Winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious award for journalism and arts in the U.S., were announced today. Named for newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the awards began in 1917 and are announced every April. Winners of 21 awards are chosen by the Pulitzer Prize board and announced by the President of Columbia University. Winners of 20 of the categories receive $10,000 and a certificate.
Books and Beyond
Welcome to Books and Beyond -- the Des Moines Public Library’s new blog for adults! Here you’ll find details about library events and other happenings around Des Moines. We’ll also keep you updated on the library’s newest technology, resources and services. Check in regularly for book, movie and music information, to get a book recommendation, including Blurbs from the Backlist, or to read the latest news on libraries, authors, books and beyond!
Spoiler alert: Do NOT read this blog post if you haven't watched the series finale of How I Met Your Mother.
If you're a reader, there's a good chance you've been to the Des Moines Public Library for one of our Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) events.
Have you ever finished a book so quickly that you wish you could go back and read it (minus the spoilers) again? That's how I felt when I read Gone Girl. I read it so fast and liked it so much, I just wanted to read it again. So what did I do? Well, first I read everything else that Gillian Flynn wrote. That took up another few days, and then I had to start looking for new authors and read-alikes. That's when the library comes in handy!
If you’ve visited one of the Des Moines Public Library locations recently, you may have seen a bookmark for “A Year of Reading Sharon.” The story behind this bookmark is lovely — it celebrates friendship, love and a passion for reading. In December 2012, just two months after being diagnosed with cancer, Sharon Kurns passed away. Sharon was an avid reader — she enjoyed just about any genre and read a variety of formats, including books, audiobooks and E-books.
The Winter Reading Program is complete! I wish the end of the program also meant the end of winter, but sadly, it doesn’t. However, I hear we may have some warm weather soon, so hopefully the of winter is near. We had some great reviews and were thrilled that you wanted to share your reading with us. I posted the first week’s reviews a few weeks ago and now I have the rest of the submitted reviews to share with you. Enjoy and thanks to everyone who participated!
Another week of winter, another blizzard, another perfect time to curl up with a good book! We’ve finished Week 5 of the Winter Reading Program, which means there is only ONE week left to participate. I’m sure there are plenty of readers out there who have spent at least a little time this winter with a good book — so tell us about it by submitting a review! All reviews must be submitted by 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 to be eligible to win. Here is this week’s winning review:
J.K. Rowling fans, take note! It was announced today that the second novel in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith — aka J.K. Rowling — will be published this summer. The Silkworm will hit the bookshelves in the United Kingdom on June 19 and in the U.S. on June 24.
I woke up to snow falling two mornings this week! If this hasn't been the perfect winter to stay home and read, I don't know what is. I hear we may have some warmer weather next week, but there are still two more weeks to participate in the Winter Reading Program. Keep reading and keep sending us your reviews! Thanks to everyone who has participated so far! Here is this week's winner:
We’re halfway through the Winter Reading Program! After three weeks, we’ve had some great reviews and recommendations. This week has been a doozy — lots of snow, cold temperatures and no promise of a reprieve anytime soon. That means it’s the perfect time to stay in and curl up with a good book. Week 4 started today at noon and goes until next Friday — plenty of time to read and review. Enjoy!
Here is this week's winning review: