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Buckle up - the literary awards season has begun! 

The Man Booker Prize will be the first prize awarded on October 10. The award  aims to promote the finest novel of the year, written in English and published in the United Kingdom, to increase the reading of quality fiction and to attract "the intelligent general audience."  Your booksellers at EHBC believe it does just that, and we all have strong opinions on which of the shortlisted titles should win. This year the shortlist includes  Milkman,  by Anna Burns; Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan; Everything Under, by Daisy Johnson; The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner; The Overstory, by Richard Powers; and The Long Take, by Robin Robertson.

The Kirkus Prizes will be awarded later in the month on October 25. B estowed annually to authors in three categories - fiction, nonfiction  and young readers' literature. The Shortlist includes 3 books in each category, and they can be found here.

The National Book Awards, the premier American literary awards, will be announced on November 14. These include the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people's literature. They are chosen by a panel of judges who are published writers, known to be doing great work in their genre or field, and in some cases, are past finalists or winners. The Longlist can be found here.

Since there was no Nobel Prize in Literature announced this year, due to scandal within the organization, a New Academy Prize was founded to award the prize for best international literature. The shortlist can be found here, and the awards will be announced next week on October 12.

Finally, voting for the PBS Great American Reads contest will close on October 18. This is the one literary contest where we can all participate! The list of America's 100 most-loved books can be found here, and you are encouraged to vote. The winner will be announced towards the end of the month, on the final program in the series.

So, get your notebooks ready and head over to the bookstore to find these amazing great reads!
Author Events and Readings

Sunday, October 7, 3:00 p.m
Poetry: Michele Bombardier and David Stallings
Michele Bombardier will present her new book, What We Do. Michelle is a Northwest poet whose work has appeared in many literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, Atlanta Review, Poetry International Online, Bellevue Literary Review, Floating Bridge, Artemis, The Examined Life Journal and others. She is the founder of Fishplate Poetry, offering retreats and workshops while raising money for humanitarian relief, specifically for Syria. She lives with her family on an island in Puget Sound surrounded by giant fir and cedar trees.

"An amazing collection. Migrations across natural - and human-built-landscapes underpin  David Stallings's new book,  Risking Delight. The movement of families, the changing of seasons, the longing for home - "a window not yet framed" - combine with close attention to avalanche lilies, western tanagers, old theaters, gulls and gas stations. Ultimately, Stallings presents us with nothing less than a vision of where humans find home in the natural world-with its "pungent aging kelp / spiced with basswood blossoms / served with sunlight." ~ Jordan Hartt, author of  Leap; Program Manager of the Port Townsend Writer's Conference
Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm
From the bestselling author of  Earnest and  An Unexpected Grace comes a novel about a woman, a dog, and the hope and love that can emerge from tragedy. We are happy to welcome back Bainbridge Island author  Kristin von Kreisler when she presents her newest book,  A Healing Justice. Kristin writes articles and bestselling books about animals. To get her stories, she followed a grizzly bear for a week, went hang gliding to see how an eagle felt soaring through the sky, and watched in awe as millions of bats emerged from a cave at dusk like clouds of smoke. Kristin's books have been translated into twelve languages.
Sunday, October 21, 2:00 pm 
West Sound Reads Event!
Bestselling author Leif Enger (Peace Like a River) will talk about his new book, Virgil Wander, in a special West Sound Reads event at the North Kitsap Community Auditorium in Poulsbo. The event is sponsored by Eagle Harbor Book Company, Liberty Bay Books, and the Kitsap Regional Library, and is free and open to the public. The first novel in ten years from this award-winning, million-copy bestselling author, Virgil Wander is an enchanting and timeless all-American story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart.
Thursday, October 25, at 6:30 pm
Dress up as your favorite sidekick (or make one up!) and join us for some pre-Halloween fun when author Jon Morris comes to talk about his new book, The League of Regrettable Sidekicks. A hilarious spotlight on the strangest second bananas in superhero comics, The League of Regrettable Sidekicks celebrates characters and stories that haven't seen the light of day in decades, pulling from defunct and long-forgotten comics publishers as well as DC and Marvel. In this third volume of his Regrettable series, (The League of Regrettable SuperheroesThe Legion of Regrettable Supervillains) Jon provides insight and context, as well as his signature mockery of, and affection for, these overlooked treasures from comic book history.
It's a Party for Teens and Tweens!




