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Elizabeth Rush's RISING Named a Finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize!


Courtesy of Pulitzer.org
Posted Apr 16, 2019

Elizabeth’s Rush’s Rising was named a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction along with In a Day’s Work by Bernice Yeung; Eliza Griswold’s Amity and Prosperity was named the prize winner this year.

Hailed as “deeply felt” (New York Times), “a revelation” (Pacific Standard), and “the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing” (Chicago Tribune), Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.

With every passing day, and every record-breaking hurricane, it grows clearer that climate change is neither imagined nor distant—and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place.

Weaving firsthand testimonials from those facing this choice—a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago—with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of these vulnerable communities, Rising privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins.

Congrats Elizabeth!!

Barnes & Noble Announces Martha Hall Kelly's LOST ROSES as the April 2019 National Book Club Selection!

Courtesy of Finger Lakes Times
Posted April 9, 2019


Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly as the April 2019 selection for the Barnes & Noble Book Club, a monthly book club designed to bring readers in communities across the country together to discuss the most compelling books. Barnes & Noble is selling a special Exclusive Book Club Edition of Lost Roses as well as hosting a free Book Club night for customers to discuss the novel in stores across the country on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 PM local time. Customers can buy the book starting today and sign up for the Book Club in their local store or online at BN.com.

Martha Hall Kelly’s bestselling Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Now Lost Roses, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.

Lost Roses is a thought-provoking, page-turning story of political and personal revolution that will have readers everywhere talking about the lengths people will go to protect others, family and strangers alike,” said Liz Harwell, Senior Director of Merchandising, Trade Books at Barnes & Noble.

This B&N Exclusive Edition contains a special afterword from Martha Hall Kelly, featuring a deeply personal look at the many travels and journeys she took researching the history and the characters for Lost Roses and Lilac Girls. Customers can buy the book now on BN.com, or at their local Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble will hold the Book Club discussions on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 PM, about one month after the book goes on sale. Customers can sign up to attend the discussion online at: bn.com/bnbookclub.

Previous Barnes & Noble Book Club selections include: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, Clock Dance by Anne Tyler, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict, The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin, and The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See.

Pam Jenoff Talks THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS on NPR's Weekend Edition!

Courtesy of NPR’s Weekend Edition
Posted Feb 2, 2019

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NPR's Scott Simon speaks with author Pam Jenoff about her new novel, The Lost Girls of Paris. It's the story of a group of British female spies sent to France during World War II. Listen here!



Grace Healey is trying to cut through Grand Central Station, late again, on her way to work in 1946 when she stumbles over an abandoned suitcase. She looks inside. She cuts her finger and finds a packet with a dozen photos, each of a different woman, and becomes intrigued. What she discovers about those women and the woman whose name, Trigg, is engraved on the case is told in Pam Jenoff's new novel "The Lost Girls Of Paris." And Pam Jenoff, a former U.S. foreign service officer, now teaches law at Rutgers, and who's author of the previous bestseller "The Orphan's Tale," joins us from the studios of WHYY in Philadelphia. Thanks so much for being with us.

PAM JENOFF: Thanks for having me.

SIMON: So why doesn't she just leave the suitcase?

JENOFF: Well, Grace is at an interesting crossroads in her life. She is what I call not quite a war widow. She lost her husband during World War II but not to combat. And she's living in New York, trying to figure out what's next when she finds the suitcase. So I believe she's intrigued both with the photos for themselves but also with this journey that is a bit of an escape from her own problems.

SIMON: The stories of these women were inspired by the stories of real people, weren't they?

JENOFF: They were. I was researching for my next book idea, and I discovered the incredible tale of the British women who had served in Special Operations Executive, deployed behind enemy lines to engage in sabotage and subversion. And so this book is very much inspired by the real-life heroism of those women.

SIMON: They had discovered - maybe we should explain - that for a number of reasons, men were more vulnerable to being discovered.

JENOFF: Yes. It was the darkest days of the war for Britain when they started sending people over - first, men to engage in these activities. And the men were easily discovered because on the streets of France in the early 1940s, there simply weren't many young men. They had all been conscripted or imprisoned. And so British men trying to fit in were tagged quite easily. So someone said, there's lots of women, why don't we send some of those?

SIMON: You introduce us to a character named Eleanor Trigg, directly inspired by a real-life British character named Vera Atkins. Tell us about them both.

JENOFF: So in real life, Vera Atkins - an interesting woman. She was not British. She was of East European descent, from a Jewish family. And she had worked her way up through Special Operations Executive and, among other things, became in charge of the women's unit - the women who were to serve in SOE. So she was in charge of their recruitment and their deployment. And ultimately, when many of these women were captured and killed, she felt a great deal of guilt and went to find out what had happened to them.

