The 2017 winners of the Hugo Awards were announced August 11th. This annual fantasy and science fiction award has been steeped in controversy over the last few years, in part due to its unique voting system. Take a look and check out some of the heavy hitters this year!
The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
Book two in The Broken Earth
series continues with strong character development and world building, ultimating into an immersive and gripping tale.
Every Heart a Doorway
by Seanan McGuire
Lyrical writing, a dash of murder, and fantastical worlds fill these 173 pages up, leaving a lasting and unforgettable impact.
Best Short Story
“Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar
Female empowerment and friendship ring strong in this melding of two fairy tales, The Black Bull of Norroway and The Glass Mountain.
Best Related Work
Words Are My Matter by Ursula K. Le Guin
Who better to write about books and their impact than the prolific Ursula Le Guin?
Best Graphic Story
Monstress Vol. 1, Awakening by Marjorie Liu
Art by Sana Takeda enhances a gripping and grim tale following 17-year-old Maika who is on a quest for revenge.
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
This alien invasion focuses on the logistics of trying to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors before it’s too late.
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
First published in 1986, this long-running series mixes elements of humor, romance, political thrillers, and more through the course of the sweeping narrative.
The 2017 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:
Best Graphic Album (New)
Wonder Woman: The True Amazon
by Jill Thompson
A Princess Diana unlike any we’ve seen before. As a child, she is spoiled and free to exert her will without restraint — until her selfishness leads to tragic results. Before she can become a hero, she will first have to find redemption.
Best Graphic Album (Reprint)
by Jason Shiga
No matter how hard he tries, Jimmy Yee cannot die. A noose around his neck, a razor across his wrist, and even a bullet to his head all yield the same results: he awakes from each suicide attempt, miraculously unharmed, in his shabby room at the Sunbeam Motel. Has he gone mad? Or has he truly died and found himself in hell? Jimmy is willing to tear the world down around him to get at the truth.
Best Limited Series
by Tom King, Gabriel Walta
The Vision wants to be human, and what’s more human than family? So he heads back to the laboratory where Ultron created him and molded him into a weapon. There, he builds them. They look like him. They have his powers. What could possibly go wrong?
Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, Best Penciller/Inker, Best Cover Artist
by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
Best U.S. Edition of International Material
The World of Edena
Stel and Atan are interstellar repairmen searching for a lost space station and its crew. Their journey takes them to the mythical paradise planet Edena where they unwittingly and unwillingly join a multidimensional battle between good and evil.
Best U.S. Edition of International Material (Asia), Best Writer/Artist, Best Publication Design
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
by Sonny Liew
Meet Charlie Chan Hock Chye. Now in his early 70s as he looks back on his career, Chan has spent a lifetime making comics in his native Singapore since he was a boy of 16, in 1954. The artist doubles here as both the narrator and the subject matter, as his life story parallels the changes in Singapore over five decades since the war.
Best Reality-Based Work
March (Book 3)
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.
Best Publication for Teens
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
On a trip to Canada to visit her mom, Doreen teams up with Ant-Man when the Taskmaster strikes, but it turns out to be Mew, Nancy’s cat, who saves the day.
Best Humor Publication
by Chip Zdarsky, Erica Henderson
Riverdale High prides itself on providing a quality education. But to Jughead Jones, what matters most is meal time–and Riverdale delivers solid midday chow. But when that sacred time is tampered with by a hot-headed new principal, Jughead swears vengeance! Can the burger-loving beanpole curry enough favor (see what we did there?) to rollback the cuisine catastrophe?
Love Is Love
edited by Sarah Gaydos and Jamie S. Rich
The comic book industry comes together to support the survivors and honor those killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016. Writers and artists from across the globe have created exclusive new material expressing their sorrow, compassion, frustration, and hope, all inspired by the tragic events.
Best Digital Comic
by Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
Bandette, greatest thief in all the lands, uncovers the greatest of all mysteries! A clue to the location of the legendary House of the Green Mask! But the sinister Voice is after the same treasure, and sent a deadly assassin after the same secrets! Worse, he’s stolen the dearest thing to Bandette’s heart. Now, she’s after revenge!
The Chimes, an imaginative debut by New Zealand poet and former violinst Anna Smaill, was named Best Novel at the 2016 World Fantasy Awards. In the aftermath of the Allbreaking, memory is ephemeral, writing has been outlawed, and everything is communicated through musical expressions. Teenaged Simon knows his parents have died, but he doesn’t know how, nor does he know why he’s in London. Working with the leader of an orphan band of scavengers, Simon begins to piece together not only his own story but one that could change the world. A veritable symphony of intricate world-building and fascinating quest for truth, The Chimes was also honored as a longlist title for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.
September brought the 2017 longlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction. The Andrew Carnegie Medals are especially notable because winners are chosen by library professionals, similar to the Newbery award for children’s literature. This results in the ultimate to-read list for the year in adult fiction and non-fiction! Take a look at some of the books that stood out below:
Make sure to take a look at the full list of books chosen. The six finalists (three for fiction and three for nonfiction) will be announced October 26, 2016!
Make the most of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 – Oct 15) by checking out a brand new winner of the International Latino Book Awards. Though not interchangeable, the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino“ enjoy a great deal of overlap, and you can be assured that each of these honorees celebrates the culture in the context of an exciting, thoughtful, and heartfelt story.
Best Latino-Focused Fiction Book
Best Young Adult Fiction Book
Best Young Adult Nonfiction Book
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.