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Monday, August 14, 2017

Hot This Week: August 14

The movie list sees the most changes this week with four new titles, led by the hit animated comedy The Boss Baby. The latest album from indie rockers Arcade Fire debuts atop the music chart. Tom Perrotta lands his new novel on the fiction list, as do father and son Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman. In non-fiction, the lone new title is from Dinesh D'Souza, while a couple of popular classics make a return.

DVD
  1. The Boss Baby
  2. Kong: Skull Island
  3. The Circle
  4. Gifted
  5. Ghost in the Shell
  6. Unforgettable
  7. CHiPs
  8. The Belko Experiment
  9. Smurfs: The Lost Village
  10. Logan
CD
  1. Arcade Fire, Everything Now
  2. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  3. Meek Mill, Wins and Losses
  4. DJ Khaled, Grateful
  5. Jay-Z, 4:44
  6. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
  7. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  8. Descendants 2 Soundtrack
  9. Lana Del Rey, Lust for Life
  10. Khalid, American Teen
Fiction
  1. The Late Show, Michael Connelly
  2. Camino Island, John Grisham
  3. The Lying Game, Ruth Ware
  4. House of Spies, Daniel Silva
  5. Paradise Valley, C.J. Box
  6. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  7. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  8. Mrs. Fletcher, Tom Perrotta
  9. Crime Scene, Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman
  10. Murder Games, James Patterson and Howard Roughan
Non-Fiction
  1. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken
  2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  3. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  4. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  5. The Big Lie, Dinesh D'Souza
  6. Rediscovering Americanism, Mark R. Levin
  7. Understanding Trump, Newt Gingrich
  8. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  9. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nahesi Coates 
  10. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hot This Week: August 7

There are three new movies right at the top of this week's list, led by the latest installment in the ever-popular King Kong franchise. Likewise, three new CDs grace the top of the music chart, while the untimely passing of Chester Bennington pushes two Linkin Park albums back to the forefront as well. The latest thriller from the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 is the week's hottest new title in fiction, while the non-fiction list remains largely the same.

DVD
  1. Kong: Skull Island
  2. Ghost in the Shell
  3. The Belko Experiment
  4. CHiPs
  5. Smurfs: The Lost Village
  6. The Lost City of Z
  7. Logan
  8. Beauty and the Beast
  9. Fist Fight
  10. Get Out
CD
  1. Lana Del Rey, Lust for Life
  2. Tyler, the Creator, Flower Boy
  3. Meek Mill, Wins and Losses
  4. Linkin Park, One More Light
  5. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  6. Descendants 2 Soundtrack
  7. Jay-Z, 4:44
  8. Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory
  9. DJ Khaled, Grateful
  10. Romeo Santos, Golden
Fiction
  1. The Late Show, Michael Connelly
  2. Camino Island, John Grisham
  3. The Lying Game, Ruth Ware
  4. Paradise Valley, C.J. Box
  5. House of Spies, Daniel Silva
  6. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  7. The Painted Queen, Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess
  8. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  9. Murder Games, James Patterson and Howard Roughan
  10. The Identicals, Elin Hilderbrand
Non-Fiction
  1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  3. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken
  4. Rediscovering Americanism, Mark R. Levin
  5. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  6. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  7. The Operator, Robert O'Neill
  8. Understanding Trump, Newt Gingrich
  9. The Swamp, Eric Bolling
  10. I Can't Make This Up, Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Dark Tower Beckons

Written by Jon Williams

As The Dark Tower opens in theaters this week, casual observers could be forgiven for thinking it’s nothing more than another Stephen King adaptation; there are certainly quite a few of those happening right now. More devoted King fans will tell you that The Dark Tower is more than just a book, more than just the seven-book series it eventually turned out to be. It is, in fact, King’s magnum opus, spreading its tendrils to touch, in one way or another, perhaps every book he has ever written.

The series begins with the simple yet elegant line that has become one of King’s most famous: “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” He wrote those words in 1970, as a senior at the University of Maine. He was inspired by a poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” by Robert Browning, which itself comes from a line in Shakespeare’s King Lear. He wedded that in his imagination with elements of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name, and the Arthurian legends, among other influences, for a dark fantasy quest that was unlike any other.

