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James Patterson Wins Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award

Internationally bestselling author James Patterson has won The Chicago Tribune 2014 Young Adult Literary Award. The Chicago Tribune announced that Patterson will receive the award in recognition of his efforts to encourage, inspire and motivate children to read. The annual award acknowledges the power of literacy in the lives of young adults specifically.

Gerould Kern, senior vice president and editor of the Chicago Tribune said in a statement, “The Tribune carries on a great literary tradition, and we believe that the written word can transform lives. In celebration of that cause, we recognize James Patterson for his extraordinary efforts to reach a wide range of young readers, many of whom have not had the opportunity to savor a book. We applaud James Patterson for his determination to connect with readers and convince them of the rewards of books."

Patterson is the author of the Alex Cross detective series, as well as many young adult series such as Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard and Daniel X. His books have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. The author has numerous initiatives to encourage children to read and to love books, such as the James Patterson Pageturner Awards program, website ReadKiddoRead.com, and the College Book Bucks scholarship program. He also regularly donates hundreds of thousands of books to schools.

The award will be presented at the Chicago Tribune's 2014 Printers Row Lit Fest, which takes place June 7 – 8, The Lit Fest is just one part of the Tribune's Printers Row literary program, which has events year round. This year's festival will be the 30th anniversary of the event, which is the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest. You can find more information about the festival here.

Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest 30 Years logo

Image: Chicago Tribune

Posted on April 15, 2014

Donna Tartt Wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt photographThe Pulitzer Prizes have been announced, Donna Tartt has won the Fiction prize for her coming of age novel, The Goldfinch which is published by Little, Brown. The Fiction Jury consisted of Art Winslow, former literary and executive editor, The Nation and past president, National Book Critics Circle (Chair), Ron Charles, deputy editor, The Washington Post Book World and Sabina Murray, writer and professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The award, which is given for "distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life," carries a prize of $10,000. The jury described the book as, "a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart." The other finalists were The Son by Philipp Meyer (Ecco), and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis (Atlantic Monthly Press).

The other prize winners in the Letters, Drama and Music category are:
  • Drama - "The Flick" by Annie Baker
  • History - The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)
  • Biography - Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Poetry - 3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press)
  • General Nonfiction - Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)
  • Music - "Become Ocean" by John Luther Adams (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature)
You can see all the winners here.

Photo: Beowulf Sheehan

Posted on April 14, 2014

Anna Gasteyer Interviews Ann Brashares About Her New YA Novel

Ann Brashares’ Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series has sold more than 8 million copies all over the world and spawned a hit movie. Now Brasheres has a new book that is not about traveling pants at all. The new YA book is called The Here and Now and it’s a romantic thriller. It is the story of 17 year old Prenna James, who has emigrated to New York. She has immigrated from the Earth’s future which was destroyed by a pandemic. In order not to change the timeline. She and her fellow immigrants must follow strict rules, including not becoming romantically involved with anyone. Naturally, she meets a cute boy and things get tricky. She believes the rules will help prevent the coming plague. It’s an interesting set up for a novel and already has amazing reviews.

But not everyone wants Ann Brashares to move to a new series that has no traveling pants in it. Here Saturday Night Live alum and Suburgatory star Anna Gasteyer interviews her friend Ann about her new book. But Anna does not want to hear that there are no pants in the story – that just does not make sense. It’s a hilarious promo, take a look:

Posted on April 12, 2014

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Michael Bond to Publish New Paddington Bear Book called Love From Paddington

Michael Bond is writing a new Paddington Bear book called Love From Paddington. The Guardian reports that the 88 year old author is going strong and still loves writing about Paddington Bear. Paddington was first introduced to readers in 1958 and Bond says the book was never particularly aimed at children.

The new book will be in Paddington's voice in the form of a series of letters Paddington writes to his Aunt Lucy who loves in a home for retired bears in Lima, Peru. Paddington will write to his beloved aunt about his first arrival in London and meeting the Brown family at Paddington station. Bond explained, "it isn't generally known, but bears are very good at writing letters". We did not know that, but are looking forward to hearing Paddington's take on his adventures.

The book will be published by HarperCollins in November to coincide with the Paddington Bear movie which stars Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington. The film also stars Nicole Kdiman, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walter, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Bonneville. Here is the first teaser trailer:

Posted on April 10, 2014

ALA Announces Fiction and Nonfiction Shortlists for 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the short lists for the fiction and nonfiction Andrew Carnegie Medals. The winners will receive a prize of $5,000. The medals will be presented in Las Vegas in June at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference. The four finalists who don't win will each receive $1500. Here is the Shortlist for Fiction:
  • Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown and Company)
Here is the Nonfiction Shortlist:
  • On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes. (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink. (Crown)
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

Posted on April 7, 2014

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