What's Your Great American Read?

Friday, May 25th, 2018

The eight part PBS series The Great American Read debuted on Tuesday, May 22nd.  From a list of America's 100 favorite novels, the series will narrow the field until only one remains.  Each episode will follow readers of all kinds, from everyday Americans to well known writers, as they discuss what these books mean to them.

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Man Booker International 2018

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

The winners of the Man Booker International Prize are author Olga Tokarczuk and translator Jennifer Croft!

Prior to 2016, the Man Booker Prize was open only to UK authors, but the addition of the Man Booker International Prize now helps highlight the works of superb authors and translators from around the world. 

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Philip Roth (1933-2018)

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Philip Roth, one of the 20th century's preeminent writers, has died.

Roth's career as a writer was long and prolific.  He wrote well into his seventies before officially retiring in 2012.  His work earned him numerous honors, including two National Book Awards, the Man Booker International Award, National Book Critics Circle awards, and a Pulitzer Prize.  Sadly, though he was a perennial favorite, the Nobel Prize for Literature eluded him.

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Happy Birthday, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Today is the 159th anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of one of the most recognized characters of all time: the incomparable detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1859, Conan Doyle inherited his love of literature from his mother, who shielded her son from the harsh realities of living with his alcoholic father by reading and telling dramatic stories.  Conan Doyle in turn used stories to win himself friends after a wealthy relative paid for him to be sent to boarding school.  When it came time to choose a career, however, Conan Doyle opted instead to pursue...

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The 2018 Nebula Winners Announced

Monday, May 21st, 2018

The Nebula Awards recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the United States, as selected by members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and are considered among the most prestigious awards for these genres.  Awards are given for the year's best novel, novella (17,500-40,000 words), novelette (7,500-17,500 words), and short story. 

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