Sunday, September 30, 2007


The winners of the 2007 Quill Book Awards were recently announced. These awards are given to books that meet at least one of 3 criteria:
Starred review in Publishers Weekly
Position on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List
Special Selection of the Committee

Once chosen by the Quills Award committee (consisting of editors from Publishers Weekly), the nominees are voted on by librarians and booksellers nationwide. Once the winners are chosen, though, the Public can vote for Book of the Year. Consumers have until October 10 to vote. Vote now!


Debut Author Of The Year
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield (SETTERFIELD, D.)

General Fiction

The Road by Cormac McCarthy (MCCARTHY, C.)


Angels Fall by Nora Roberts (ROBERTS, N.)

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman (NEW MYS LIPPMAN, L.)

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One) by Patrick Rothfuss (NEW ROTHFUSS, P)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee [Read by Sissy Spacek] (CD LEE)


Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--And Doesn't by Stephen Prothero (NEW 200.71 PRO)

Graphic Novel
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud (741.5 MCC)

For the Confederate Dead by Kevin Young


Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker (641.5973 ROM)

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, M.D. (NEW 610 GRO)

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson (NEW BIO EINSTEIN, A.)

The Kings of New York: A Year Among the Geeks, Oddballs, and Geniuses Who Make Up America's Top High School Chess Team by Michael Weinreb (794.109 WEI)

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris (793.2 SED)

History/Current Events/Politics
The Assault on Reason by Al Gore (NEW 973.931 GOR)

The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't by Robert I. Sutton, PhD (NEW 650.13 SUT)


Children's Picture Books
Flotsam by David Wiesner (E WIE)

Children's Chapter/Middle Grade

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (BOB SEL)

Young Adult/Teen
Sold by Patricia McCormick (YA MCCOR)

Friday, September 28, 2007


The online version of the British newspaper The Guardian has a section that has guest writers (usually published authors) create an annotated Top Ten List in a specific genre or sub-genre. Check Books: Top 10's for some interesting reading suggestions. [via The Reader's Advisor Online blog]

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Today is the "official" Talk Like a Pirate Day. The Library anticipated this day last week with our Pirate (& Princess) Parties--hope you all got a glimpse of Mrs. Clark in full Captain Hook regalia!

Pirate movies [warning: loud music] are a good way to learn the "lingo'. Besides the obvious Pirates of the Caribbean, the Elk Grove Village Library also has these on DVD:
Captain Blood
The Sea Hawk
Muppet Treasure Island (J)
Treasure Planet (J)
Animal Treasure Island (J)
Return to Treasure Island (J)
and on VHS
Treasure Island (J)

You can also listen to Pirates of the Caribbean: Swashbuckling Sea Songs (J MS COLL POC)

Monday, September 17, 2007


Another noted Science Fiction author, Chicagoan Fred Saberhagen, died earlier this year, in June. He was a prolific writer, most famous for his Berserker Series, the Vlad Tepes (Dracula) Series, and the Lost Swords Series. He wrote many more as well. Read an interview on the official Berserker Fan site, The Taj.

ROBERT JORDAN, 1948-2007

Robert Jordan died yesterday at the age of 58. He was primarily noted for his Science Fiction series, The Wheel of Time--currently 11 volumes. His other most famous series was the 1980's run of Conan the Barbarian stories.

Friday, September 07, 2007


World famous Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti died Thursday, September 6. More information about his life can be found on Wikipedia and at Sony Classical.

The Elk Grove Village Library has several biographies of Pavarotti:
Pavarotti: Life with Luciano (1992) by Adua Pavarotti with Wendy Dallas
Pavarotti, My World (1995) by Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright
The King and I: The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame by His Manager, Friend, and Sometime Adversary (2004) by Herbert Breslin and Anne Midgette.
His life is also included in the 1998 book
The Private Lives of the Three Tenors: Behind the Scenes with Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Jose Carreras by Marcia Lewis (920.02 LEW)


It was reported today that renowned children's author Madeleine L'Engle died yesterday at the age of 88. She is most famous for her 1963 Newbery Award-winning book, A Wrinkle in Time. More information about her can be found at:

The "Official" site
Wheaton College Archives

Many of her books can be found at the Elk Grove Village Library in Youth Services (many in a special display).
There are also some critical works in Adult Services--
The Swiftly Tilting Worlds of Madeleine L'Engle (1998), Luci Shaw, editor (813.54 LEN) and Presenting Madeleine L'Engle (1993) by Donald R. Hettinga (813.54 LEN), an autobiography, Two-part Invention: The Story of a Marriage (1988), a biography, Madeleine L'Engle: Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Doreen Gonzales,
as well as several religious books.