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Library Happenings – Steel’s newest novel about White Dinner

By Angie Georgeff

Last week I asked one of our younger staff members if she knew what a pink tea was. She guessed several different fruit flavors before I told her I was talking about a party and not a beverage. Yes, Kashmiri noon chai is called pink tea, but so is any formal and mostly female social gathering.

The ones that I have attended have literally been teas, having taken place in the afternoon, and pink, with pink table linens, pink china, pink flowers, pink cakes and cookies, and often pink dresses.

Danielle Steel’s newest novel is not about a pink tea, but a White Dinner. This White Dinner is held in Paris and at a different landmark (Eiffel Tower, for example) each year. Both guests and tables are dressed in white.

As the sun sets, thousands of candles light the scene, and the evening is capped by the release of hundreds of white paper lanterns. Each bears a flame and a heartfelt wish up, up into the sable sky. A night of such potent “Magic” can change the lives of those who attend.

Summer Reading

Grand Finales

The grand finale of our Summer Reading Program for Children will take place at the library on Friday, July 15. The celebration will be set up carnival-style so kids can move among multiple stations to enjoy games, activities and light refreshments. The fun will begin at 3 p.m. and continue until 4:30.

Don’t forget! Be sure to turn in your entries for the prize drawing concluding our Summer Reading Program for Adults before close of business on Friday, July 15.

Board Meeting

The board of trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. The public is welcome to attend. If you require special accommodations, please call the library at 743-6533 for assistance.

Spotlight Book

This week we are highlighting a new book from a local author. “Up in Smoke” by Chanacee Ruth-Killgore is the first novel in her Hart of the Smokies series.  When Abigail Hart learns that her Uncle Eddie has died in a grease fire, she goes home to Unahu, Tennessee.  Eddie had loved her and raised her and she wants to give him a decent burial. Abby also wants answers.

The theory advanced by the sheriff, her good-looking friend Manny Hernandez, does not satisfy her. Since Abby is not at that moment tied down by either a job or a boyfriend, she is determined to stay and investigate what she sees as a probable arson—and murder. And soon it appears that she was right to have her doubts.