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
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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.