Posted by: Beth
Well-known author and poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday in North Carolina at the age of 86. Her most well-known memoir was published in 1969, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” and is a lyrical account of growing up in the south during Jim Crow laws. Her memoirs eventually included six volumes, which received critical acclaim, along with her poetry collections.
Maya Angelou delivered an inaugural poem at the swearing in of Bill Clinton in 1993. President Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, the country’s highest civilian honor. She additional was a Tony-nominated stage actor, a college professor and a frequent guest on a variety of television programs.
The annual Bram Stoker Awards were announced earlier this month by the Horror Writers Association. Awards are given in eight different categories to honor superior writing in the horror genre. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King won the award for superior writing in a novel. R.L. Stine and Stephen Jones received Lifetime Achievement Awards.
We’ve updated two of our teen booklists for May. The first one is for the Alex Awards. These are adult books that would hold appeal for teen readers. This year, Lexicon by Max Barry and The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence were added to the list. The other list is for Printz Awards, which is awarded yearly to a teen book based on literary merit. Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick has been added.
If you’ve tried to get a copy of Divergent recently, you know that there are tons of holds. So here is your chance to get ahead of the game on the books that are being released as movies this year:
Gabriel García Márquez, well-known Colombian author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera,” died Thursday at the age of 87 at his home in Mexico City. His works of fiction were deeply rooted in a Latin American landscape but found universal appeal, with his works being translated into dozens of languages.
García Márquez also received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. “Each new work of his is received by expectant critics and readers as an event of world importance,” the Swedish Academy of Letters said in awarding him the Nobel.
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The winners (one for fiction, one for nonfiction) are announced at an event at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference.
In case you missed any, KDL has a booklist for the Best Teen Books of 2014. This includes a variety of stand-alones as well as series books, including The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black and This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. There is also a Great Books for Tweens list which includes Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein.
And not to leave out the artists, KDL has a booklist featuring Drawing Books for Teens which features superhero and manga art!