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National Book Awards announced
Cover Art The National Book Awards were announced on November 20. Winners in the four major categories were:

Fiction:
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride

Nonfiction:
The Unwinding: an Inner History of the New America
George Packer

Poetry:
Incarnadine: Poems
Mary Szybist

Young People's Literature:
The Thing About Luck
Cynthia Kadohata


 
posted Nov 27, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Awards

Honoring Doris Lessing
Cover Art British author Doris Lessing passed away this week at the age of 94. The legendary writer published works in many genres, from short stories to plays to novels, and was ultimately awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007. The honor recognized Lessing as "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny."

Lessing is probably best remembered for her 1962 novel, The Golden Notebook, which explored the emotional turmoil of a struggling career woman. This work would be a harbinger for the socially conscious works Lessing created over her life, works that encouraged a discourse about important topics such as apartheid, Communism, and domestic violence. Her strong, unique voice in the literary world will be missed.
 
posted Nov 20, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Fiction

Library book clubs
Cover Art What titles do we recommend for book clubs? Here's a rundown of what Hennepin County Libraries are reading this month:

*Maple Grove Library
I Still Dream About You
Fannie Flagg

Defending Jacob
William Landay

*St. Louis Park Library:
The Soul Thief
Charles Baxter

*Ridgedale Library:
The Lost City of Z
David Grann

*Linden Hills Library:
Interpreter of Maladies
Jhumpa Lahiri

*Champlin Library:
The Likeness
Tana French

*Westonka Library:
Mayor of the Universe
Lorna Landvik

Sound intriguing? Check out the full list of dates and times and join us at your local library. New readers are always welcome!
 
posted Nov 13, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Book Clubs

Sell Me On: Daniel Silva
Cover Art You've seen the name, you know he writes mysteries that sell. But who is Daniel Silva? Is he worth checking out? Here's the scoop:

Name: Daniel Silva
Genres: Thrillers/Espionage
Popular series written by Silva: the best-selling of Silva's books relate to Gabriel Allon, an Israeli art restorer who also serves as a spy and hired assassin. The first of the series was published in 2000 and the Allon novels have since picked up in popularity with the publication of 13 total novels, the latest of which is The English Girl.
What makes him stand out: Silva's novels have the unique perspective of a character who lives in and understands the Middle East, where most of the books are set. His books feature the quick pace and action-packed plot readers enjoy about the genre, but also deeper revelations about the war on terror and the complexities of the times we live in.
Where to start: The Kill Artist, the first in the Allon series
 
posted Nov 6, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

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