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  • BN Editors 4:00 pm on 2018/10/10 Permalink
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    Announcing the 2018 National Book Award Finalists! 

    This morning the National Book Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Books in Translation and Young Peoples’ Literature.

    Selected from these lists of five finalists in each category, the winners will be named at the annual National Book Awards ceremony on November 14, 2018.

    FICTION

    Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man
    Graywolf Press

    Lauren Groff, Florida
    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

    Brandon Hobson, Where the Dead Sit Talking
    Soho Press

    Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers
    Viking Books / Penguin Random House

    Sigrid Nunez, The Friend
    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    NONFICTION

    Colin G. Calloway, The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation
    Oxford University Press

    Victoria Johnson, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
    Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company

    Sarah Smarsh, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
    Scribner / Simon & Schuster

    Jeffrey C. Stewart, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
    Oxford University Press

    Adam Winkler, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
    Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    POETRY

    Rae Armantrout, Wobble
    Wesleyan University Press

    Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
    Penguin Books / Penguin Random House

    Diana Khoi Nguyen, Ghost Of
    Omnidawn Publishing

    Justin Phillip Reed, Indecency
    Coffee House Press

    Jenny Xie, Eye Level
    Graywolf Press

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    TRANSLATED LITERATURE

    Négar Djavadi, Disoriental
    Translated by Tina Kover
    Europa Editions

    Hanne Ørstavik, Love
    Translated by Martin Aitken
    Archipelago Books

    Domenico Starnone, Trick
    Translated by Jhumpa Lahiri
    Europa Editions

    Yoko Tawada, The Emissary
    Translated by Margaret Mitsutani
    New Directions Publishing

    Olga Tokarczuk, Flights
    Translated by Jennifer Croft
    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE

    Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X
    HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers

    T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
    Candlewick Press

    Leslie Connor, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
    Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins Publishers

    Christopher Paul Curtis, The Journey of Little Charlie
    Scholastic Press / Scholastic, Inc.

    Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Hey, Kiddo
    Graphix / Scholastic, Inc.

     

     

     

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  • BN Editors 1:00 pm on 2018/08/16 Permalink
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    Meet Two B&N Booksellers Who Go Above & Beyond 

    Erin Doyle
    Store: Pickerington, OH
    Exemplifies: Delivering Extraordinary Customer Service

    The ABCs of Storytime

    Erin’s store manager says, “Children’s Lead Erin Doyle has turned the weekly Tuesday Storytime into a standingroom-only event. It all started when Erin decided to do something a little different after noticing she wasn’t getting many new faces at Storytime (typically seven children plus parents) and that they were already B&N Kids’ Club members.

    Erin came up with the idea to do an Alphabet Summer Series. She planned out the alphabet so each Tuesday Storytime would cover two letters and progress through the summer until school started. The event features books relating to the letters for the day, as well as a related craft or two.

    The store advertised the Alphabet Summer Series on our in-store flyer and talked it up with parents. During the first week’s “A” and “B” theme, Erin prepared an adorable alligator craft and crepe paper butterflies (pictured above), and the Storytime brought in 45 kids. We signed up new B&N Kids’ Club members, handed out Summer Reading journals and hand- sold the Kids’ PWP title. Parents and kids were overheard talking about all of the different books and products we had for them to buy.

    As the series continues, interest has increased, with special visits from firefighters on “F” day, guitar playing on “G” day, and visits from a magician on “M” day and a police officer on “P” day (while the kids wear their pajamas). Erin’s initiative is a hit, and her summer series has brought new excitement to Tuesdays, new B&N Kids’ Club members, and new readers and shoppers to our store.”

    We asked Erin a few questions about her job.

    What is your favorite part of doing Storytime events?

    My favorite part of Storytime is seeing the returning faces. It is nice to see our regulars looking forward to the books and activities we have each week.

    Have you had any surprising moments in the middle of a storytime event?

    The most surprising thing to ever happen during Storytime involves one of our regulars. She enjoys jumping up and helping “narrate” the books. This includes reading along and adding sound effects to the story.

    What elements make a picture book especially good for reading aloud?

