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National Book Award Finalists Announced

Drum roll, please. The National Book Awards shortlist was broadcast this morning. Celebrating the best in American literature, the winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 19 hosted by best-selling author, Daniel Handler (you might know him better...

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Ma, Pa, Yo, and Up: Celebrating Two-Letter Words, with Roz Chast

Last week, cartoonist and illustrator Roz Chast was named a National Book Award finalist in nonfiction for her illustrated memoir, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? She's also recently collaborated with singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt (of The Magnetic Fields) on...

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2014 National Book Award: The Longlists

The titles long listed for the National Book Awards have been trickling in this week and today the final category, Fiction, was announced. Some of the titles that have appeared on our Best Books of the Month lists are included...

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Graphic Novel Friday: Gilbert Hernandez's Big Year

At the end of July, hard-working and prolific artist and writer Gilbert Hernandez won the Eisner Award for Best Short Story (“Untitled” in Love and Rockets: New Stories #6), to which he stated, “The biggest surprise was the story they...

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YA Wednesday: Walter Dean Myers 1937-2014

I'm so sad to hear that Walter Dean Myers passed away. I had the pleasure to meet him at BEA in 2012 (pictured here), when he was the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and he was delightful. Myers said...

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2014 James Beard Awards: The Winning Cookbooks

In the next few hours, the James Beard Foundation will bestow its prestigious Restaurant and Chef Awards at a swanky Lincoln Center event considered by many to be the food world’s Oscars--but I was more excited about the awards already...

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National Poetry Month: Q&A with National Book Award Winner Mary Szybist

photo by Joni Kabana I can't think of a better way to kick off National Poetry Month than by conversing with the recent winner of one of poetry's highest honors. Mary Szybist is the author of two books of poetry:...

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YA Wednesday: 2014 Teen Choice Finalists

Voting has opened up for the 2014 Teen Choice Award and the finalists are a handful of the best books from last year. You have until May 12th to vote, but why wait? The winner will be announced on May...

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2014 Newbery Honor Winner: Kevin Henkes on "The Year of Billy Miller"

I'm fascinated by watching illustrators draw, and award-winning author/illustrator Kevin Henkes graciously agreed to have a chat about The Year of Billy Miller (one of our Best Children's Books of 2013) AND draw one his most beloved characters, Lilly (Lilly's...

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YA Wednesday: 2014 Printz Award Winners

The Printz award is always exciting because there are no lists of nominated titles or finalists--it's anyone's guess and sometimes the outcome is not what I expected (I'm thinking of last year's omission of The Fault in Our Stars). For...

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