Orem Reads 2016: Mystery

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Orem Reads starts tomorrow! Pick up your free book and a brochure at tomorrow night’s kickoff and prepare for a month of mystery and intrigue at the library with these literary, family, and detection-themed events:

September 22, Thursday
7:00 PM / Storytelling Wing
Orem Reads Kickoff: Author Anne Perry

To celebrate the start of Orem Reads, Orem’s annual community reading event, the Orem Public Library will host internationally acclaimed mystery author Anne Perry for a book signing and discussion on Thursday, September 22. Perry is an internationally bestselling author of historical detective fiction, best known for her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series and William Monk novels. With numerous titles to her credit, Perry is popular among literary series, writing programs, and libraries, speaking about the power and universality of storytelling.

The library will host fourteen events that explore fictional and real-world sleuthing and the classic mystery genre. Free copies of Classic Mystery Stories, an anthology of 13 mystery classics edited by Douglas G. Greene, will be available after this event, one per household, while supplies last. Orem Reads events are free and open to the public. Sponsors for Orem Reads include the Utah Humanities Book Festival, BYU, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

September 27, Tuesday
7:00 PM / Storytelling Wing
Orem Reads: What is Freemasonry?

The Free and Accepted Masons are a fraternity with a long—and, to some, mysterious—history. Library patrons will have the rare and unique opportunity to hear a complimentary presentation on how Freemasonry works, how one becomes a Freemason, some of their unique qualities, and other aspects that make Freemasonry attract so many influential people over the ages (including the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle). A Q&A will follow the presentation. Come learn how to dispel the myths surrounding this most unique, ancient, and honorable fraternity.

September 29, Thursday
7:00 PM / Storytelling Wing
Orem Reads: Film Noir with Richard Downey  

Join Orem Library’s resident film expert Richard Downey for an examination of dames, hard-boiled PIs, and dangerous secrets from classic film noir.

October 3, Monday
7:00 PM / Storytelling Wing
Orem Reads: Be a Detective Night

Have you ever dreamed of being a detective? Now is your chance! Explore the many aspects of detection and mystery novels with the whole family through interactive displays and activities featuring code cracking, fingerprinting, disguises, minute mysteries, and I Spy with the characters from the library stained glass windows.

October 4, Tuesday
7:00 PM / Storytelling Wing
Orem Reads: Author Mette Ivie Harrison

Mette Ivie Harrison’s mystery fiction focuses on the people and culture of Utah. Her first mystery novel for adults, The Bishop’s Wife, was loosely inspired by the Susan Powell disappearance. Harrison’s adult mysteries have been reviewed by the New York Times, the LA Times, and have been featured on NPR Weekend Edition.

October 8, Saturday
2:00 PM / Storytelling Wing
Orem Reads: Utah State Poetry Society Book Concert

For both poets and poetry-lovers, the Utah State Poetry Society offers contests, workshops, critique groups, a yearly Poetry Festival, and a fall Book Concert. They also offer a friendly, supportive group to help members grow as poets. Join them for a book concert honoring the winner of this year’s state poetry contest.

October 10, Monday
5:00 PM / Storytelling Wing
Orem Reads: Library Escape Game Night

Do you have what it takes to match wits with the library puzzle masters? In the style of popular escape room puzzles, one of the library rooms will be transformed into a diabolical trap. Can you and your family piece the clues together fast enough to escape? Enjoy board games and a mystery movie in the Storytelling Wing while you wait your turn to try our Library Escape Room.

October 11, Tuesday
7:00 PM / Storytelling Wing
Orem Reads: Spooky Utah Tales with Storyteller Cherie Davis

Ever wonder if Utah has any ghost stories? Come feel the shivers as you listen to local artist and storyteller Cherie Davis share eerie tales from Utah’s rich heritage of ghost lore. She will tell old favorite ghost stories that get repeated each Halloween season as well as firsthand ones from her book, Spooks and Saints, featuring intriguing ghost legends of Salt Lake City.

October 13, Thursday
7:00 PM/ Storytelling Wing
Orem Reads: Welcome to Night Vale

Come and listen to the strange happenings in the mysterious town of Night Vale. Join us as we listen to episodes from this hugely popular podcast, while enjoying Night Vale-inspired games and crafts. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged! This event is for ages 12 and up.

October 15, Saturday
7:00 PM / Media Auditorium
Orem Reads After Hours Teen Night: Writing Workshop

All teens 12−18 are invited to the library for a special after-hours writing workshop with Christian Heidicker, author of the acclaimed novel Cure for the Common Universe. Treats will be provided. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the workshop starts at 7:00 pm.

October 18, Tuesday
7:00 PM / Storytelling Wing
Orem Reads: Forensics Night

You’ve read about it in your favorite crime thrillers, now learn the details of forensic science techniques from Jay W. Henry, Laboratory Director for the Utah Department of Public Safety.  Dr. Henry will share true crime “who dunnits,” and the clues forensic investigators used to crack the cases.

October 20, Thursday
7:00 PM / Storytelling Wing
Orem Reads: Orem Police

Local police officers and detectives are our community’s first line of defense. Join our boys in blue for an in-depth look at police work and the many ways they fight crime in Utah Valley.

October 25, Tuesday
7:00 PM / Storytelling Wing
Orem Reads: Edgar Allan Poe in Film and Literature

Dennis Perry and Carl Sederholm, Brigham Young University professors and the authors of Adapting Poe, will discuss the many faces of Poe in popular culture over the last hundred years, as well as the American author’s impact on the mystery genre.

October 27, Thursday
7:00 PM / Storytelling Wing
Orem Reads Finale: Library Clue

A terrible crime has been committed in the library! Bring your friends and family to track down clues throughout the library, make notes, and engage in the intrigue of the classic board game Clue in three dimensions. But beware, there may be a killer lurking in the stacks…

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