As Romance Awareness Month draws to a close, the Library is celebrating with dual displays. Here you may find the recently announced honorees of the 2016 RITA Awards, which celebrate excellence in the romance genre. Often the most exciting races are those for historical romances and inspirational romances, and you can see several favorites below.
Historical Romance: Long
Finalist: Grace Burrows
Historical Romance: Short
Finalist: Elizabeth Hoyt
Finalist: Becky Wade
The winners of one of the most buzzed about Audiobook awards of the year were just announced! Experience one of these notable books on your commute, while washing the dishes, or relaxing by the beach this summer. For a full list of award winners and nominees, check out AudioFile.
Audiobook of the Year
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Read by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
by Jill Leovy
Read by Rebecca Lowman
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Read by Lincoln Hoppe, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Jonathan McClain
and a Full Cast
Narration by the Author
Born with Teeth
by Kate Mulgrew
Read by Kate Mulgrew
by Michael Crichton
Read by Scott Brick
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, and it can be a thrilling way to discover new stories and artists. The titles below, finalists for the prestigious Eisner Awards, were represented among the offerings during last year’s celebration. While waiting to discover what this year will bring, excite your imagination with one of these potential winners.
Best Continuing Series
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist
Free Comic Book Day isn’t free for participating stores. When you pick up your new comic, please consider also making a purchase to support your local business. (Those offered at MPPL are generously supplied by Comix Revolution.) Not sure what to try? These Eisner nominees are among the most buzzed-about publications of the year.
The lushly talented Toni Morrison does not lack for award recognition. Among her many honors are the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1988), the Nobel Prize for Literature (1993), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2012). This month she adds one more, the PEN/Saul Bellow for Achievement in American Fiction, for work which the panel calls “revelatory, intelligent, bold.” If you haven’t yet been introduced, attempting to begin with the well-recognized but difficult Beloved or Song of Solomon might be challenging. Allow us to suggest three alternate pathways to make her acquaintance.
A searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the center: a woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life; but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love.
Why start here? Morrison’s most recent work, and her first set in current time, underscores many of her trademark themes in a concise but powerful 178 pages.
Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. Nel and Sula meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret, but will it withstand a betrayal?
Why start here? Another short work (174 p.), this is a deceptively simple narrative about a character who overcomes tragedies to reinvent herself as a bold, sensual, unapologetic individual at a time when women were expected to know their places.
Set in 1926, at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, Jazz follows the lives of Joe and Violet Vace, who have moved from the South to escape the hardships of segregation. They find a city throbbing with the music that represents both artistic freedom and moral decline, an environment that sets the backdrop for Joe’s murder of his teenage lover as well as the shocking events that follow.
Why start here? Slightly longer (229 p.), but still a richly compact sampling of Morrison’s skill in depicting complicated characters and emotions in few, expertly chosen words. The influence of jazz music suffuses both setting and structure, and the themes reverberate long after the final note.
Just in time for your upcoming road trip, workout, daily commute, household chore, or well-earned rest, the winners of the 2016 Listen List are here to read you a story. Selected for outstanding narration, each title promises a thrilling listening experience that can’t help but satisfy. Choose your adventure and press play!
One of the most popular questions at the desk is,
What is something good to read?
Since good is subjective, if you stop by the desk with this question and have time to talk we will try to narrow down what would be good specifically for you with questions like: What did you read last that you liked? Do you prefer your books to be set during a certain time period? What are you in the mood for today?
However, if you are looking to quickly glance at what’s been popular and/or notable recently, one good stop is the 2016 Reading List: Year’s Best in Genre Fiction for Adult Readers, created by The Reading Council. The award list is divided up by 8 different genres, with one title winning for each genre and 3-4 titles chosen for the short list.
Browse below what was chosen for fantasy, historical fiction, woman’s fiction, and adrenaline. Want to see what won for mystery, science fiction, horror, and romance? Check back here next Friday or stop by the Reading List award page!
Winner: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
The Aeronauts Windlass by Jim Butcher
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Winner: Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett
Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale
The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
Winner: Re Jane by Patricia Park
This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Days of Awe by Lauren Fox
Winner: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Descent by Tim Johnston
The Killing Lessons by Saul Black
The Cartel by Don Winslow
Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews
Have a question about books, movies, or music you’d like answered? Stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen desk on the second floor, or ask online!
“When I look at this year’s outstanding slate of Honorees, I am struck by a powerful common theme-artists as history-makers, artists who defy both convention and category.”
-Deborah F. Rutter, Kennedy Center President
Every year, The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts honors a handful of artists that have had an impact on performing arts in America. This year the gala takes place on December 29 and will honor…
Actress and Broadway star
Actress and singer
These works of art are just a sample of the honorees’ bodies of work. Stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk on the second floor or contact us online and we can connect you with other works by or featuring one of the artists.
“All of [these books] do something exciting with the language they have chosen to use.”
-Judge Michael Wood
The Man Booker Prize is an annual award honoring what is considered to be the finest literary writing. While only books published in the UK the year of the award are eligible, for the second year in a row writers from other countries are considered as long as the novel was originally written in English. The Longlist, also known as the Booker’s Dozen, was announced July 29, 2015. The Shortlist will be announced Tuesday, September 15, 2015 with the winner being announced on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.
Looking for a fun challenge? Try to see how many you can read before the prize is announced! Check out the copies below at MPPL:
The Moor’s Account
by Laila Lalami
A Brief History of Seven Killings
by Marlon James
by Marilynne Robinson
A Spool of Blue Thread
by Anne Tyler
by Chigozie Obioma
by Tom McCarthy
The Green Road
by Anne Enright
Did You Ever Have a Family
by Bill Clegg
A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara
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.