Monday, March 24, 2014

National Book Critics Circle Awards


Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is winner of the National Book Critics Circle fiction prize.  This novel tells the story of a young Nigerian woman in the United States on a university scholarship. Adichie's previous works are Half of a Yellow Sun, The Thing Around Your Neck, and Purple Hibiscus.  Santa Clara City Library readers have given her books high ratings.

Other fiction nominated:  Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being, Alice McDermott's Someone and a work in translation, Javier Marias' The Infatuations.  Find these books following the links but also check other formats like Audio, Large Print, and books from our Browsing collections.  Ask for help at (408) 615-2900.

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink won the nonfiction award.

Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World by Leo Damrosch won the biography prize.

Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti was the autobiography winner.

Metaphysical Dog by Frank Bidart won the poetry award.

Distant Reading by Franco Moretti won in the criticism category.  Get this academic book through our Link+ service for free.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra won the inaugural John Leonard for a debut book in any genre.

Join us for a discussion of three of these award-winning books at 10:30 a.m. in the Margie Edinger Room:
Americanah on Tuesday, May 27
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena on Tuesday, July 22
A Tale for the Time Being on Tuesday, November 25

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Celebrate READ Santa Clara's Book of Learner Writings - April 12

      Get your heart warmed and be inspired by the hard working adult learners who write about their journey to learn to read in the newest edition of In Our Words.  It will be released at its Book Launch on Saturday, April 12 from 2 - 4 p.m. at Mission City Center for the Performing Arts - Wilcox High School located at 3250 Monroe St. in Santa Clara.  Some of the authors will read from this new book.
      The event is free and open to the public.  There will be activities for children and dessert following the program.  Call (408) 615-2956 for more information.

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