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The right story to listen to
Cover Art Why listen to a book when you could read it? Listeners are inspired for a variety of reasons, from reading challenges to long car trips. But devoted listeners will also tell you that a bad narrator can poison their view of the book itself, so choosing the right audiobook is key.

If you're looking for highly-praised audiobooks from the past several years, look no further than Bookspace. Our librarians have compiled lists of some of our favorites (fiction and nonfiction) but also lists of award-winning fiction and nonfiction titles that will help you select a book you're sure to love.

Happy Listening!
posted Oct 30, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Audiobooks

Who is Eleanor Catton?
Cover Art That was the question many readers were asking when Catton received the prestigious Man Booker Prize last week for her second novel, The Luminaries.

But Eleanor Catton also received great attention and extraordinary praise for her first novel, The Rehearsal, which was published in 2008 when she was only 23. The New Zealand-born writer now holds two distinctions: she is the youngest writer ever to receive this literary award (28) and The Luminaries weighs in as the longest book ever to win (832 pages).

Catton's epic novel tells the story of Walter Moody, a wanderer who comes to work in the New Zealand goldfields in 1866. Over the course of the story, Moody finds himself entangled in a "series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries."
posted Oct 23, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Awards

And the Nobel Prize goes to..
Cover Art Alice Munro! On October 10, this year's Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to the revered Canadian author, whom the committee described as a "master of the contemporary short story." Munro's writing career effectively began in 1968 with the publication of Dance of the Happy Shades, a collection of short stories that made her a popular literary figure in her native Canada. Since then Munro has gained an international following, thanks to her 14 original short-story collections and six short-story compilations.

In writing about Munro's style, the Nobel Prize commitee says, "her texts often feature depictions of everyday but decisive events, epiphanies of a kind, that illuminate the surrounding story and let existential questions appear in a flash of lightning." Others have described her as the Canadian Chekhov for the depth of her characters and social commentary.

Congratulations to this gifted, much-loved author!

posted Oct 16, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Awards

Gearing up for Halloween
Cover Art While there may not be a literal chill in the air, you can always feel a stirring of something creepy come October. As the leaves blow in the wind and darkness settles in earlier and earlier, we know that Halloween is coming soon and tis the season for horror, whether your tastes run toward the classic or contemporary. If you've missed out on the Poes and Gaimans up until now, what better time of year to treat yourself?
posted Oct 9, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

R.I.P. Tom Clancy
Cover Art Popular author Tom Clancy passed away this week at the age of 66. Clancy wrote many successful political thrillers, such as The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games, which went on to become Hollywood blockbusters.

Find a more complete list of Tom Clancy titles in the HCL catalog and don't forget to check out Bookspace for other great mystery recommendations!
posted Oct 4, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Fiction

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