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Sci/Fi awards announced
Cover Art The Nebula Awards, honoring excellence in science fiction and fantasy literature, were held on May 18. Key categories and winners were:

Outstanding Novel
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Outstanding Novella
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress

Outstanding Novelette
Close Encounters by Andy Duncan

Check out the full list of winners and nominees and weigh in on your favorite sci/fi titles for 2012 by creating a readers' list in Bookspace!
 
posted May 26, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Awards

eBook classes are here!
As you gear up for summer break and the delightful thought of sitting by the lake with 12 books in tow, you may be reconsidering that eReader you got for Christmas. Wouldn't it be nice to download all your books to one lightweight device instead of packing so many cumbersome books?

If learning the eBook technology has seemed a bit overwhelming for you, may we remind you that Hennepin County Library is offering eBook Basics classes in many locations over the next couple of months. You will learn how to search for books, download them to your device, and manage your digital account. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn the technology and start enjoying the wonder of eBooks!
 
posted May 22, 2013 by Anne P. Category: eBooks

Sell Me On: Tana French
Cover Art You've seen the name, you've heard the hype, you have a vague sense that she writes creepy psychological thrillers. But who is Tana French? Is she an author you'd enjoy? Here's the scoop:

Name: Tana French
Genres: Mystery stories/police procedurals/psychological suspense
Popular series written by French: French has written a total of four books, only two of which follow the same characters. But her most well-known book to-date is In the Woods, a thriller set in Dublin. French won numerous awards and widespread critical praise for her atmospheric detective story.
What makes her stand out: French creates vivid characters, nonformulaic plot twists and truly creepy stories that are perfect for those with a taste for the psychological, similar to Val McDermid.
Where to Start: In the Woods (2007)
 
posted May 15, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Talk of the Stacks returns!
Cover Art Do you love seeing author interviews such as Talking Volumes at the Fitzgerald? You're in luck! Hennepin County Library offers Talk of the Stacks, a series of author presentations and book-signings featuring some of the hottest writers around.

Our next set of Talk of the Stacks programs begins next month. The line-up is as follows:

Tuesday, June 11: David Rhodes
Monday, June 24: Colum McCann
Tuesday, July 23: Terry Brooks

All programs are held at the Minneapolis Central Library from 7:00-8:30pm. Learn more about the specifics of these authors and their visits. We hope to see you there!

 
posted May 8, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Events

One Minneapolis One Read III
Cover Art Hennepin County Library is delighted to participate in the third year of the One Minneapolis One Read program. Along with other community partners in Minneapolis, the library promotes reading, discussion and ongoing programming each year devoted to a book of local interest. This year's pick, A Choice of Weapons, tells the autobiographical story of Gordon Parks, a renowned photographer who grew up in the Twin Cities. His inspirational story promises to spark meaningful conversation as the program gets underway.

Get involved with One Minneapolis One Read this fall and, for other nonfiction recommendations of related interests, check out some of these great lists from Bookspace:
Black Voices
Biographies and Memoirs
Minnesota Experience
 
posted May 1, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Nonfiction

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