What is it about biographies and memoirs? Is it the thrill of finding out intimate information about someone we only know through a public face? The inspiration we get from stories of overcoming obstacles? Learning more about someone when all you really know is that you respect their work? Biographies are perpetually popular at the library, and we are always getting new ones in, but it seems that October is the month that all biography lovers are waiting for.
Due to popular demand, the critically acclaimed series from the library's Literary Bureau, "What We're Reading," is back. Our tireless researchers have read books on their lunch hours, breaks and even at home in order to share their findings.
Anytime is the right time to explore history. The 100th anniversary of “the greatest war” evokes cries from ghostly trenches. An assassination may have sparked World War I but a blueprint for conflict existed long before the first shot. This war gave us shell shock, machine guns, and "a lost generation."
Every four years, billions of people tune in to watch countries from around the globe compete in the World Cup, one of the largest international tournaments outside of the Olympics. Much like the Olympics, this is an opportunity for national pride to swell as you root for your home country. Whether you are a soccer (or dare I say, football?) aficionado, or just recently realized that the U.S. even had a team, it is a chance for strangers to band to together and even learn more about our neighbors from other nations.
Latino Literacy Now just presented the International Latino Book Awards on June 28. These awards are always fascinating in that they cover both children's and adult books, international authors and publishers, self-published books, and interesting categories, including Latino-focused and different subjects in nonfiction. I've listed a few of the winning titles below, but you might like to check out the complete list of winners and honorable mentions.
Earlier this month, the Colorado Book Award winners were announced at a ceremony in Aspen by Colorado Humanities. To be eligible, authors had to be Colorado residents or their work must have been strongly influenced by Colorado. With 16 categories, there is something for everyone.
Trains in the United States are becoming a thing again. Recently Amtrak has launched a Writers in Residence program of which I am INSANELY jealous and plan on applying at some point (hopefully the program will take off like wildfire and be available for many years to come.) But in the meantime I will have to bide my time with fantasies and books.
I remember the thrill of the hunt - trailing my fingertips along the book spines as I prowled through the stacks. There was a buzz of anticipation as I'd pause to slide one off the shelf and the secret satisfaction of discovering some gem of a book on my own. Saturday library excursions with my father were my early introduction to the enticing art of browsing.