He began writing in 1970 and labored for twelve years before the first volume, The Gunslinger, was published in 1982. This established a pattern that would persist for much of the series, with several years elapsing between the publications of the individual volumes. The second book, The Drawing of the Three, came out in 1987; the third, The Waste Lands (also inspired by a poem, this one by T.S. Eliot), in 1991. One of the longest gaps, six years, came before Wizard and Glass appeared, with its many Wizard of Oz references, in 1997. This exploration of the gunslinger’s fundamental backstory will be the basis for an upcoming TV series that will feature Idris Elba in a reprisal of his role from the movie.

It was another six years before another Dark Tower book would be published. In 1999, King was hit by a minivan while out for a walk, an incident that threatened his life and drastically altered his writing career when he was finally able to get back to it. Seeing the Dark Tower series as his life’s work and now feeling his own mortality, King set to work with a will. Wolves of the Calla was released in November of 2003; the sixth and seventh books, Song of Susannah and The Dark Tower (currently unavailable on audiobook) came out three months apart in 2004.

The Dark Tower brought the series to a conclusion, but that wasn’t quite the end of the story. In 2012, King returned with The Wind Through the Keyhole, another framed story of Roland’s backstory that fits in between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla. There’s also a bit of backstory to be found in “The Little Sisters of Eluria,” a short story written in 1998 and included in the collection Everything’s Eventual.

Of course, the full tale of the Dark Tower isn’t contained solely in these books and stories. Readers and listeners will notice connections throughout King’s entire oeuvre, some more pronounced than others. For instance, near the beginning of Wizard and Glass, the gunslinger and his band of travelers pass through a world that has been ravaged by Captain Trips, the weaponized flu strand from The Stand. The man in black that Roland pursues throughout the first book of the series (played in the movie by Matthew McConaughey) appears, in different forms, in both The Stand and The Eyes of the Dragon. The character Father Callahan from ‘Salem’s Lot joins Roland’s crew for a time beginning in Wolves of the Calla, and Dinky Earnshaw (from the title story of Everything’s Eventual) and Ted Brautigan (from Hearts in Atlantis) show up with roles to play as well. The 1994 novel Insomnia becomes a plot point of its own in the final book of the series.

While the Dark Tower books are popular in their own right, they are somewhat less well known than King’s other works. With the movie in theaters and a TV show in the works, though, the series is about to come to the forefront in a big way. Patrons who are stepping into this world for the first time have a rich, rewarding journey ahead of them, and others will want to relive Roland’s adventures again and again. Make sure you have the series and its related works on your shelves for them to explore and enjoy.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Hot This Week: July 31

As we say goodbye to the month of July, we have a rare week with no new movies on the list, which means a second week at the top for The Lost City of Z. French Montana lands his sophomore album at #3, just behind heavy hitters Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar. The fiction list is bookended by new titles from Michael Connelly and B.A. Paris, while a memoir from writer Sherman Alexie jumps on in non-fiction.

DVD
  1. The Lost City of Z
  2. CHiPs
  3. Smurfs: The Lost Village
  4. Logan
  5. Beauty and the Beast
  6. Get Out
  7. Fist Fight
  8. John Wick Chapter 2
  9. Power Rangers
  10. The Lego Batman Movie
CD
  1. Jay-Z, 4:44
  2. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  3. French Montana, Jungle Rules
  4. DJ Khaled, Grateful
  5. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  6. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
  7. Moana Soundtrack
  8. Khalid, American Teen
  9. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  10. Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Fiction
  1. The Late Show, Michael Connelly
  2. Camino Island, John Grisham
  3. House of Spies, Daniel Silva
  4. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  5. Murder Games, James Patterson and Howard Roughan
  6. The Identicals, Elin Hilderbrand
  7. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  8. Use of Force, Brad Thor
  9. The Duchess, Danielle Steel
  10. The Breakdown, B.A. Paris
Non-Fiction
  1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  3. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken
  4. Rediscovering Americanism, Mark R. Levin
  5. Understanding Trump, Newt Gingrich
  6. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  7. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  8. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Sherman Alexie
  9. The Swamp, Eric Bolling
  10. I Can't Make This Up, Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss

Monday, July 24, 2017

Hot This Week: July 24

Three new movies on this week's list are led by The Lost City of Z, based on the book by David Grann. The new release from Jay-Z tops the music chart. A new Gabriel Allon thriller from Daniel Silva bumps John Grisham from the top spot in fiction, while the return of Hamilton and a new book from Bill Nye shake things up in non-fiction.

