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The finalists for the National Book Award presented by the National Book Foundation were announced this morning. These awards are intended to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America. Awards are given in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young Person’s Literature. The winners in each category will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala on November 15 in New York City. Congratulations to all the finalists!

Fiction 

Cover art for Dark at the Crossing Cover art for The Leavers Cover art for Pachinko Cover art for Her Body and Other Parties Cover art for Sing, Unburied, Sing

Nonfiction 

Cover art for Never Caught Cover art for The Evangelicals Cover art for The Future is History Cover art for Killers of the Flower Moon Cover art for Democracy in Chains

Poetry 

Cover art for Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 Cover art for The Book of Endings Cover art for WHEREAS Cover art for In the Language of My Captor Cover art for Don't Call Us Dead

Young People's Literature 

Cover art for What Girls Are Made Of Cover art for Far From The Tree Cover art for I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Cover art for Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Cover art for American Street


 
 

Behind the Music

posted by: October 4, 2017 - 7:00am

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A Sick Life: TLC ’n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage by Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins 

Rapper Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins of the beloved '90s hip-hop trio TLC details her time with the group and how living with sickle-cell disease has shaped her worldview and outlook on life.

 

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane

Rapper Gucci Mane started writing this book while incarcerated. He has a vivid and inspiring story to tell about his rise, fall and redemption.

 

Picturing Prince: An Intimate Portrait by Steve Parke
Prince's art director at Paisley Park for 14 years shares his unique perspective of the musician.  

 

What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man by Art Garfunkel 
Insights into Garfunkel's solo and acting career, his work with Paul Simon and how the Columbia University mathematics graduate student became one of rock 'n' roll's most significant figures.


 
 

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

Cover Art for Everything Here is Beautiful
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

Cover Art for Logical Family A Memoir
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.
 


 
 

This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a graphic novel. Here are some of our suggestions. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!

 

 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

Cover art for The Alchemist Cover art for Alex + AdaCover art for Alexander Hamilton Cover art for Are You My Mother? Cover art for The Attack Cover art for Batman: The Killing Joke Cover art for Batman Year One Cover art for The Best We Could Do Cover art for Black Butler Cover art for Blankets Cover art for Blue Exorcist Cover art for The Book of Genesis Illustrated Cover art for Boundless Cover art for Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?Cover art for Death Note vol 1 Cover art for Death of Wolverine  Cover art for Exquisite Corpse Cover art for Fetch Cover art for Feynman Cover art for Fun Home Cover art for Hip Hop Family Tree Cover art for How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less Cover art for The Imitation Game Cover art for Ironman Cover art for Joker Cover art for Justice League America vol 1 Cover art for Kill My Mother Cover art for Kindred Cover art for Last Things Cover art for The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Cover art for Locke & Key Cover art for March Book One Cover art for Maus Cover art for Muhammad Ali Cover art for My Favorite Thing is Monsters Cover art for Persepolis Cover art for Saga Cover art for The Sandman vol 1 Cover art for Sculptor Cover art for Seconds Cover art for Something New Cover art for Stitches Cover art for The Voyeurs  Cover art for The Walking Dead Cover art for Watchmen Cover art for We Stand on Guard Cover art for Wilson Cover art for Wonder Women Cover art for Ant Colony


 
 

This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a graphic novel. Here are some of our suggestions. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge with the help of a parent or guardian on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!

