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RITA Award Spotlight: Historical Romance and Inspirational Romance

Romance displays

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

Tiffany Girl book coverTiffany Girl
WINNER:  Deeanne Gist

Earls Just Want to Have Fun book coverEarls Just Want to Have Fun
Finalist: Shana Galen

 

Bella and the Beast book coverBella and the Beast
Finalist: Olivia Drake
If the Viscount Falls book coverIf the Viscount Falls
Finalist: Sabrina Jeffries
Finalist: Grace Burrows

 

Historical Romance: Short

Say Yes to the Marquess book coverSay Yes to the Marquess
Finalist: Tessa Dare
Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy book coverThe Secrets of Richard Kenworthy
Finalist: Julia Quinn
Finalist: Elizabeth Hoyt

 

Inspirational Romance

A Noble Masquerade
WINNER: Kristi Ann Hunter
Mountain Midwife book coverThe Mountain Midwife
Finalist: Laurie Alice Eakes
Finalist: Becky Wade

 

2016 Audie Award Winners

Audies award headerThe 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
Girl on the Train book coverThe Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Read by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
Fiction
The Nightingale book coverThe Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah
Read by Polly Stone
Non-Fiction
Ghettoside book coverGhettoside
by Jill Leovy
Read by Rebecca Lowman

 

Original WorkThe Starling Project book coverThe Starling Project
by Jeffery Deaver
Read by Alfred Molina and a Full Cast
Humor
Furiously Happy
by Jenny Lawson
Read by Jenny Lawson

Young Adult
Lair of Dreams book coverLair of Dreams
by Libba Bray
Read by January LaVoy

Multi-Voiced Performance
Illuminae book coverIlluminae
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 book coverBorn with Teeth
by Kate Mulgrew
Read by Kate Mulgrew

Best Male NarratorThe English Spy book coverThe English Spy
by Dave Silva
Read by George Guidall

Thriller/Suspense
The Patriot Threat book coverThe Patriot Threat
by Scott Berry
Read by Scott Brick

Science Fiction
Jurassic Park book coverJurassic Park
by Michael Crichton
Read by Scott Brick
MysteryCareer of Evil Book CoverCareer of Evil
by Robert Galbraith
Read by Robert Glenister

Eisner Award Nominees and Free Comic Book Day

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.

Hip Hop Family Tree_volume 3 coverHip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 3
Best Reality-Based Work
Best Writer/Artist
Bandette coverBandette
Best Continuing Series
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist
Step Aside Pops cover

Step Aside, Pops
Best Humor Publication

 

Supermutant Magic Academy coverSuperMutant Magic Academy
Best Publication for Teens

March_Book Two coverMarch: Book Two
Best Reality-Based Work
Best Publication for Teens

Plants vs. Zombies_Timepocalypse coverPlants vs. Zombies
Best Lettering

 

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.

Paper Girls coverPaper Girls
Best New Series
Best Penciller/Inker

Southern Bastards coverSouthern Bastards
Best Continuing Series
Best Writer

Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage cover

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
Best Graphic Album – New
Best Writer/Artist

Descender_Tin Stars coverDescender: Tin Stars
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl coverThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Best New Series
Best Penciller/Inker

Bitch Planet coverBitch Planet
Best New Series

Winner of Both the Pulitzer Prize and the Edgar Award: The Sympathizer

Sympathizer book cover“So it was that we soaped ourselves in sadness and we rinsed ourselves with hope, and for all that we believed almost every rumor we heard, almost all of us refused to believe that our nation was dead.”

In other media, award winners are often easily predicted.  Not so in literature. More often than not, even insiders are surprised by those given top honors in any given year, and rarely does it reflect sales or popularity. That changes upon announcement, as the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, debut novel The Sympathizerleapt in Amazon overall sales rankings from 27,587 to 88 overnight, even enjoying temporary status as #1 in Spies and Political Thrillers.

Viet Thanh Nguyen has penned a fascinating book of intrigue that examines the Vietnam War and its aftermath from the perspective of a double agent, and the author himself has said “my book has something to offend everyone.” It is a meaty, uncompromising story with moments of tenderness and even hilarity, and its new status as a Pulitzer winner may help earn the attention and audience it deserves.

Edited to add:  This week The Sympathizer was announced as winner of Best First Novel from the Edgar Awards, one of the top mystery and suspense honors. Few books can boast this crossover!

Three to Try: Meet Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison author photo

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.

God Help the Child book coverGod Help the Child

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.

Sula book coverSula

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.

Jazz book coverJazz

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.

Listen Up! Award-Winning Audiobooks

Listen List logoJust 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!

 

Til the Well Runs Dry audiobook cover‘Til the Well Runs Dry
Lauren Francis-Sharma
True Story audiobook coverTrue Story
Michael Finkel

 

H is for Hawk audiobook cover H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
And Only to Deceive audiobook coverAnd Only to Deceive
Tasha Alexander
All Involved audiobook coverAll Involved
Ryan Gattis

 

All the Old Knives audiobook coverAll the Old Knives
Olen Steinhauer
Strangler Vine audiobook coverThe Strangler Vine
M.J. Carter

 

Dead Wake audiobook coverDead Wake
Erik Larson

The Knockoff audiobook coverThe Knockoff
Lucy Sykes, Jo Piazza

..

 

Asked At the Desk: Looking for Something Good to Read

Picture of Fiction/AV/Teen desk

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!

Fantasy

Uprooted book cover
Winner: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Sorcerer to the Crown book cover The Aeronaut’s Windlass The Fifth Season book coverA Darker Shade of Magic book cover

Shortlist:
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

Historical Fiction

Crooked Heart book cover

Winner: Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Girl Waits with Gun book cover Jam on the Vine book cover Paradise Sky book coverThe Truth According to Us book cover

Shortlist:
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

Women’s Fiction

Re Jane book cover

Winner: Re Jane by Patricia Park

This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance book cover A Touch of Stardust book cover The Royal We book coverDays of Awe book cover

Shortlist:
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

Adrenaline

Pretty Girls book cover

Winner: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Descent book coverThe Killing Lessons book cover  The Cartel book coverPalace of Treason book cover

Shortlist:
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!

Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Artistic Achievements

“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…

Carole King
Singer-songwriter

 

 

Cicely Tyson
Actress and Broadway star

 

 

George Lucas
filmmaker

 

 

Seija Ozawa
Conductor

Carmen album coverCarmen by Georges Bizet
Piano Concerto No. 2 CD coverPiano Concerto No. 2 by Sergey Pokofiev
Gloria album coverGloria / Stabat Mater by Francis Poulenc

 

 

Rita Moreno
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.

Awards: Man Booker Longlist (or How Many Books Can You Read Before October?)

“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:

Cover of The Moor's AccountThe Moor’s Account
by Laila Lalami

Cover of A Brief History of Seven KillingsA Brief History of Seven Killings
by Marlon James

Cover of LilaLila
by Marilynne Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover of A Spool of Blue ThreadA Spool of Blue Thread
by Anne Tyler

Cover of The FishermenThe Fishermen
by Chigozie Obioma

Cover of Satin IslandSatin Island
by Tom McCarthy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover of The Green RoadThe Green Road
by Anne Enright

Cover of Did You Ever Have a FamilyDid You Ever Have a Family
by Bill Clegg

Cover of A Little LifeA Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara

Audiobook: Mandela: An Audio History

Mandela: An Audio History CD coverLess 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.