Less than one minute into the 2015 winner of Audiobook of the Year, we hear an actual recording of the April 20, 1964 courtroom declaration of Nelson Mandela, “I am prepared to die.” It is the indelible past come alive, and it is the cornerstone of Mandela: An Audio History. Rare archival recordings and first-person interviews are compiled with newsreel clips and song excerpts to immerse listeners not only in the facts but also in the experience of South Africa’s struggle against apartheid. In awarding the production top honors, the Audio Publishers Association judges described it as “one of the most powerful, well produced, and affecting programs we’ve ever heard.” Don’t miss the opportunity to hear extraordinary events in the very voices of those who lived them.
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Last night the American Theatre Wing handed out the 69th annual Tony Awards, and the biggest prizes went to gorgeous new interpretations of three inspiring works:
Rummaging through a box of her father’s stuff, the memories of Alison’s uniquely dysfunctional family—her mother, brothers, and her volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father—connect with her in surprising, powerful and revealing new ways. Ingeniously adapted from Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is a refreshingly honest coming-of-age story about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
In Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Christopher, 15 years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs. Shears’ dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. However, his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
The classic Rodgers & Hammerstein show is based on the book Anna and the King of Siam. Weaving meticulously researched facts with beautifully imagined scenes, author Margaret Landon recreates the history of Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman invited in the 1860s by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with foreign governments and be the tutor to his children and favored concubines.
The Audie Awards: 150 finalists and only 30 winners. On Thursday, May 28th the Audio Publishers Association will declare which exceptional audiobooks will be crowned Audie Winners for 2015. Enjoy a taste of the finalists below, and stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen desk on the second floor to let us know who you think should win this year’s Audie Awards! The categories and finalists below only scratch the surface, so make sure to peruse the other categories. The Awards Gala hosted by Jack Gantos will be Livestreamed on Thursday, starting at 6:30pm.
Previously known as the Orange Prize, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is in its 20th year. This week the annual prize has released its longlist featuring 20 different titles with plans to reveal the shortlist April 13th. The award is dedicated to recognizing literary merit in women from around the world “…whilst also stimulating debate about gender and writing, gender and reading, and how the publishing and reviewing business works.”
Up for a challenge? Try to see if you can read all of the nominees before the announcement of the winner on June 3rd! Below are some of the titles Mount Prospect owns.
As the first English Language book award to recognize novels written internationally, The Folio Prize is dedicated to celebrating the best of literature. Announced at the beginning of February, the shortlist was narrowed down to eight selections from a longlist of eighty titles. Chair of Judges William Fiennes explained in developing the shortlist, “We were looking for boldness, freshness… books in which the form or structure of the story was perfectly matched to the ideas. You feel reading these eight books that you’re witnessing fiction discovering new possibilities for itself.”
The young prize is only in its sophomore year, and will be announcing the 2015 winner March 23. You can view the full shortlist on The Folio Prize website.
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Goodreads is a social media website readers can use to keep track of what they have read or want to read and interact with friends. Every year Goodreads hosts the Goodreads Choice Awards in which readers vote for what they consider the best books in different categories are. This year, there were over 3 million votes cast! Check out some of the winners below.
Every fall the National Book Award is given in celebration of some of the best American literature. This month the longlists featuring ten finalists for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature were announced. The lists will be shortened to five finalists Wednesday, October 15 in anticipation of the final announcement Wednesday, November 19.
Check the books out and see if you can determine which ones will be the winners!
See what other fiction titles made the list.
See what other nonfiction titles made the list.
Young People’s Literature Longlist:
See what other young people’s titles made the list.
If your end-of-summer reading needs a little extra inspiration, look to the Christy Awards, which honor excellence in Christian fiction. Burning Sky by Lori Benton is the standout winner of Best First Novel, Best Historical, and Book of the Year. The story of a young woman returned to her New York family after twelve years with the Mohawk Indians is a powerful testament to strength, love, and faith. Winners in other categories include
Best Contemporary in a Series: Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren
Best Contemporary Romance/Suspense: Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris
Best Suspense: Outlaw by Ted Dekker
Best Contemporary: Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish
The 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at the recent Comic-Con International in San Diego. Try some of these outstanding graphic novels among this year’s winners:
The Property by Rutu Modan – Best Graphic Album (New)
RASL by Jeff Smith – Best Graphic Album (Reprint)
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples – Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, Best Painter/Multimedia Artist
Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground by Darwyn Cooke – Best Adaptation from Another Medium, Best Lettering
Love and Rockets New Stories, vol. 6 by Jaime Hernandez & Gilbert Hernandez – Best Short Story, Best Writer/Artist
Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky – Best New Series
Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown – Best Humor Publication
Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja – Best Single Issue, Best Cover Artist
Battling Boy by Paul Pope – Best Publication for Teens
Step onstage with the newest Tony Award winners, and take your pick of musical comedy, rock opera, and jukebox hits. The spotlight shines on these original Broadway cast recordings — all of which are available in the Library collection.
Best Musical: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
** also winner for Best Direction, Best Book, and Best Costume Design
Best Revival of a Musical: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
** also winner of Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Neil Patrick Harris), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role (Lena Hall), and Best Lighting Design
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
** also winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Jessie Mueller)
Best Original Score Written for the Theatre: Bridges of Madison County
** also winner of Best Orchestrations