Read Something New for National Book Month

October is National Book Month. If you’re reading this, chances are you like books. With nights drawing in, this is a perfect month to try something new and make sure you’re benefitting from the full plate of reading pleasure available at your library.
Finalists for the 2010 National Book Awards will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 13, but meanwhile, take a look at the 2009 Award Winners if you didn’t already. The fiction finalists were:
American Salvage” by Bonnie Jo Campbell, short stories about individuals in small-town America thrown into desperation by a world that no longer works for them;
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders” by Daniyal Mueenuddin, raised in Pakistan until 13, educated at Dartmouth and Yale, whose stories are of contemporary Pakistan;
Lark and Termite” by Jane Anne Phillips, about siblings in a family split between West Virginia and Korea in the early months of the Korean war;
Far North” by Marcel Theroux, a story of a post-apocalyptic survivor on the move in a newly lawless world; and
 “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann, a vision of New York painted through the lives of interconnected individuals and incidents, and winner of the National Book Award.
Closer to home, try the 2010 Minnesota Book Award winners. Each year, the Friends of the St. Paul Library organize this showcase of Minnesota writing talent. Winners are selected for general nonfiction, genre fiction, memoir & creative nonfiction, Minnesota, novel & short story, poetry, young people’s literature and the readers’ choice award. Winners have included bestselling authors including Garrison Keillor, Lorna Landvik, Vince Flynn, William Kent Krueger, John Sandford, Louise Erdrich....
So many books, so little time!