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In 1895, Alfred Nobel specified that upon his death most of his wealth would fund a series of awards, which became known as the Nobel Prizes. He specifically set aside funds for “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction” to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Unlike other awards, this award recognizes a body of work, not a specific work.
The Swedish Academy traditionally announces each year’s award(s)—typically during the first or second week in October. Since its inception in 1901, 107 Nobel Prizes in Literature have been awarded; in four years, prizes were shared by two authors. No prizes were awarded in seven years—primarily during World Wars I and II. The Swedish Academy received 259 proposals and winnowed the list to 198 nominations for the 2015 prize. The following were written by previous Nobel Laureates in Literature:
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Gideon by Alex Gordon
In the tiny town of Gideon, Illinois, a witch was burned at the stake almost two hundred years ago. Now, following her father’s death, a young woman discovers that she descends from a long line of Gideon witches—and that the dark presence the town tried to destroy in 1836 is back and more dangerous than ever. Hounded by a demonic figure and threatened at every turn by Gideon’s suspicious, grudge-loving townsfolk, Lauren Reardon must unravel the mystery of her father’s past in order to save Gideon’s future—and maybe the world’s.
Tightly plotted and thoroughly imagined, Gideon is packed with unusual characters as well as some genuinely unnerving moments. Recommended for fans of Stephen King, Joe Hill, Dan Simmons, and Gillian Flynn.
1776 by David McCullough
Take a moment to sit back in your lawn chair this month and reflect about our nation’s anniversary. Exactly 239 years ago Americans were having quite a different summer than many of us get to enjoy in 2015. Noted historian and story-teller David McCullough takes the reader through the entire tumultuous second year of the American Revolution, arguably the most notable of the eight-year war. Central to the book’s theme are the events of early July. On July 2, 1776, John Hancock, presiding over the delegates in Philadelphia, declared it is “…necessary to dissolve the connection between Great Britain and the American colonies…” While the colonists rushed to celebrate the British responded quite differently. 1776 will lead you through the trials and tribulations of our newly forming nation. 1776 is a magnificent summertime read!
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
I loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane so much that I read it in one sitting. Returning to his childhood home for a funeral, the unnamed main character begins to recall memories he'd repressed for years. All it takes is a walk down the lane to flood the character with memories of his mysterious childhood friend, Lettie Hempstock, and the frightening but magical adventures they had. The story is thoughtful and intriguing, and encourages the reader to engage in childhood magic and fantasy.