Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Hard to to believe, but starting in 1920s, an Illinois company called the Radium Dial Co. encouraged its workers to lick the tips of their paint brushes, which were dipped in radium, to create perfectly pointed lines on the watch and clock dials they painted. As years passed, scores of women died of radiation poisoning and related cancers as a result of ingesting the glow-in-the-dark paint.
When Charlotte's Shelley Stout learned about these women years ago through a documentary, she remembers being "stunned and horrified," but also fascinated.
Stout's recent novel "Radium Halos" (LibriFiles Publishing; $9.99) is a fictional take on this sad piece of history. Her story begins in Belmont in 1923, where two sisters convince their father to let them travel to Illinois to take jobs with the well-paying Radium Dial company.
Stout, who describes herself as mostly self-taught, works by day in a sales job. But she's obviously a born writer, as her engrossing first novel shows. She'll sign copies at Joseph Beth Booksellers at SouthPark 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 10.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Janet Evanovich fans take note: The New York Times bestselling author will sign books at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Borders at Stonecrest Shopping Center, 7836 Rea Road.
But wait, there's more: I'm giving away a copy of her new novel, "Sizzling Sixteen,"(St. Martin's Press; $27.99).
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog with your name, or some way to identify you, not just "anonymous." I'll randomly pick a winner and post your name on Friday, June 25.
"Sizzling Sixteen," out today, June 22, is the latest in Evanovich's long-running mystery series featuring New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Kids can win prizes, reduce overdue-book fines or give back to the community through the Charlotte-Mecklenburg library's summer reading clubs.
The clubs start Monday, June 14, and run through Aug. 9. Sign up and pick up your reading record at any location, except the Main Library and Checkit Outlet.
For each hour of reading, kids can earn "book bucks." Book bucks can be redeemed for prizes once you reach 10 and 20 hours, or you can use them to erase your fines. You can also donate them to provide books to local centers in need.
Go to the library's summer reading Web site for more information.