    A good picture book to read aloud has to have eye-catching pictures. It is also great if it is interactive so the listener can be part of the story.

    What is your favorite book to recommend to reluctant readers lately?

    This is a hard one. What someone enjoys reading (kid or adult) is very individual so there is no one title. To bring out the reluctant reader, I like to ask leading questions about what they like in their life. If they say videogames then I pick a Minecraft novel, if they say sports it is Jeter or Mike Lupica. Animals—Erin Hunter, etc. The trick is to find them a book about a subject they already know and love.

    Are there any upcoming kids’ new releases you are especially excited about?

    I am always excited about new Wimpy Kid books. Kids absolutely adore them.

    Joe Stager
    Store: Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Exemplifies: Going Above and Beyond

    Courage In the Face of Danger

    Joe’s store manager says, “Going above and beyond was given new meaning by Joe Stager of our store in Wilkes-Barre, PA, who helped keep our booksellers safe during a recent tornado. Joe was the manager-on-duty when the tornado struck. He was in the store with booksellers Mary Zoltewicz, Patrick Abdalla, Rachel Trojan and Tara Steffon, whom he ushered to safety behind the information desk.

    Joe was recently featured in the local Times Leader newspaper for his quick thinking and heroic actions.
    Please click here to view his video interview with Times Leader, and to read his story in the newspaper.

    We asked Joe a few questions about his job (on a more typical day!).

    What book have you re-read the most number of times?

    The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock.  This is a series of short books compiling the story of Elric of Melnibone.

    What book do you find yourself recommending to customers over and over again?

    Books I most recommend.  Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, or Neverwhere.

    Do you have a favorite genre to read?

    Love Fantasy/Sci-fi literature.

    Is there a new upcoming book you are really excited about?

    R. A. Salvatore’s, TimelessI’m also looking forward to Moorcock’s follow up to The Whispering Swarm; no date on that yet.

    What was your favorite book as a kid?

    I remember reading mythology a lot.  Especially Greek and Norse. Loved to read Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories.

    What is the most fun part of your day to day job?

    Best part of my job is engaging and laughing with our booksellers, and more importantly, our customers. Having a happy work atmosphere is good for sales and makes the day go by smoothly.

    Congratulations to our 2018 Above & Beyond Winners!

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  • Jeff Somers 10:00 am on 2017/10/05 Permalink
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    Kazuo Ishiguro Wins The 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature 

    The announcement that Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature is the sort of news that makes you frown and think, wait, he hasn’t won that already? Since the publication of his first novel, A Pale View of Hills, in 1982, Ishiguro has staked out a place in the literary world that is so singular and unique it’s more or less a genre category of one. The Ishiguro genre has been exploring isolation and loneliness in a crowded world ever since, always brilliantly.

    A Citizen of the World and Nowhere

    Born in Nagasaki, Ishiguro moved with his family to England when he was six years old and become a British citizen in 1982 as his first novel was published. This mixture of background shaped Ishiguro’s literary sense; the characters in Ishiguro’s literary world are often painfully alone and unable to bridge the gap between themselves and people standing just a few feet away from them. His best-known novel, The Remains of the Day (which won the Booker prize that year), is consumed by this. The story centers on an English butler, Stevens, who falls in love with the Housekeeper Miss Kenton over the course of years but never acts on his feelings. Stevens is dedicated to the ideals of service, and this commitment leaves him alone and pondering whether or not he has wasted much of his life. Then Ishiguro ends on a beautiful, complex note as Stevens decides to focus on the “remains of the day”—the time he has left—which would be an optimistic note if he was going on an adventure or making a bold play for happiness and not simply going back to his work as a butler. Ishiguro is a master of making characters feel like real people who are revealing their inner selves almost by accident as they tell you their story. The pervasive sense of being unable to truly connect with people or pursue your true self is the pathos that every reader can understand.

