Why is April 23rd a memorable date for Shakespeare lovers? William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 and he died on April 23, 1616. Many novels have been written about his life, loves and family, with most drawing inspiration from the historical details that are known about this legendary playwright.
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award honors novels with high literary merit written all over the world in any language. The short list for the 2009 award has just been released! The winner will be announced on June 15, 2011.
At over 2,100 miles, the Appalachian Trail is the world’s longest footpath. While many folks have read about the AT in Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, there also are many more books out there detailing the reality of thru-hiking the AT.
While I doubt that I will ever undertake the daunting task of walking from Georgia to Maine, the stories of those that have will continue to enthrall me.
Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating literary figure. Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many more stories have been written by a variety of authors about this intriguing detective.
The Shirley Jackson Awards honor outstanding achievement in writing psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Try out some of the nominees if you dare! And make sure to check out some books by the awards' namesake, Shirley Jackson, while you're at it!
Ah, Pittsburgh. The Steel City. City of Champions. My adopted hometown.
Pittsburgh has come a long way from the dirty, smog filled days of the steel mills but I don't think the city has quite yet reached the status of a vacation destination for many other than me. Here are a few titles that allow you to travel to the 'Burgh without leaving your recliner.
Got plans for the next 3 Saturdays? You do now — with the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series at the Schlessman Family Branch!
First up this Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. is Paula Reed, who writes historical fiction and romance. Her newest book, Hester, is a continuation of The Scarlet Letter that follows Hester Prynne to England and an encounter with Oliver Cromwell. Come and be carried away to the 17th century in this story of family, love, and desire.
The long list for the Orange Prize, the UK's annual book award for fiction written by a woman, was announced today. If you're looking for some female authors to check out, this list is a great place to start.
The list includes women form several different countries, some first novels, and some authors who have been writing for quite some time.
Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day all year long! If you are in the mood for a historical novel set in Ireland, the library has many titles ready to wet your whistle. Even when set against the realities of social and political turmoil, the love and laughter of the Irish people shine through.