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Here’s the 2015 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Author (nationality)¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Title (imprint) Marlon James (Jamaica) ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†A Brief History of Seven Killings¬†(Oneworld Publications) Tom McCarthy (UK)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Satin Island (Jonathan Cape) Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press) Sunjeev Sahota (UK) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† The Year of the Runaways ¬† (Picador) Anne Tyler (US)…
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First Time Novelist Awards Short List Announced

The 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize short list is here. After the Parade by Ostlund "An ESL teacher seeks closure from a rejection-marked childhood and his own questionable choices by exploring his relationships with fellow misfits in his youth. A first novel by the award-winning author of The Bigness of the World." Against…
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Map Charts American Literature Road Trips, from ‚ÄėOn the Road‚Äô to ‚ÄėWild‚Äô

"I’ve always wanted to take a road trip across America. Due to a long history of getting pulled over for dumb stuff and a general fear of driving, it’s never happened. So I’ve lived vicariously through books, hitching a ride with Jack Kerouac or piggy backing along with Cheryl Strayed on toe-nail-murdering hiking trails." Click here for more.
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Join Overdrive’s Global eBook (& Audio Book) Book Club

Until June 23 the Big Library Read title is available for checkout. ¬†It‚Äôs free, and there‚Äôs never a waiting list during the program. All you need is a library card ¬†to join the global eBook club. This year's selection is: Eyes on You A Novel of Suspense by¬†Kate White "After a painful divorce and losing…
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O’Connor and Merrimack Press Have a Great Local Summer Read For You

The Pollard was happy to welcome Stephen O'Connor to the library last week to promote his new novel The Witch at Rivermouth¬†published by¬†Merrimack Press¬†-- a new publishing arm of the nice folks that regularly bring you the awesomeness that is¬†Merrimack Valley Magazine. The novel is actually a mystery so¬†O'Connor couldn't talk too much about the…
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TEACHERS: Want free books for your classroom?

TEACHERS: Want free books for your classroom? Come on Saturday, May 16, between 2:00 and 3:00 PM, to collect unsold books at the annual library book sale.¬†Please bring ID or proof of school employment. Special Preview Night for Friends members only: Come and buy used books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs for adults and children! Most…
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Announcing the 2015 #TwitterFiction Festival

More than 20 featured authors from diverse writing backgrounds, including Margaret Atwood (@MargaretAtwood), Jackie Collins (@jackiejcollins), Lemony Snicket (@DanielHandler), and Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig)¬†will participate in this digital storytelling extravaganza, sharing creative works via words, photos and videos. While these authors will be part of the official festival lineup, we encourage all of you storytellers from…
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Friday’s Poem – Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Concord Hymn” – in honor of the upcoming Patriot’s Day celebrations

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was a founding force behind the Transcendentalist movement of the mid 19th century. He was a preacher and lecturer in Concord¬†Massachusetts¬†who gained international notoriety¬†through his series of essays on nature and humanity. He was closely associated with other Transcendentalist thinkers including Margaret Fuller and Henry David Thoreau. He was also an…
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April is National Poetry Month – Here Are 14 Apps for Poetry Fans

These apps can help you write poetry in interesting ways such as including ¬†images or beginning with ¬†writing prompts. There are also voice recording for those on the go and several rhyming dictionary apps. And check out the Poetry Daily app to get your daily requirement of poetry - Vitamin P. Click here for the…
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