Long Lists Announced

The National Book Awards Long Lists are now being announced in various categories. These awards can go a long way toward bringing an author to the forefront, but they also strive to recognize great literary fiction.  This week, the Young People’s Literary Long List was announced, and the books are so great, I don’t know how they’ll choose a winner.

If you’ve been reluctant to get into Young Adult fiction because of the hype, these books are a wonderful place to start. There are seasoned authors as well as debut authors here, but we hope to keep seeing more from all of them.

The long list includes:

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THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson

GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles

SKINK-NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen

GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford

THREATENED by Eliot Schrefer

THE PORT CHICAGO 50 by Steve Sheinkin

100 SIDEWAYS MILES by Andrew Smith

NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley

REVOLUTION by Deborah Wiles

 BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Get reading!

Published in: on September 17, 2014 at 3:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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As You Wish!

You’d probably have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t know the line, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”  (Although that said, this phrase emblazoned on a t-shirt caused quite the uproar when a passenger wore it on a flight a few years back. Maybe not such a good idea when traveling.)

But the popularity of the cult classic, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, has only grown since the film was released in 1987. In fact, it was ranked by the American Film Institute as one of top 100 Greatest Love Stories, and by the Writer’s Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time. This movie still goes out of the library on a weekly basis, and the book by William Goldman is also popular. And now, one of the film’s most popular actors, Cary Elwes,  is releasing a new book called, AS YOU WISH: INCONCEIVABLE TALES from the MAKING OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE.

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It promises lots of behind the scenes stories, photos we’ve never seen, and interviews with cast members and crew. If you’re starting to think about gift giving for the upcoming holiday season, this might be a great choice for the fan on your list! The book comes out in stores Oct. 16th, and we have it on order for the library. You can place a hold on it now and we’ll call you when it’s your turn to pick it up.

To the pain!

Published in: on September 15, 2014 at 3:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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How Much???

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Forbes just announced their estimates on the world’s top earning authors. Not surprisingly, there are several conventional names, such as James Patterson and George R.R. Martin, but there are also a few children’s authors (Jeff Kinney, with his WIMPY KID series, and Rick Riordan of the PERCY JACKSON books), and of course, the growing in popularity YA authors, such as Veronica Roth and John Green.

Here is the complete list, along with the estimations of what they earned between June of 2013 – June of 2014.

James Patterson $90 million
Dan Brown $28 million
Nora Roberts $23 million
Danielle Steel $22 million
Janet Evanovich $20 million
Jeff Kinney $17 million
Veronica Roth $17 million
John Grisham $17 million
Stephen King $17 million
Suzanne Collins $16 million
JK Rowling $14 million
George R.R. Martin $12 million
David Baldacci $11 million
Rick Riordan $10 million
El James $10 million
Gillian Flynn $9 million
John Green $9 million

Any surprises there for you?  You can read a full article from Forbes right here to see just how the numbers are calculated, and to find out a little more about each author. Are there any names you think are missing? I guess only time will tell. Get out there and buy those books!

Published in: on September 11, 2014 at 3:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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International Dot Day!

Monday, September 15th is International Dot Day, and the Carleton Place Public Library is participating in this fun event with Miss Janet’s Grade 4 class from St. Mary’s School. Haven’t heard of International Dot Day? It’s a great movement, inspired by the book, “THE DOT” by Peter H. Reynolds, which is the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after her teacher challenges her to make her mark.

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International Dot Day goes one step further…encouraging children (and adults) of all ages to reach for the stars and make their own mark on the world. You can see more on the website, and if you’re really excited, you can sign up and download the ideas booklet to get you started. We’re only here a short time…make the most of it! There are many wonderful events planned all around the world, from children decorating their own dots, to pledging to do something important with their lives. We’ll have a special fun thing to do at the library next Monday for our first class visit from our friends at St. Mary’s. I’ll post some photos of the result on our Facebook page later that day.

And if you happen to be at the library that day, maybe you’ll even be able to participate in your own way. It’s all a secret just yet, though……

Go ahead….make your mark!

Will They Like It?

Margaret Atwood is participating in a project she’ll never live to see. None of us reading this today will, actually.  Scottish artist Katie Paterson came up with the idea to create a piece of ongoing art that will be celebrated 100 years from now. She’s calling it the Future Library Project, and each year, one new famous author will contribute a text to the work, beginning this year with Margaret Atwood.

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In Oslo this past summer, 100 trees were planted in preparation for the book which will come out in 2114. Then, the trees will be cut down in order to make paper for the project. Will there even be paper books available in 2114? No one knows, of course, so Paterson and the rest of the people that make up the literary trust decided to make it simple for those who will publish the book next century.

Of course, this means none of Atwood’s fans–or fans of any of the other writers who are asked to contribute–will be able to read the story she’s written for the work. And Atwood is fine with this. She cautions that some of the language might not even be used 100 years from now, and the whole book might need some “translation” for future readers. It’s also exciting to her to think that many of the authors who will contribute might not even be born yet.

You can read the entire article here to find out more about the selection process for the compilation, and see how they’re going to move the project forward, considering most of the people involved in its creation will not be alive when it comes time to publish.

Published in: on September 8, 2014 at 3:11 am  Comments (1)  
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Fall for Reading!

Kirkus Reviews has come out with their Top 10 Most Anticipated books for fall 2014. There are a wide number of topics, from vampires to time travel to the Great Depression, but all of these novels will be sure to generate conversation and probably controversy.  Are you looking forward to reading any of these?

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SOME LUCK by Jane Smiley

ON THE EDGE by Edward St. Aubyn

COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE by Haruki Murakami

LILA by Marilynne Robinson

PRINCE LESTAT by Anne Rice

THE PAYING GUESTS by Sarah Waters

CONSUMED by David Cronenberg

THE BONE CLOCKS by David Mitchell

THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS by Michel Faber

BITTERSWEET by Colleen McCullough

Published in: on September 5, 2014 at 3:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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