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Former first lady, Barbara Bush, passed away this week at the age of 92. She, and Abigail Adams, were the only first ladies to be a wife and mother to a president of the United States. Mrs. Bush was very dedicated to public service and literacy projects. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy provides access to and choice of educational opportunities to young children and their parents. Children and parents in all 50 states have benefited from these family literacy programs.

You can discover all of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning materials as well as the finalists in the Letters, Drama, and Music category at Canton Public Library. 

Winners:

  • Fiction: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis
  • Biography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
  • Poetry: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
  • General Nonfiction: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.
  • Music: DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
Less : a novel by Andrew Sean Greer

Best in Fiction

Fascism : a warning by Madeleine Korbel Albright

A brilliant reconsideration of the events and the political, social, and religious movements that led to France's embrace of Fascism and anti-Semitism. 

"Where is America's Rust Belt? It's not quite a geographic region but a linguistic one, first introduced as a concept in 1984 by Walter Mondale. In the modern vernacular, it's closely associated with the "Post-Industrial Midwest," and includes Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, and New York. The region reflects the country's manufacturing center, which, over the past forty years, has been in decline. The anthology is a collection of the best non-fiction essays published in Belt Magazine, a critically-acclaimed regional magazine, and has been artfully put together by publisher and founder Anne Trubek.

How Scott Pruitt went from fighting the EPA to running the agency and rolling back years of policy. An investigation into the conservative political forces and causes, like climate change skepticism, that propelled Pruitt's takeover of the EPA.

Examines possible motives behind the Russian government's interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Examines dictator Kim Jong-un and North Korea through interviews with a defector, diplomats, experts, Kim's school friends, and a former North Korean secret agent.

Correspondent Martin Smith travels to Syria to report on the ongoing conflict, getting firsthand accounts from Syrians living in government-controlled areas.

In The Home that Was My Country, Syrian-American journalist Alia Malek chronicles her return to her family home in Damascus and the history of the Jabban apartment building. Here, generations of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Armenians lived, worked, loved, and suffered in close quarters. In telling the story of her family over the course of the last century, Alia brings to light the triumphs and failures that have led Syria to where it is today. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968.

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. At the time of his murder, King was a polarizing figure -- scorned by many white Americans, worshipped by some African Americans and liberal whites, and deemed irrelevant by many black youth. In The Heavens Might Crack, historian Jason Sokol traces the diverse responses, both in America and throughout the world, to King's death. Whether celebrating or mourning, most agreed that the final flicker of hope for a multiracial America had been extinguished. A deeply moving account of a country coming to terms with an act of shocking violence.

Julie Harris takes viewers into Emily Dickinson's everyday world in a small New England town, from her father's mansion in Amherst, Massachusetts, to Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College, to couple and contrast facts and insights about the poet.

One of the most-recognized figures in American literary history: poet, patriot, and faithful advocate of democracy. But in his own time, critics denounced Walt Whitman as a "lunatic raving in pitiable delirium." This "American experience" production tells Whitman's life story, from his working class childhood in Long Island to his years as a newspaper reporter in Brooklyn when he struggled to support his impoverished family, then to his reckless pursuit of the attention and affection he craved for his work, to his death in 1892 at the age of 72.

An exploration into the life and work of the iconic American, Carl Sandburg. From an impoverished youth on the prairie of Illinois to the halls of Congress and international notoriety, it was a tale of perseverance and success. During his lifetime he was revered, becoming one of the most successful writers of the 20th century, but when he died in 1967, his legacy suffered an unusual an inexplicably fast decline. His work was disparaged and his remarkable life all but forgotten..

National Poetry Month Biographies

Celebrate National Poetry Month by getting to know more about the lives of some of our greatest poets:
 

Longfellow: a rediscovered life by Charles C. Calhoun

 

 

Yeats's ghosts: the secret life of W.B. Yeats by Brenda Maddox

 

 

 

 

Dylan Thomas: a new life by Andrew Lycett

 

 

 

 

From noon to starry night: a life of Walt Whitman by Philip Callow

 

 

 

 

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