 

 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

Cover art for Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake Cover art for Archie vol 1 Cover art for The Arrival Cover art for The Asterisk War Cover art for The Big Bad Fox Cover art for Brain Camp Cover art for Castle in the Stars Cover art for Coral Reefs Cover art for DC Super Hero GirlsCover art for Delilah Dirk Cover art for Dragon Ball Cover art for Drowned City Cover art for El Deafo Cover art for Evil Empire Penguin Cover art for Feathers Cover art for Flying Machines Cover art for Geronimo Stilton: Lost in Translation Cover art for Hippopotamister Cover art for Honor Girl Cover art for In Real Life Cover art for Lint Boy Cover art for Lost in NYC Cover art for Lowriders in Space Cover art for Lucy & Andy Neanderthal Cover art for Lumberjanes Cover art for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Cover art for Ms Marvel Cover art for The Nameless City Cover art for Nimona Cover art for The Only Living Boy Cover art for Page by Paige Cover art for Plutona Cover art for Power Up Cover art for Primates Cover art for Relish Cover art for Romeo and Juliet Cover art for Shattered Warrior Cover art for Spinning Cover art for The Stone Heart Cover art for Sweaterweather Cover art for Teen Dog Cover art for This One Summer Cover art for Tomboy Cover art for Troll Bridge Cover art for The Underground Abductor Cover art for Zita the Spacegirl


 
 

Scary Stories to Read

posted by: September 27, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Sleeping Beauties Though the recent warm temperatures might be trying to fool us, fall is technically here, and it’s the traditional time of year for horror. Here are three reads, both old and new, to keep you up at night.

 

Master of horror Stephen King has written a new novel with his son Owen. In Sleeping Beauties the women of a small Appalachian town are falling asleep and becoming some type of ethereal spirit. How will the men survive? And what is happening anyway? There’s a hint of the titular fairy tale along with the creeping horror.

Cover Art for The Changeling
Some similar plot elements are found in Victor LaValle’s The Changeling. Apollo and Emma have a baby, and Apollo vows to be the dad he never had as the son of a single mother. But suddenly, Emma disappears and something even worse happens to baby Brian, leading Apollo into a world of dark magic and terrifying monsters, right in his own New York neighborhood. LaValle takes the horror novel and elevates it to great literary heights.

 

Cover art for Uzumaki For an older read you might have missed, try Junji Ito’s Uzumaki. This gorgeously drawn graphic novel is set in a Japanese town that suddenly becomes overrun with spirals. The spiral pattern leads to madness, shapeshifting and eventually death. Ito is one of the most famous horror comic artists in Japan, and this work will easily show you why.


 
 

Fall Picture Books

posted by: September 25, 2017 - 7:00am

 

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Cover Art for Robinson Cover Art for The Wolf, The Duck and the Mouse

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat

What if you could no longer do what you loved to do? After Humpty Dumpty’s fall, he is afraid of doing what he once enjoyed -- perilous heights, bird watching from tall trees and climbing into bed at night. Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat brings us the story of Humpty Dumpty after his fall. Will he be able to overcome his fear?

 

Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Loren Long

This recently discovered story from Margaret Wise Brown was written in the same word pattern as her classic, Goodnight Moon. Little bunny embraces the morning with a "good day" to those he encounters and a subsequent "good night" when his day is done. While not a sequel to Goodnight Moon, it can be seen at an extension of it and is sure to please.

 

La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Jaime Kim

In a mostly wordless picture book, Newberry Medal winner Kate DiCamillo brings us the story of a girl who is searching for what we all want -- someone who understands us. A lonely girl sings “la,” but she hears no response and keeps trying until finally, the moon answers back. This is an inspiring story that is executed beautifully by the illustrator.

 

Robinson by Peter Sís

No matter whether you’re a child or an adult, it can be difficult being different. Peter and his friends love playing pirates and decide to all dress as pirates for a school costume party. However, Peter’s mother reminds him how much he loves Robinson Crusoe’s adventurous spirit and makes him a Crusoe costume instead. Much to the dismay of his friends, Peter wears the costume his mother made him, and this choice of his gets him teased for being different. The story is based on an incident from the author’s childhood.

 

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

A mouse is swallowed by a wolf and just as he thinks all is lost, he makes friends with the duck who is already there. In the belly of the beast, there are candlelight dinners and dancing, which gives the wolf a stomachache. Mouse and duck actually enjoy their new life inside, but it is soon threatened by a hunter who is after the wolf. They must all band together to save themselves and their new home.


 
 

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