Investigate Some of the Best Mysteries of 2012

How many of this year's best mystery books have you read?

Mystery Writers of America is a distinguished organization of mystery writers and fans. MWA has been promoting mysterious literature since 1945, and includes some of the biggest names in the genre—recent presidents include Charlaine Harris, Laura Lippman and Lee Child. This month, MWA announced the nominees for their annual Edgar Awards. Named for Edgar Allen Poe, these prizes are presented to the authors of the best mystery and crime books published in the U.S. during the prior year. Hopefully you can handle the suspense until the winners are announced on May 2.

Check out a contender for the Edgar Awards:

Best Novel

The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

The Gods

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New Year, New Book Award Nominations      

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New Year, New Book Award Nominations

Check out the finalists for the Man Asian Literary Prize.

It’s a new year, and that means new book award nominations. Earlier in the month, the Man Asian Literary Prize, honoring the best novel by an Asian writer written in or translated into English, announced its 2012 shortlist. The nominees represent the nations of Pakistan, Japan, Turkey, Malaysia and India. You can read more about the finalists here, and the winner will be announced on March 14.

Check out the contenders!  

Silent House
 by Orhan Pamuk 
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng 


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Reading the Oscars

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Reading the Oscars

Several of this year's best picture nominees were books before they were movies, and you can find them at the library!

The 2013 Oscar Nominees have been announced. If you enjoy reading as much as movie watching (or more) here is a round up of books and other sources that inspired the current crop of best picture nominees.

The Movie: Argo
The Article: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran
Argo was inspired by an article by Joshuah Bearman that appeared in Wired Magazine in 2007. A new book, co-written by one of the CIA operatives involved in the rescue operation, was released just before the launch of the movie this past fall. The book is called Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio.

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Reading the Oscars

Several of this year's best picture nominees were books before they were movies, and you can find them at the library!

The 2013 Oscar Nominees have been announced. If you enjoy reading as much as movie watching (or more) here is a round up of books and other sources that inspired the current crop of best picture nominees.

The Movie: Argo
The Article: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran
Argo was inspired by an article by Joshuah Bearman that appeared in Wired Magazine in 2007. A new book, co-written by one of the CIA operatives involved in the rescue operation, was released just before the launch of the movie this past fall. The book is called Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in January

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in January

What's on your reading list for the new year? Here are our top choices for new fiction in January.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
by Ayana Mathis
This debut novel chronicles the life of Hattie Shepherd, a young woman who migrates from the South to Philadelphia, and the lives of her children. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie was originally scheduled for release this month, but when the book was selected for Oprah’s Book Club the publisher moved the date up to early December. The novel is receiving rave reviews, even from the hard-to-please New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani, who compared Mathis’ work to that of Toni Morrison and Louise Erdrich.

Tenth of December: Stories
by George Saunders 
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Oakland Public Library “Best Sellers” List

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Oakland Public Library “Best Sellers” List

Ever wonder what the most popular books in our collection? Here's a list of the most wanted items right now.

Here’s a current list of the books with the most holds in the OPL catalog. Your holds nudge us to purchase more copies, so don’t hesitate to get in line!

FICTION

  1. Telegraph Avenue
    by Michael Chabon
    When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth richest black man in America, decides to open his newest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy, the owners of Brokeland Records, fear for their business until Gibson's endeavor exposes a decades-old secret history.
  2. The Casual Vacancy
    by J.K. Rowling
    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war

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