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Everything You Need to Know about the National Book Awards Fiction Longlist

The National Book Awards—widely regarded as the Man Booker of the US—recently unveiled their longlists for fiction, nonfiction, young people’s literature, and poetry. This year, the lists feature several timely works calling attention to issues of racism and slavery. 1,619 more words


2106 National Book Award Longlist

What a great list this year. Handicappers probably have Colson Whitehead as a lock for The Underground Railroad. If I had a vote I might cast it for Lydia Millett’s deeply intelligent, subversive and unnerving novel… 75 more words


Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

First lines: Mr. MacInerney drives way too slow, which is weird for a man who spends his life running into burning buildings, p. 1. 408 more words

Author Interviews

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

The fox felt the car slow before the boy did, as he felt everything first. p. 1.

I wasn’t going to read Pax. I read the back cover and saw the words “heartbreaking” and “heart-wrenching” and decided – Nope, I’m not going to read about a doomed animal. 646 more words

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The Sympathizer

“He could nail the face to the canvas.”

So said Benjamin West of the portrait painter Gilbert Stuart, whose portrait of George Washington hangs in the… 929 more words


the poetry list

The judges (Mark Bibbins, Jericho Brown, Katie Ford, Joy Harjo, Tree Swenson) have made their longlist selections for the National Book Awards in Poetry. You can see the list and learn more about the poets (and the judges) on the… 44 more words


2016 National Book Awards Longlist: Young People's Literature

The list arrived this morning and we are so excited for all of the contenders! The New Yorker has a full rundown on the National Book Awards and if you haven’t had a chance to check out the work from these great authors, click on the title to place a hold at your favorite CCPL branch! 1,397 more words

Kwame Alexander