This Week In Books

A Plan to End “Book Deserts”: This Week in Books

Pretty wild week in the news of the world, so let’s look at some good stuff, okay?

National Book Foundation Launches Book Rich Environment Initiative

Furthering its efforts to promote literacy and expand access to books, the National Book Foundation has launched the Book Rich Environment Initiative to provide books to underserved communities, colloquially known as “book deserts.” In partnership with the US Department of Education, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Urban Libraries Council, and the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, the NBF has secured more than 250,000 donated books from Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, and Macmillan, among others. Between the BRE Initiative and other programs, the NBF will have given away more than 300,000 books by the end of 2017.


4-Year-Old Power Reader is LoC’s “Librarian for a Day”

Daliyah Marie Arana was reading whole books on her own before her third birthday. Now, at four years old, she has read more than 1,000 books, including some college-level texts. This week, Daliyah and her family traveled from their home in Gainesville, GA to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, where Daliyah spent a day with Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, and was named “Librarian for a Day.” It’s pretty incredible to see Hayden, the first woman and first black person to serve in the position, interact with a young girl who not only might want her job someday but who can now see that it is a real possibility. Representation matters.


2017 Tournament of Books Shortlist & Judges Announced

For the 13th year running, the Rooster prepares to crow! The Morning News has revealed the shortlist and judging panel for the 2017 Tournament of Books. As always, the list is a mix of literary bestsellers, critical darlings, and a few surprises. It’s hard to imagine anything beating Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad, but in a tournament where subjectivity and idiosyncrasy reign (to glorious effect), anything can happen. Things really start get interesting when the brackets and book-judge pairings are revealed, so stay tuned.

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What could cause a man to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect.

DeMarco knows—or thinks he knows—that Huston couldn’t have been capable of murdering his family. But if Huston is innocent, why is he on the run? And does the half-finished manuscript he left behind contain clues to the mystery of his family’s killer?

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