Adult Book News
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Doerr's bestselling novel (59 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List) has already won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for literature, along with glowing reviews and many other literary accolades. This weekend at the American Library Association's annual conference, All the Light We Cannot See was announced as the winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Ficton. The Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction was established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction written for adult readers and published in the U.S. during the previous year. Winning authors, who receive a $5,000 cash award, are picked by library professionals. Set in occupied France during World War II, the novel is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide as both try to survive the devastation of of the war. The other finalists for the award were Nora Webster by Colm Toibin and On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee.
Books to TV - June
James Patterson's Zoo
On June 30, CBS is will begin broadcasting a 13-episode series based on the James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge stand-alone novel, Zoo, about a wave of violent animal attacks on humans across the globe. The main character, Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide. Patterson is apparently quite happy with the TV adaptation, stating in a press conference, "People always say the book is always better than the movie,"... "In this case, I think the series is going to be better than the book."
It's Officially Summer!
Hold Out for a Hero!
Adult Summer Reading 2015
Started your summer reading yet? The calendar says that summer arrived on June 21, so there's no reason to wait. Grab/print your Bingo sheet or sign up online to create your account to start reading for fun and prizes. The Adult Summer Reading program runs till August 10, so there's lots of time left to earn gift certificates and Penn Theatre tickets. Your friends and neighbors are doing it - why should they have all the fun?
James Salter (1925-2015)
Critically acclaimed author James Salter died on Friday, June 19 at the age of 90. While well known and regarded in the literary world, Salter was not a commercially popular writer; his novels and short stories inspired a small, but devoted, audience of other writers and college students. Reviewers uniformly praised Salter's beautiful, exacting prose. Michael Dirda of the Washington Post once noted that “he can, when he wants, break your heart with a sentence.” Salter's most recent novel, All That Is, about a publishing executive in post-war Manhattan, was published to positive reviews in 2013 and spent a week on the New York Times Bestseller List. Salter received numerous awards throughout his career, most recently in 2013, when he was awarded one of the first Windham Campbell Prizes, a literary honor given by Yale worth $150,000.
Poldark on PBS
Winston Graham's grand, romantic saga of Cornwall, England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries comes back to television in a new version originally broadcast by the BBC in March and presented this weekend (June 21) on PBS. Based on Graham's twelve novels, each subtitled "A Novel of Cornwall," Poldark tells the story of Captain Ross Poldark, a British veteran of the American Revolutionary War who returns to his home to find his father has died and his family estate and mines are in ruins. Worse yet, the girl he loves is now engaged to his cousin. Set on the wild and windswept Cornish peninsula, the novels cover a span of over 30 years in the lives of Ross, his family, friends, lovers, and foes, as they love, betray, feud, smuggle, excavate, duel, marry, and reproduce while their fortunes are won and lost. The first TV adaptation of the novels aired in 1975, starring Robin Ellis, and was an early major hit for the BBC and PBS. This new version stars Aidan Turner, perhaps best known as Kili, the only good-looking dwarf in Peter Jackson's Hobbit films.
New Reads for July
The top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love
This monthly list is created by librarians and library staff to help connect readers to new books and authors. An online community of librarians vote each month on their favorite new books and the results are tallied. "The list is a straightforward calculation: whichever ten books get the most nominations go onto the monthly list. The book with the most nominations becomes the #1 Pick. It’s as simple as that." The list is not meant to be a "best" list - just a list of collective favorites - books librarians loved and want to share.
#1 for July 2015:
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
When Lars Thorvald's wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine--and a dashing sommelier--he's left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He's determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter--starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva's journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club. Each chapter, told from a different person's viewpoint, presents a different phase in Eva's life and a different facet of her personality: her childhood, her teenage years, her young adult career struggles, and her eventual success. "Foodies and those who love contemporary literature will devour this novel that is being compared to Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge. A standout." (Library Journal)
Literary Cage Match!
Harper Lee vs. E.L. James
A recent Publishers Weekly article noted that Harper Lee's long-lost, newly-discovered book, Go Set a Watchman - the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the most beloved American novels of the 20th century - seemed destined to be the best-selling book of the summer. Then, two weeks ago, E.L. James of Fifty Shades of Grey fame announced that she was releasing a new book, Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian. Both books will now vie for the title of "Summer's Biggest Book." Grey will be available first, on June 18, and Go Set a Watchman is due on July 14. Each is getting a huge first printing: Grey at 1.25 million copies and Watchman at 2 million copies. So which book will emerge from the cage victorious - the literary heavyweight or the hugely popular lightweight? Based on the holds placed on both books in the Library catalog, Watchman, with 66, is delivering the smackdown on Grey's 15. No worries, we've ordered multiple copies of each!
PEN Prize for Debut Fiction
Author Jack Livings recently won the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction for his story collection, The Dog. Livings' stories, set in contemporary China, illustrate the vast societal changes wrought by China's rush to modernize its economy and culture even as its history and ideology maintain a strong hold on its people. "Livings is one recent program (Iowa Writers Workshop) graduate whose first collection of short fiction, with its tales of volatile protagonists struggling to survive in contemporary China, should attract widespread attention and praise from literary critics....For Western audiences, any unfamiliarity with the Chinese locales and culture is quickly eased by Livings' imaginative yet realistic scenarios and vividly drawn characters. A brilliant and promising debut." (Booklist) PEN America, a literary and human rights organization founded in 1922 to advance literature and defend free expression, honors outstanding writing each year in many categories including fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and translation.
2014 Nebula Awards
On June 6, The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America announced the winners of the 2014 Nebula Awards. Since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been given each year for the best novel, novella, novelette, and short story written in the science fiction and fantasy genres.
Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation, the first in a trilogy, won the award for Best Novel.
Annihilation, set in the near-future, imagines Area X, a region cut off from human occupation and reclaimed by nature. Several expeditions that journeyed there ended in catastrophe; now another group, made up of four women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist, and a biologist, is set to go. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. "...this short work packs a big punch, as the author has rare skills for building tension and making the reader feel the claustrophobic dread of his characters. Readers will be unsettled, intrigued, and eager for the next volume in this new trilogy." (Library Journal)
Michigan Notable Author Tour
PDL Invites Book Lovers
to Meet Author
THURSDAY, JUNE 25 at 7PM
Michigan Notable Author, Lolita Hernandez, is visiting our community as part of the Library of Michigan’s 2015 Michigan Notable Books author tour. Every year, the Michigan Notable Books program celebrates 20 outstanding fiction and nonfiction books written about Michigan or by a Michigan author and published the previous calendar year.
In her story collection, Making Callaloo in Detroit, Ms. Herandez weaves her memories of food, music, and family into twelve stories about growing up in Detroit with Caribbean roots, among a hidden community that dances to calypso and makes callaloo in their kitchens. Ms. Hernandez is also the author of Autopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant. After 33 years as a UAW worker at GM, she now teaches in the Creative Writing Department at the University of Michigan.
(Medallion: Copyright the Library of Michigan, 2015)
Brad Meltzer Tickets Available
Everyone's Reading The Inner Circle
Brad Meltzer, author of the thriller The Inner Circle, first of the Culper Ring Series, will speak about his books, graphic novels and History Channel (H2) TV show at two events on June 22. Tickets are still available for these Meet the Author events - stop by the Help Desk on the Main Level. Mr Meltzer will speak at at 2pm at the Rochester Church of Christ and at 7pm at The Jewish Community Center - Handleman Hall, West Bloomfield.
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