Andrew Carnegie Medals announced!

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!”

There’s Always a Critic

According to a recent report in a Swedish newspaper  the jury for the 1961 Nobel Prize in literature rejected J. R. R. Tolkien as a possible candidate citing that “the result (of his work) has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality.” Tolkien was nominated by his friend and Oxford faculty colleague C. S. Lewis. Yikes! Oh, well – the same year Robert Frost and E.M. Forster were also dismissed by the Nobel jury. See the whole article in the  Arts Beat section of The New York Times.


Happy Birthday Mark Twain

Check out the beautiful Google Doodle mural today (November 30) celebrating Mark Twain’s 176th birthday. It shows a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer where Tom is painting a white picket fence with his friend Ben.  If you click onto the mural you’ll find many results on this celebrated author.


Nobel Prize in Literature Announced

Swedish Poet Tomas Transtromer was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature Thursday. Although he may not be familiar to many Americans, he was the subject of a 1986 Washington Post profile, and his work has been translated into more than 60 languages. The 80-year-old poet was called the “Ingmar Bergman of poetry” by president Jonathan Galassi of Farrar, Straus & Giroux.  Transtromer’s book of poems The Half-Finished Heaven is in the EPL collection, and his poetry is also included in Friends, You Drank Some Darkness (along with two other Swedish poets). Read more about him in this Washington Post article. Also check out this NYT article.

Laura, Reader’s Services

Some Libraries Allow Patrons To Check Out Potential Dates Along With Their Books

In a bid to attract patrons in their 20s and 30s, some libraries have started having literary speed dating evenings. According to the New York Times, the concept is believed to have begun in Europe and is now spreading to the United States. The idea appeals to young singles who hope that people who share their literary tastes might have other tastes in common with them, too.

Mary B., Reader’s Services

Another Fantastic Site!

The British Council, an international organization whose motto is “Learn, share, connect worldwide,” promotes the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people around the world. One of its many resources is Contemporary Writers, a database of UK, Commonwealth, and Republic of Ireland writers to which it adds new names each month. A page comprising a biography, a list of the writer’s works, the genres in which the s/he writes, a bibliography, awards garnered, and a critical perspective on the work, is devoted to each author. This is a wonderful resource for students of literature, and for those who want to enhance their reading choices. And it’s just plain fun to browse.

Mary B., Reader’s Services

Elementary, My Dear Readers

The Conan Doyle estate has asked author Anthony Horowitz to write a new Sherlock Holmes book for adult readers to be set in traditional Victorian London.  Read more in today’s NYT article.  (Laura H.)

Library of America eBooks

Library of America, which publishes classic American literature, has announced that it will offer e-books starting in 2011. It will have 30 titles available for the Kindle, the Nook, and the Sony Reader. The list of titles will be available on LOA‘s website in January.

Additionally, LOA will publish Six Novels in Woodcuts by Chicago-born artist Lyn Ward (1905-1985), which are edited by Art Spiegelman. Ward was a pioneer of the graphic novel form and illustrated more than a hundred books. He won a Caldecott Medal for his contribution to children’s literature.

Mary B, Reader’s Services

Literary Website For Teens, a free website for teens to read and write fiction on their computers and on their cellphones was just unveiled Monday December 6. Read more about this exciting platform in this NYT article.

(Laura, Reader’s Services)

What the Dickens! Oprah Chooses Two by Boz for Her Book Club

Oprah Winfrey announced today that she has chosen Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens for her next book discussion. Check Oprah’s Website for details.