Most Popular Books of 2014


The numbers are in, and we're ready to unveil the most popular books at the library in 2014. The rankings are based on a combination of checkouts and hold requests, and one thing is clear: reading is popular with adults, teens and kids alike. Chicago author Gillian Flynn tops the most popular adult fiction list for a […]

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Booker Prize and National Book Award Shortlists

The Narrow Road to the Deep North book cover

Yesterday, Australian author Richard Flanagan has won the 2014 Booker Prize for his book The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a book about a POW experience during World War II. It deals with work on the Thai-Burma railway (the Death Railway) made famous by the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai. This was the […]

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Patrick Modiano Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

Missing Person book cover

Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature for his lifetime body of work. A French writer, he was relatively unknown outside of France until now. Many of his books are about the French experience during World War II, and he co-wrote a screenplay for Louis Malle's classic movie Lacombe Lucien about a troubled teenage boy during […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Favorite Business Book

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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 […]

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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 […]

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2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners


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 […]

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Winner of 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction


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 […]

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2013 Street Lit Book Award Medals


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 […]

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