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Cover Art Book awards season has begun with two major awards' ceremonies held this month.

The Pulitzer Prize is awarded for journalism, letters, drama and music, with this year's winners announced April 15. In addition to two exciting wins for the Star Tribune, book winners included:
The Orphan Master's Son
Embers of War: the Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

On a local level, the Minnesota Book Awards were held on April 13. In major categories, a few of the winners were:
Rez Life
Curse of the Jade Lily
The Round House

To see the complete winners' lists, visit the websites of the Friends of the Saint Paul Library and the Pulitzer Prize.
posted Apr 24, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Awards

Cooking up some good conversation
Cover Art Food plays a magical role in many works of literature, from Edmund's Turkish delights in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to the fried green tomatoes from Fannie Flagg's Whistle Stop Cafe. And when planning a top-notch book club meeting, finding foods that relate to the book is the perfect finishing touch for great conversation.

Try one of these titles to find recipes and inspiration for your book club:
The Book Lover's Cookbook
The Book Club Cookbook
Kafka's Soup

Bon Appetit!
posted Apr 16, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Book Clubs

Author Theresa Weir Appearing at Ridgedale Library April 18
Cover Art Don't miss your opportunity to see author Theresa Weir at Ridgedale Library on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. Weir (aka Anne Frasier) will speak about her new memoir The Man Who Left and her previous work The Orchard.

I loved The Orchard, a gripping memoir about Theresa's brief courtship with a farmer and then her eye-opening experiences living on his apple orchard after they marry. O magazine said, "What do those perfectly round, shiny red apples really cost? This poignant memoir of love, labor, and dangerous pesticides reveals the terrible true price."

Books will be available for purchase and signing.
posted Apr 15, 2013 by Kim B. Category: Events

Sell Me On: Vince Flynn
Cover Art You've seen the name, you know his latest book has a million holds, you have a vague sense that he writes fast-paced thrillers. But who is Vince Flynn? Is he worth checking out? Here's the scoop:

Name: Vince Flynn
Genres: Political/suspense/anti-terrorism thrillers
Popular series written by Flynn: the Mitch Rapp chronicles, which follow an undercover CIA operative fighting terrorist plots
What makes him stand out: in the words of Publisher's Weekly, "Flynn knows his politicians and pits his characters against impossible odds with nonstop action and suspense."
Where to Start: American Assassin (2010)
posted Apr 10, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Award winning eBook collection
One of the options on the eBooks Advanced Search page allows you to limit your search to an award winning category. Choose an Audie award winning audiobook to listen to. Or browse the chilling titles that have won the Bram Stoker award.
posted Apr 5, 2013 by Carrie B. Category: eBooks

Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Cover Art This Alex Award winning story is about June, an awkward, intelligent fourteen-year-old girl who adored her uncle Finn. The story is told from June’s point of view. June is a loner who likes to walk in the woods and pretend she’s living in the Middle Ages. The novel explores her relationships with Finn, her often difficult older sister, and Finn’s boyfriend Toby whom she gets to know and secretly befriends after Finn dies of AIDS. I don’t think I will ever forget this wonderfully unique novel. A friend told me it was the best book she read last year, and I wonder if I will discover one I like more this year. I kind of doubt it.
posted Apr 3, 2013 by Kim B. Category: Fiction

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