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Ellsworth Public Library Readers Needed for Vote on Best New Fiction

Maine Readers' Choice Award
Maine State Library
Maine Readers' Choice Award
Posted May 23, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.

Ellsworth – The Ellsworth Public Library is seeking readers for a statewide effort to name the 2014 Maine Readers’ Choice Award literary fiction book of the year.

Four recent titles are up for consideration in a vote that will be held in September, including:

• The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown and Company);

• Benediction by Kent Haruf (Vintage)

• The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (Harper Perennial); and

• TransAtlantic by Colum McCann (Random House.)

The works were selected by the Maine Readers’ Choice Award Committee as the top candidates from an initial field of over 140 works of fiction. The winner of the 2014 Readers’ Choice Award will be determined by readers throughout Maine.

“We want readers to add these items to their summer reading lists and provide feedback in September,” said Sandy Abbott, assistant director of the Ellsworth Public Library. “We have each of the four books on the finalist list and encourage people use our website www.ellsworth.lib.me.us to reserve a copy or take advantage of our free eBook and audio book downloads through Maine InfoNet. People are always welcome to visit the library get their names on the reserve list.” People who sign up to read the four finalists, submit a review of each, and return their final vote to the library before September 13th, will be entered in a drawing for a free eReader!

The library is also hosting a series of discussion groups on the books which will meet as follows:

• Wednesday June 11th at Noon -discussing Benediction by Kent Haruf

• Wednesday July 9th at Noon – discussing TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

• Wednesday august 13th at Noon – discussing The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker

• Wednesday September 10th at Noon – discussing The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

All are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and attend one or all of the discussions.

The state-wide vote will occur between September 1 and September 15. Readers can vote at the library, certain book stores or online at www.mainereaderschoiceaward.org.

Books reviewed by the Maine Readers’ Choice Award Committee came from recommendations from librarians, patrons and booksellers throughout the state of Maine. Many of the titles selected have appeared on a wide variety of “best” books lists this year as well. That list was pared down through a blind voting process by members of the Committee.

In order to be considered, the books must have been published in the United States in the previous year, appeal to a wide audience and be judged by the Committee to be notable works of exceptional quality. Revised editions, updates of previously published works, series or trilogies are not eligible for consideration.

The Maine Readers’ Choice Award was officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association with the aim of increasing awareness and reading of adult literary fiction.

For more information, contact the Ellsworth Public Library at 207-667-6363 or visit the Maine Readers’ Choice Award website at www.mainereaderschoiceaward.org

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