DVD
  1. The Lost City of Z
  2. CHiPs
  3. Logan
  4. Get Out
  5. Power Rangers
  6. Beauty and the Beast
  7. John Wick Chapter 2
  8. Fist Fight
  9. Smurfs: The Lost Village
  10. Table 19
CD
  1. Jay-Z, 4:44
  2. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  3. DJ Khaled, Grateful
  4. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  5. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
  6. Haim, Something to Tell You
  7. Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  8. Moana Soundtrack
  9. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  10. 2 Chainz, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
Fiction
  1. House of Spies, Daniel Silva
  2. Camino Island, John Grisham
  3. Murder Games, James Patterson and Howard Roughan
  4. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  5. Use of Force, Brad Thor
  6. The Identicals, Elin Hilderbrand
  7. The Duchess, Danielle Steel
  8. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  9. Two Nights, Kathy Reichs
  10. The Silent Corner, Dean Koontz
Non-Fiction
  1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  2. Rediscovering Americanism, Mark R. Levin
  3. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  4. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken
  5. The Swamp, Eric Bolling
  6. Understanding Trump, Newt Gingrich
  7. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  8. Hamilton: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
  9. I Can't Make This Up, Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss
  10. Everything All at Once, Bill Nye

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dunkirk Brings WWII to Life

Written by Jon Williams

May, 1940. With World War II in its early days, the Battle of France raged. As the month wore on, the advance of the German military left a group of Allied forces cut off and pushed back to the sea near Dunkirk. Thus began Operation Dynamo, a British-led effort to evacuate the Allied soldiers, so crucial to the already tenuous war effort, from their perilous situation. Because of the shallow waters in the area, only small craft could be used. Nevertheless, the eight-day action resulted in the successful rescue of more than 300,000 men.

This is the story told by the new epic war movie Dunkirk, in theaters this week. It’s the latest from filmmaker Christopher Nolan, who’s known for his trilogy of Batman films (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises), as well as movies like Inception and Interstellar. Dunkirk stars Batman alumni Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy along with Kenneth Branagh and pop star Harry Styles in his acting debut.

Patrons interested in the story behind the Battle of Dunkirk are in luck, with a wealth of materials examining this momentous event. To go along with the movie, historian Joshua Levine has taken a fresh look at the lives of all those involved in the battle for a companion audiobook. Walter Lord’s 2012 work The Miracle of Dunkirk was based on extensive interviews with the battle’s survivors. And in 2004, the BBC put together a three-episode docudrama that broke the battle down to show how it progressed on a day-by-day basis.

With the end of World War II now more than seventy years in the past, it won’t be long before it fades from living memory. However, there is no shortage of media that will preserve its legacy for future generations. One of the most valuable contributions is from acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns, whose documentary series The War deals primarily with the perspective of Americans on the home front. Along similar lines is WWII in HD, which uses immersive footage to depict the front lines. Also produced by the History Channel, The Third Reich examines the rise of Nazi Germany. On the other side of the world, War in the Pacific and Hell in the Pacific look at the war as it took place away from the Atlantic Theater.

There are also plenty of dramatized accounts; as Dunkirk shows, World War II is always fertile ground for stories to be told on the big and small screens. Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers come immediately to mind, as do The Dirty Dozen and The Bridge on the River Kwai, as well as Schindler’s List for the Holocaust. The miniseries The Winds of War, based on Herman Wouk’s novel, follows a far-flung American family as they get caught up in the war along with the United States. On the Pacific side, Clint Eastwood’s duology consisting of Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima is hard to beat.

There are literally hundreds more documentaries and movies which delve into World War II and its various aspects. To find more, simply SmartBrowse World War II on our website, and please let us know about those you’ve found to be interesting and/or popular at your library in the comments section below.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hot This Week: July 17

The big-screen reboot of the popular late-'70s/early-'80s TV show CHiPs wins the week in movies. DJ Khaled holds on for a second week at #1 in music, followed by the new album from Calvin Harris. The audiobook lists remain largely the same from last week, with a new romance from Julie Garwood being the only title to debut.

