1. The shortlist for ALA’s Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction were announced today at noon. LJ reviewed all six (two of those reviews are mine, coincidentally). Check out our coverage of the nominees here:

    Fiction:

    This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz

    Canada by Richard Ford

    The Round House by Louise Erdrich

    Nonfiction:

    Spillover by David Quammen

    Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan

    The Mansion of Happiness by Jill Lepore

  2. I’d do anything for the library,” Ford said before his talk and book signing, which was organized by Barrett Bookstore. “I was a kid raised in the library in Mississippi.” He added, “It’s a social center. It’s a place where kids can come after school and be safe. It’s a place where thoughts can actually happen without the overseeing of the `thought police.’

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    Darien Library audience enamored by Pulitzer Prize winner - Darien News

    Richard Ford, entertaining our patrons and tearing down the dreaded Thought Police!

    (via darienlibrary)