SIMON: You worked at the Pentagon and State Department, including a stint in Poland, I gather. Do we see any of that in your novels?

JENOFF: All of my books are very much inspired by those experiences. I was first at the Pentagon. And that is a time that I refer to as seeing the world from the shoulders of giants, to paraphrase Sir Isaac Newton. I traveled all over the world with my boss, including to the 50th anniversary commemorations of World War II.

I then moved over to the State Department. And, myself, I was - I'm Jewish, and I was on the ground in Poland, became very close to the survivors. And the U.S. government gave me responsibility for the Holocaust issues. And so I emerged from both of those experiences really changed and moved. And I've been writing what I refer to as love songs to that period ever since.

SIMON: So much of this novel is taken up with the stories of people who are trying to do the right thing when it's the stealthy thing (laughter). Well, how do we get ahold of that in this time and place?

JENOFF: One of the themes that really emerged for me in writing this book is the trust that we place in our governments and whether or not such trust is warranted, which, you know, may or may not be a timely theme, as well.

But in this case, in the book, you know, these women just up and left their lives, and sometimes children, and were dropped into occupied Europe - you know, just dropped by a plane - and had to sort of fend for themselves. And they were very much doing what they believe was the right thing. But they were only one piece of a much larger puzzle. And often, you know, it's a question of whether sort of the ends justify the means, I think.

SIMON: Yeah. Do you hope that people who might read your novel might feel some debt to the real people after whom it's modeled?

JENOFF: Absolutely. One of the most striking things is that - not just the scope of the heroism of these women and their exploits, but, you know, after the war, they really received very little recognition for a long time. And so there's a great joy in bringing these stories to life. And someone remarked that this is almost an appropriate story for this #MeToo moment that we're having because it really is a story about women finding their power and their voice.

SIMON: Pam Jenoff, her new novel, "The Lost Girls Of Paris" - thanks so much for being with us.

JENOFF: Thank you for having me.

Pierce County Reads to Welcome Kristin Hannah!

Courtesy of Tacoma Weekly News
Posted Feb 1, 2019


The Pierce County Library System launches a Year of Reading, starting with Pierce County READS showcasing bestselling author Kristin Hannah, author of “The Great Alone” and “The Nightingale.”

“In the past year we heard a lot from people in our communities – about what they wanted from their Pierce County Library. We heard very clearly that people here love to read, and they want their Library to offer them access to reading and lots and lots of books!” said Library Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “That’s why we are declaring 2019 A Year of Reading, with Pierce County READS kicking off a year of good stories and amazing authors.”

Pierce County READS is highlighted by a free author talk and book signing with Hannah Saturday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. at McGavick Conference Center on the Clover Park Technical College campus at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. in Lakewood. Pierce County READS events will also include several book discussions.

Pierce County READS brings together Pierce County residents to engage, read and talk about great books. This winter’s selection, “The Great Alone,” explores the untamed and unpredictable world of 1974 Alaska while Hannah’s other award-winning novel, “The Nightingale,” tells of love and strength in the face of World War II. Both books are making the leap to the big screen as major motion pictures.

Hannah, a local author, with an international following, has a worldly view and talent for writing that takes readers to a different time and place. The Pacific Northwest native and former attorney, has written more than 20 books during her career including “Firefly Lane,” “Night Road” and “Winter Garden.”

Doors for the author event on Feb. 16 open at noon. Seating is first come, first served. People may purchase books at the event from King’s Books.

The Library System is declaring 2019 A Year of Reading, to help people offset the pressures of daily life and help them relax. A Year of Reading will include author visits, personal reading shoppers in libraries and online through the Library’s My Next Read service, e-newsletters with reading recommendations, Read with a Dog to build children’s reading skills, and other ways to engage and connect people with reading.

Pierce County READS events are free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Pierce County Library Foundation.



Courtesy of Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Posted Feb 1, 2019


The seed of Great Falls author Jamie Ford’s latest novel, Love and Other Consolation Prizes, was a story of a baby raffled off at the Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition, the world’s fair in Seattle in 1909. 

“Somebody Will Draw Baby As Prize,” proclaimed the Seattle Times. 

The fair itself, on the grounds of what is now the University of Washington, also held some fascination for Ford, who grew up in part in Seattle. He wanted to reclaim some of this history that appeared forgotten on the campus. 

“We pave over our history and forget,” Ford said. 

