National Book Award Longlists 2014

Station Eleven book cover

The National Book Foundation, which has presented the National Book Awards since 1950, has  announced its 10-title longlists of nominees for its awards for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People's Literature. These lists are an excellent resource for readers on the lookout for something good to read. The Fiction list includes some new and forthcoming […]

Read More

MacArthur Genius Grants

Book cover, Fun Home

The annual MacArthur fellows have been announced, and as usual, reading about the winners is inspiring and even intimidating (statistical analyses? cryptography? nanomaterials?). Also, as usual, several of the winners have written books and several have ties to Chicago. Congratulations to University of Chicago historian Tara Zahra, author of The Lost Children, whose work (as described by the Tribune) […]

Read More

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Favorite Business Book

Bill Gates gestures while speaking

Bill Gates recently shared on his blog that once, when he asked Warren Buffett what his favorite business book was, Buffett instantly replied that it was Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales From The World Of Wall Street by John Brooks. Gates had never heard of it, but it became his favorite business book, too. It's being reissued […]

Read More

2014 Nebula Awards

The Nebula Awards are presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and are one of the premiere awards in the field. The group just held its ceremony in San Jose, CA, so there's a new batch of winners to announce. The award for Best Novel of 2013 went to Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, a […]

Read More

2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners

goldfinch

The 2014 Pulitzer winners have been announced. Donna Tartt took the prize for Fiction for her novel The Goldfinch, one of the best-selling and most acclaimed novels of the year. The fiction finalists were The Son by Philipp Meyer and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis. The General Nonfiction category was won […]

Read More

Winner of 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Completely

Karen Joy Fowler has won the 34th PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Other finalists for the award were: Daniel Alarcón for his novel At Night We Walk in Circles, Percival Everett for his novel Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Joan Silber for her collection of short stories […]

Read More

2013 Street Lit Book Award Medals

incarcerated

The Street Lit Book Award Medal (SLBAM) Committee has announced this year's winners. The adult nonfiction winner is Letters to An Incarcerated Brother by Hill Harper. The other nonfiction honorees were Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation by Quest Love, Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou and Undisputed Truth by […]

Read More

National Book Critics Circle Award 2013 Winners

Americanah

The winners of the National Critics Circle Awards have been announced. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie took the fiction prize with her novel Americanah, beating out finalists Alice McDermott (Someone), Javier Marias (The Infatuations), Ruth Ozeki (A Tale for the Time Being), and Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch). Sheri Fink won the general nonfiction category with Five Days […]

Read More

Top Circulating Books of 2013

gonegirl

New Year's Day is well behind us now, and we've gathered statistics to compile our most popular books of 2013. The rankings reflect the most checkouts and hold requests during calendar year 2013, regardless of when the books were published. Chicago's own Gillian Flynn tops the adult fiction list with Gone Girl. The dark thriller about a […]

Read More

Move Over, Criterion, Olive’s in Town

champion-DVD-cover

Did you know? Chicago is home to one of the best DVD labels going in the field of independent, classic and arthouse films: Olive Films. The company has quietly built up an excellent reputation over the last few years and regularly releases a slew of great titles, many of which have never been on DVD before. […]

Read More