Man Booker Prize 2019

We have a winner! Actually, we have two winners. It’s not a first in Booker Prize history, but it was unexpected since the rules were changed in 1992 to disallow joint awards.

The Booker Prize is “the leading literary award in the English speaking world … Awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.”


Looking for 49 good books to read?

49 books (24 fiction, 25 nonfiction) are on the longlist for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

Six finalists will be announced on November 4, and two medal winners will be announced at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26. Carnegie Medal winners will each receive $5,000.

Good reading!

Map of Forbidden Books 2019

A Map of Forbidden Books in 2019 by Brendan Brown

For almost as long we’ve been writing, governments and religious groups have attempted to censor what we read.

In 35 AD, Homer’s The Odyssey was banned by the Roman emperor Caligula because it contained dangerous ideas about freedom. The contents of the famed library in Alexandria were used as fuel for the public baths in 640 AD. And Pope Paul IV published one of the first book ban lists with his Index of Prohibited Books in 1559, a list that was updated until 1948.

Think that book banning has been consigned to history? Sigh. Books are still being censored today. Keep reading ….