ABOUT LIVINGSTON READS


Livingston Reads is a "One Book, One Community" project offered by the six Livingston County Libraries (Brighton, Fowlerville, Hamburg, Hartland, Howell and Pinckney), and is a program to encourage residents to read for pleasure, to create community through reading, and to promote the exploration of ideas, knowledge and a love of Michigan!

Now in its fourteenth year, we hope to present the Livingston County libraries as centers for culture, entertainment and enlightenment, and to position our libraries as leaders in promoting the joy of reading.

Our Past Reads have included:

(2017) Jaws by Peter Benchley
(2016) The Martian by Andy Weir
(2015) Bitter Brew by William Knoedelseder
(2014) The Butler by Wil Haygood
(2013) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
(2012) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
(2011) A Superior Death by Nevada Barr
(2010) Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs
(2009) The Final Season by Tom Stanton
(2008) The Worst Hard Times by Timothy Egan
(2007) Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
(2006) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
(2005) Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde

PROGRAMMING

Agatha Christie the Person and the Author
Thursday, March 8, 7-8pm, Room A/B
Robin Agnew from Aunt Agath’s Books in Ann Arbor will be here to provide some historical background on the life of Agatha Christie as well as her immense influence on the mystery genre. Register beginning Thursday, February 22.
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Puzzle It Out
Saturday, March 10, 12-4pm, Room A/B
Do you enjoy putting puzzles together? Stop by to challenge your skills at building a 3D puzzle. Find one piece or stay to complete an entire puzzle. All participants will be entered to win the completed creations! Ages 6 & older. Drop-In.
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Books & Brews - Murder on the Orient Express
Wednesday, March 14, 6:30-8pm, Brewery Becker
Join us at 6:30pm for a lively book discussion featuring the 2018 Livingston Reads title, Murder on the Orient Express. This discussion takes place at Brewery Becker in downtown Brighton.
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Murder on the Orient Express Double Feature
Sunday, March 18, 12-4:30pm, Room A/B
Join us for a double feature of Murder on the Orient Express. Showing at 12pm, the 1974 version starring Albert Finney and Lauren Bacall. Stick around for the 2pm showing of the 2017 version starring Kenneth Branagh and Penelope Cruz. Popcorn and beverages provided. Drop-In
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A Taste of the Orient Express
Monday, March 19, 7-8:30pm, Room A/B
Chef Cathy is back to give you a taste of what may have been served on the Orient Express. Rest assured, murder will NOT be featured on our menu! Register beginning Monday, March 5.
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Murder on the Orient Express Escape Room
Thursday, April 5, 6pm or 7pm, Room A/B
Teens and Adults, try your hand at an escape room based on our 2018 Livingston Reads selection, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Register for the 6pm or 7pm session beginning Thursday, March 22. Teens grades 7 through Adult.
We recommend inviting a teen aged relative to join you for this program.
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Death Leaves on Track 13
Friday, April 13 , 6-7:30pm, Room A/B
Teens and Adults, it’s Friday the 13th and we need your help solving a murder! Attendees will work together in groups to solve the murder of Ivan Stravoski. Registration begins Friday, March 23 and must be done in person. Teens grades 7 through Adult.
We recommend inviting a teen aged relative to join you for this program.
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Murder on the Orient Express
Friday, April 20, 7pm, Historic Howell Theater
See Murder on the Orient Express (2017 Version) at the Historic Howell Theater. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is first-come, first-serve, and you must present your library card. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Blood on the Mitten: Author Talk with Tom Carr
Thursday, March 15th, 7pm
Adults. Join us in welcoming Tom Carr, author of Blood on the Mitten: Infamous Michigan Murders 1700 to Present, the first volume in his Great Lakes Murder Series. Enjoy an engaging author talk, Q & A session, and light refreshments. *Register in person to attend. Registration begins March 1st and includes a refundable $5 cash deposit.
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Beyond the Book: Book & Movie Discussion
Thursday, April 12th, 7pm
Adults. Featuring Murder on the Orient Express, sign-up to read the original mystery by Agatha Christie, then join us at the Fowlerville Library for a showing of the film adaptation. Movie begins at 7pm, discussion will follow. Movie-style refreshments will be served. *Register in person to attend. Registration begins March 22nd. Free copies of the book will be given while supplies last to Fowlerville School District residents when you register.
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Last Stop: Murder Murder Mystery
Thursday, April 19th, 7pm
Adults. Come to the Fowlerville Library to play the exciting murder mystery game Last Stop: Murder, set on a snow-stopped train, just like Murder on the Orient Express! *Register in person to attend. Registration begins April 5th and includes a refundable $5 cash deposit.
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Murder on the Orient Express
Friday, April 20, 7pm @ Historic Howell Theater
