What Are Massachusetts' Must-Reads of 2013?

What are this year's best books written by Massachusetts authors, or are about the commonwealth?

Sure, you know the latest Jodi Picoult book is a must-read for 2013. And with movie adaptions in theatres, many readers are also picking up Life of Pi, Admission and The Silver Linings Playbook.

But what about books written closer to home? Which Massachusetts authors or books should you be reading in 2013? 

Since 2000, the Massachusetts Center for the Book has teamed up with the Massachusetts Library Association, to choose the commonwealth's best fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children's/young adult literature that has been written by Massachusetts writers or is about Massachusetts themes.

Last week, the MCB announced the finalists for each category: 

Fiction   The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro Cascade Maryanne O’Hara Defending Jacob William Landay The Song of Achilles Madeline Miller The Technologists Matthew Pearl Three Parts Dead Max Gladstone Non-fiction Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom Stephen R. Platt Brothers George Howe Colt The Choke Artist David Yoo Clover Adams, A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life Natalie Dykstra In Pursuit of Giants Matt Rigney To Free a Family Sydney Nathans Poetry The Bees Are Waiting Karina Borowicz Darkening the Grass Michael Miller Life in the Second Circle Michael Cantor Place Jorie Graham Shortly Thereafter Colin Halloran What Is Amazing Heather Christle Children's/Young Adult Literature Ocean Sunlight Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard Lesléa Newman Red Thread Sisters Carol Antoinette Peacock Summer of the Gypsy Moths Sara Pennypacker There Goes Ted Williams: the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived Matt Tavares We’ve Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March Cynthia Levinson

Note: Links will take you off of Patch.

The winner will be chosen in late April by a panel of Massachusetts librarians, including Bethany Pierce of the South End branch of the Boston Public Library, Sarah Markell of the Copley Square branch of the BPL, Nancy Tupper Ling of Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Amy Rhilinger of the Attleboro Public Library, Peter Thornell of the Hingham Public Library and Lucy Loveridge of the Framingham Public Library.

Want to catch up on your commonwealth reading? Previous Mass Book winners can be found here

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Sharon April 02, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Sorry, I forgot to add a link to the OBOT website for any interested in attending. http://onebookonetown.org/
Margaret Carroll-Bergman April 02, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Nonfiction: "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City," by Nick Flynn, (Boston and Scituate) ; "With or Without You," by Domenica Ruta, (Danvers); "Lands End: A Walk Through Provincetown," by Michael Cunningham; "Invisible Eden," By Maria Flook, (Truro). Fiction: "The Harbormaster's Daughter," by Heidi Jon Schmidt; "Tough Guys Don't Dance," Norman Mailer (Provincetown); and "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," by George V. Higgins (Boston) quickly come to mind. Only Ruta's book was released in 2013, yet the others are must reads.
Louisa Hufstader April 02, 2013 at 01:22 PM
I wish you could have mentioned that first title last, so it wouldn't show up on the home page ...
Margaret Carroll-Bergman April 02, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Nick FLynn is a great writer! The title is poetic!
Lynda Styles April 06, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Thanks for the comment, Mike. I agree, the book has a heavy theme that warrants discussion. Best! Lynda


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