Wild Card Categories

Every year in our competition against other libraries across Missouri, extra points are awarded for certain books and bloggers. In the 2016-2017 blogging year, the wild card categories are:
  • Books with LGBTQIA characters — The characters have to play a significant role in the book (no, the two guys holding hands in the background of a single panel of a graphic novel don't count). This also covers non-fiction books written by LGBTQIA authors.
  • Books with one-word titles — Articles count toward this total, but subtitles don't. So The March by E.L. Doctorow doesn't qualify for this wild card category, but March by Geraldine Brooks and March: Book 1 by John Lewis do qualify. Hyphenated words qualify (i.e. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood), as do numbers or number/letter collections without spaces (i.e. 1776 by David McCullough or 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami).
  • Bloggers who have traveled outside the U.S. — No time limits on this: if you've ever been outside the United States, you qualify.