See Murder on the Orient Express (2017 Version) at the Historic Howell Theater. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is first-come, first-serve, and you must present your library card. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Railroad History
Tuesday, March 13, 6:30pm
Learn about history, mystery, and murder on Michigan’s railways with Dean Pyers from the Steam Railroading Institute. He will discuss the history of steam locomotive 1225, the early railroads around Hamburg, the origins of Europe’s famed Orient Express train, and explore what sort of crimes occurred on Michigan’s early railroads.
Register Online
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Live music of the 1920s & 30s
Monday, March 19, 6:30pm
Join local musician Eric Shore for an hour-long solo piano concert focused on popular American standards of the 1920s and 1930s which were popular during the time period of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. The concert will be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation with historical information and a display of period sheet music and 78 RPM records.
Register Online
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Murder Mystery Party ($5 per person)
Friday, March 23, 7pm
You’re invited to a Murder Mystery Party! You are a passenger on the luxurious Oriental Express, along with several unsavory characters, almost certainly up to no good. Unexpectedly, the train is snowed in and one of the passengers is murdered. With the help of your fellow passengers, you must work to identify the murderer before the police arrive. Can you discover “who done it”? Pre-registration is required in person at the library. Characters will be assigned upon arrival, based on the order in which you registered. A variety of appetizers, desserts, and beverages will be served.
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True Crime Michigan
Tuesday, April 10, 6:30pm
True crime author Tobin Buhk will explore the history of crime in the Great Lakes state, including Michigan’s most notorious criminal cases of robbery, mob activity, and murder. His books will be available for sale and signing.
Register Online
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Evening Book Discussion
Wednesday, April 11, 6:30pm
Join your friends and neighbors in a lively book discussion of "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie.
Register Online
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Travel your Tastebuds on the Orient Express ($10 per person)
Monday, April 16, 6:30pm
Join Renee Chodkowski, The Great Foodini, for a cooking demonstration which will take you on an entertaining and delicious journey along the path of the Orient Express, where you will sample regional delights along the way. Doors open at 6:15.
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MOVIE: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Wednesday, April 18, 1pm
MOVIE: Murder on the Orient Express (2017) @ the Historic Howell Theater (FREE)
Friday, April 20, 7pm
Join all 6 Livingston County Libraries for a viewing of the new remake of Murder on the Orient Express (rated PG-13). Admission is free on a first come-first served. You must present your library card. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
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MOVIE: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Thursday, April 26, 1pm
Mystery Book Club
Tuesday, February 13, 7pm
Discuss Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express." Drop-in.
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The Great Foodini
Thursday, March 8, 7pm
The Great Foodini, Renee Chodkowski, shares an Orient Express-type menu. Register online or by phone.
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Ara Topouzian
Sunday, March 11, 2:30 pm
Ara Topouzian performs the music of Armenia and what once was called "The Orient"--the Middle East. Drop-in.
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MOVIE: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Monday, March 12, 10am
Screening of the classic version of "Murder on the Orient Express." Drop-in.
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MOVIE: Icons of Our Time: Agatha Christie
Thursday, March 22, 7pm
Screening of "Icons of Our Time: Agatha Christie." Register online or by phone.
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Train Party!
Thursday, March 29, 10am
Train Party! For ages 2 through 5. Register online or by phone.
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"Murder on the Orient Express" necklace
Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 pm
Craft a "Murder on the Orient Express" necklace with Cinda Dawson. $5.00 materials fee; pay at event. Register online or by phone.
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Great Train Travel
Wednesday, April 11, 7pm
Great Train Travel with Salty Dog Travel's Louise Weaver. Register online or by phone.
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Homeschoolers' Book Club
Thursday, April 12, 2pm
Homeschoolers' Book Clubreads "Greenglass House" by Kate Milford, a classic Christie-like mystery for younger readers. Register online or by phone.
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The History of Trains
Wednesday, April 18, 7pm
The History of Trains with the Howell Area Historical Society. Register online or by phone.
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MOVIE: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Friday, April 20, 7pm
Screening of the newest version of "Murder on the Orient Express" at the Historic Howell Theater. Drop-in. Admission: Your Livingston County library card.
