Reviews and Blog Posts: fiction

2010 National Book Award Finalists Announced

The National Book Awards celebrate the best of American Literature published in the last year. The 2010 National Book Award Finalists were announced on October 13 by Pat Conroy at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home. The winners in each category will be announced on Wednesday, November 17.

Last winners were Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Fiction), The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J.

2010 Man Booker Prize Announced

The Man Booker Prize is awarded annually to the best book of the year by a British or Irish author selected by critics, writers and academics. The 2010 winner is The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson. The award was announced Tuesday evening at a dinner at London's Guildhall and was broadcast by the BBC shortly after 10 p.m.

The Guardian recently published an article interviewing Jacobson. This is the author's eleventh novel, preceded by The Act of Love (2009) and Kalooki Nights (2007), among others.

This Year's Nominations Included:

If You Liked The Help by Kathryn Stockett...

After you've read the 2010 One Book, One Denver selection The Help by Kathryn Stockett, try one of these great books with similar themes, characters and settings!

Premiere Reads: Fantasy & Science Fiction

Explore new worlds and civilizations with science fiction and fantasy reads, including Hugo and Nebula award winners, that are out of this world! We will be discussing these great genres and premiere reads on Wednesday, September 29 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library.

While we can discuss any Science Fiction or Fantasy title, I will also be sharing my favorites. A quick overview of the genre will include defining subgenres like Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Space Operas, and Urban Fantasy.

My Top Five Favorite Fantasy Books

August 24

What do Paulo Coelho, James Tiptree Jr. and Orson Scott Card all have in common? In addition to being award winning novelists - today, August 24, is their birthday!

Learn more about these and other authors using the database Literature Resource Center, available from home with your library card!

James Tiptree, Jr

Happy Birthday Steve Martin!

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Born August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, Steve Martin is an accomplished actor, comedian, playwright, novelist, and Grammy winning banjo player. His narration of the audio versions of his books is just icing on the side-splittingly funny cake. 

While never a cast member, he has hosted Saturday Night Live more than anyone else. His early writing credits include writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

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Finding Your Next Favorite Book

Looking for something great to read? Need to know what title is next in a series? Where do you look for reviews and author information for your next book group title? Visit us at Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library, Wednesday July 28 at noon for a tour of the library database Novelist.

Novelist is just one of the amazing databases that the library makes available free with your library card. I love helping book club members find that next great title, as well as find supplemental information that takes the conversation deeper when they meet.

Illustrious Fiction of India

India's rich cultural history, sophistication and allure make it a rich tapestry in which skilled authors can weave their tales. Complex social structures combined with lyric prose and mythical elements generally typify these works, but each thread is rich with its own detail and artistry.

One Day - July 15th

I woke up this morning and realized that today is July 15th, a major theme of the novel I'm currently reading - One Day by British author, David Nicholls. I can't tell you everything since I'm only in the middle of it but I couldn't resist writing about it on this day.

Nicholls follows two characters over twenty years of July 15ths, tracing the path of their changing lives and relationship. They say if you like Nick Hornby, author of A Long Way Down, About a Boy, and High Fidelity, you'll love this. ; It's all the rage in the UK. I don't have a verdict yet but am compelled enough to keep going - it's easy summer fare.

If you didn't wake up singing the Marseillaise, c'est la vie

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The lush Loire Valley, fragrant pain au chocolat, soaring Eiffel Tower, and haute couture may be thousand miles away. A good read for the Francophile is not.

Beacoup fiction, travelogues, and memoirs abound with French and Parisian themes:

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