DVD
  1. CHiPs
  2. Logan
  3. Power Rangers
  4. John Wick Chapter 2
  5. Get Out
  6. The Lego Batman Movie
  7. Beauty and the Beast
  8. Fist Fight
  9. Life
  10. A Cure for Wellness
CD
  1. DJ Khaled, Grateful
  2. Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  3. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  4. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
  5. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  6. 2 Chainz, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
  7. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  8. Stone Sour, Hydrograd
  9. Moana Soundtrack
  10. Khalid, American Teen
Fiction
  1. Camino Island, John Grisham
  2. Murder Games, James Patterson and Howard Roughan
  3. Use of Force, Brad Thor
  4. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  5. The Duchess, Danielle Steel
  6. The Identicals, Elin Hilderbrand
  7. Wired, Julie Garwood
  8. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  9. The Silent Corner, Dean Koontz
  10. The Force, Don Winslow
Non-Fiction
  1. Rediscovering Americanism, Mark R. Levin
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  4. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken
  5. The Swamp, Eric Bolling
  6. Understanding Trump, Newt Gingrich
  7. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  8. I Can't Make This Up, Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss
  9. Theft by Finding, David Sedaris
  10. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hot This Week: July 10

With summer blockbuster season in full swing, the new Power Rangers movie leaps atop the week's movie listing. DJ Khaled's new album takes over the music chart, while a new Deluxe Edition of Prince's Purple Rain brings that classic back to the forefront as well. New novels by James Patterson, Brad Thor, and Danielle Steel debut behind John Grisham in fiction, while two new political titles make the list in non-fiction.

DVD
  1. Power Rangers
  2. Life
  3. Logan
  4. The Lego Batman Movie
  5. Beauty and the Beast
  6. Get Out
  7. John Wick Chapter 2
  8. Fist Fight
  9. Before I Fall
  10. A Dog's Purpose
CD
  1. DJ Khaled, Grateful
  2. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
  3. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  4. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain
  5. 2 Chainz, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
  6. 311, Mosaic
  7. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  8. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  9. Moana Soundtrack
  10. Post Malone, Stoney
Fiction
  1. Camino Island, John Grisham
  2. Murder Games, James Patterson and Howard Roughan
  3. Use of Force, Brad Thor 
  4. The Duchess, Danielle Steel
  5. The Identicals, Elin Hilderbrand
  6. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  7. The Silent Corner, Dean Koontz
  8. Tom Clancy: Point of Contact, Mike Maden
  9. Come Sundown, Nora Roberts
  10. Dragon Teeth, Michael Crichton
Non-Fiction
  1. Rediscovering Americanism, Mark R. Levin
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  4. The Swamp, Eric Bolling
  5. Understanding Trump, Newt Gingrich
  6. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken
  7. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  8. Theft by Finding, David Sedaris
  9. I Can't Make This Up, Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss
  10. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hot This Week: July 3

Two new superhero movies with vastly different tones - Logan and The Lego Batman Movie - top this week's movie list. Half of the music chart is made up of new releases, led by Lorde and 2 Chainz. John Grisham holds on for another week at #1 in fiction, while astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson surges back to the top in non-fiction.

Have a wonderful Independence Day!

DVD
  1. Logan
  2. The Lego Batman Movie
  3. John Wick Chapter 2
  4. Get Out
  5. Beauty and the Beast
  6. Fist Fight
  7. A Dog's Purpose
  8. Life
  9. The Shack
  10. Fifty Shades Darker
CD
  1. Lorde, Melodrama
  2. 2 Chainz, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
  3. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  4. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound
  5. Nickelback, Feed the Machine
  6. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  7. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up
  8. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  9. SZA, Ctrl
  10. Post Malone, Stoney
Fiction
  1. Camino Island, John Grisham
  2. The Silent Corner, Dean Koontz
  3. The Identicals, Elin Hilderbrand
  4. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  5. Dangerous Minds, Janet Evanovich
  6. Tom Clancy: Point of Contact, Mike Maden
  7. Kiss Carlo, Adriana Trigiani
  8. Dragon Teeth, Michael Crichton
  9. Come Sundown, Nora Roberts
  10. The Force, Don Winslow
Non-Fiction
  1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  3. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken
  4. Understanding Trump, Newt Gingrich
  5. I Can't Make This Up, Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss
  6. Theft by Finding, David Sedaris
  7. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  8. Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Civil War, David Fisher
  9. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  10. Hunger, Roxane Gay