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Turkish Delight!
Tuesday, April 24, 7pm
Turkish Delight! The foods, music, and scenery of where the Orient Express started its journey - Istanbul, Turkey! Register online or by phone.
Travel Your Taste Buds with the Great Foodini
Monday, March 5, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Meabon Room, Free
Join the Great Foodini Renee Chodkowski to sample perfectly safe and perfectly delicious foods inspired by the 2018 Livingston Reads book selection Murder on the Orient Express, explore what guests of the famed train service may have dined on during their journey, and take home the recipes to continue your own journey at home! Space is limited. Registration is required and begins February 19, 2018 online, by phone, or in person.
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The Body in the Library Murder Mystery Breakout
Friday, March 23, 7pm-8:30pm, Meabon Room, Free
At closing on a Friday night, a body is found in the library! You and your friends (in teams of 4-5 adults) must use your wits to prove your innocence and discover the culprit—before it's too late! Space is limited. Registration is required and begins March 9, 2018 online, by phone, or in person.
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The Funny Thing about Murder: Humor in Crime Fiction
Wednesday, April 11, 7pm-8:30pm, Meabon Room, Free
Gallows humor, black comedy, morbid fun—writers inject humor into even the grimmest of tales. What’s so funny about a murder mystery? Come find out from David Geherin, professor emeritus of English at Eastern Michigan University and author of the new book Funny Thing about Murder: Modes of Humor in Crime Fiction and Films. A 2018 Livingston Reads: One Book, One Community program. Drop In, no registration required.
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The Livingston Libraries present Murder on the Orient Express at the Historic Howell Theater
Friday, April 20, 7pm, Free with your library card!
Come see the new film-adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic Murder on the Orient Express (PG-13), free with your library card! Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is first-come, first served, and you must present your library card from one of the six Livingston County libraries. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Pinckney Programming
Pinckney Puzzle Palooza VIII – Murder Mystery Edition
Saturday, March 10, 10am - 2pm (breakfast & lunch provided)
Please sign up your team of 2-4 people before March 10 at 734-878-3888
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Off the Shelf Book Discussion
Tuesday, March 20, 6:30pm
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
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MOVIE: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Wednesday, March 28, 6:30pm
Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Pop, popcorn and movie-style snacks served free.
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Sherlock Holmes Mysteries Program
Wednesday, April 11, 6:30pm
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Off the Shelf Book Discussion LR Themed Tie-In
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30pm
Western Star by Craig Johnson
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Murder on the Orient Express
Friday, April 20, 7pm @ Historic Howell Theater
See Murder on the Orient Express (2017 Version) at the Historic Howell Theater. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is first-come, first-serve, and you must present your library card. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
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Pinckney Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt
Monday, April 23 – Saturday, April 28
Pinckney Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt (partnership of Pinckney Library with Friends Group, Pinckney Local History Group, Village of Pinckney, Putnam Township, Pinckney Schools and area businesses). Solve the case of a Pinckney Murder from the late 1800s by following clues in and around the Village of Pinckney. (May include a social media component for extra bonus points) Finished case files with solution to the mystery gets $5 gift card and chance to win $50 VISA gift card final prize drawing on Monday, April 30th. Happy Hunting!

Murder on the Orient Express

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

Agatha Christie

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on 15 September 1890 in Torquay, Devon, South West England into a comfortably well off middle class family. What made her upbringing unusual, even for its time, was that she was home schooled largely by her father, an American. Her mother, Clara, who was an excellent storyteller, did not want her to learn to read until she was eight but Agatha, bored and as the only child at home (she was a much loved “afterthought” with two older siblings) taught herself to read by the age of five.

She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation. Agatha Christie became, and remains, the best-selling novelist of all time.

LIBRARIES

Brighton District Library
100 Library Drive, Brighton, MI. 48116
810.229.6571

Hartland's Cromaine Library
3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI. 48353
810.632.5200

Fowlerville District Library
131 Mill Street, Fowlerville, MI. 48836
517.223.9089

Hamburg Township Library
10411 Merril Road, Hamburg, MI. 48139
810.231.1771

Howell Carnegie District Library
314 W. Grand River, Howell, MI. 48843
517.546.0720

Pinckney Community Public Library
125 Putnam Street, Pinckney, MI. 48169
734.878.3888