Category Archives: literary fiction

Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist for Fiction and Nonfiction was Announced this Week

Sponsored by the American Library Association and the Carnegie Corporation,  the Andrew Carnegie Medals for excellence in fiction and nonfiction  shortlist was announced this week. Started in 2012, this literary award was established to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction … Continue reading

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#Women in Fiction

I love the fact that Twitter is lighting up with the  hashtag #womeninfiction.   Started by Preeti Chibber, manager of Harper Collins Children’s Books, Chibber started tweeting about women authors and women heroines in the world of fiction.  Check out her  … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Pride & Prejudice

Today is  the 202th anniversary of the classic by Jane Austen. One of the great master of English literature,  Austen sold the copyright to Pride and Prejudice to Thomas Edgarton for  £110 but because of favorable reviews he quickly recouped … Continue reading

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Euphoria by Lily King

Novelist Lily King has written an exquisitely beautiful book called Euphoria.  The historical fiction novel is based on the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead and her time spent in the territory of New Guinea in the 1930’s.  Upon reading her … Continue reading

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Join Our Virtual Book Club with the New Pen/Faulkner Award Winner

The Pen/Faulkner Award is given annually for the best work in fiction for the preceding year.  This year’s well deserved winner is Karen Joy Fowler whose novel, We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, is the first title in our new … Continue reading

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Staff Review: LIfe After Life by Kate Atkinson

I know my friends and colleagues are tired of hearing me gush about this novel. I can’t exactly tell you why I liked it so much. I like the mood and tone of the writing. I started reading Atkinson previous … Continue reading

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Patron Review: On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

Set in the near future dystopian US, the author creates a complex, recognizable yet different, future for us…or those who colonize our ruined cities. (Who is Us and who is Other is just one of many topics Lee lays out … Continue reading

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Book Talk Cafe: Part II Sharing Our Favorite Current Reads

The librarians recently held  another book talk cafe where we shared our most recent favorite titles with a lovely group of Newburgh readers.    For those who missed it, here is Part II of the list of books.  Try them and … Continue reading

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Book Talk Cafe Part 1: A Review of our Current Favorite Reads

The librarians recently held  another book talk cafe where we shared our most recent favorite titles with a lovely group of Newburgh readers.    For those who missed it, here is the list of books.  Try them and let us know … Continue reading

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It’s Perfect Weather for reading A Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Lately, I keep seeing the movie trailer for the upcoming movie “A Winter’s Tale” due out  on Valentine’s Day next month. If you’re a fan  of a good love story it seems to me that this is the perfect opportunity … Continue reading

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