While Ford could have taken those histories and crafted a light love story, that is not his style. His goal in writing is to “give people’s empathy muscles a workout.” 

“I think that makes the world a better place,” he said. 

Ford’s characters are often destitute and overlooked by the upper-crust of society. They are immigrants and sex workers and often women. 

“I grew up really poor and I think, unfortunately, poor people have more stories,” Ford said. “I like characters that have had to fight and scrap to survive, or just be accepted and understood.”

The boy is a half-Chinese immigrant, sent by his mother on a ship bound for America.

“I write to explore what my own family went through,” explained Ford, who is also half-Chinese. 

In his first novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Ford said he told a Japanese story through a Chinese lens. He was terrified of telling a story based in Chinese lore, or at least scared of the wrath of his “aunties” should he get it wrong. 

In Love and Other Consolation Prizes, the boy is given the name Ernest Young and after years of boarding school is raffled at the fair. The winning ticket is held by the madam of a brothel in the growing city. There, Ernest falls in love with two women in a twist Ford said was in part inspired by a teenage crush on a set of twins. 

“It didn’t work out,” he said with a laugh. 

The story alternates between Ernest’s story at the time of the Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition, and his recollection of his youth as Seattle is set to host another world’s fair, the Century 21 Exhibition in 1962. It draws from a series of real people in Seattle’s history to craft a story that humanizes their experience. 

“I guess I like the stories that haven’t been told,” Ford said. 

Ten Things Melanie Benjamin Wants Her Readers to Know!

Courtesy of Female First, UK
Posted January 26, 2019

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To celebrate the paperback release of her book The Girls In The Picture, Female First UK asked author Melanie Benjamin to tell them 10 things she'd like all of her readers to know about her. Here's what she had to reveal...

1. I am an excellent parallel-parker. I don’t know why this fills me with such pride. Perhaps it’s because this kind of skill is generally attributed to men, not women.

2. I didn’t want to be a writer when I grew up; I wanted to be an actress. Which is why I had so much fun writing The Girls In The Picture.

3. I did indeed perform well into my thirties in local theater in the Midwest; my favorite role was Millie in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

4. I had a lot of rejection before my first book was published. And my youngest son, aged 10 at the time, wrote a poem about that: “My mom’s name is Melanie. She writes lots of books but she can’t sell any.”

5. I don’t believe in “waiting for the muse to strike.” I do believe in “gluing your butt in your chair” every day.

6. I make sure that every weekend I read at least two books for pleasure. I became a writer because I loved books, I loved reading; I wanted to be part of that world. I hate it when I hear fellow writers complain that they don’t have time to read anymore. Rubbish. MAKE time to read for pleasure; retain that love of books. Every time I read a wonderful novel, it inspires me to work harder.

7. I never believe that every word I write deserves to be published. Between some of my biggest sellers, I have written entire novels that I’ve decided not to publish, because I don’t always get it right and I have faith in my ability to learn from my mistakes. And because I don’t believe that just since I wrote something, it needs to be read. I am very particular about what I allow to be published.

8. I identified so much with my protagonist in The Girls In The Picture, Frances Marion. I’ve written about writers before – in Alice I Have BeenThe Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue. But Frances had a work ethic I think I share, and a healthy attitude toward her work; she understood that once she was done with it, other people had to take it and sell it, make it a commodity. And I do understand that about publishing, myself. I think – I hope! – I share a lot of Frances’s admirable professional attitudes and talents.

9. I love fashion and gossip sites; they’re my guilty pleasure.

10. When I was a young woman, I was left at the altar. But it turned out for the best, because had I married then, I would never have been an author. I would never have had the freedom to imagine or create. And that freedom is essential to writing.

Ron Rash Announced as 43rd Annual John Fox Jr. Literary Festival Guest Author

Courtesy of The Coalfield Progress
Posted January 16, 2019


The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation, in partnership with the Lonesome Pine Regional Library and the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Project, has announced the 43rd annual John Fox Jr. Literary Festival, featuring a presentation by guest author Ron Rash, will take place Wednesday, March 6 at 10 a.m. in the Goodloe Center of Phillips-Taylor Hall.

In coordination with the festival, the MECC Foundation will host the 32nd annual Lonesome Pine Short Story Contest and the 15th annual Lonesome Pine Poetry Contest. The deadline for submitting entries is Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 4:30 p.m. Entry categories include adult, high school (grades 9 through 12), and middle school (grades 5 through 8) categories. Winners of the contest will be announced during the literary festival.

