10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in April

Check out these great books coming in April. Place your holds now!

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Women’s Prize for Fiction Announces the 2013 Longlist of Nominees

If you are searching for your next book, the Women’s Prize longlist has some great inspiration! Here’s the list, with summaries from our catalog.

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Check Out an Award Winning Book

Congratulations to the winners of the Man Asian Literary Prize, the Story Prize, the National Book Critic Circle Awards, not to mention last week's blog giveaway.

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Book Giveaway: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Win a copy of a new book by the acclaimed author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Moth Smoke. The Washington Post calls How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia “extraordinarily clever“ and “surprisingly moving”.

If How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia sounds like a business self-help book, it is because the author inventively evokes that genre to tell the rags-to-riches story of an unnamed narrator in an unidentified developing nation.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia came out earlier this week, and it is already receiving a lot of praise. The New York Times calls this novel a “a compelling story that works on two levels — in this case as a deeply moving and highly specific tale of love and ambition, and as a larger, metaphorical look at the mind-boggling social and economic changes sweeping ‘rising Asia.’” Moreover, “Mr. Hamid reaffirms his place as one of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers.” Read The New York Times review 

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in March

Check out 10 great new books coming in March.

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Pride and Prejudice Celebrates 200 years

On the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, we take a look at the many adaptations you can find at OPL.

On January 28, 1813, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published for the first time. After two centuries, Austen's story of beautiful, clever and poor Elizabeth Bennett and arrogant Mr. Darcy continues to persist as both a canonical and popular novel.

Proof of the lasting influence of Pride and Prejudice is its impressive number of film and literary adaptations. There are movie and television versions, including the 1940 release starring Laurence Olivier, the 1995 BBC series starring Colin Firth, and the 2005 film starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. There are also numerous novels that continue the story or tell it faithfully from another character’s point of view, such as 

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in February

February looks like a great month for new books! Check out some of our highlights.

See Now Then
by Jamaica Kincaid
See Now Then is the first novel in over a decade from acclaimed Caribbean author Jamaica Kincaid, making its release a highly anticipated event! Kincaid tells the story of a family in small town Vermont, focusing on a marriage that is falling apart. In a starred review, Booklist raves: “Kincaid has created a measured, bewitching, and metaphysical fable, as well as a venomous, acidly comic, and plangent tale of love, betrayal, and loss that is at once slashingly personal and radiantly universal in its mystery, passion, and catharsis.” Fans may also want to catch her City Arts & Lectures appearance on Wednesday, February 13.

Vampires in the Lemon

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Investigate Some of the Best Mysteries of 2012

How many of this year's best mystery books have you read?

Mystery Writers of America is a distinguished organization of mystery writers and fans. MWA has been promoting mysterious literature since 1945, and includes some of the biggest names in the genre—recent presidents include Charlaine Harris, Laura Lippman and Lee Child. This month, MWA announced the nominees for their annual Edgar Awards. Named for Edgar Allen Poe, these prizes are presented to the authors of the best mystery and crime books published in the U.S. during the prior year. Hopefully you can handle the suspense until the winners are announced on May 2.

Check out a contender for the Edgar Awards:

Best Novel

The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

The Gods

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New Year, New Book Award Nominations

Check out the finalists for the Man Asian Literary Prize.

It’s a new year, and that means new book award nominations. Earlier in the month, the Man Asian Literary Prize, honoring the best novel by an Asian writer written in or translated into English, announced its 2012 shortlist. The nominees represent the nations of Pakistan, Japan, Turkey, Malaysia and India. You can read more about the finalists here, and the winner will be announced on March 14.

Check out the contenders!  

Silent House
 by Orhan Pamuk 
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng 


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Reading the Oscars

Several of this year's best picture nominees were books before they were movies, and you can find them at the library!

The 2013 Oscar Nominees have been announced. If you enjoy reading as much as movie watching (or more) here is a round up of books and other sources that inspired the current crop of best picture nominees.

The Movie: Argo
The Article: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran
Argo was inspired by an article by Joshuah Bearman that appeared in Wired Magazine in 2007. A new book, co-written by one of the CIA operatives involved in the rescue operation, was released just before the launch of the movie this past fall. The book is called Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio.

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