    The Chameleon

    Ishiguro effortlessly flirts with genre conventions in his work; his 2005 novel Never Let Me Go explores science fiction themes in a story about children at a special school who realize they are clones created to provide organs for their originals, doomed to die and to care for each other as they suffer. His 2000 novel When We Were Orphans is a detective story. His most recent novel, 2015’s The Buried Giant, trades in elements of fantasy in a story set in Arthurian Britain, playing with the idea that monsters and magic seem real to the people of the time and thus might actually be real in a sense. Ishiguro doesn’t just cynically adopt a genre’s tricks in order to put a twist on things, he uses these elements in service to a deeper story. These books can’t be called straight-up sci-fi, fantasy, or detective novels. They’re Ishiguro novels.

    A Dash of Darkness

    Ultimately, what makes an Ishiguro story so compelling is the way he weaves in the idea that our past, our memory, is simultaneously an illusion—an illusion often unconsciously edited and revised to suit our needs—and an unyielding force that determines our present and future. Characters in an Ishiguro story often appear to be in complete control at first, clearly recalling events and seeing their present with sober authority. Slowly, inevitably, their sense of self fractures as their past clarifies for the reader in subtle ways. More than one critic has noted a sense of the “Kafkaesque” in Ishiguro’s stories, a sense of slowly invading frustration and darkness that spoils a fictional world that seemed beautiful in the early going—The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go both begin on notes of pleasant recollection, then become sadder and darker in the telling. No one reads an Ishiguro novel without being moved, and it’s that power of emotion conveyed through words and images that makes the announcement of his Nobel Prize no surprise at all, but rather an inevitability finally come to pass.

    To celebrate, why not re-read your favorite Ishiguro novel? And if you’ve never had the pleasure, this is as good a reason as any to finally discover one of the best writers we’ve ever had. If you’re skittish about committing to a novel, Ishiguro’s 2009 story collection Nocturnes contains beautiful, meticulously crafted (and subtly connected) stories that are an ideal bite-sized introduction to the singular genre the author has created for himself.

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  • BN Editors 8:00 am on 2017/06/06 Permalink
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    Meet 2017’s Above & Beyond B&N Bookseller 

    Barnes & Noble’s Above & Beyond Award recognizes booksellers for excellence in delivering extraordinary customer service, showing team spirit, going the extra mile, increasing business knowledge, and exemplifying personal growth. This year Barnes & Noble is honoring a wonderful bookseller with the 2017 Above & Beyond Award. Let’s meet the winner!

    Anne Violette
    Store: Bolingbrook, IL
    Exemplifies: Delivering Extraordinary Customer Service

    The Perfect Match
    Anne’s store manager says, “When Anne Violette (pictured right) joined our team last year as a Bookseller, we were excited for her previous experience as a former Children’s Lead at our Walpole, MA, store. In a few short months, she was promoted to fill our position as a second Children’s Lead.

    “Anne’s focus on customers has been a game changer, and her dedication to meeting customers’ expectations has had a tremendous impact on the whole team. Whatever Anne is doing, she puts the customers and her co-workers first, striking the perfect balance between completing her tasks, helping others with their work, and volunteering for special projects, while successfully engaging every customer in her path. The time and care she takes with every customer ensures that their experience is memorable, and the model she sets for her fellow booksellers created a new store standard. Anne goes the distance with her customers, taking them to various departments to make recommendations or carrying their purchase to the register to complete the transaction and issue a Membership. She takes the time to build a relationship with her customers and soon we were calling her our “book concierge.”

    “In Anne’s own words, ‘This is my dream job. I love working here, I love the people I work with and I love the customers.’ As her store manager, I can see Anne and Barnes & Noble are the perfect match.”

    We asked Anne a few questions about her job.

    What are some of your favorite books to recommend to reluctant readers?
    I have a brother who is a reluctant reader. I had purchased a Science Fiction Anthology for him and he loved it. Usually I hear that they don’t have a lot of time to read or don’t have any particular genre they like, so I like to suggest some short stories or anthologies.

    What book changed your life?
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It was the first book I read that was not a just a story. I was on a train trip from Syracuse to Chicago and was reading that—not only did it open up a whole new type of literature to me; but it made me quite a few friends. I had several people come up to me and want to talk about the book, including a professor who was teaching a class based on it.

    What upcoming children’s book are you most excited about, and why?
    Actually, I think the The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan sounds like an exciting addition to this great series. I love that I have boys and girls alike coming in eager to read the whole series and then move into the next one because they found them so engaging.

