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2014 National Book Award for Fiction

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

library_reads_logo_websiteThe National Book Foundation has announced the 2014 nominees for the National Book Award. Four of the nominated fiction titles have been on LibraryReads lists: Some Luck by Jane Smiley, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and Orfeo by Richard Powers.

Follow this link to see all four nominee lists (fiction, nonfiction, poetry & young people’s literature).



Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman

Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans

John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van

Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

Phil Klay, Redeployment

Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

Elizabeth McCracken, Thunderstruck & Other Stories

Richard Powers, Orfeo

Marilynne Robinson, Lila

Jane Smiley, Some Luck


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2014 National Book Awards

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The National Book Foundation has announced the 2014 nonfiction nominees for the National Book Award.
Follow this link to see all four nominee lists (fiction, nonfiction, poetry & young people’s literature).

2014 Nonfiction

Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? 

John Demos, The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic

Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

Nigel Hamilton, The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941 – 1942

Walter Isaacson, The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

Evan Osnos, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New

Ronald C. Rosbottom, When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944

Matthew Stewart, Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic

Edward O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence


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Chatting with D.E. Johnson

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

D.E. Johnson was fascinating, informative and funny, answering questions on KDL’s Goodreads Discussion Board. The Michigan author of four historical mystery novels (including his latest, Detroit Shuffle) talked about Detroit after the turn of the twentieth century and about his writing. He also disclosed a little about the next series of mysteries that he is working on!

Check out the chat transcript on our KDL Goodreads Group page.


D. E. Johnson           Detroit Shuffle

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Chatting with Michigan Author Kristina Riggle

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Kristina Riggle was delightful yesterday afternoon, answering questions on KDL’s Goodreads Discussion Board. The local author of five novels (including her latest, The Whole Golden World) talked about her novels, her writing process, and about submissions she reviews as a fiction editor for Literary Mama

Check out the chat transcript on our KDL Goodreads Group page.


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Sonia Nazario Discussion

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Monday night, the members of Kent District Library’s Goodreads Group were privileged to chat online with author Sonia Nazario. Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, talked about the human face of immigration policy. Visit the group to read her comments. We all look forward to her visit to the Wyoming branch on Monday, March 31 at 6:30 PM.

Sonia Nazario                       Enrique's Journey


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Oscar Winners

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

oscars1Check out 86th Academy Awards winners at KDL.

12 Years a Slave took Best Picture, and gave Lupita Nyong’o Best Supporting Actress. Place a hold on the DVD or the book on which it was based, available in print or eBook.

Dallas Buyers Club scored for Matthew McConaughey as Best Actor and Jared Leto as Best Supporting Actor.

Blue Jasmine brought Cate Blanchett the Best Actress Oscar.

Best Director went to Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity.

Best Animated Feature and Best Original song both went to Frozen. Check out the DVD and the soundtrack at KDL.

See all the complete list of Oscar winners here!


(For those who watched the show or heard about it later, my John Travoltafied name is Peter Speerce. To get yours, go to Slate’s Adele Dazeem Name Generator.)

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Grammy Winners

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The Grammy goes to

Sunday was Grammy night!   The big winners included:

For a complete list of Grammy winners, here is a link to Grammy’s official site. You can now place holds on many of the winning songs and albums  at KDL, including the CD of nominees.

For free downloads including Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, check out Freegal on KDL’s website.


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Video Book Chats on Goodreads

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Kent District Librarians are video-chatting their favorite reads on our group page on Goodreads.  If you are using Goodreads, we’d love to have you join our group, and join our discussions, challenges and polls about books!


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Goodreads Choice Awards 2013

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Users of the popular readers’ social media site, Goodreads, have spoken, and the winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards have been announced. Check out the winners and the nominees. While you’re looking Goodreads over, be sure to stop by our Kent District Library Group page, a work in progress. Join the group and help us grow our online reading community.

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Breaking Blue

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Breaking Bad

Having “Breaking Bad” withdrawal symptoms? You can watch past seasons available on DVD, and download the perfect ending song through Freegal on KDL’s website.





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