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

hoopla digital Inks Expanded Content Agreement with HarperCollins Publishers

Category-creating digital service for public libraries expands eBook catalog with thousands of award-winning titles from HarperCollins

HOLLAND, OH (June 22, 2017) – hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com), the category-creating digital service for public libraries, today announced a new, expanded agreement with HarperCollins Publishers to add more than 15,000 award-winning eBooks to hoopla’s dynamic collection, available July 5. With this content agreement, patrons of participating libraries will have access to the HarperCollins global English Language catalog of acclaimed authors – which includes titles from HarperCollins Christian Publishing, HarperCollins UK and Harlequin – via hoopla digital’s app and online service.

This agreement expands on a deal last year that brought HarperCollins Publishers’ entire digital audiobook backlist catalog to hoopla’s collection. The new deal adds the deep backlist works of bestselling HarperCollins authors Neil Gaiman, Louise Erdrich and Dennis Lehane to hoopla digital’s catalog of more than 600,000 movies, TV shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics. Patrons of libraries who partner with hoopla digital can access this dynamic content anytime on their smartphones, tablets and laptops.

"We are thrilled to expand our successful partnership with HarperCollins and excited to build our eBook catalog with thousands of popular and award-winning titles from their iconic authors. On hoopla digital, these titles are available anytime, anywhere without any holds or waits," said Jeff Jankowski, co-founder and owner of hoopla digital.  “eBooks is one of our strongest growth areas with high demand from libraries and their patrons and we will continue to make a significant investment to assemble a deep offering of titles for the libraries we serve.”

hoopla now offers a catalog of eBook and audiobook titles across a broad spectrum of adult and children’s genres, including romance, thriller, literary fiction, self-help, Christian living and non-fiction content.

"HarperCollins has enjoyed the additional discovery achieved through hoopla libraries and their patrons with regard to HarperCollins audiobooks," said Adam Silverman, Senior Director, Digital Business Development. "We look forward to building on our success with this expanded agreement."

There is no waiting to borrow titles on hoopla digital since on-demand content can be enjoyed by multiple patrons simultaneously. Patrons who use hoopla digital also avoid library late fees as digital content borrowing periods simply expire without charges.

hoopla digital has partnerships with more than 1,500 public library systems across North America including Boston Public Library, Free Library of Philadelphia, Chicago Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, and Edmonton Public Library.

To access eBook and audiobook titles from HarperCollins Publishers, cardholders of participating libraries can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com.

About hoopla digital

hoopla digital is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, music, and more. With hoopla digital, patrons can borrow, instantly stream, and download dynamic content with a valid library card. All content is accessible via hoopla digital’s mobile app and www.hoopladigital.com. hoopla digital is a service of Midwest Tape – a trusted partner to public libraries for over 25 years.

For more information, please contact 800-875-2785 (US) or 866-698-2231 (Canada).

About HarperCollins Publishers
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hot This Week: June 26

Keanu Reeves's second turn as hitman John Wick takes over the top spot on this week's movie list. Four hot new CDs are led by the new album from pop diva Katy Perry at #1. John Grisham holds onto his spot in fiction, with the new novel from Elin Hilderbrand coming in as the top newcomer at #2. In non-fiction, a book about the president and a memoir from Roxane Gay join the fray.

