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Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

Thursday morning we woke to the news that singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was named the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. The Swedish Academy is honoring Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." He is the first American to win since 1993 when the prize in literature was awarded to Toni Morrison. 

Dylan said once in an interview with NPR reporter Steve Inskeep, "Having these colossal accolades and titles, they get in the way." They can't be too much in the way since he now has another to add to his Presidential Medial of Freedom, his Oscar, his Golden Globe, his dozen Grammies, and his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Dylan's is the first songwriter to receive the prize in literature but his work is firmly in the tradition of poets like Homer and Sappho whose poems were meant to

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in October 2016

Here are ten great books coming out this month, including three Booker Prize contenders.

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Advice for Writers (and Readers!) from Laurie R. King

Acclaimed mystery author Laurie R. King offers advice for writers and readers.

Cover of The Beekeeper's ApprenticePhoto of Laurie R. KingCover of The Murder of Mary Russell

If you’re a mystery reader, you probably know bestselling author Laurie R. King. She’s the winner of many major book awards, including the Edgar, Agatha, Creasey, Nero, Macavity, and Lambda, not to mention a number of other award nominations. She’s best known for her detective series featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, starting with

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Exploring Queer Lives: By Nightfall

Michael Cunningham’s By Nightfall: "Post-gay" fantasy lives of the art and beauty obsessed.

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Michael Cunningham’s  By Nightfall is a gorgeously written novel that reveals the inner life of Peter, an art dealer and gallery owner in his 40’s who finds himself powerfully drawn to his wife’s beautiful, directionless  younger brother.  Michael Cunningham is the prize-winning author of many novels, including The Hours

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in September 2016

Wondering what to read next? We've got 10 great books for you, coming soon to the library.

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The Right to Vote

August 26th is Women's Equality Day.

August 26th is National Women's Equality Day. On this day in 1920 the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was formally adopted into the United States Constitution. You can learn more about National Women's Equality Day at the National Women's History Project.

Many struggles and challenges preceeded women winning the right to vote and the sruggles continued even after the 19th Amendment was formally adopted. It took many more years until all women were guaranteed the right to vote. If you want to read about the history -- where we were, where we are now, and where we're headed -- check out the titles below.

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Looking for LGBTQ Winners: The Lambda Literary Review

Want to know about the latest gay romance novel, lesbian biography or queer fiction anthology? Check out Lambda Literary.org!

I love weird stories, anything with magic or strange happenings. I also love queer stories. Where do I look for the latest, greatest, weird, queer book reviews?

My go-to website for great LGBTQ reading choices of any genre is the Lambda Literary Review.  This comprehensive resource is the digital offspring of The Lambda Book Report, first published in 1987 out of Lambda Rising Bookstore in Washington, DC. Lambda Literary has evolved into “the world’s premier LGBT literary organization”, awarding the annual Lambda Literary Awards or “Lammys”, sponsoring writers retreats, and maintaining a content-rich website. (http://www.lambdaliterary.org)

I always start with the Genre category, nicely separated into sub-genres such as Romance, Mystery, and (my favorite) Speculative Fiction. I also peruse the General Fiction and Bio/Memoirs.  

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Cover to Cover, Coast to Coast

The National Parks Service is turning 100 this month. Read your way through the parks in these outdoorsy page-turners.

August 26 marks the centennial of the National Parks Service. The Find Your Park initiative encourages all Americans to find and enjoy our national parks, from urban parks to the most remote wilderness. But if you can’t make it to your favorite park this summer, and if you’re in the mood for fiction, here’s a selection of novels set in our national parks.

Supervolcano: Eruption

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August 2016

Fiction lovers, make room on your holds list! Here are 10 amazing books arriving in August.

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Seeking summer mysteries? Try Judith Flanders.

Want to try a great mystery series this summer? Read on.

I picked up this series because I liked the titles and I like the covers, they look like fun times. I listened to the audiobooks while doing some summer gardening which, honestly, is laborious, I know some people say that it's relaxing, but I'm just not buying it. The series was a great distraction.  The author, Judith Flanders, besides writing contemporary mysteries also has a fascination with Victorians and murder

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