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Harper Lee, 1926-2016

posted by: February 19, 2016 - 12:15pm

Harper Lee 1926 - 2016Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Born on April 28, 1926, Lee was educated in Alabama and at one time thought about becoming a lawyer, but moved to New York in 1949 to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.

 

It took nine years, but finally Lee’s manuscript was accepted and the book was published on July 11, 1960. Set in a small Southern town, Lee’s masterpiece tackles racial injustice and was met with critical acclaim and commercial success. The film adaptation starring Mary Badham as Scout and Gregory Peck as Atticus was equally sensational and only added to Harper Lee’s literary fame and expectations for her next novel. For decades, though, it appeared that Lee would never publish another book. That all changed in 2015 when a manuscript was mysteriously uncovered and Go Set a Watchman, the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, was the book of last summer.

 

Harper Lee suffered a stroke in 2007, recovered and resumed life in her beloved hometown which served as the model for the small town in To Kill a Mockingbird. In fact, when asked by a radio interviewer about her small corner of the world, Lee said, “I would simply like to put down all I know about this because I believe that there is something universal in this little world, something decent to be said for it and something to lament in its passing.” She continued, “In other words, all I want to be is the Jane Austen of South Alabama.”


 
 

Here are some of our picks for BCPL's second reading challenge, read a book in the year that you were born. For more options check out this resource from Goodreads. 

 1930s and 1940s 

Cover art for Murder on the Orient Express Cover art for Little House in the Big Woods Cover art for As I Lay Dying Cover art for Gone with the Wind Cover art for 1984Cover art for The Diary of a Young Girl Cover art for All The King's Men Cover art for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

 1950's and 1960s 

Cover art for The Catcher in the Rye Cover art for Lord of the Flies Cover art for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Cover art for Night Cover art for Slaughterhouse-Five Cover art for The Outsiders Cover art for In Cold Blood Cover art for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

 1970s and 1980s 

Cover art for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Cover art for The Stand Cover art for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Cover art for The Bluest Eye Cover art for The Handmaids Tale Cover art for The Color Purple Cover art for Ender's Game Cover art for The Joy Luck Club

1990s and 2000s  

Cover art for Memoirs of a Geisha Cover art for A Game of Thrones Cover art for Bridget Jones's Diary Cover art for Fight Club Cover art for Forged by Fire Cover art for The Book Thief Cover art for Artemis Fowl Cover art for The Other Side


 
 

BCPL Reading Challenge - January 2016

posted by: January 28, 2016 - 12:00pm

 

BCPL's yearlong reading challenge is on! This month, read a book by Maryland author. Here are some suggested titles from some of our state’s many great authors. Select any cover to learn more or to request a copy:

Cover art for Money Cant Buy Love Cover art for Grant Park Cover art for CarsickCover art for The Martini Shot Cover art for Charm City Cover art for A Spool of Blue Thread Cover art for Unmanned Cover art for Hush, Hush Cover art for The Liar Cover art for Someone

In the mood for a classic? These authors all lived and wrote in Maryland. We'd love to hear what book you chose. Share what you read and your thoughts in the comments.

Cover art for My Bondage and My Freedom Cover art for Tender is the Night Cover art for The Thin Man Cover art for Mythology Cover art for The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton


 
 

New Next Week on January 26, 2016

posted by: January 22, 2016 - 12:00pm

The following titles will be released next week. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. Be sure to visit our Hot Titles webpage for more exciting upcoming titles.

Cover art for 1924Cover art for Anna and the Swallow Man Cover art for The Art of X-Ray Reading  Cover art for The Bands of Mourning Cover art for The Blue Line Cover art for Coconut Cowboy Cover art for Dream Cities Cover art for The Evening Spider Cover art for The Ex  Cover art for The First Entrepreneur Cover art for Girl Through Glass Cover art for The Golden Son  Cover art for The Happiness Track Cover art for How to Talk About Places You've Never Been Cover art for Inventology  Cover art for The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict Cover art for Life is Not an Accident Cover art for The Lovers  Cover art for My American Duchess Cover art for A night with Audrey Hepburn Cover art for Noah's Wife  Cover art for NYPD Red 4 Cover art for The Only Game in TownCover art for The Poison Artist  Cover art for Sage's Eyes Cover art for Shaker Cover art for The Spring at Moss Hill  Cover art for Too Dumb to Fail  Cover art for Unspeakable Things  Cover art for The Young Messiah

 

 


 
 

ALA Youth Media Awards Announced

posted by: January 11, 2016 - 11:30am

Cover art for Finding WinnieCover art for Last Stop on Market StreetCover art for Gone Crazy in AlabamaThe most prestigious awards for teen and children's literature were announced by the American Library Association in Boston earlier this morning. Awards were given in a wide range of categories that covered all formats and age levels. A complete list of awards, winners and honorees can be found here.

 

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year’s winner is Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Blackall's warm gouache-and-ink illustrations complement this story of the real bear who inspired the creation of the beloved Winnie-the-Pooh. Caldecott Honor winners include Trombone Shorty written by Troy Andrews and illustrated by Bryan Collier, Waiting written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Carole Boston Weatherford and Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Pena and illustrated by Christine Robinson.

 

The oldest of the medals awarded, the John Newbery Medal, is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This year’s medal recipient is Matt de la Pena for Last Stop on Market Street, a picture book illustrated by Christine Robinson sharing the simple story of a young boy riding the bus with his grandmother and learning to find the beauty in everyday things.  Three books were selected as Honor winners: The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson and Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan.

 

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit. This year’s winner is Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. Ruby blends mystery, romance and magical realism and draws the reader into this place and the story of Finn, an eighteen-year-old outsider who is the only witness to an abduction. Printz Honor awards went to Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez and Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick.

 

The Coretta Scott King Awards are given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  Bryan Collier received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for his vibrant mixed media collages which bring to life the story of author Troy Andrews who shares his childhood dream of becoming a musician. Rita Williams-Garcia, one of the authors selected for this year’s inaugural BCReads, was awarded the Coretta Scott King Author Award for Gone Crazy in Alabama, the final installment in the heartwarming Gaither family series that began with One Crazy Summer. Congratulations also to local author, Ronald L. Smith, author of Hoodoo, for winning the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. Be sure to read more about our hometown winner in our interview with Smith earlier this year. 


 
 

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