Leading off with bookish news! The National Book Awards have been announced. You should also check out this interview with librarian and ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall, who was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the event. When asked in the interview about the importance of libraries, she says:
“You know, today we have over 160,000 libraries – so school libraries, public libraries, academic libraries, the place where anyone, no matter who they are, can come in and feel a sense of ownership. And they deserve to see themselves and their lived experiences reflected on our shelves, to see themselves at or behind the reference desk, to see themselves in the information that they are using to navigate their daily lives. And that’s what we work towards.”
Voting for the first round of the Goodreads Choice Awards is currently open! Chosen by the people for the people, there’s no better way to get a sense of the year’s best-loved books across many genres.
In related end-of-year news, Time is featuring the 100 Must-Read Books of 2022. A great ready-made display (In Case You Missed It…), if ever I saw one.
There’s still time to sign up for the last Friday Reads on Friday, December 2 at 3pm. To close out the year, we’ll be talking about reading resolutions and holiday favorites, along with our usual chat about books and authors we (and patrons) are excited about.
Finally, #FridayReads: You know that thing where you grab a brand new book off the library shelf and realize you have no time to read it, and then forget all about it until you see it five years later at a different library and now you have ALL the time to read it, which is marvelous, because it’s just the book you need at the current moment? In related news, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. In my earbuds is The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On, by Franny Choi. (I always forget how much I enjoy poetry until I take a minute to slow down and enjoy poetry.) Screenwise, I’ve got every made-for-TV Christmas movie I own on deck for a snowy weekend of sewing. Happy reading/listening/viewing!