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International Literary Award 2014 Shortlist

Ten books from around the world have been shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.  Over a hundred libraries in 39 countries participated in nominating books for the 2014 award.

The winner will receive a €100,000 prize.

The shortlist is:

  1. The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker, (Dutch) translated by David Colmer.
  2. Questions of Travel by Michelle De Kretser (Sri Lankan / Australian)
  3. Absolution by Patrick Flanery (American) (First novel)
  4. A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Norwegian) Translated by Don Bartlett.
  5. Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye (French) Translated by John Fletcher.
  6. Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman (Argentinian) Translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia.
  7. The Light of Amsterdam by David Park (Northern Irish)
  8. The Spinning Heart  by Donal Ryan (Irish) (First novel)
  9. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysian)
  10. The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombian) Translated from the original Spanish by Anne McLean.

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2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The recipients of the 98th Pulitzer Prizes were recently announced, honoring exceptional literature, journalism and musical composition. The winners include the following books:


FICTION - "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt 

HISTORY - "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832" by Alan Taylor 

BIOGRAPHY - "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life" by Megan Marshall 

POETRY - "3 Sections" by Vijay Seshadri 


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Favorite Books from the Readers' Round Table

Here is the round-up of the most buzzed about books from the latest Readers' Round Table.

All come with a seal of approval from readers like you! Make sure to attend our next meeting on Tuesday, April 29th at 2pm in the Meeting Room. As always, we will have pre-publication copies to give away and lively discussion on the latest in literature.


The Kept by James Scott

Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman

In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen

Ten Thousand Things by John Spurling

And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes

Redeployment by Phil Klay

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee

The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally

Death of Santini by Pat Conroy

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

 The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro




Americanah wins the National Book Critics Circle award

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah, which was selected by the New York Times as one of The 10 Best Books of 2013, has won this prestigious literary award. 

The novel is about a Nigerian blogger in Princeton who returns to her home country after spending over a decade in the United States to meet up with her longtime childhood boyfriend--who is now a husband and father.  Read more here.  

More books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie