The Academy has announced its 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature goes to none other than Bob Dylan.

“for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

Several news and media sources are covering this announcement and Dylan’s output and career, among them Publisher’s Weekly, The New York Times, and NPR.

We probably don’t own all of his opus but I’ll highlight a few books we do own and some particularly relevant music (thanks Jim!), though we own much more. Don’t forget Hoopla! as a vehicle for connecting to his work.

Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits – Volumes 1 and 2.  [Contain early significant tracks]

Bob Dylan's greatest hitsBob Dylan's greatest hits. Volume II

 

Chronicles. Volume One. Simon & Schuster, 2004. [Confirmed volume 2 never yet completed]

Chronicles. Volume one

The first volume in a series of memoirs by a musical and political icon. Circa 1965, arguably the high point in his creative genius, Bob Dylan writes about the beginning of his music career, his early loves, and offers a very personal, anecdotal view of this time of creativity, innovation and music history.

 

 

 

 

Tarantula.  Scribner, 2004. 

Tarantula

Music legend Bob Dylan’s only work of fiction–a combination of stream of consciousness prose, lyrics, and poetry that gives fans insight into one of the most influential singer-songwriters of our time. Written in 1966, Tarantula is a collection of poems and prose that evokes the turbulence of the times in which it was written, and gives a unique insight into Dylan’s creative evolution. It captures Bob Dylan’s preoccupations at a crucial juncture in his artistic development, showcasing the imagination of a folk poet laureate who was able to combine the humanity and compassion of his country roots with the playful surrealism of modern art. Angry, funny, and strange, the poems and prose in this collection reflect the concerns found in Dylan’s most seminal music: a sense of protest, a verbal playfulness and spontaneity, and a belief in the artistic legitimacy of chronicling everyday life and eccentricity on the street.

This is a survivalist love story novel by the first winner of The Apprentice.  Curious? Comment to claim. Thanks!

First light

A father from Chicago takes a road trip to the city of Whitehorse, in Yukon Territory, with his wife and son. During the car ride, they reveal to the boy their harrowing experience surviving a horrific plane crash in the wilderness ten years before, which is how the boy, in fact, came to be born. Set amid the deep, wild woods of the Yukon, First Light tells the story of Daniel Albrecht and Kerry Egan, young lovers leaving a work trip in Alaska to plan their wedding back home in Chicago. Not long into their trip, both engines of their plane catch fire and send them careening into a mountainside in the middle of a terrible snowstorm. Kerry is seriously injured in the accident, and it soon becomes clear that search-and-rescue teams aren’t going to find the survivors in time to save her. Daniel–the one person with survival experience amid the passengers–makes the courageous decision to find help and bring it back to the rest of the passengers, hoping against hope he might save the woman he loves. He leaves Kerry in the care of their coworker, Phil Velez, himself seriously injured in the crash, and takes off into the woods to find a town, a house with a telephone, a road. Something. But Daniel’s choices are made all the more difficult by the presence of his boss, a stubborn man more interested in results than taking care of people. Only one man will come out of their trek alive, but it still may not be in time to save Kerry and the others back at the crash site, slowly dying from their injuries.  As the parents’ story draws to a close, the truth about the boy’s life, and the identity of his father, will at last be revealed.

Books that get re-printed as media tie-ins are still robust and often found in the catalog. Some seemingly don’t do quite as well as hoped – War Dogs and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates being two recent examples.

However, Toronto is in swing for life and lit inspired screenings, and Jim wanted to point out a nice link for you that has a reading list of book related to highlighted films at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The dates these are debuting are September 8th and 18th.

This list is interesting and goes way beyond the usual suspects.  Of course, once the movie comes out the main character (or real person!) is difficult to imagine any other way than how the lead actor looks.

 

The Snowden files : the inside story of the world's most wanted man The Snowden Files  vAmerican pastoral Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

EarlyWord reports that Alex Haley’s Roots is being re-adapted for TV’s The History Channel this May.  A new TV tie-in edition of the novel published by Da Capo (though it still may be classified as non-fiction or biography as it was originally) is coming this May as well.  We have 15 copies on order under the title Roots: The Saga of An American Family.  A picture of the new cover is below.

Another media tie-in to watch out for is Lost City of Z by David Grann, the basis for a movie likely to come out this fall.  We have 10 copies of the book but I’m not finding an audiobook supplier, but we’ll keep our eyes open.

Roots : The Saga of an American Family

The lost city of Z : a tale of deadly obsession in the Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Audiobook Publishers Association is sponsoring a video contest as part of the Get Caught Listening Campaign. 

Someone always has to do a jaunty rap bit it seems…

This one proves a first line can make or break an audiobook.  I recognized only a few.  “It was the best of times…” is not included.  

I like this one but it seemed to be going someplace funnier… 

It’s not exactly on the level of peace in the Middle East–maybe a better comparison would be to the day that George Steinbrenner and Yogi Berra buried the hatchet–but in the book world it’s a big deal.

–Marjorie Kehe in the Christian Science Monitor

over my long week-end, the book world was abuzz with the news that Oprah did indeed pick Franzen’s “Freedom” for her book club.  she explains:

In his latest novel, Jonathan Franzen returns to fiction with a comic and tragic epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the responsibility of privilege. Charting the characters’ mistakes and joys as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever-changing and confusing world, Freedom is an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

we’ll have to presume that an agreement to appear in person for Oprah’s Book Club was prearranged with Franzen.

not to worry, we have 80 more copies on order.

(via Shelf Awareness)

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Library Journal’s collection development feature for September is relaxation and meditation.  My hazy memory of the last time I helped a customer try to locate materials on this subject, was that this stuff can be hard to find.

I select media so I was happy to see a small segment devoted to media both CD and DVD.  I’ve submitted a cart for both music for meditation as well as DVD on the topic.  These should  be in the catalog sometime later this month.

Music for meditation

title artist
ALL ONE KRISHNA DAS
CHAKRA HEALING DEAN EVENSON
DAKSHINA DEVA PREMAL
DIVINAURA AEOLIAH
DR. ANDREW WEIL PRESENTS VIBRATIONAL SOUND HEALING KIMBA AREM & ANDREW WEIL, M.D.
ETERNITY DEUTER
HEALING THE HOLY LAND DEAN & DUDLEY EVENSON
INTO LIGHT DEVA PREMAL
IRELAX: LEAVING THE WORKDAY BEHIND VARIOUS ARTISTS
KOYASAN: REIKI SOUND HEALING DEUTER
LOVE SONGS TO THE DARK LORD BHAGAVAN DAS
MANTRAS FOR PRECARIOUS TIMES DEVA PREMAL
MEDITATION MOMENT DEAN & DUDLEY EVENSON
MUSIC FOR BABIES STEVEN HALPERN
MUSIC FOR ZEN MEDITATION RILEY LEE
RELAXATION SUITE STEVEN HALPERN
SHAKUHACHI WATER MEDITATIONS RILEY LEE
ULTIMATE MOST RELAXING NEW AGE PIANO VARIOUS ARTISTS

DVDs to help you unwind

title
ESOVISION – AFRICA
ESOVISION – BIRD SONG
ESOVISION – CANYONS
ESOVISION – CARIBBEAN DREAMS
ESOVISION – CELTIC DREAMS
ESOVISION – DESERT OASIS
ESOVISION – ETERNAL ICE
ESOVISION – FLOWER MEADOW
ESOVISION – LIJIANG RIVER
ESOVISION – MOUNTAIN HIGH
ESOVISION – NIAGARA FALLS
ESOVISION – OUT OF AFRICA
ESOVISION – RAIN FOREST
ESOVISION – SAHARA
ESOVISION – SAND DUNES
ESOVISION – SAVANNA
ESOVISION – THE FOREST
ESOVISION – THE SEA
ESOVISION – WATER MEADOW
ESOVISION – WINTER WONDERLAND

Esovision is the publisher of these videos, so I suspect that when they land in the catalog the titles  will just say “winter wonderland” or “water meadow” making the subject headings important in finding this material.

Watch a little preview of Caribbean Dreams.

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