Each year the American Library Association awards one work of fiction and one work of nonfiction an Andrew Carnegie Medal. This year the longlists of both categories have been announced. Where are your gaps? Want to fill them? Then just click on the titles below and reserve your copies with EPL today! Continue reading “Andrew Carnegie Medals announced!”
National Book Award 2015 Nominees: Fiction
The longlist for the 2015 National Book Award nominees was released today and though there were a lot of familiar faces to be found (Clegg, Pearlman, Hanagihara) we were happy to see some surprises as well. Who could have predicted the appearance of Karen E. Bender’s Refund? Or the inclusion of Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson? Haven’t read them? Well here’s your chance. Reserve your own copies by clicking on the links and covers below: Continue reading “National Book Award 2015 Nominees: Fiction”
National Book Award 2015 Nominees: Non-Fiction
I don’t think anyone was too surprised to see Ta-Nehisi Coates’s massive breakaway hit Between the World and Me appear on this year’s longlist of nonfiction National Book Award nominees. There were some pleasant surprises, however. Sy Montgomery, long known for her children’s nonfiction titles, did well with her recent The Soul of an Octopus (which is NOT for kids). Meanwhile Sally Mann’s memoir Hold Still made an appearance as well. Have you read all the nominees? Click on the titles below to reserve your copies from the EPL system: Continue reading “National Book Award 2015 Nominees: Non-Fiction”
National Book Award 2015 Nominees: Poetry
Day Two of the ever-so-slowly released National Book Award nominee longlists. Poetry got real play today with titles well known and appreciated, titles forthcoming and appealing, and titles obscure and alluring. How many have you read? Here are the books. Be sure to follow the links to reserve them in the EPL system: Continue reading “National Book Award 2015 Nominees: Poetry”
National Book Award 2015 Nominees: Young People’s Literature
As you may or may not know, this year the National Book Awards have paired with The New Yorker to exclusively reveal each of the ten book longlists in the categories of Young People’s Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction. The first of these, “Young People’s Literature” has been released and the surprise is seeing how many of the titles the five personal panel of judges selected are written not for children at all but young adults. With the sole exceptions of Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish and Gary Paulsen’s This Side of Wild, all the titles listed for young people are for readers between the ages of 12-18. Curious? Check out some of these titles from the Evanston Public Library system by following the links below: Continue reading “National Book Award 2015 Nominees: Young People’s Literature”
Football Season Starts So Pick Up Some Pigskin Related Reading
That smell in the air? It’s the scent of footballs whizzing through the air at a rapid rate. It may still be warm outside but football season is fast upon us. And what better way to celebrate than reading the latest gridiron-related publications out this year? Here are the latest books on our shelves, ready for you to punt over the circulation desk and into your home:
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Public Libraries – As American As Apple Pie
A recent Pew phone survey found that the majority of Americans support their public libraries and that 95 percent “agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.” Yet only about 54 percent actually used a public library in the past year. While most Americans value public libraries for “promoting literacy and a love of reading; improving the quality of life in a community and providing many services people would have a hard time finding elsewhere, they are split on whether public libraries are as essential as they were in the past for finding information.” You can read the entire article and see a summary of the findings here.
Johnny Depp – From Actor to Publisher
Johnny Depp is starting his own literary imprint – a list of books called Infinitum Nihil (meaning nothing is forever) – part of HarperCollins, which will publish titles that reflect his tastes and interests. Some of the books acquired for Infinitum Nihil are The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan by Douglas Brinkley (planned for release in 2015), and House of Earth, a recently discovered novel by folk singer Woody Guthrie (scheduled for release in January). Should be an interesting collaboration. You can read about it in today’s ArtsBeat section of the New York Times.
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Better Late Than Never
An F. Scott Fitzgerald story rejected 75 years ago is finally published in The New Yorker. Recently discovered by Fitzgerald’s grandchildren, “Thank You for the Light” is a short, fable-like vignette turned down in 1936 for being too unlike his other work. See what you think.
Reports of My Death are Greatly Exaggerated
The predicted demise of the book is tracked through the ages by the NY Times. Beginning with Theophile Gautier’s 1835 declaration that “the newspaper is killing the book,” the essay traces how every generation has rewritten the book’s epitaph for nearly 200 years.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Scientologist
A 7-year-old Neil Gaiman talks to BBC Radio about Scientology in this transcript published by the Village Voice. Discovered in a 1969 church pamphlet, the future sci-fi writer – whose dad was Scientology’s PR chief in the UK – is interviewed to refute Parliament’s objections to the church.
Cross-Pollinating the Arts
Lovers of books and music shouldn’t miss the Literary Jukebox. Matching a daily book quote with a thematically-related song, this new website shares such unique pairings as Ernest Hemmingway with Mazzy Star, Susan Sontag with Andrew Bird, and many others.
The Marilyn Monroe Mystique
On August 5, 1962 Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home at the age of 36. And although she’s been dead for 50 years, her mystique grows stronger every year. New fiction and non-fiction books, including Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox and The Empty Glass, continue to be published, a Marilyn Monroe makeup collection is due in October, and a seven-disc boxed set of her films have just been released on Blu-ray. 20th Century Fox cinematographer Leon Shamroy summed up the Monroe mystique best when he shot her first screen test in 1946: “I got a cold chill,” he said at the time. “This girl had something else — something I hadn’t seen since silent pictures. She didn’t need a soundtrack to tell her story.” And the mystery of her death just adds to the intrigue. Check out the article in the August 2nd Chicago Sun-Times.