton Public Library. 

Winners:

  • Fiction: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis
  • Biography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
  • Poetry: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
  • General Nonfiction: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.
  • Music: DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
Less : a novel by Andrew Sean Greer

Best in Fiction

These graphic novels have inspired some of your favorite films and TV shows in the 21st century.

The death of Stalin by Fabien Nury

Currently in theaters starring Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor.

I kill giants by Joe Kelly
Also available in: e-book

Coming to DVD soon!

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