Sunday, September 25, 2016

BW39: Book News

George Goodwin Kilburne-  In The Garden 

Happy Sunday! My mind is full of chatter, complexity, corniness, characters and coltish conundrums, and since I haven't entertained you with babbling and bookish news in a while, now seems the perfect time.

For the couple months,  I've been immersed in the 18th century with Claire and Jamie in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series and just finished the whole series ending with Written in My Own Heart's Blood.  However, Gabaldon says there is more to come and is in the midst of  researching and writing the 9th book Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone.  Fortunately Heart's Blood didn't end in a cliff hanger so I'm not left with an unfinished feeling.  It's one of those series, just like J.D. Robb's In Death Series in which I will no doubt, want to revisit at some point.

This week the book world is celebrating Banned Book Week which runs from September 25 through October 1st and the theme is diversity.  Check out the list of frequently challenged diverse books and be sure to check out ALA's free webinar on September 29 on how Authors and Librarian's respond.

And while you are delving into banned books, check out the Library of Congress list of Books that Shaped America.

The 2016 Nobel Prize winners in all categories including literature will be announced the first week of October  and Literary Saloon (19 September post) contemplate who the winner will be along with links to several discussions.

Also check out PW's Inside the 2016 National Book Award Nominees. The finalists will be announced in October and the winner in November.

Have you ever read The Lottery by Shirley Jackson?  Publisher's Weekly lists 11 Things You probably didn't know about Shirley as well as Atlantic Monthly's review of  Haunted Womanhood.

And speaking of haunted, next week begins our October Spooktacular reading month.  Start brainstorming and figure out which spooky read you want to tackle.

Happy Reading!


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