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2017 National Book Awards

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Congratulations to four fantastic writers!  This year's National Book Awards were announced last night at a gala event.   The National Book Award is one of America's most prestigious literary prizes.  Each year, the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization, administers awards in four categories: young people's literature, poetry, nonfiction, and fiction.  Have you read this year's winners yet?

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Happy Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

Friday, November 10th, 2017Happy birthday Neil Gaiman!

Neil Gaiman is one of our favorite authors, and we’re definitely not alone in that opinion.  From comic books and television to short stories and novels, he’s been astounding audiences and readers for decades.  He won early acclaim with his groundbreaking DC Comics series, Sandman, which, in 1991, was the first comic ever to win a World Fantasy Award.  He’s also written more than twenty books, including titles for both children and adults.  His latest, Norse Mythology, was released in 2016. 

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Happy Birthday, John Le Carré!

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

David Cornwell, better known by his pen name John Le Carré, is the British author of masterful spy thrillers, including A Perfect Spy and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

Born October 19th, 1931 in Poole, Dorset, Le Carré spent much of his childhood in boarding schools.  As a teenager studying abroad in Switzerland, he gained the attention of a British intelligence agent working in the area, and was asked to join MI6, the British intelligence agency.  He continued to work in intelligence during his university years at Oxford, where he received a degree in modern languages, and began drawing on his experiences to craft his first novel. 

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2017 Nobel Laureate: Kazuo Ishiguro

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Illust. courtesy the Swedish Academy at NobelPrize.org

British writer Kazuo Ishiguro has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.  Though something of a surprise pick (the writers favored to win this year's prize included Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami), Ishiguro's award-winning body of work has garnered critical attention and acclaim since his first book, A Pale View of Hills, was published in 1982.

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Happy Birthday, Anne Rice!

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Anne Rice, best known for her Vampire Chronicles series, might be just the author to liven up your spooky October reading list.

Born October 4th, 1941, Rice was raised in New Orleans.  Despite later moving to California, she continues to draws frequently upon the New Orlean's history, architecture, and culture in creating her atmospheric novels.  Becoming a writer was a goal throughout her early life, though she initially struggled to find a publisher for Interview with a Vampire

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Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

"So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone."
 Roald Dahl, Matilda

Born on this day in 1916, Roald Dahl has been called "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century.

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2017 Man Booker Prize

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The titles shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize have been announced!  The Man Booker Prize, launched in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.  Which is your pick to win?

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John Ashbery, 1927-2017

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Award winning poet John Ashbery, author of such collections as Some Trees and Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, has died.

Unlike poets who come to their craft in a roundabout fashion, it was clear from a young age that Ashbery had the makings of a writer.  His first poems were published when he was still in grade school, and by the time he graduated from Harvard, where he studied literature, his trajectory seemed to be set.  A Fullbright Scholarship allowed him to move to France, where he worked as an editor of literary magazines and a translator.

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