Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The LIbrary Brand

The library brand is books, (though libraries do provide other services, such as computers.)

Some visitors never make it past the new book section of the library. That’s okay, but don’t forget some of these tried and true authors who aren’t necessarily on the best seller lists.

C. J. Box writes a suspenseful series about an ‘unlikely hero,’ game warden Joe Pickett . The author states that his main character is something of, by necessity, a lone wolf, as his enforcement area can be 5,000 square miles of rough country with backup far away. Joe Pickett is an ordinary man who wants to do the right thing.

Tony Hillerman’s books are set in the American southwest and feature Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police. Hillerman is known for his attention to detail and weaving Navajo culture and lore into his mystery stories. The movie Skinwalkers was based on his books. Hillerman died in 2008.

William Faulkner is considered one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. Most of his books are set in his native state of Mississippi.

In recent years, three of his books, As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, and The Light in August were featured on Oprah as part of her book club.