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National Book Award Winners    

posted by: November 16, 2017 - 8:43am

Last night in New York City, four writers won the world’s most illustrious literary prize, the National Book Award. Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing won for fiction, marking the second award for this talented author. Masha Gessen's The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia won the award for nonfiction. The poetry award went to Frank Bidart's Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 and Robin Benway's Far from the Tree won for young people's literature. The ceremony was hosted by Cynthia Nixon and President Bill Clinton was a special presenter. 

 

In addition to a bronze medal and statue, each winner receives $10,000 along with the award, while each finalist gets $1,000 and a bronze medal of his or her own. The full list of finalists is here

 

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Rap Music

posted by: November 14, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Stoney The library has been collecting rap music for many years  but now it’s easier to find. The next time you visit your branch, look for our new CD RAP collection! We have almost 700 titles for you to check out, including these new ones on the Billboard Top Rap Charts.

 

If you want to both read and listen, here’s a selection of rap biographies and more from our collection.


 
 

Book Buzz

posted by: October 3, 2017 - 7:00am

Looking for the fall and winter’s biggest books? Collection Development librarians share and discuss the must-read books of the season at Book Buzz events at many of our branches throughout October and November, beginning this Wednesday at our Hereford (2 p.m.) and White Marsh (6:30 p.m.) branches. Here are our librarians’ favorites:

 

Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee

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Two sisters, Chinese American immigrants from childhood, live very different lives. Miranda, the oldest, marries a doctor and moves to Switzerland to live a comfortable, if narrow, life. Meanwhile, younger sister Lucia suffers from mental illness, alternating between highly functioning and broken and hospitalized. This emotionally powerful debut novel demonstrates the extent to which so many lives intertwine in unexpected ways.

 

 

 

 

 

Artemis by Andy Weir

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With over 3.5 million copies of his bestselling debut The Martian in print, following that up will be no small task — but Weir seems up to the challenge. Artemis is a heist story set in a city on the Moon with the story and technology very much set in the real world. It's sure to be enjoyed by science fiction and non-science fiction readers alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

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Actress and activist Gabrielle Union shares her life in a powerful collection of essays that will have readers laughing and reaching for the tissue box. Union’s voice is fresh and funny and her poignant stories will hit a nerve with every reader.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

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A shut-in reeling from trauma and separated from her husband and daughter, Anna spends her days drinking wine, chatting online with strangers, watching old movies and spying on her neighbors. One night, she sees something she shouldn’t — in the aftermath, even Anna isn’t sure anymore of what is real or imagined and who is in danger. No one and nothing is what it seems in this riveting novel of psychological suspense. 

 

 

 

 

 

Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin

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Armistead Maupin brings us his story of growing up in conservative North Carolina in a racist, homophobic environment. He takes us through his time serving in Vietnam, writing Tales of the City and acknowledging his sexuality by coming out. Through all of these experiences, we come to know not only more about Maupin but his ”logical family" that he had searched for his entire life — the family he chose and the people who meant the most to him.

 

 

 

 

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee

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The extermination and controversial reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone National Park is examined through the lens of the life and untimely death of one of the area’s most popular alpha females, O-Six. Detailed descriptions of the elk, wolves and other fauna of the park interplay with scintillating reports of the battles among hunters, ranchers, conservationists and tourists, all trying to best manage the stunning Yellowstone landscape for generations to come.
 


 
 

Happy Birthday Waldo!

posted by: September 21, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Where's Waldo For 30 years, children have been trying to find Waldo. An anniversary edition of Where’s Waldo? contains all the fun of the original with new entertaining extras. Anyone who has found Waldo before will want to find him all over again because he's in a new place in every scene. And now readers can also search for his friends Woof, Wenda and Wizard Whitebeard, plus his arch-nemesis Odlaw. 

 

First published in the U.K. as Where’s Wally, when he crossed the pond he also got a new name. And that's not the only moniker the world traveler claims. For example, in Germany he’s known as Walter, in France he’s Charlie, and in Italy readers know him as Ubaldo. Look for Waldo to hit the big screen soon—maybe. A movie has been in development for years, but in 2016 it was reported that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were in talks with MGM to finally make the film a reality. Once you’ve found Waldo in the anniversary edition, be sure to look for him in all his books


 
 

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

posted by: September 13, 2017 - 7:00am

 

Cover art for Matilda Beloved children’s author Roald Dahl was born on this day 101 years ago in Wales to Norwegian parents. Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II as a pilot and intelligence officer. His books for children and adults gained him celebrity, and he became an international best-selling author with more than 250 million copies sold worldwide.

