Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization.
Winners will be announced November 20. We have all of the finalists and longlists in the store (check out the shelf talkers in the store or ask a bookseller for a summary!
Young People’s Literature Finalists:
- Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
- Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster
- Tom McNeal, Far Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
- Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group USA)
- Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan)
See the National Book Award website for more information on all the finalists and longlists in all categories.
Based on a true story, Escape from Communist Heaven relates the harrowing experiences of a teenager who makes some errors in judgment, and faces the consequences, in a time and place where small mistakes can be fatal.
Please join us for a special evening with author Dennis Dunivan on Thursday night, October 24, starting at 7PM. Due to subject matter, this event is suitable for teens and up.
For more background and to read reviews, please see the website that includes extensive information on the events surrounding the narrative of the book.
Published by Sentient.
Join us for a special author presentation and learn all about the exciting world of Erdas and what’s planned for the series and online game in the future.
An RSVP is requested so we may plan for seating and materials.
This FREE event is open to all ages but will be most appreciated by school-aged children.
Fans of author & illustrator Elisa Kleven will enjoy her latest picture book, Cozy Light, Cozy Night (Creston Books) that features a year of everyday wonders, giving children an opportunity to snuggle up with a parent and enter into a warm, cozy world, where even the planets are tucked cozily into bed along with the shining stars.
RSVP by calling the store at 650-949-3390 for a special Story Time and craft project on Saturday, October 19 at 11AM!
Elisa Kleven is the author and/or illustrator of over 30 children’s picture books, among them Glasswings: A Butterfly’s Story, Welcome Home, Mouse, The Paper Princess,The Lion and the Little Red Bird, Sun Bread, as well as Abuela, by Arthur Dorros, De Colores, by Jose Luis Orozco, and The Weaver, by Thacher Hurd.
Local (St. Francis High School & Stanford University) Lindsay Tam Holland will be presenting her book, The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong at Linden Tree on Thursday, October 10, starting at 7:30PM. Please join us for an author talk and book signing!
About the book: A hysterically funny debut novel about discovering where you come from—even if you have to lie to get there. When Vee Crawford-Wong’s history teacher assigns an essay on his family history, Vee knows he’s in trouble. His parents—Chinese-born dad and Texas-bred Mom—are mysteriously and stubbornly close-lipped about his ancestors. So, he makes it all up and turns in the assignment. And then everything falls apart.
After a fistfight, getting cut from the basketball team, offending his best friend, and watching his grades plummet, one thing becomes abundantly clear to Vee: No one understands him! If only he knew where he came from…So Vee does what anyone in his situation would do: He forges a letter from his grandparents in China, asking his father to bring their grandson to visit. Astonishingly, Vee’s father agrees. But in the land of his ancestors, Vee learns that the answers he seeks are closer to home then he could have ever imagined.
Published by Simon and Schuster.
Lindsay Tam Holland was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and actually convinced someone once that every student there rode dolphins to school. After moving to Northern California and earning an undergraduate degree from Stanford, Holland went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco. Along with teaching high school English and creative writing, Holland coaches water polo, avoids tofu, and enjoys writing limericks.
See you on Wednesday night, October 2, for Catherynne “Cat” Valente at 7PM! Best suited for grades 5-9 though all are welcome. Don’t miss meeting the author of what Time Magazine called “One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy for adults or children, published so far this century.”
We will be serving gluten-free birthday treats compliments of Whole Foods Market. RSVP for this event by calling the store!
We love having authors as celebrity guests for Story Time: don’t miss this Saturday at 11:00!
A Gluten-Free Birthday For Me! is illustrated by Jennifer Morris and published by Albert Whitman.
We are thrilled to welcome Northern California author Katherine Longshore for a special Creative Writing Workshop For Teens and to celebrate the release of her latest book,Tarnish (Viking Juvenile) — now available in our store.
About the workshop: PUTTING THE REAL INTO FICTION: how to bring characters and events to life. Work on “show, don’t tell” with several exercises including taking an event from your life and crafting it into a creative writing piece.
About the book: ”Teens with a love of history will not be able to resist this skillful retelling of the remarkable achievement of Anne Boleyn who rose from a tarnished foreign outcast to the King’s bride.” Kirkus Reviews
“My books are historically accurate, but written with a more contemporary voice and deal with issues entirely relatable to a modern audience–friendship, popularity, love, betrayal and dreams.” Katherine Longshore
An RSVP is requested for this special book release/creative writing event by calling Linden Tree at 650.949.3390.