With the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic coming up in April, prepare to be inundated with books about the disaster.
With the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic coming up in April, prepare to be inundated with books about the disaster. One attractive offering comes from the British publisher Haynes, distributed in the United States by the Quayside Publishing Group of Minneapolis -- "Titanic: The Unfolding Story as Told by the Daily Mirror," by Scottish writer Richard Havers and English journalist Carol King.
This handsome coffee-table book tells the story in real time, with images and text from London's Daily Mirror, beginning with a blurb on Sept. 16, 1908, announcing that the ship had been commissioned and ending in 2009 when a pocket watch salvaged from the wreck was put on display.
The bulk of the book, of course, is its breathtaking and sometimes inaccurate stories, pounded out on deadline by a bunch of hardworking ink-stained wretches who got no bylines.
• "My Turkish Missile Crisis," by Joseph Maiolo, will be published in April by OverCoat Books, an imprint of Duluth's Zenith City Press. Maiolo is a professor of English at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and three PEN/Syndicated Fiction awards.
• Vince Flynn's latest book, "Kill Shot," has an ominous-looking picture of the Eiffel Tower on the cover, so feel free to guess where it takes place. Flynn lives in the Twin Cities and this is his 13th thriller.
• And speaking of thrillers -- Brian Freeman's latest, "Spilled Blood," will be published in May by Silver Oak, an imprint of Sterling. Set in Minnesota (where Freeman lives), the story is about two feuding towns.
• "Where Do Mountains Come From, Mommie?," a picture book by Catherine Weyerhaeuser Morley, has been published by Mountain Press Publishing. Morley lives in Minnesota.
• Oh, how these mysteries-with-recipes make me hungry. Joanne Fluke's latest is "Cinnamon Roll Murder," a Hannah Swensen mystery. Fluke grew up in Minnesota, where her books are set, and now lives in California.
• And one last mystery: "Murder in Bemidji, or, Paul's Bloody Trousers," by Gerald Anderson, has been published by North Star Press.
• "The Survivors," by Will Weaver, has been published by Harper Teen. Weaver lives in northern Minnesota and is the author of many books, including "A Gravestone Made of Wheat" and "Defect," a winner of a Minnesota Book Award. "The Survivors" is a sequel to his dystopian YA book, "Memory Boy."