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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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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Illinois Kids and Teens Pick Winning Books

photo of girl writing we vote in chalk

Each year, across Illinois, children in kindergarten to 12th grade get the chance to vote for their favorite books in four levels. Sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association, the Monarch Award, the Bluestem Award, the Rebecca Caudill Award and the Abraham Lincoln Award are selected from a master list of books chosen by […]

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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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Illinois Kids Choose a Winner

Announcing the 2014 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award winner: Wonder by R. J. Palacio. This book was chosen as the most outstanding book for grades four through eight by Illinois kids from all over the state. A list of nominees for the 2015 award is ready for young readers to begin evaluating for next year’s vote, which […]

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National Book Critics Circle Award 2013 Winners


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 […]

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CPL Impact on the IMPAC

People love handing out recognition and awards. There is an award for most anything—acting, singing, peace and even best beard and moustache. The literary world is especially fond of awards, with the Pulitzer, National Book Award and of course, the awards we remember from our childhood—the Newbery and Caldecott. Last year, CPL participated in the nomination process for […]

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Caudill Club Celebrates Kids Books at West Belmont Branch

State book awards offer a great way to discover excellent new reads. The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is the Illinois children's choice award for kids in grades four through eight. What is significant about this award is that kids actually nominate their favorite books published during the previous five years—and kids choose the winner. Caudill […]

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Listen, Hear: Audiobook Award Winners

I'm not usually a fan of audiobooks. They tend to make me sleepy and if I do listen to one I'm driving a car and well, that's not a good combination. However, I picked one up for a recent road trip and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama is a paranormal […]

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