 

Multiple movies, plays and musicals have been adapted from his books, gaining an ever-widening audience for these delightful stories filled with dark humor and evil adults. In 2013, new audio recordings of his works were performed by renowned British actors, including Kate Winslet, Miranda Richardson, Chris O’Dowd and Douglas Hodge. These outstanding audios are perfect listening for the whole family!


 
 

Defining Moments in Black History

posted by: August 28, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies This month, we lost a pioneer of African American culture with the passing of Dick Gregory (October 12, 1932 to August 19, 2017). Married for many years and the father of 10 children, Gregory most recently lived in Washington, D.C.
 

Gregory was a lifelong civil rights activist, taboo-breaking comedian and a prolific writer. His newest book, Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies will be published in September by Harper Collins.
 

Gregory’s collection of writings takes into account his own personal relationships with civil rights luminaries such as Medgar Evers and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but his knowledge doesn’t just live in the history books. Quotes and riffs include things as current in our pop culture such as the movie Get Out
 

His essays continue along that vein, mining the place in the world where history and popular culture merge to give us a view of our world as we may (or may not) know it today, depending on our own points of view. The essays crackle in Gregory’s voice, a combination of serious, smart and conspiratorial. An audiobook is planned; let’s hope that it is complete so we can hear this voice one last time.
 

Defining Moments in Black History is due out September 19. You can place your hold now.


 
 

Kanopy

posted by: August 21, 2017 - 7:00am

Kanopy Have you tried our new streaming movie service Kanopy yet? 

 

Maybe you have, but you’ve been overwhelmed by where to start? After all, with almost 30,000 movies and classes to choose from, it can be tough to pick. Then you should follow Kanopy on Facebook. It can tell you what movies show up in lists like Wired UK’s Best Documentaries. It can share things that have won film festivals, and it will even curate a list of films that reflect current events, such as its current list, United Against Hate

 

If you’ve already checked it out, let us know what you like in the comments! 


 
 

Meet The Photographer Devin Allen

posted by: August 10, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for A Beautiful Ghetto Baltimore native Devin Allen became only the third amateur photographer to have his work featured on the cover of Time Magazine. During the Baltimore uprising in response to the death of Freddie Gray in 2015, Allen was present with his camera and his photographs were quickly viewed around the country. 

 

With his first book of photographs, A Beautiful Ghetto, Allen shares over 100 of his black and white photos of Baltimore. Local author D. Watkins writes the forward, and his publisher notes that, “In these stunning photographs, Allen documents the uprising as he strives to capture the life of his city and the people who live there. Each photo reveals the personality, beauty and spirit of Baltimore and its people, as his camera complicates popular ideas about the ghetto.”

 

Meet Devin Allen at our Randallstown Branch on Wednesday, August 16 at 7 p.m. Allen will talk about his book, his photography and his beloved Baltimore community. Book sales and signings available following the discussion, provided by The Ivy Bookshop.

 


 
 

Summer's Last Great Reads

posted by: July 31, 2017 - 12:00pm

Cover Art for See What I Have Done August 4 marks the 125th anniversary of one of America’s most followed crimes, that of Lizzie Borden and her ax. In the debut novel See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, the lives of Lizzie, her sister, their maid and a mysterious fourth person unfold in the steamy heat of a Massachusetts summer, leading up to the murders, and right after. Publications ranging from Elle to Entertainment Weekly have put this on their list of Hot Summer Reads.

 

For something more light and escapist, turn to One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell. ThreCover Art for One Summer Day in Rome e generations of travelers are having their own experience on holiday in Rome. The youngest, 19-year-old Alice, is supposed to be travelling with her fiancé, but a handsome European on a scooter gives her life a huge distraction. Middle-aged marrieds Meg and Alec seem trapped in one of those bickering marriages that need to be put to sleepbut maybe there’s still love underneath the sniping. Meanwhile, elderly Constance wants to put her husband’s ashes in the Italian city. No matter your age, if you like a light, romantic, armchair vacation, try this one.

 

 

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Finally, author/computer scientist/robot fanatic Daniel Wilson’s latest novel,The Clockwork Dynasty , introduces a secret society of robots, or “avtomats.” June had heard tales from her grandfather of mechanical soldiers during the war, and she goes off in search of them, but is unprepared for what she discovers. Ready Player One author Ernest Cline has called this, “Steampunk on steroids.”
 


 
 

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