    What children’s book do you think everyone should read?
    When I was a little girl I had a very basic book of children’s fairy tales that I read and re-read over and over. I love that we have so many beautiful fairy tale books—especially a lot of bargain ones. It gives them a great place to escape to and use their imagination.

    What is your work superpower?
    My smile—I love sharing it with the customers and my co-workers as much as possible.

    What is the most fun part of your job?
    I take it as a personal challenge to try and make each customer I interact with leave with a smile; so I am amazed and delighted to be working somewhere that not only values my interaction with the customers—but rewards it! As I told Carol—this is my dream job. It combines my two favorite things, people and books! And I do love my family here at Barnes and Noble Bolingbrook!

    Congratulations to our 2017 Above & Beyond Winner!

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  • BN Editors 8:00 am on 2017/06/06 Permalink
    Tags: , awards, ,   

    Meet 2017’s Above & Beyond B&N Bookseller 

    Barnes & Noble’s Above & Beyond Award recognizes booksellers for excellence in delivering extraordinary customer service, showing team spirit, going the extra mile, increasing business knowledge, and exemplifying personal growth. This year Barnes & Noble is honoring a wonderful bookseller with the 2017 Above & Beyond Award. Let’s meet the winner!

    Anne Violette
    Store: Bolingbrook, IL
    Exemplifies: Delivering Extraordinary Customer Service

    The Perfect Match
    Anne’s store manager says, “When Anne Violette (pictured right) joined our team last year as a Bookseller, we were excited for her previous experience as a former Children’s Lead at our Walpole, MA, store. In a few short months, she was promoted to fill our position as a second Children’s Lead.

    “Anne’s focus on customers has been a game changer, and her dedication to meeting customers’ expectations has had a tremendous impact on the whole team. Whatever Anne is doing, she puts the customers and her co-workers first, striking the perfect balance between completing her tasks, helping others with their work, and volunteering for special projects, while successfully engaging every customer in her path. The time and care she takes with every customer ensures that their experience is memorable, and the model she sets for her fellow booksellers created a new store standard. Anne goes the distance with her customers, taking them to various departments to make recommendations or carrying their purchase to the register to complete the transaction and issue a Membership. She takes the time to build a relationship with her customers and soon we were calling her our “book concierge.”

    “In Anne’s own words, ‘This is my dream job. I love working here, I love the people I work with and I love the customers.’ As her store manager, I can see Anne and Barnes & Noble are the perfect match.”

    We asked Anne a few questions about her job.

    What are some of your favorite books to recommend to reluctant readers?
    I have a brother who is a reluctant reader. I had purchased a Science Fiction Anthology for him and he loved it. Usually I hear that they don’t have a lot of time to read or don’t have any particular genre they like, so I like to suggest some short stories or anthologies.

    What book changed your life?
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It was the first book I read that was not a just a story. I was on a train trip from Syracuse to Chicago and was reading that—not only did it open up a whole new type of literature to me; but it made me quite a few friends. I had several people come up to me and want to talk about the book, including a professor who was teaching a class based on it.

    What upcoming children’s book are you most excited about, and why?
    Actually, I think the The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan sounds like an exciting addition to this great series. I love that I have boys and girls alike coming in eager to read the whole series and then move into the next one because they found them so engaging.

    What children’s book do you think everyone should read?
    When I was a little girl I had a very basic book of children’s fairy tales that I read and re-read over and over. I love that we have so many beautiful fairy tale books—especially a lot of bargain ones. It gives them a great place to escape to and use their imagination.

    What is your work superpower?
    My smile—I love sharing it with the customers and my co-workers as much as possible.

    What is the most fun part of your job?
    I take it as a personal challenge to try and make each customer I interact with leave with a smile; so I am amazed and delighted to be working somewhere that not only values my interaction with the customers—but rewards it! As I told Carol—this is my dream job. It combines my two favorite things, people and books! And I do love my family here at Barnes and Noble Bolingbrook!

    Congratulations to our 2017 Above & Beyond Winner!

    The post Meet 2017’s Above & Beyond B&N Bookseller appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
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