DVD
  1. John Wick Chapter 2
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Fist Fight
  4. A Dog's Purpose
  5. Fifty Shades Darker
  6. The Shack
  7. Split
  8. The Space Between Us
  9. The Great Wall
  10. Sleepless
CD
  1. Katy Perry, Witness
  2. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  3. SZA, Ctrl
  4. Lady Antebellum, Heart Break
  5. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  6. Halsey, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
  7. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  8. Rise Against, Wolves
  9. Post Malone, Stoney
  10. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Fiction
  1. Camino Island, John Grisham
  2. The Identicals, Elin Hilderbrand
  3. Tom Clancy: Point of Contact, Mike Maden
  4. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  5. Dragon Teeth, Michael Crichton
  6. Come Sundown, Nora Roberts
  7. Nighthawk, Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
  8. The Fix, David Baldacci
  9. 16th Seduction, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  10. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
Non-Fiction
  1. Understanding Trump, Newt Gingrich
  2. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken
  3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  4. I Can't Make This Up, Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss
  5. Theft by Finding, David Sedaris
  6. Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Civil War, David Fisher
  7. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  8. Hunger, Roxane Gay
  9. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  10. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hot This Week: June 19

It's a big week for new movies with four of them making the list, led by the Ice Cube comedy Fist Fight. Pop singer-songwriter Halsey's follow-up to her platinum-selling debut lands at #1 on the music chart. Four new titles on the fiction list are headed up by perennial favorite John Grisham, while comedian Kevin Hart's memoir is tops in non-fiction.

DVD
  1. Fist Fight
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Fifty Shades Darker
  4. A Dog's Purpose
  5. The Shack
  6. The Great Wall
  7. Split
  8. Aftermath
  9. xXx: Return of Xander Cage
  10. Sleepless
CD
  1. Halsey, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
  2. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  3. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  4. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  5. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  6. All Time Low, Last Young Renegade
  7. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  8. Roger Waters, Is This the Life We Really Want?
  9. Post Malone, Stoney
  10. Bryson Tiller, True to Self
Fiction
  1. Camino Island, John Grisham
  2. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  3. Come Sundown, Nora Roberts
  4. Dragon Teeth, Michael Crichton
  5. Love Story, Karen Kingsbury
  6. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy
  7. Nighthawk, Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
  8. The Fix, David Baldacci
  9. Indecent Exposure, Stuart Woods
  10. 16th Seduction, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Non-Fiction
  1. I Can't Make This Up, Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss
  2. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken
  3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  4. Theft by Finding, David Sedaris
  5. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  6. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  7. Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Civil War, David Fisher
  8. If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?, Alan Alda
  9. The Vanishing American Adult, Ben Sasse
  10. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hot This Week: June 12

Two new titles land at the top of this week's movie listing. Bryson Tiller debuts at #1 on the music chart, which also sees the return of a classic Beatles album fifty years after its release. Bestselling authors Nora Roberts and Clive Cussler bring new novels to the fiction list, while comedian/politician Al Franken's new memoir takes over in non-fiction.

DVD
  1. The Shack
  2. A Dog's Purpose
  3. The Great Wall
  4. Split
  5. xXx: Return of Xander Cage
  6. Sleepless
  7. Hidden Figures
  8. Why Him?
  9. Rock Dog
  10. Sing
CD
  1. Bryson Tiller, True to Self
  2. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  3. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  4. Lil Yachty, Teenage Emotions
  5. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  6. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  7. Chris Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 1
  8. Harry Styles, Harry Styles
  9. Post Malone, Stoney
  10. Migos, Culture
Fiction
  1. Come Sundown, Nora Roberts
  2. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  3. Dragon Teeth, Michael Crichton
  4. Nighthawk, Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
  5. 16th Seduction, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  6. The Fix, David Baldacci
  7. Same Beach, Next Year, Dorothea Benton Frank
  8. Testimony, Scott Turow
  9. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  10. Golden Prey, John Sandford
Non-Fiction
  1. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken
  2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  3. Theft by Finding, David Sedaris
  4. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  5. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  6. The American Spirit, David McCullough
  7. The Vanishing American Adult, Ben Sasse
  8. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  9. Shattered, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes
  10. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hot This Week: June 5

The Matt Damon action hit The Great Wall takes over this week's movie list. Rockers Linkin Park land their new album at #1 in music, joined by fellow newcomers Rascal Flatts. A recently found novel from Michael Crichton, the late author of Jurassic Park, joins the fiction list at #2, while a dual biography of a pair of British icons debuts in non-fiction.