May we recommend...
Virgil Wander, by Leif Enger 
The new novel by the author of Peace Like a River is every bit as masterful, yet possessed of its own quiet magic. Kites, for example - the crafting and flying of them - play a transcendent role. A kind of homegrown odyssey, the story follows the owner of a movie theater in a small Midwestern town, the mysteries of his past, and the myriad relationships he has with his fellow citizens and a handful of intriguing outliers. This novel is on track to becoming my favorite book of 2018. ~ John


A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi
Take a trip back to the fall of 2001, and view the aftermath of 9/11 from the eyes of a Muslim teen. The story that A Very Large Expanse of Sea depicts is important and real and emotional. Woven among the typical teenage experiences of the main character are the hardships faced by all Muslim people immediately after the twin towers fell - hardships that are still experienced to this day. Those experiences need to be read and felt by everyone who still cannot see beyond the hijab or the stereotypes. ~ Jenna


These Truths, by Jill Lepore 
Even for a nation with a history as comparatively short as our own, it is difficult to effectively survey its story in a single volume. That Lepore manages to do so is impressive in its own right, but the manner in which she accomplishes it is doubly so. Avoiding tired tropes and unafraid to directly deal with thorny issues like slavery, Lepore still manages to convey the singular audacity and ambition of the American experiment. A timely reminder that, when we remember the titular truths espoused by the nation's (flawed) founders, America is capable of more than its worst instincts.  ~ Tim


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
How is it that after spending four winters in Cape Town working on and reading about post-Apartheid South Africa that I remained relatively clueless about the complexity of the race question until I read Trevor Noah's  Born a Crime? Stir in his childhood stories of being dragooned into multiple all Sunday church services by his formidable (in a shot-out-of-a-cannon sort of way) mama, and the result is pure joy and wonder. How did he survive all that to become the comic he is, or maybe, how could he have become who he is without growing up as he did? I haven't a clue but do know the clarity of his writing and his life as a kid in the fascinating mess that South Africa was and still is made for a marvelous read.  ~ Dave


City of Ghosts, by Victoria Schwab
This series starter is a mix of The Sixth Sense meets Ghostbusters, where near death experiences give one the ability to see - and hunt - ghosts. City of Ghosts is an original ghost story for young fans of horror. More plot heavy than it is character driven, and only slightly scary. This quick read is an ideal first ghost story for the 8-12 age bracket. ~ Jenna


Lethal White, by Robert Galbraith
I eagerly awaited the next Cormoran Strike thriller like the kids who queued up for days to get the latest Harry Potter book, and was not disappointed! When a case involving the blackmailing of a prominent member of the House of Commons turns from bad to murder, Cormoran and Robin are drawn deeply into the convoluted lives of the titled and infamous. Predictably populated with complex characters, a full barrel of red herrings, possible art forgeries and a colorful array of London pubs, Rowling's latest thriller is an absorbing and thoroughly engrossing read!  ~ Susan



The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World, by Sarah Weinman 
Perhaps one of the most controversial and debated books written, Lolita outraged readers with its characters and content becoming not only a literary classic but spawning the idea of the "Lolita". But as Weinman reveals with diligent research and an empathetic narrative, perhaps one of the heart-rending aspects of this novel was its inspiration which was drawn from the actual tragic nightmare faced by Sally Horner. I was riveted and yet, sobered as Weinman delivers a novel that is more than just true-crime but instead also provides a compassionate look about the horrors faced by a young girl and its literary impact on Nabokov's classic. ~ Caitlin


The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, by  Kate Moore 
From the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire to the conditions described in Sinclair's  The Jungle, historically we have seen a constant struggle between industry and safe working conditions, usually at the cost of human lives. Born in the late 20th century with labor laws and OSHA, it was only through this well-researched study into the lives of the "shining girls" from the radium-dial factories did I realize just how woefully uninformed I was. Moore provides a haunting narrative into the lives of these young women, combining a riveting account with compassion and respect. She not only acknowledges their strengths, but also their lasting impact resulting from the "Radium Girls" case, still felt even to this day. ~ Caitlin


New in Fiction
A Spark of Light
by Jodi Picoult
Gone So Long
by Andre Dubus III
Killing Commendatore
by Haruki Murakami
Unsheltered
by Barbara Kingsolver
The Reckoning
by John Grisham
The Clockmaker's Daughter
by Kate Morton
New in Non-fiction
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
by Eric Idle
Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
by Rebecca Traister
On Desperate Ground
by Hampton Sides
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope
by Anne Lamott
In the Hurricane's Eye
by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Library Book
by Susan Orlean
New in Paperback Fiction
Carnegie's Maid
by Marie Benedict
Asymmetry
by Lisa Halliday
Fresh Complaint
by Jeffrey Eugenides
Red Clocks
by Leni Zumas
Hiddensee
by Gregory Maguire
Mrs. Osmond
by John Banville
New in Paperback Nonfiction
River of Consciousness
by Oliver Sacks
Leonardo Da Vinci
by Walter Isaacson
Reckless Daughter
by David Yaffe
Code Girls
by Liza Mundy
Martin Luther
by Eric Metaxas
From Here to Eternity
by Caitlin Doughty
New Books for Kids
I Lost My Tooth!
by Mo Willems
There's a Hole in the Log At the Bottom of the Lake
by Loren Long
Giraffe Problems
by Jory John
Start Now!
by Chelsea Clinton
Louisianna's Way Home
by Kate DiCamillo
Supernova: Amulet #8
by  Kazu Kibuishi
New Books for Young Adults
The Boneless Mercies
by April Genevieve Tucholke
The War Outside
by Monica Hesse
Dry
by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
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