Adult Book News
Congratulations, Adult Readers!
Adult Summer Reading Program 2014
Over 300 adult readers participated in the PDL Adult Summer Reading Program this summer and 271 earned prizes for reading and enjoying the Library's resources.
Great job! Way to master the Literary Elements!
Thanks to all for playing Bingo or logging book selections online. We hope you had fun.
Librarian Faves for September
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 September: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
"Part memoir, part exposé of the death industry, and part instruction manual for aspiring morticians. First-time author Doughty has written an attention-grabbing book that is sure to start some provocative discussions. Fans of Mary Roach’s Stiff and anyone who enjoys an honest, well-written autobiography will appreciate this quirky story.”
Patty Falconer, Hampstead Public Library, Hampstead, NH
Award-Winning Science Fiction
2014 Hugo Awards
The annual Hugo Awards for excellence in the science fiction genre were announced on August 17 at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, LonCon 3. Best novel kudos went to Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, a story narrated by the artificial intelligence of a starship that has been transplanted into a single body, the soldier called Breq, who is alone on an icy planet attempting to fulfill her quest. This debut novel has garnered other sci fi honors including the Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and Leckie has been anointed as "science fiction's next big thing." Evidently the reviewers at Publishers Weekly got it right when they wrote "This impressive debut succeeds in making Breq a protagonist readers will invest in, and establishes Leckie as a talent to watch closely."
Vintage Science Fiction
1939 Retro-Hugo Awards
The Hugo Awards, established in 1953 to to celebrate the best work in science fiction, are bestowed by the World Science Fiction Society at their annual conventions. In the mid 1990's, the Society decided to honor books and writers that were published before 1953 and therefore ineligible for the regular Hugos, by creating the Retro-Hugo, a prize that has so far only been awarded four times. On August 14, at Loncon 3, the Retro-Hugos were given for science fiction created in 1938-1939. The shortlist included many classics of the genre; The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White, about the youth of King Arthur, and the first in a series of books now known as The Once and Future King, was the winner in the Best Novel category. The contemporary Hugos will be awarded on August 17.
New Book by Anne Rice
Novelist Anne Rice, who may have started the modern craze for vampires with her book, Interview With The Vampire in 1976, is reviving her original undead character Lestat de Lioncourt in a new book in her Vampire Chonicles series. Prince Lestat will be released in October; her last Vampire Chonicles book, Blood Canticle, was published in 2003. Rice has stated that the new book, which contains several familiar characters, can be considered a sequel to The Queen of the Damned, the second book of the Chronicles. The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis - the Undead have been proliferating out of control and old vampires are conducting mass burnings of those they consider mavericks. Who may be the Undead world's last hope? The famous, powerful, and dangerous Lestat.
The End is Nigh!
Adult Summer Reading Program Ends Monday, August 11
Yes, its just about over.
Bring in your completed Bingo form for your prize.
Log those last few books on the online site. (And stop in for your prize.)
Prizes available through August 11. Grand Prize drawings on August 12.
Where the Heart Is
Billie Letts (1938-2014)
Oprah's Book Club author, Billie Letts, passed away from leukemia on August 2, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her debut novel, Where the Heart Is, despite being published to mixed reviews, became a best seller after Oprah Winfrey chose it in 1998 as one of her book club titles. It was later made into a movie starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd. Letts was a late-blooming author whose success came only when she was in her fifties, after several decades of teaching college English and writing in her spare time. She published three more novels: The Honk and Holler Opening Soon (1998), Shoot the Moon (2004), and Made in the U.S.A. (2008). She is survived by threes sons, one of whom is playwright Tracy Letts, author of August: Osage County.
Books to Movies/TV
The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Diana Gabaldon's very popular and dramatic time-travel/sci-fi/romance series is getting the Starz treatment. On August 9, Starz, will debut a 16 episode adaptation of The Outlander, the first in the series, about Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. "Though first novelist Gabaldon uses time travel primarily to allow a modern heroine, this is basically a richly textured historical novel with an unusual and compelling love story." (Library Journal) BuzzFeed calls it "the Feminist Answer to Game of Thrones."
The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
Born above his grandfather's modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry and trips to the local markets. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps. The boisterous Haji family takes Lumière by storm. They open an inexpensive Indian restaurant opposite a Michelin-starred classic French one - that of the famous chef Madame Mallory- and infuse the sleepy town with the spices of India, transforming the lives of its eccentric villagers and infuriating their refined neighbor. Only after a culinary war with the immigrant family does Madame Mallory agree to mentor young Hassan, leading him to Paris, the launch of his own restaurant, and a slew of new adventures. The film stars Helen Mirren at her starchy best in a story that celebrates food and family. "It contrasts the heat and intensity of Indian cooking with the elegance and refinement of French haute cuisine, then balances the two with a feel-good lesson in ethnic harmony." (Variety)
Its not over yet!
Adult Summer Reading 2014
Yes, its August but there's still plenty of summer left.
The Adult Summer Reading Program runs until August 11.
Its that easy - 5 boxes on a Bingo sheet or 5 books in your online log.
Prizes include Penn Theatre tickets and gift certificates to Plymouth stores and restaurants.
New this year - a drawing for two $25 gift certificates. All participants who submit a completed Bingo sheet or log 5 books online are eligible.
A Little Romance...
2014 RITA Awards
On July 26, the Romance Writers of America, the trade association for
aspiring and published romance fiction authors, announced the winners of the 2014 RITA Awards. Named after Rita Clay Estrada, the first president of the RWA, the awards are given each year to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas. Winners are named in several different categories and presented with a golden statuette. Honorees include Sarah Maclean, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, (a December 2013 LibraryReads choice) in the Historical Romance category and Susanna Kearsley, The Firebird, in the Paranormal Romance category.