DVD
  1. The Great Wall
  2. Split
  3. xXx: Return of Xander Cage
  4. Sleepless
  5. Hidden Figures
  6. Rock Dog
  7. Why Him?
  8. Sing
  9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  10. Moana
CD
  1. Linkin Park, One More Light
  2. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  3. Harry Styles, Harry Styles
  4. Chris Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 1
  5. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  6. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2
  8. Migos, Culture
  9. Rascal Flatts, Back to Us
  10. Post Malone, Stoney
Fiction
  1. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  2. Dragon Teeth, Michael Crichton
  3. 16th Seduction, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  4. The Fix, David Baldacci
  5. Same Beach, Next Year, Dorothea Benton Frank
  6. Testimony, Scott Turow
  7. The Frozen Hours, Jeff Shaara
  8. Golden Prey, John Sandford
  9. Against All Odds, Danielle Steel
  10. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
Non-Fiction
  1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  2. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  3. The Vanishing American Adult, Ben Sasse
  4. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  5. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  6. Shattered, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes
  7. The American Spirit, David McCullough
  8. This Fight Is Our Fight, Elizabeth Warren
  9. The Operator, Robert O'Neill
  10. Churchill and Orwell, Thomas E. Ricks

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Come See Us at ALA in Chicago

Written by Jon Williams

The ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition is on the horizon, taking place in Chicago June 22-27. We’ve made our travel plans, and we’re looking forward to connecting with our many library partners. So come see us! You can get all the latest information on Midwest Tape, hoopla digital, and Dreamscape Media at Booth #4420. Our booth hours are as follows:

Friday, June 23:  5:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, June 24:  9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, June 25:  9:00am – 5:00pm
Monday, June 26:  9:00am – 2:00pm

We’ll have a few special guests making appearances at our booth as well. Stop by and have a book signed!

Sarah Beth Durst has written several novels for young adults, and burst onto the adult fantasy fiction scene in 2016 with The Queen of Blood, winner of a 2017 Alex Award from ALA/YALSA. The second book in the Queens of Renthia series, The Reluctant Queen, will be released on July 4. She will be at our booth on Saturday from 2:00 to 3:00pm.

Shea Fontana has written for the animated children’s TV show Doc McStuffins and the movie Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York, among many others. One other project she’s been involved with is DC Super Hero Girls, and her latest outing is the graphic novel Summer Olympus, featuring Wonder Woman! You’ll find her at our booth on Sunday from 10:00 to 11:00am.

Kate White is a bestselling author of mystery and thriller novels whose most recent release, The Secrets You Keep, released in March of this year. This fall she’ll release Even if It Kills Her, the first new installment in her popular Bailey Weggins mystery series in five years. She will be at our booth on Sunday afternoon from 3:30 to 4:30pm.

Dates and times for these author appearances are subject to change, so be sure to stop by our booth ahead of time to make sure they still hold. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hot This Week: May 29

The new thriller from M. Night Shyamalan leads four new titles on this Memorial Day movie list. Former One Direction member Harry Styles debuts at #1 on the music chart with his first solo outing. Dorothea Benton Frank is the top newcomer in fiction, which also sees the debut of a new novella from Stephen King. Nebraska senator Ben Sasse and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar land on the non-fiction list with their new books.

DVD
  1. Split
  2. xXx: Return of Xander Cage
  3. Sleepless
  4. Hidden Figures
  5. Why Him?
  6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  7. Sing
  8. Gold
  9. The Bye Bye Man
  10. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
CD
  1. Harry Styles, Harry Styles
  2. Zac Brown Band, Welcome Home
  3. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  4. Chris Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 1
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2
  6. Paramore, After Laughter
  7. Machine Gun Kelly, Bloom
  8. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  9. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Fiction
  1. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  2. 16th Seduction, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  3. Same Beach, Next Year, Dorothea Benton Frank
  4. The Fix, David Baldacci
  5. Testimony, Scott Turow
  6. Gwendy's Button Box, Stephen King and Richard Chizmar
  7. Golden Prey, John Sandford
  8. Against All Odds, Danielle Steel
  9. Full Wolf Moon, Lincoln Child
  10. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
Non-Fiction
  1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  2. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  3. The Vanishing American Adult, Ben Sasse
  4. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  5. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  6. Shattered, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes
  7. Democracy, Condoleezza Rice
  8. The American Spirit, David McCullough
  9. Coach Wooden and Me, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  10. This Fight Is Our Fight, Elizabeth Warren

Thursday, May 25, 2017

40 Years of a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Written by Jon Williams

Forty years ago today, on May 25, 1977, Star Wars opened in just thirty-two theaters across the United States. That number quickly expanded as the film took off, and many theaters were still showing the film on its first anniversary. A lot has changed in the intervening years—even that first movie’s title, which has expanded to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope—but the voracious appetite that fans have for stories set in the galaxy far, far away has not abated. Luckily, there’s a wealth of new material coming out.

