The Spiritual Depths of Toni Morrison

During Banned Books Week 2022 (September 18-24), library staff across the country drew attention to current and historic attempts to censor and silence authors. Joined by several colleagues in publishing and education, they seek to highlight specific authors and topics that have been targeted in school districts and public libraries across the country by individuals … Read more

‘The Writers All Want To Be Rock Stars’: Booker Winner Sheehan Karunatilaka Talks Ghosts, War and Childhood Dreams | Sheehan Karunatilaka

WHen Sheehan Karunatilaka woke up at his hotel this morning after winning a Booker Prize – becoming the first Sri Lankan novelist to do so since Michael Ondaatje won The English Patient in 1992 – He had more than 300 unread messages on WhatsApp, but he also had tweets from Sri Lanka . The President … Read more

Sarah Thankam Matthews: Same-sex love is always there, and it’s a part of life

Interview with the award-winning Indian-American writer All this could be different“. In mid-September, young Indian-American writer Sarah Thankam Matthews became one of the finalists for the prestigious 2022 National Book Awards with her debut novel, All this could be different, which tells the story of a young queer immigrant struggling in an unwelcome world. Matthews … Read more

What’s in North Somerset Libraries?

BookTrust Storytime Award North Somerset Libraries are supporting this year’s BookTrust Storytime Award for finding the best book to share with children aged five and under. This organization operates BookTrust, which is the UK’s largest reading charity for children. The six shortlisted books have been sent to libraries. They are: natural experience Written by Benjamin … Read more

Elizabeth McCracken book recommendations

Welcome to Shelf Life,’s column of books, where authors share their most memorable reads. Whether you’re looking for a book to console you, move you deeply, or make you laugh, consider a recommendation from the writers in our series, Who Love Books, Like You (Since You’re Here). Perhaps one of their favorite nicknames will … Read more