October 13 2016Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature Bob Dylan, the songwriter known for a wide-ranging career and complex, symbolic, and often esoteric lyrics delivered in a raspy, mercurial lilt, has won the 109th Nobel Prize in Literature. The award was announced on October 13 by Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.
September 12 2016Pew Report: Americans Still Love Libraries, Especially the Books More than half of all Americans 16 and over used a public library in the past year, either in person or via the Web, according to a survey report on library use released this week by the Pew Research Center. The survey also found that Americans continue to view public libraries as vital to their communities: some 77% say that public libraries provide them with the resources they need, and 66% say the closing of their local public library would have a major impact on their community.
August 17 2016How Canada Publishes So Many Diverse Children’s BooksLibrarians wandering the publisher displays at the big U.S. conferences often seem surprised to discover that so many of their favorites are Canadian. But word has gotten out. Groundwood Books, which released Sidewalk Flowers, was named the best North American children’s publisher of 2016 at the Bologna Book Fair, the largest international trade show dedicated to children’s books. The award is for distinguished creative and publishing excellence. In fact, three of the five publishers nominated were Canadian. Quietly but surely, publishers in Canada are building a worldwide reputation for originality, quality, and diversity in children’s literature.
August 03 2016Oprah's Book Club Pick: The Underground RailroadOprah Winfrey has chosen Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad as the latest Oprah's Book Club Pick. She told the Associated Press "that she knew from the first sentence that she would want to share her passion with her audience, an impulse she has relied on with uncommon success for 20 years."
July 27 2016The Couple Next Door by Shari LapenaWatch for this suspense debut by Shari Lapena from Penguin Random House. Coming in August and already is getting great marketing buzz. Also a Dewey Diva pick.
June 13 2016Review: Annie Proulx's Barkskins“Annie Proulx’s Barkskins is remarkable not just for its length, but for its scope and ambition. It’s a monumental achievement, one that will perhaps be remembered as her finest work."
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