Adult Book News
National Book Awards 2014
Fiction Longlist Announced
The National Book Foundation announced the ten titles on the Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction on Thursday, September 17. The five Finalists will be revealed on October 15 and the ultimate winner on November 19.
The Fiction Longlist includes one book by a National Book Award Winner, two by former National Book Award Finalists, one by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 author, two by Pulitzer Prize Winners, and one by an author best-known as the lyricist and musician for the band The Mountain Goats. The backdrop of war and imagined dystopia is a focus of five of the ten. Three are collections of short stories, two of which are by first-time authors.
2014 Longlist for Fiction:
Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman,
Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans,
John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van, (on order)
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See,
Phil Klay, Redeployment,
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven,
Elizabeth McCracken, Thunderstruck & Other Stories,
Richard Powers, Orfeo,
Marilynne Robinson, Lila,
Jane Smiley, Some Luck,
Banned Books Week 2014
Each year, during the last week of September, libraries, booksellers, publishers, teachers, journalists and readers come together to celebrate our right to free and open access to information and the freedom to read what we choose. Banned Books Week serves to remind us of the harms of censorship by focusing on the instances where access to certain books was curtailed. Book challenges occur in communities when individuals or government bodies seek to remove or restrict access to books in schools or libraries due to their content or language. Over the years, many books have been challenged or banned - some that are now considered classics. So stand (or sit) for your rights - Read a Banned Book!
"Write A House" Announcement
Book Event - Author Lauren Beukes: Broken Monsters
Local literary movers and shakers have started an innovative program to promote literature and the arts in Detroit:
Write a House. This program acquires and rehabs houses in Detroit and offers them as free residences to emerging writers who submit applications. A panel of writers and poets has reviewed the applications received from all over the country, and ten finalists have been named. On September 19, the first winner of a free house will be named at an event in Hamtramck. The event will also launch the book tour for author Lauren Beukes' new book, Broken Monsters, a crime novel set in Detroit.
Beuekes (The Shining Girls) is a South African novelist, short story writer, journalist and TV scriptwriter and prior winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and South Africa's most prestigious literary award, The University of Johannesburg Prize. Her new novel, Broken Monsters, "successfully combines horror, detection, and a depressing examination of urban decay." (Publishers Weekly) although Library Journal's review states "Detroit could easily becalled the city of broken dreams, but in this highly atmospheric novel, Beukes sketches a metropolis full of hope and vigor, in spite of a monster roaming its streets."
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2014)
This month celebrates the heritage and influence of Hispanic and Latino Americans on our nation's experience and culture. Hispanic Heritage Month begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period. The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. According to the latest Census, 50.5 million people or 16% of the nation's population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This year's theme: "Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success.”
You can share in the experience of Hispanic Americans through the books of noted Hispanic American authors such as Isabel Allende, Oscar Hijuelos, Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo, Junot Diaz, Julia Alvarez, and Christina Henriquez.
Star Wars Reads Day 2014
"The Force will be with you, always."
The Plymouth District Library will join with libraries, schools and others nationwide to celebrate Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, October 11, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The entire building will be filled with Star Wars collectibles, posters, decorations and more. Dress up as your favorite SW character and enjoy the wide variety of activities, including designated reading areas where you can catch up on the latest Star Wars fiction like Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller. The first Star Wars novel created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, Star Wars: A New Dawn is set during the legendary “Dark Times” between Episodes III and IV and tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the new animated series Star Wars Rebels first crossed paths.
2014 Man Booker Shortlist
Two American Authors on List
The selection committee for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, one of Britian's most prestigious literary prizes, announced the shortlist today - and for the first time in its 45 year history, the list contains American authors. A rules change last year opened the prize to writers outside of Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth, to the consternation of some traditionalists. Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler are finalists along with three British writers and one Australian. The prize, worth about $80,000, will be awarded on October 14.
Author (nationality) Title
Joshua Ferris (US) To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Richard Flanagan (Australian) The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Karen Joy Fowler (US) We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Howard Jacobson (British) J
Neel Mukherjee (British) The Lives of Others
Ali Smith (British) How to be Both
Fall Books with Buzz
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, has created another wide-ranging novel which spans decades and genres, introducing characters and events from past books while exploring themes of good, evil, time, existence etc. The chapters are like novellas, linked by a central character, Holly Sykes, whom we meet at fifteen as she slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: a sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics--and their enemies. “Trademark Mitchell . . . another exacting, challenging and deeply rewarding novel from [the] logophile and time-travel master.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon
Bestselling author Jan Karon returns and invites her millions of fans to join her again in Mitford.
After five hectic years of retirement from Lord's Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a pleasure trip to Ireland. While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he's offered one, he decides he doesn't want it. His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his passion for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet. Dooley's brother, Sammy, still enraged by his mother's abandonment, destroys one of Father Tim's prized possessions. And Hope Murphy, owner of Happy Endings bookstore, struggles with the potential loss of her unborn child and her hard-won business. All this as Wanda's Feel Good Café opens, a romance catches fire through an Internet word game, and the former mayor hatches a reelection campaign to throw the bums out. "Longtime readers will not be disappointed by the author's latest cozy redemption tale." (Library Journal)
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII, through the story of the Leary family of Queens, NY. Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she's found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn't aspire to the same, ever bigger, American Dream. Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift. "...an honest, intimate family story with the power to rock you to your core..." (New York Times)
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam
to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while luxurious, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office, leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella's life changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways. Secrets are uncovered as Nella begins to understand and fear the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe."In a debut that evokes Old Master interiors and landscapes, Burton depicts a flourishing society built on water and trade, where women struggle to be part of the world... With its oblique storytelling, crescendo of female
empowerment and wrenching ending, this novel establishes Burton as a fresh and impressive voice." (Kirkus)
Filming the Book
Now (or soon) playing...
Life of Crime - based on The Switch by Elmore Leonard
Black Ordell Robbie and white Louis Gara have lots in common--time in the same slammer, convictions for grand theft auto, and a plan for a big score. They're going to snatch the wife of a Detroit developer and collect some easy ransom money. They don't figure on a bum of a husband who has a secret mistress and no desire to get his wife back. Or on his crazy, beautiful broad of a housewife who's going to join Ordell and Louis in the slickest, savviest crime of all. The film, released on August 29, stars Jennifer Aniston and Will Forte.
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family--including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister--have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family. As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda head an ensemble cast in the movie to be released September 19.
A Walk Among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block
Block's somewhat amoral cop turned private eye, Matthew Scudder, is featured in a series of crime novels. This time, he is hired to help high-level drug dealers whose family members are being kidnapped for ransom and then are returned in pieces. Scudder divides his time between his AA meetings and finding the killers, with an assist from some of his erstwhile police colleagues, his black Times Square sidekick TJ and his call-girl sweetheart, Elaine. When the kidnappers seize the daughter of a Russian dealer, he is ready for the showdown. Liam Neeson continues his streak of action hero roles in the film which will hit theaters on September 19.
The Drop - based on Animal Rescue by Dennis Lehane
Three days after Christmas, Bob, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live, hears a whimper coming from inside a trash can. The abused puppy he finds there will change his life forever, as will Nadia, the damaged woman he meets that night. Like him, she's desperately searching for something to believe in. Bound together by their decision to rescue the puppy, Bob and Nadia's relationship grows. But just as they've found something to live for, they cross paths with the Chechen mafia; a man grown dangerous with age and thwarted hopes; two hapless stick-up artists; a very curious cop; and the original owner of the puppy, who wants his dog back. The movie will be released on September 12 and stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace (the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and James Gandolfini in one of the last roles before his death.
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.
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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