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Agatha Award Winners Print Email
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The Agatha Awards, named in honor of Agatha Christie, recognize excellent writing in the "traditional" mystery.  Awarded annually by Malice Domestic at their "fun fan" convention in Washington D.C., the genre is loosely defined as containing no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence.  If you are an Agatha Christie fan, or prefer to steer clear of more hard-boiled mysteries, these winners might be just your cup of tea.  Click on any of the book titles above to reserve in the library catalog.  (To see the list of all nominees, click here.)  Congratulations to Sara J. Henry whose book Learning to Swim also just won an Edgar Award!  Mystery writers take note - the winner for best nonfiction, Books, Crooks and Counselors, is a mystery-writing lawyer answering questions about how to write accurately about criminal law and courtroom procedure.  Great reference! 

Poetry Month Farewell Print Email

 A vase of red roses sitting in front of some handwritten text that looks like poetryEarlier this month, Flavorwire posted ten short poems that could easily be memorized for National Poetry Month.  Readers have since added dozens of their own favorites in the comments, so be sure you scan down and read those as well.  These are short and sweet and often quite funny - easy to enjoy even for those who are typically not poetry readers!  Until next year - may beautiful language flower for you everywhere!

Edgar winners announced Print Email
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The Mystery Writers of America announced winners of the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award, familiarly called "The Edgars," at their awards ceremony last night in New York City. The award honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theatre published or produced in the previous year.  See the list of all nominees and winners here or click on any of the books covers to reserve in the library catalog.  Happy Sleuthing!

Favorite Book Group Reads Print Email

Photo of a bearded older gentleman readingAt Branch Out, the recent Whatcom County Library Foundation fundraiser dinner, attendees were asked to list the "best books ever" read by their book groups.  The lists were collected at the end of the night and the tally is in!  This Book Group Favorites list includes all titles that were mentioned three or more times.  If you're looking for the next read for your group, these are tried-and-true good discussions!  (By the way, a big bravo to the foundation who exceeded their goal of raising $10,000 - the event netted $11,300!)

Hugo Award nominees Print Email

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The annually presented Hugo Awards honor the best science fiction or fantasy works of the previous year and are recognized as one of the most prestigious science fiction awards bestowed.  Named after Hugo Gernsback, founder of the early science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, the awards were first given in 1953 and have been given every year since 1955.  (This mag had some amazing covers - check them out here!)  These are this year's nominees for best novel - winners will be announced at the 70th World Science Fiction Convention being held in Chicago at the end of August.  Click on any of the book covers to reserve in the library catalog.  Or view the list of this year's nominees in all categories ... or do some retrospective reading of some of the nominees from previous years


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