Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at the age of 87. NPR has a great audio remembrance of his life and legacy. It mentions his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize for Literature he won in 1982. If you've never read it, it's an amazing speech, weaving together the magic and reality of Latin America in a beautiful piece of writing that's moving, sad in parts, and insightful, yet filled with touches of delight and humor--and ultimately hopeful.
Each year, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards honor the best of the graphic format. In addition to several awards for series and collections, the Eisners recognize outstanding achievements in writing, pencilling, coloring and lettering. Categories range far and wide, covering titles for children, teens and adults and including reality-based works in addition to the expected comics and graphic novels.
The Spur Award was initiated in 1953 by the Western Writers of America to recognize the best in Western fiction. Over the years, the award grew in number to acknowledge the diversity of Western literature for adults, teens, and children. If you are looking for a story "full of souls filled with concern, fear, joy and desire," you won't be disappointed with one of these award winning Westerns.
Our librarians love creating Personalized Reading Lists for DPL customers. If you haven't requested your list yet, we want you to know what you're missing! Each month in this column, we feature a recently-created reading list to give you a taste of what to expect from the service.
During the first week of May, two events will take place that have to do with murder and mystery. Swanky awards ceremonies will be held for mystery writers and their fans. Read on and test your powers of deduction to see if you can figure out which books will take the prize.
The 2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award and Honor List were recently announced. The Tiptrees are an "annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender" and are probably my favorite book award.
While this year's winner, Rupetta by N.A. Sulway, currently has limited availability in the United States, check out the British publisher's website for options. We'll be on the lookout for a U.S. edition to get for the library.
Since 1965, active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America vote on and present the The Nebula Awards to recognize the year's best works in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. The winners will be announced on May 17 in San Jose, California. Which of the nominees are you rooting for?
Back in the early 1990s, just after finishing college, I was shipped off to the Central African Republic (CAR) with the Peace Corps as a math teacher. The first few weeks of training were spent in a village in Cameroon called Batié. I remember landing at the Douala International Airport on a balmy June evening hoping to see elephants and giraffes roaming around in the distance. Ah, the naïveté.