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PNBA Awards Announced Soon! Print Email

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Nine Northwest booksellers have been busy readers over the past ten months, volunteering a lot of their reading time to evaluate over 200 titles, looking for the best-of-the-best in Northwest literature.  The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award recognizes all types of literature, the only requirement being that the book was published during the previous calendar year and that the author and/or illustrator resides in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia).  The 2014 shortlist is heavy on Portland writers; representing Washington State are: Kendare Blake (Lynwood), Langdon Cook (Seattle), Valerie Trueblood (Methow Valley), Jess Walter (Spokane), and David Moskowitz (North Bend).  Winners to be announced sometime this month.  If you're looking for a good read, this list won't disappoint (or check out 2013 winners and shortlist which includes winner Cheryl Strayed's Wild, the 2014 Whatcom READS! selection).

 
Welcome January 2014! Print Email

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Happy New Year, Whatcom Readers!  Welcome the new year with a great read from January's Library Reads list ... a list of choice reads nominated by librarians across the U.S. as being their favorites.  Memoir, mystery, and magic are just some of the themes served up for January.  I'm intrigued by the Neetsa Pizza publisher description (yes, I also love the rhyme): "In the spirit of A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a hilarious dystopian novel about a world ruled by fast food companies, where book clubs lead the revolution."  What is not to love about book clubs leading a revolution?

 
Best in Downloadable Print Email

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If the holidays made you a new owner of a tablet, eReader, MP3 player, or other device, check out the free downloadable content available from the library on the Download Books, Music and More page.  To help get you started, Overdrive (host of the Washington Anytime Library site) offers their "best downloadable of 2013" list of top U.S. and international titles, based on various statistics including downloads, sales, holds, samples, ratings and page views. Happy downloading!

 
Indulge Your Inner Child Print Email

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Nostalgia is a natural side effect of the holidays. Embrace it with Toy Time! by Christopher "The Toy Guy" Byrne, as he remembers the best toys from the 1950s through the 80s, including Magic 8-Balls, LEGO blocks, Crayola crayons, Silly Putty and Easy Bake Ovens, along with some forgotten toys like plastic "clackers."  With rich color photos and retro backdrops, Toy Time! makes reading a whole lot of fun.  You'll be digging through basements and attics for your Hula Hoops and He-Man action figures after flipping through the pages of this well-crafted guide.  Happy Holidays!

 
Best Mysteries Print Email

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Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer for a reader who loves mysteries?  Library Journal picked an interesting five for their "best of mystery" list this year; with the exception of Louise Penny, the other four authors are not so well-known.  Paul Thomas's gritty procedural Death on Demand is set in New Zealand and features a Maori detective.  Other stories on this list will take you to Québec, Korea, and 18th century Europe.

 
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