The Man Booker Prize 2013

November 21, 2013

From the Man Booker Prize Website:

“The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world’s most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers. Eleanor Catton was announced as the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries on Tuesday 15 October.”

Links to the Minuteman Catalog records of the winner of the 2013 prize and the books on the shortlist are below.

2013 Winner

Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries


NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names
Jim Crace, The Harvest
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland
Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being
Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary


2013 Hugo Awards

August 24, 2013

The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), which is also responsible for administering them.” The 2013 Hugo Awards will be presented at: LoneStarCon 3, San Antonio, Texas, August 29-September 2, 2013. A short list of some of the nominees is listed below along with links to their records in the Minuteman Library Network’s Online Catalog, the full list can be read at

Best Novel (1113 nominating ballots cast)

Best Graphic Story (427 nominating ballots cast)

  • Grandville Bête Noire, written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse Comics, Jonathan Cape)
  • Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks, written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Saga, Volume One, written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (Hypernode Media)
  • Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run, written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sudžuka (Vertigo)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (787 nominating ballots cast)

  • The Avengers, Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)
  • The Cabin in the Woods, Screenplay by Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon; Directed by Drew Goddard (Mutant Enemy, Lionsgate)
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, Directed by Peter Jackson (WingNut Films, New Line Cinema, MGM, Warner Bros)
  • The Hunger Games, Screenplay by Gary Ross & Suzanne Collins, Directed by Gary Ross (Lionsgate, Color Force)
  • Looper, Screenplay and Directed by Rian Johnson (FilmDistrict, EndGame Entertainment)

Critics’ Lists: Summer 2013 : NPR

July 27, 2013

NPR has been posting some wonderful reading lists on their website The lists cover a broad array of topics and include unique titles. Reading through them is a great way to find some reading recommendations. Examples of the lists include:

On the NPR website readers can find full descriptions of the books included in the lists. There are also links to when the list was discussed on air.

Books included in the most recently published list, “Fact Behind The Fiction: 5 Great Historicals For Summer“, are listed below and linked to their records in the Minuteman Library Network’s online catalog.

2013 PEN Literary Awards Finalists Announced

July 13, 2013

“The PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s leading literary and human rights organization, announced today the shortlists and judges for the 2013 PEN Literary Awards.”

The Finalists for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize (Fiction) and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction are listed below and linked to their catalog records in the Minuteman Library Network’s online catalog. The full list can be read on the PEN American Center website.

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize: “To an author whose debut work—a first novel or collection of short stories published in 2012—represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.”

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction: “To an author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues which has been published in the United States during 2011 or 2012.”

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction 2013

June 29, 2013

“The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.”

2013 winner

Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, a short fiction collection Benjamin Alire Sáenz published by Cinco Puntos Press.


Threats by Amelia Gray (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

Kind One by Laird Hunt (Coffee House Press)

Hold it ‘Til It Hurts by T. Geronimo Johnson (Coffee House Press)

Reading Suggestions for Students and Parents from College Admission Experts

June 23, 2013

The New York Times posted an article by Brennan Barnard entitled “28 Summer Reading Suggestions From College Admission Experts.” The article lists numerous books for parents and students about college as well as some general summer reading recommendations. The list is extensive and the contributors numerous, the full article can be read on the New York Times‘ website, a selection of the tiles are listed below along with links to their records in the Minuteman Library Network’s online catalog.

Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting Into College by Sally P. Springer, Jon Reider and Marion R. Franck

The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids by Alexandra Robbins

The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

I’m Going to College — Not You! Surviving the College Search With Your Child by Jennifer Delahunty

College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students by Jeffrey J. Selingo

Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope






Books to Celebrate Father’s Day

June 15, 2013 recently posted an article by Joanna Scutts entitled “Our Favorite Writers on Fathers and Fatherhood.” The article describes 6 books that celebrate father-son/father-daughter relationships. Scutts describes the selections as, “funny, daring, moving, and sincere, tackling large issues of race, sexuality, and inheritance alongside the comedy of day-to-day life, these are not sugar-coated reminiscences, but energetic, eloquent evocations of the mysteries of family.” The article contains vivid descriptions of the selected books. All are available to borrow through the Newton Free Library, links to their records in the Minuteman Catalog are below.

The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father by Alysia Abott

The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant by Dan Savage

Manhood For Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon

Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family by Alexander Waugh

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