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December 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in December. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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Fiction

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Christmas 2019 Fiction

Some festive tales to get you into the holiday spirit!



Christmas eBooks Also Available!

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2018 + 2019 Nobel Prizes in Literature

The Nobel Foundation recently named both the 2018 and 2019 winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature:

For more about the Nobel Prize in Literature, please follow this link.

See also our 2019 Nobel Prizes in the Sciences post in our Science & Technology blog.
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November 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in November. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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October 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in October. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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Fiction

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September 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in September. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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August 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in August. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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A New Poet Laureate for 2019

In June 2019, the Librarian of Congress appointed Joy Harjo as the new Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

In addition to her critically-acclaimed career as a poet, it is also noteworthy to mention the Library of Congress describes Joy Harjo as "the first Native American poet to serve in the position."

The Library of Congress has this to say about Joy's writings:

"Joy Harjo has championed the art of poetry - 'soul talk' as she calls it - for over four decades.... To her, poems are 'carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom,' and through them she tells an American story of tradition and loss, reckoning and myth-making. Her work powerfully connects us to the earth and the spiritual world with direct, inventive lyricism that helps us reimagine who we are." (source)


Please follow this link for official information from the Library of Congress.

For Further Exploration...

You can learn more about Joy Harjo through the following links:
Related news coverage:
Other Websites:
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July 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in July. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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Fiction

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June 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in June. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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Fiction

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May 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in May. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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Fiction

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April 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in April. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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March 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in March. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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February 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in February. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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January 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in January. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Also check out our Christmas 2018 titles post below!

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Fiction

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Christmas 2018 eBooks

Do you read eBooks? (If not, did you know it's a free service to members of Thrall/RCLS?)

We invite you to explore our RCLS/OverDrive eBook collection of Christmas titles.

You might also like to browse Christmas 2018 Fiction - in print - by following this link.
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2018 National Book Awards

This year's winners and finalists have been announced by the National Book Foundation.

You can follow the links below to explore winning titles and authors in the Thrall/RCLS library catalog, where you can also check availability or reserve items:

Fiction
Nonfiction
Poetry
Young People's Literature


You can also explore previous finalists and winners (by year) via this link.

For more about the National Book Awards, please follow this link.
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December 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in December. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Also check out our Christmas 2018 titles post below!

Nonfiction




Fiction

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Christmas 2018 Titles

Some titles to get you into the holiday spirit!



Also check out: our online collection of Christmas 2018 RCLS/OverDrive eBooks.
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November 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in November. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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October 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in October. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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September 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in September. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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August 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in August. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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July 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in July. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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June 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in June. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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May 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in May. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced!

You can follow any of the title or author links below to explore this year's winners in the library system catalog:


Fiction
History
Biography & Autobiographies
Poetry
General Nonfiction
Drama
For more winning books and authors...
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April 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in April. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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March 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in March. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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February 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in February. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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"Best Books" of 2017

The following titles have been selected as among the "best books" of 2017 by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and others.

You can follow each title or author link into the library catalog to check on availability or to reserve items.


Nonfiction



Fiction



For further exploration:
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January 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in January. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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December 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in December. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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Christmas 2017 Titles

New Christmas titles!

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November 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in November. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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Fiction

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The 2017 Nobel Prize
in Literature

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro, "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."

You can read the offical announcement by following this link.

For further exploration...

From NobelPrize.org:
News Coverage
Library Items - Thrall + RCLS books, etc. by or about Kazuo Ishiguro:
Databases Available at Thrall (also available to members of Thrall remotely - log in with your library card #):
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October 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in October. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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September 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in September. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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August 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in August. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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July 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in July. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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A New Poet Laureate

On June 14, 2017, the Librarian of Congress appointed Tracy K. Smith as the new Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

In 2012, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Life on Mars.

The Library of Congress has this to say about Smith's writings:

"Her work travels the world and takes on its voices; brings history and memory to life; calls on the power of literature as well as science, religion and pop culture. With directness and deftness, she contends with the heavens or plumbs our inner depths-all to better understand what makes us most human." (source)


Please follow this link for official information from the Library of Congress.

For Further Exploration...

You can learn more about Tracy through the following links:
Related news coverage:
Other Websites:
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June 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in June. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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May 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in May. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The 2017 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced!

You can click any of the links below to explore this year's winners in the library system catalog:


Fiction
History
Biography & Autobiographies
Poetry
General Nonfiction
Drama


For more winning books and authors...
Comments? or Questions?


April 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in April. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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March 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in March. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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February 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in February. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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January 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in January. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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"Best Books" of 2016

The following titles have been selected as among the "best books" of 2016 by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and others.

You can follow each title or author link into the library catalog to check on availability or to reserve items.

Alternately, you can follow this link to explore this list visually by book cover.


Nonfiction



Poetry



Fiction



For further exploration:
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2016 National Book Awards

This year's winners and finalists have been announced by the National Book Foundation.

