Longlist for 2014 Booker Prize Announced

The Longlist for the 2014 Booker Prize has been announced, and this year’s contending books are:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (Viking)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)
The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre)
J,  Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape)
The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Sceptre)
The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)
Us, David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Dog, Joseph O’Neill (Fourth Estate)
Orfeo, Richard Powers (Atlantic Books)
How to be Both, Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
History of the Rain, Niall Williams (Bloomsbury)

The Booker Prize is an annual prize given to the best contemporary fiction. 2014 marks the first year that the contest is open to authors from outside the UK and former British colonies. At BHS, we feature a number of books that have been selected as Booker Prize candidates, including:

Life of Pi (2002 Booker Prize winner – Sophomore option)
The Sense of an Ending (2011 Booker Prize winner – Contemporary Literature)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Shortlist – 2007 – AP Literature)
Never Let Me Go (Shortlist – 2005 – Contemporary Literature)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Longlist – 2003 – Sophomore summer reading)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Shortlist – 1986 – British Literature summer reading)

Other Booker-nominated authors whom we teach at BHS include:
William Golding (Lord of the Flies – freshmen)
Jhumpa Lahiri (Interpreter of Maladies – sophomores)
Salman Rushdie (The Prophet’s Hair – short story – Contemporary Literature)
Graham Swift (Seraglio – short story – Contemporary Literature)

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World Book Night USA – R.I.P. 2012-2014???

Sad news to tell as the American branch of World Book Night, the nationwide event where people volunteer to distribute books for free, has come to what is at least a temporary close, due to funding. BHS had participated in WBN in each of its three years, and our festivities included a book scavenger hunt, a detective quest, a scavenger hunt, a Twitter contest, and teacher-selected recipients. In three years, 180 World Book Night books went out to BHS students and staff. We are saddened to see the end of this fine program. If it does get back on its feet, we will be sure to sign up once again. In the meantime, to read more about our participation, revisit our posts on…

The Inaugural Year

A Boston Globe article from 2012, highlighting BHS’s involvement

Our 2013 Festivities (when things started getting more unusual…)

The 2014 Wrap-Up

New Examples of Annotations for Summer Reading

We’ve updated the examples of good annotations that we’ve attached to our Summer Reading Assignment page, including an explanation of what makes them good. These examples come from BHS students, who were dissecting a section of Of Mice and Men. Check them out on THIS PAGE.

The junior and senior assignments include annotations of short portions of their respective tests, and these examples should serve to show what exactly it is that we expect with this part of the assignment.

Happy reading!

2 BHS Writers Highlighted in Teen Ink Magazine

Two more BHS writers have had their work get published outside of our halls!

Anjali Seereeram and Ariana Orne (both Class of ’15) have recently had their work get accepted into Teen Ink Magazine,. and both authors received high praise for their writing. Anjali’s short story “Youth” became an Editor’s Choice Award winner for fiction, while Ariana had six of her poems get accepted, marking her second time becoming accepted into a non-BHS magazine. One of her poems also was declared the best sonnet on the webpage. Congratulations to both authors!

To see the full list of published BHS authors over the past several years, CLICK HERE