By Angie Georgeff
It hardly seems possible, but we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Harry, Ron, Hermione, Professor Dumbledore and even Severus Snape feel like old friends because we’ve known them for so long. Those of us who have read the books or seen the movies feel as though we long endured danger and finally defeated evil right alongside them. Now a second generation is getting to experience the tragedy and triumph of the wizarding world. The elder of my two grandsons is a huge fan. His brother and sister will probably follow suit.
To mark the occasion, from now through Sept. 10 Tennessee READS is offering unlimited access to the ebook edition of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” All of our library patrons will be able to borrow the book simultaneously and our normal loan period will apply regardless of when the ebook is checked out. All you need is your library card and a compatible device, such as a computer, tablet or smartphone. Go to https://reads.overdrive.com/ to get started and click on “Help.”
The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day. No items will be due on that date.
As always, books may be returned to either of our drop boxes, which are located in front of the library in Erwin and at Town Hall in Unicoi. DVDs, however, should not be placed in the book returns since they may be damaged if a heavy book falls on them. We wish you all a Happy Labor Day!
Shari Lapena is known for her plot twists, and it seems likely her latest thriller “An Unwanted Guest” will keep them coming. I know from experience that blizzards are not much fun, but if a storm is brewing, Mitchell’s Inn deep in the Catskills would be the perfect place to be snowbound.
The rooms are luxurious but cozy, with each one focused on a huge wood-burning fireplace. The staff is attentive, the food delicious and the bar well-stocked. During a weekend getaway, do we really need electricity and the Internet?
Under such mollifying circumstances, the guests can just shrug off the forecast and enjoy the pristine beauty and the solitude. They do, until a guest dies in what seems to be a tragic accident.
Then a second death sends them all into panic mode. This time there is no doubt: the victim was murdered. The guests who are trapped by the snow are sitting ducks and it appears a hunter is picking them off.