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2017 Hugo Awards for Fantasy and Science Fiction

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!

Best Novel
The Obelisk Gate book coverThe 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.
Best Novella
Every Heart a Doorway book coverEvery 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
The Starlit Wood book cover“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 Writings About Life and Books book coverWords 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 book coverMonstress 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
Arrival book coverArrival
This alien invasion focuses on the logistics of trying to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors before it’s too late.
Best Series
Barrayar book coverThe 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.

Graphic Novel: Eisner Award Winners 2017

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 ThompsonA 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)
Demon
by Jason ShigaNo 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
The Vision
by Tom King, Gabriel WaltaThe 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
Saga
by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona StaplesWhen 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
by MoebiusStel 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 LiewMeet 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 PowellWelcome 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 HendersonOn 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
Jughead
by Chip Zdarsky, Erica HendersonRiverdale 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?
Best Anthology
Love Is Love
edited by Sarah Gaydos and Jamie S. RichThe 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
Bandette
by Paul Tobin, Colleen CooverBandette, 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!

Winner of the 2016 World Fantasy Award: The Chimes by Anna Smaill

The ChimesChimes book cover, 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.

International Latino Book Awards

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 Novel

The Japanese Lover book cover

Historical Fiction – First Place
The Japanese Lover
Isabel Allende

Map of Chaos book cover

Fantasy/Sci-Fi – First Place
The Map of Chaos
Félix J. Palma

 

Best Latino-Focused Fiction Book

Make Your Home Among Strangers book cover

First Place
Make Your Home Among Strangers
Jennine Capó Crucet

Ana of California book cover

Second Place
Ana of California
Andi Teran

 

Best Young Adult Fiction Book

shadowshaper book cover

First Place
Shadowshaper
Daniel José Older

Weight of Feathers book cover

Second Place
The Weight of Feathers
Anna-Marie McLemore

 

Best Young Adult Nonfiction Book

Becoming Maria book cover

First Place
Becoming Maria
Sonia Manzano

enchanted air book cover

Second Place
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings
Margarita Engle

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
Cover of The Girl on the TrainThe 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: a funny book about horrible things book coverFuriously 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
Cover of The Patriot ThreatThe 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 book 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 book 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