American Library Association Book Awards

The American Library Association and several of its divisions and councils have announced their annual book awards. Andrew Carnegie Medals The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were awarded to The Great Believers (by Chicago's own Rebecca Makkai) for Fiction and Heavy by Kiese Laymon for Nonfiction. (Both were also selected for Chicago Public…
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5 Articles: Rethinking Plastic

Plastic, an ingenious and versatile solution to the demands of mass production, has become an environmental challenge of mass proportions. While swelling landfills are relatively easy to ignore, we've become increasingly aware of the threat disposable plastic poses to rivers, lake and oceans—a major source of human food supply, as well as a vital part…
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Top Picks: Catherine Deneuve

Actress Catherine Deneuve will hit a milestone birthday this month, turning 75 on October 22, but she shows no signs of slowing down. According to the IMDb she has acting credits for every single year going back to 1991, and more sporadically going back to the beginning of her career around 1960. At the height…
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Read Like a Zombie

Need help recommending books to your zombie friends? I visited with one recently and have some tips to share.  Zombies like brains. They find them delicious. In a zombie's personal library, you'll often find an entire shelf devoted to the subject, including such mouth-watering recent examples as Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains…
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