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14B Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Special concert ]Are ffes considered literatu e? Country music legend Lacy J. Dalton will perform a special concert under the stars in honor of the golden anniversary of Gold Digger Days in Greenville Friday, July 20, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Main Street, which will be closed off for the event. Photo courtesy Lacy J. Dalton Quilters host picnic Quincy Crazy Quilters will host the fifth annual Quilters Potluck Picnic Sunday, July 29, at Gansner Park in Quincy. Plumas County's quilters are invited to join the QCQ and Chester Piecemakers quilt guilds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an afternoon of all things quilt. Activities include a block drawing, games, prizes, quilt displays and time to meet or reconnect with other quilters, Lunch will be served at noon. The Quincy guild will provide bottled water, ice, utensils and plates. Guests are asked to bring a main dish, sal- ad or dessert to share. Organizers ask participants to please note this is not a fam- ily event; unless they are quil- ters, children and pets should stay at home. For more information, con- tact Mary Holzer at 283-2324 WELCOME, GENTLE READER A good friend once asked why I bothered to read fiction when nonfiction is clearly educational. I answered that a well-crafted fictional plot and rounded, substantial fictional characters provide insight into human motivations and emotions. Good fiction may not be true but it must be true-to-life. frailties. Nearly 200 years af- ter its first publication, Eliza- beth and Darcy, the Bennets, Bingleys and Wickhams are as real as they were in 1813. "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen is considered to be literature at its best. The opening sentence of Austen's novel lays out the entire plot: "It is a truth universally ac- knowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." Austen creates an exquis- itely written story that ad- "E / i I ..... "Death Comes to Pemberly" by P.D. James takes up six years after Austen's novel left off. James, 92, is best known for her Adam Dalgliesh . detective series, and is widely Unlike most character- centered series, such as John Grisham or -- dare I say it? -- Agatha Christie, the Dal- gliesh novels are never repeti- tious or formulaic. James begins "Death Comes to Pemberly" by intro- ducing Austen's cast to read- ers who may be unfamiliar with them and sketching the particulars of the plot as she brings us into Elizabeth and Darcy's present life. On the eve of a ball at Pemberly, a coach carrying Elizabeth's disgraced sister Lydia ca- reens up to the door. Lydia is hysterically shouting that her husband has been murdered. While James has managed to capture some of Austen's voice, the juxtaposition of murder and society are jar- ring in a way that Anne Per- ry's Inspector Pitt and William Monk novels aren't. We know too much about Elizabeth and Darcy, their family and friends to believe that murder would ever dare to "come to Pemberly." Indeed, James herself admits that Austen would have done it better. James is always a good read but,in this case, I'm inclined to agree. "Believing the Lie" by Elizabeth George, on the oth- er hand, is the 17th of George's Inspector Thomas Lynley mysteries and it is as fresh as the first. Lord Lynley works for New Scotland Yard in Lon- don. His boss and sometime opponent, Sir David Hillier, commissions Lynley to in- vestigate the drowning ,,',i '/'3e.l( 7b",qt"3 8[glg[%.{.i t,i,l}}OR ELIZABETH GEORGE : : : ,c- .2. !b : iiii "i i which has been ruled acci- dental. Fairclough wants to be sure none of his children mur- dered Cresswell, who was the financial whiz in Fairclough's business: toilets. Lord Fair- clough's chief suspect is his reformed n'er-do-well son Nicholas. Lynley asks friends Simon and Deborah St. James, foren- sic scientist and photographer, respectively, to assist him in England's Lakes District. Si- mon will review the autopsy findings and Deborah will chat up Nicholas under the guise of a TV production scout. In the meantime, one of the U.K.'s notorious tabloids has a reporter investigating the good works of a rehabilitated Nicholas. The reporter's job depends on digging up a juicy scandal. George has written a richly woven tale of the need for iove, money and recognition and the lengths to which peo- ple will go to get them. or Cyndi Posey-Tweedle at dresses that assumption, 394-7617. societal norms and human recognized as one of the very best writers in the genre. death of Lord Fairclough's nephew Ian Cresswell, Mona Meadow Valley Now Taking Appointments, Steven A. Thompson, MD, FACOG Beginning in July, Dr. Thompson will provide gynecology services and procedures at" the Quincy Family Medicine office, Dr. Thompson has been with the Tahoe Forest Women's Center since 1985 and enjoys practicing medicine in a small community where he can get to know his patients and provide more personal care, For an appointment, please call 283-0650 today. iumas DISTRICT HOSPITAL California Sister ....... Located at 29186 Highway 70 near Twain, about 2 miles west of the Greenville Y, or call (5 3 0 ) 2 83 -15 89. Rocki Eriksen-Norris knows how to grow her businesses. California Sister is her specialty nursery and host to the Annual Art Show at the Hot Springs with well known local artists and restaurants attending in addition to local and out of area music talent. R&R RV Park & Hot Springs provides an idilic and natural setting with ample room to be the perfect venue for just about any event. Recently it was the site of choice for a local couple getting married with over 300 attending. Rocki invites everyone to Come on Out to the Canyon! Hot Summer Daze equals great store discounts! I'm tired of watering! Still a great selection of trees, shrubs, vines, natives, perennials. Rocki reaches out to her audiences through Feather Publishing's products with the widest coverage available anywhere in Plumas and Lassen Counties. Thank you Feather Publishing for great results! Rocki Eriksen-Norris CONNECTION i(i ; RZ0R 't : Westwood Pine,e.$ LO|tOU l Call today to have the newspaper delivered! Quincy ' Susanville Greenville Chester Portola 283-0800 2500-53 !1 284-7800 ,258-3115 832-4{ aa