2012 National Book Award Winners

Louise Erdrich, Katherine Boo, David Ferry, and William Alexander are this year's National Book Award winners.

Congratulations to the 2012 winners of the National Book Awards, announced last night.

Fiction: Louise Erdrich, The Round House

Nonfiction: Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Poetry: David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations

Young People's Literature: William Alexander, Goblin Secrets

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Ten Great Reasons to Read Fiction in November

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Ten Great Reasons to Read Fiction in November

What's on your November to-read list? Here's ten new suggestions to add to it.

Place your holds now on these upcoming hits:

  • Oakland readers are lining up for bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver's newest novel, Flight Behavior. Following her 2009 Orange Prize-winning novel The Lacuna, Kingsolver “performs literary magic, generously illuminating both sides of the culture wars, from the global-warming debate to public education in America” (Library Journal). Read or listen to a preview of Flight Behavior here.
  • The holds list is also mounting for Ian McEwan’s latest, Sweet Tooth. The author of acclaimed novels such as Atonement (2002) has received numerous awards, including the six nominations for the Booker Prize, which he won in 1998 for AmsterdamSweet Tooth has been described as “multilayered and labyrinthine” and “masterful” by

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Book Awards Season Mysteriously Continues

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Book Awards Season Mysteriously Continues

Looking for a good mystery to read? Check out these award-nominated titles.

Earlier in October, approximately 1500 authors and fans gathered in Cleveland, Ohio for the 2012 Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. This year’s event featured appearances by a number of mysterious luminaries such as John Connolly, Elizabeth George, Robin Cook and Mary Higgins Clark. A number of annual prizes are awarded at Bouchercon, including the Anthony, Macavity, Barry, Shamus and Dilys Awards. Here is a roundup of all of the winners. Congratulations to all!

The Anthony Awards are literary awards for crime and mystery fiction. The winners are selected by Bouchercon attendees. They are named for the author, editor and critic Anthony Boucher, who is also the namesake for the convention. Fun fact: Anthony Boucher was born in Oakland!

  • Best Novel
    A Trick of the Light 
    by Louise Penny 
    Investigating a murder at a solo artist's Quebec village home, Chief Inspector Gamache and

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Double Booker

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Double Booker

Congratulations to author Hilary Mantel, winner of this year's Booker Prize!

Hilary Mantel has won the 2012 Booker Prize for Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to her 2009 Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall.  She is only the third author in the history of the prize to win twice—and she has the distinct honor of being the first to win for both a novel and its sequel!

Read the announcement here.

Wolf Hall
Assuming the power recently lost by the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell counsels a mercurial Henry VIII on the latter's efforts to marry Anne Boleyn against the wishes of Rome and many of his people, a successful endeavor that comes with a dangerous price.

Bring Up the Bodies

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Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Mo Yan

Congratulations to Mo Yan, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize for literature.

Mo Yan of China has won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is internationally known as a prolific and revered portraitist of Chinese rural life. The Swedish Academy says of his work: “Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition.”

Currently the Oakland libraries own most of his books that have been translated into English, in addition to works in the original Chinese. Early birds have already started placing holds on his books.

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Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Mo Yan

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National Book Award Finalists Announced

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