Fans at the recent Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, as well as those streaming the event live around the world, were treated to the first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Releasing in December, this will be the second in the new trilogy that picks up the story of the galaxy thirty years following the events of Return of the Jedi. The first installment, The Force Awakens, brought in nearly $1 billion at the box office in North America alone, and more than $2 billion globally. It came out in 2015; the most recent Star Wars movie, Rogue One, the first standalone, non-trilogy film, leads directly into the events of the original Star Wars.

Those who attended Celebration also got a first look at the upcoming fourth season of Star Wars: Rebels, the animated show that follows a small band of freedom fighters in the early days of the Rebel Alliance’s fight against the Galactic Empire. Show creator Dave Filoni also announced that the upcoming season will be the show’s last. The third season featured characters that appeared in Rogue One, such as Rebellion leader Mon Mothma and renegade Saw Gerrera, who was first introduced in Star Wars: Clone Wars.

The third season of Rebels also brought back Grand Admiral Thrawn, a beloved character from the old expanded universe that was wiped out to make way for new stories with Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise. Thrawn’s original entrance came in 1991’s Heir to the Empire, the popular novel by Timothy Zahn that revived interest in Star Wars and can be credited for everything that has come since. With the character coming back into the universe, Zahn stepped in once again to write a novel, released in April, detailing how the Grand Admiral rose to his rank in the Imperial military.

Novels and short stories are a great source of new stories in the Star Wars universe. Chuck Wendig’s recently concluded Aftermath trilogy picks up shortly after the destruction of the second Death Star and details the fall of the Empire and the first seeds of the First Order rising in its place. James Luceno’s Catalyst serves as a prequel to Rogue One, while Rebel Rising by Beth Revis and Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka (both unavailable on audio but available in eBook format on hoopla digital) give back stories for some of that movie’s heroes. Finally, releasing in October and celebrating forty years of the original Star Wars movie, From a Certain Point of View explores iconic scenes from that movie from the perspectives of background characters.

The popularity of Star Wars means that patrons will always be looking for the latest materials in your library. SmartBrowse on our website for more, and don’t forget to remind patrons that they can look on hoopla for even more Star Wars audiobooks, eBooks, comics, and music.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hot This Week: May 22

Two new movies make the list this week, led by the smash hit success Hidden Figures. Logic's latest album edges out the new disc from Chris Stapleton as they debut atop the music chart. The new installment in Jo Nesbo's thrilling detective series is the hottest newcomer in fiction, while a new book by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leads three new titles in non-fiction.

DVD
  1. Hidden Figures
  2. Why Him?
  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  4. Gold
  5. Sing
  6. The Bye Bye Man
  7. La La Land
  8. Assassin's Creed
  9. Moana
  10. Monster Trucks
CD
  1. Logic, Everybody
  2. Chris Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 1
  3. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2
  5. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  6. Russ, There's Really a Wolf
  7. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  8. Gorillaz, Humanz
  9. NOW That's What I Call Music 62
  10. The Chainsmokers, Memories...Do Not Open
Fiction
  1. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  2. 16th Seduction, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  3. Against All Odds, Danielle Steel
  4. The Fix, David Baldacci
  5. Golden Prey, John Sandford
  6. The Thirst, Jo Nesbo
  7. Since We Fell, Dennis Lehane
  8. Men Without Women, Haruki Murakami
  9. The Black Book, James Patterson and David Ellis
  10. A Dog's Way Home, W. Bruce Cameron
Non-Fiction
  1. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  3. Shattered, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes
  4. Democracy, Condoleezza Rice
  5. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  6. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  7. The American Spirit, David McCullough
  8. This Fight Is Our Fight, Elizabeth Warren
  9. Jackie's Girl, Kathy McKeon 
  10. Teammate, David Ross and Don Yaeger