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Andre Norton Award Nominees

Since 2005, the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy has been presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  Named after famous author Andre Norton (1912-2005), it is presented at the yearly Nebula Awards. 

This year's nominees are:

Hotel Under the Sand by Kage Baker

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Ash by Malinda Lo

SF Sneak Peeks - Robin Hobb

Have you been waiting for some good reads out of SF?  Anticipating the winter season to end so the publishers start passing out those Spring titles?  Robin Hobb (Liveship Traders Trilogy) starts a new series Rain Wilds Chronicles with Dragon Keeper.  While waiting for your HCPL book to come in, which you can place a hold on now, you can read a sneak peak at HarperCollins website.

2009 HCPL Top Circulated SF Titles

The following titles were published late 2008 or 2009.  These were the top 10 circulated Science Fiction / Fantasy titles in the Harris County Public Library System.

World Hopping

Back from World Fantasy 2009 full of thoughts and interesting questions.  One of the panels I attended was about how laws and cultural ideologies would change when supernatural beings are accepted as fact and not fiction.  What legal ramifications would be involved in "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" if vampires and werewolves were our neighbors?  Could they run for office?  Talk about one long senatorial run if you had an immortal in the seat.

Ursula K. Le Guin's 80th Birthday!

Copyright © by Marian Wood KolischFor 45 years, Ursula K. Le Guin has been reaching audiences of all ages with her stories.  Several honors have come her way for the over twenty books, collections, children's stories, and more she has written.  To see a list of all her achievements, she has a wonderful website.  HCPL carries many of her stories for some great reads

Happy Birthday!

 

Photo courtesy of official website. Copyright © by Marian Wood Kolisch

 

World Fantasy Convention 2009: San Jose, CA

This year the World Fantasy Convention honors the 200th Anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe's Birth.  Don't know what World Fantasy Convention is?  As stated on their website:

The World Fantasy Convention is a professional networking event that regularly attracts several hundred of the top authors in the field every year. Editors, agents, critics and PR professionals make up the bulk of the rest of the attendees....  The convention is also home to the World Fantasy Awards, one of the world's top awards for speculative fiction. These are presented at a gala banquet on the Sunday afternoon.

Craft Club: Tote Bags

Like to be creative?   Then join us for crafting fun! Tonight, October 20 at 7:00 PM, we're making decoupage tote bags that can be used for the upcoming holidays, birthdays, and so much more!  Supplies are provided, instruction given, and all that is missing is you.  Join us tonight for our Adult Craft Club.

Top SF Reads for September 2009

Around Harris County Public Library system, these were the top ten reads of Science Ficton / Fantasy.

Heed the call, Poets!

Bring your poems and your creative energy to the Atascocita Poetry Club on Thursday, October 15th at 7 PM. This is an opportunity to share and discuss your work with other poets, as they share their work with you. We will also discuss work on the Atascocita Poetry Club Chapbook that we will be publishing in January of 2010. There is still time to get your work included in the chapbook! All you have to do is attend a meeting. Please note that this is a program for adults age 18 and older.

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