You can follow the links below to explore winning titles and authors in the Thrall/RCLS library catalog, where you can also check availability or reserve items:

Fiction
Nonfiction
Poetry
Young People's Literature


For more about the National Book Awards, please follow this link.

You can also explore previous finalists and winners (by genre) via this link.
Comments? or Questions?


Christmas 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in December. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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December 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in December. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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November 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in November. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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The 2016 Nobel Prize
in Literature

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to singer/songwriter Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

You can read the offical announcement by following this link.

For further exploration...

From NobelPrize.org:
News Coverage
Library Items - Thrall + RCLS books, etc. by or about Bob Dylan:
Other Websites:
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October 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in September. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction




Poetry

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September 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in September. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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August 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in August. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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July 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in July. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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June 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in June. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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May 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in May. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Posted: April 18, 2016

The 2016 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced!

You can click any of the links below to explore this year's winners in the library system catalog:


Fiction
History
Biography & Autobiographies
Poetry
General Nonfiction
Drama For more winning books and authors...
Comments? or Questions?


National Poetry Month 2016

April is National Poetry Month!

This year, perhaps you will consider...

Becoming a Poet!

Ever wanted to write a poem but didn't know where to start?

It's easier than you think! Here are some suggestions to help you begin:

Books you can borrow within the library system...
Even more books exist under these subjects in the library catalog: Need some help with rhyming? Rhyming dictionaries also exist!

You can always ask a librarian about any of these topics!

Some websites you can visit to learn more about poetry...
Some Helpful Tips for Your Consideration...
For a printable version of this information, please follow this link (PDF).
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April 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in April. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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Fiction

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March 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in March. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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February 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in February. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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January 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in January. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

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Fiction

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Exciting News for Patrons
with Print Disabilities


An announcement from New York Public Library (NYPL):

A new partnership between NYPL and Bookshare serves patrons with print disabilities anywhere in New York State. Any library throughout the state can help their patrons get free access to over 370,000 accessible ebooks/eAudiobooks from home.

A print disability can be a visual impairment (including legal blindness or age-related vision loss), a physical impairment that affects the ability to hold a book or turn pages (such as Parkinson's, CP, arthritis, paralysis, etc), or a reading disability such as dyslexia that is physically based.

Of course patrons with print disabilities can still use the wonderful National Library Service (professionally-narrated audio books, magazines, and players delivered to the patron's door free through the mail, web download, or mobile app).

They can now also take advantage of Bookshare: an online database of accessible e-books that will read themselves aloud with the computer or mobile device's voice, while highlighting enlargeable text onscreen. There is no wait or hold queue and patrons can request titles to be added.

Bookshare usually charges a fee for non-students, but the new partnership makes it free to all NYPL library card holders.

If you live, work, or pay taxes in the State, you can get an NYPL library card without having to come into a branch.

Once you have an activated card, call 917-ask-nypl to get the free Bookshare promo code.

Possibly helpful are these very short videos about understanding print disabilities and Bookshare:

More information about what is offered and how to sign up is available at nypl.org/printdisabilities. Questions on the details of using Bookshare can go to their help center at www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center.
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December 2015 Titles

Posted: November 20, 2015

The following books are due out in December. Please use the links below to place your requests now.

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Fiction




Christmas Stories


Explore and enjoy these recent or forthcoming holiday titles...

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November 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in November. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Svetlana Alexievich. "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time" (source)

For more about the author, her writings, and the Nobel Prize:
Additional News Coverage:
You can also follow this link to browse books by Svetlana Alexievich ["Aleksievich"] in our local library system (RCLS).

See also:
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New U.S. Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera is our latest United States Poet Laureate. He is "the first Hispanic American to be named" to this position (source).

Herrera previously served as California's state Poet Laureate. His appointment follows recent Poets Laureate Charles Wright (2014-2015) and Natasha Trethewey (2012-2014).

You can read about Herrera's appointment in the Library of Congress's press release.

The Library of Congress also provides an online guide to Juan Felipe Herrera and his works.

For further exploration:
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October 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in October. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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September 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in September. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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August 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in August. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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July 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in July. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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June 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in June. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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May 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in May. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Posted: April 20, 2015

The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes for "Letters, Drama, and Music" have been announced!

You can click any of the links below to explore this year's winners and finalists (for Fiction, History, Biography, Nonfiction, and Poetry) in the library system catalog:


Fiction
History
Biography & Autobiographies
Poetry
General Nonfiction
Drama
Music
For more winning books and authors...
Comments? or Questions?


April 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in April. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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March 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in March. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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February 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in February. Please use the links below to search the library catalog and to place requests as items become available.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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The Best Books of 2014

The following fiction and nonfiction titles (adapted from lists provided by EarlyWord.com) have been selected by three or more book review journals as being among the "best books" published in 2014.

Locate books in the library catalog by clicking their title. You can also follow author links to explore potential other works available by each author.

You can also browse this list visually via this link.


Best Fiction of 2014