Ron Rash is a New York Times best-selling author, PEN/Faulkner finalist, two-time winner of the O. Henry Prize, and winner of the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. A son of Buncombe and Watauga County natives, Rash was raised in Boiling Springs, N.C., and his family has lived in the southern Appalachian mountains since the mid-1700s.

Rash’s love and deep appreciation for the southern Appalachians has launched him into a spectacular literary career. He wrote three collections of poetry and two collections of short stories before transitioning to writing a series of acclaimed and award-winning novels, including The Cove, Above the Waterfall, Nothing Gold Can Stay, Serena, Burning Bright and My Father Like a River.


Congrats, Marie Benedict! The Only Woman in the Room, released on Tuesday, is a NYT Bestseller! In this gorgeous novel, Hedy Lamarr flees to Hollywood where she becomes a screen start and develops technology that might combat the Nazis… it’s historical fiction that’s perfect for One Book, One Community Reads - get in touch with us today to schedule an event with Marie!


Happy Pub Day, Karen Thompson Walker - THE DREAMERS Available Today!

Happy Pub Day, Karen Thompson Walker! Get your copy today!


An ordinary town is transformed by a mysterious illness that triggers perpetual sleep in this mesmerizing novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Miracles.

“This book is stunning.”—Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, Mei finds herself thrust together with an eccentric classmate as panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster.

Those affected by the illness, doctors discover, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what?

Written in luminous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life—in our waking days and, perhaps even more, in our dreams.

Join Madeline Miller in Greece for an Exclusive 6-Day Reading Retreat - Talking to Homer!

An exclusive cultural event will take place in Greece from September 26th to October 1st 2019.

It will be hosted in Westin Costa Navarino, an idyllic destination in one of the most unspoiled and breathtaking places in the Mediterranean with a history spanning across 4.500 years!

The 6-day “reading retreat” is designed for a limited number of participants, with the award-winning American author of the iconic books Circe and Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller. Miller draws her inspiration from the writings of Homer and is well known for her ability to bring the myths into the contemporary reality, creating a relevance that promotes the ancient Greek spirit and culture.

The retreat will feature reading sessions, workshops and open discussions with the author, as well as interactive activities and tours. The in-depth journey into Homer’s myths and stories will be facilitated by the contribution of the well-known Classics Professor and an honorable researcher at The Academy of Athens, Dr. Evi Papadodima.

Participants will immerse into an ancient culture and nurture their souls with the wise learnings of the glorious past. They will be given the opportunity to interact with like-minded people and enjoy the experience of visiting the pristine beaches of Greece, a land of spectacular beauty with an endless variety of landscapes.

The event is exclusive with a limited number of participants. The list will be finalized by the end of March 2019, the latest. Early bird participation has been announced for the period until the 31st of January. Tickets can be found through Eventbrite and exclusive travel agents.

Register today for the early bird discounts!


Barnes & Noble Selects THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM as the January 2019 National Book Club Selection!

Courtesy of the Associated Press
Posted January 8, 2019

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Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world’s largest retail bookseller, announced The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict as the January 2019 selection for the Barnes & Noble Book Club, a national book club designed to bring readers in communities across the country together to discuss some of the most compelling books being published. Due to its overwhelming popularity with customers, the Company also announced that the Barnes & Noble Book Club will now be held monthly at all stores nationwide. It was previously held on a quarterly basis.

For this month’s pick, Barnes & Noble will be selling a special Exclusive Book Club Edition of The Only Woman in the Room. A free Book Club night for customers to discuss the novel will be held on Tuesday, February 5, at 7 PM local time. Customers can buy the book and sign up for the Book Club in their local store or online at BN.com.

Filled with unforgettable characters and storytelling that readers will want to discuss with other readers, The Only Woman in the Room is the exhilarating story of a woman who could change the course of World War II. Hedy Lamarr was best known as an actress, but she was also a noted inventor, and this evocative historical novel tells the story of her escape from Nazi Germany to her success in Hollywood, as well as the radio guidance system she developed for torpedoes.

The Only Woman in the Room is exactly the type of page-turning, but also thoughtful novel that book lovers will enjoy reading as well as discussing,” said Liz Harwell, Senior Director of Merchandising, Trade Books at Barnes & Noble. “Customers have loved discussing our picks so much that the Barnes & Noble Book Club will now be held monthly. We’re looking forward to many more compelling and timely books to bring readers together in our stores throughout 2019.”

The Barnes & Noble Book Club Exclusive Edition of The Only Woman in the Room comes with a Q&A with the author and a Reading Group Guide for discussion. Customers can buy the book now on BN.com, or at their local Barnes & Noble.

THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM Named Among BUSTLE and MARIE CLAIRE's Best Books of 2019!

Courtesy of Marie Claire and Bustle
Posted Dec 25, 2018


If you feel like hibernating for the month of January, waiting out the cold and storing up your energy for the beginning of the the 2020 presidential season, your instincts couldn't be better served. From the first week of January onwards, a fresh new slate of women's fiction—a genre that covers a lot of ground, but one I consider to be books that star strong, multifaceted female characters, written by women—will come out, and, trust me, you'll have more than enough reading material to last you through the winter.

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Maybe you've never heard of Hedy Lamarr, the real-life Nazi-era actress and scientist, but after reading Marie Benedict's fictionalized account of Lamarr's life, you won't be able to stop thinking about her. Lamarr was a screen siren, the heir to a massive fortune, and the co-inventor of technology we still use in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth today. When she invented the technology, the U.S. Navy wasn't receptive to using it—even though it could have helped fight the Nazis—and it wasn't until the '60s that her invention was taken seriously. A lawyer by trade, Benedict writes about Lamarr's life with a biographer's precision.

Out on January 8, 2019!!

Marie Benedict Named to Library Reads Hall of Fame!

Courtesy of LibraryReads
Posted Dec 19, 2018

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The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly list since 2013. As of the October 2018 list, when an author’s third title places on a monthly list via library staff votes, the author moves into our Hall of Fame.

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This month, Marie Benedict’s forthcoming novel The Only Woman in the Room was selected, thus initiating her into the Hall of Fame. “A fascinating look at a famous movie star with an unexpected past: Hedy Lamarr, the Austria-born screen siren who was also a brilliant inventor. Brisk pacing and atmospheric scenes of pre-World War II Europe round out this intriguing work of historical fiction.” –Alissa Williams, Morton Public Library, Morton, IL

Previous titles on the LibraryReads list:
The Other Einstein: A Novel (LibraryReads October 2016)
Carnegie’s Maid: A Novel (LibraryReads January 2018)

HEY, KIDDO a Finalist for YALSA Award for Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction!

Courtesy of Young Adult Library Services Association
Posted Dec 12, 2018

Congrats to Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who’s powerful graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo has just been named a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults!

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A raw graphic memoir, author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka depicts his complex upbringing - including a search for his father, difficult interactions with his heroin-addicted mother, and day-to-day life with his grandparents. Illustrations–ample in gray, burnt orange, and earth tones–conjure the feeling of vague memories.

We’re working on Jarrett’s Fall 2019 Speaking schedule now (filling quickly), so if you’re interested in hosting him for an event, get in touch with us right away!

Vesper Stamper's WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS Nominated for William C. Morris Award!

Courtesy of the American Library Association
Posted December 11, 2018


Big congrats to Vesper Stamper, who’s gorgeous YA novel What the Night Sings has just been nominated for the prestigious William C. Morris YA Debut Award! First given in 2009, the award honors a book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. The award's namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. Bill Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens.

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What the Night Sings is a haunting, first-person account of Gerta, a musically talented teenager, who learns of her Jewish heritage only after being sent to Auschwitz and, later, Bergen-Belsen. Torn from her father, she clings to his viola and discovers her own voice and strength after the liberation. Lovely, lyrical prose and ethereal illustrations make Stamper’s unusual story sing.

The winner will be announced at the ALA Youth Media Awards, on January 28, 2019.

A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN Nominated for Southern Book Prize - Vote Now!

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Congrats, Therese Anne Fowler - who’s gorgeous novel A Well-Behaved Woman has been nominated for the 2019 Southern Book Prize! Finalists were chosen by southern independent booksellers, and represent books that are written by southerners for southerners, published in 2018. Voting is now underway, and can be done in person at participating indies or via the link here.

A|U Monthly Muse - December 2018

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December 2018: Historical Inspirations

Looking for the perfect book to gift your friends and family this holiday season? Historical fiction is a genre that draws in nearly everyone, and novels based on real events and historical figures are even more likely to compel those on your list this year. These armchair historians and literary archeologists take inspiration from the past, sparking beautiful narratives that not only entertain, but enlighten. Happy Holidays!

What Makes CIRCE a Great One Book One Community Read?


Described as "high fantasy" and an "accessible way to read Greek mythology," the Springfield-Green County Library’s One Read title for 2019 is the mythological fiction novel Circe by Madeline Miller. The characters in Greek mythology, and Circe, in particular, are relevant today because they have the same joys and struggles – even dysfunctional families.

The New York Times calls it "A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story." See why "Circe" is called "a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world."

Read the Interview with Madeline here!