Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Orange Prize Shortlist

The Orange Prize shortlist has been announced.

Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman
The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey
The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt
Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden
Home by Marilynne Robinson
Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

The winner will be announced June 3.

Pulitzer Prize

The 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced.


Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout


The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed


American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

General Nonfiction:

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon

All of these titles are available from PCLS.

For a list of previous winners click here.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Mark Twain Prize

The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was created to honor the brilliant minds that elbow American culture to see if it's still alive—and make us laugh about it. (From the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize website)

Bill Cosby has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

For a history of the prize, including previous winners, click here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Indie Next List

Check out some of the recommendations from independent booksellers in the April Indie Next List.

Highlights from the list include:

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
In this tale of psychological suspense, Catherine Land answers Ralph Truitt's ad for a "reliable wife". Set in 1907 rural Wisconsin, the book, with its haunting tension and stunning conclusion, offers a fresh take on the mail order bride scenario.

Revenge of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
This is the third installment in Lutz's mystery series chronicling the wacky adventures of San Francisco private investigator Isabel "Izzy" Spellman. If you're a fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, you might give this series a try.

Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton
This amazing book chronicles the unlikely friendship between a rape victim and the man she wrongly identified as her attacker. Picking Cotton is a moving meditation on the power of forgiveness.

All three of these titles are available from PCLS.

Tournament of Books Winner

Last week, The Morning News announced the winner of its fifth annual Tournament of Books. The final round was a match up between City of Refuge by Tom Piazza and A Mercy by Toni Morrison. The clear winner?

Both titles are available from PCLS.

May Releases

Place your holds now on these upcoming May releases:

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (5/5)
Pygmy by Chuch Palahniuk (5/5)
Being Nikki by Meg Cabot (5/5)
Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (5/12)
Alexandria by Lindsey Davis (5/12)
Down Home With the Neelys: A Southern Family Cookbook by Patrick Neely (5/12)
The Last Child by John Hart (5/12)
Wicked Prey by John Sanford (5/12)
The Increment by David Ignatius (5/18)
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child (5/19)
Seducing an Angel by Mary Balogh (5/19)
The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith (5/19)
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly (5/26)