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A Celebration of Irish Literature

Irish Literature
by Taylor Follett

To many people, March 17th means a day where they get to wear green and drink Guinness. To us at the library, however, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the rich history of Irish literature.

When you hear Irish literature, you’re probably thinking of books such as these:


New Books in Literature

With every new month comes new books being published—and added to our library collection! This month’s haul includes criticism, poetry, prose, and much more:

See the full list of new acquisitions here, and keep an eye on the English Library Guide for more featured new books.

Want to see a book that we don’t have? Request it here!

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Sign up for the Edible Books Festival!

Edible Books Festival

Sign up now to participate in the Library’s Edible Book Festival! (After signing up, you’ll have until April 6th to come up with your entry idea.) 

Ever wondered what a great literary pun you could make with Catcher in the Rye if you just had some rye bread? Or how cute Velveteen Rabbit themed cupcakes could be? This might just be your chance to explore the more culinary side of your literary interests.

Submission to last year's edible books festival
UC Berkeley’s first Edible Book Festival is held in Moffitt Library on April 10, 2017. (Photo courtesy of the Library)

The UC Berkeley Library is hosting an Edible Books Festival on Monday, April 9th. What is an Edible Books Festival, you ask? Just what it sounds like! Edible books might physically resemble books, or they might refer to an aspect of a story, or they might incorporate text. Judges select winners for an array of light-hearted prize categories, such as “Best Literary Pun” or “Most Delicious Looking.” The Festivals are a great way to celebrate both book-making culture and the culinary arts. Edible Book Festivals began with the Books2Eat website in 2000 and is now celebrated internationally during the month of April.

Participants view the work on display in last year's Festival.
Participants view the work on display in last year’s Festival. (Photo courtesy of the Library.)

Learn more on the Edible Book Festival website and get inspired by last year’s projectsSign up now to participate — you don’t have to have your project details figured out yet: you just need enthusiasm.

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An International Women’s Day Reading List

Your International Women's Day Reading List

March 8th is International Women’s Day, the perfect time to start reading works written by and about women. Spend some time this March browsing the stacks for these inspiring, intelligent, and wonderful works.

If you don’t know where to begin, try starting with some of the staples of feminist literature:

Is anything better than fiction? Yes—like fiction written by and about women:

If you’re feeling poetic, try these collections:

Many female writers produce their best work through essays and non-fiction works:

Still want to read more? Try browsing through the “women” category on OskiCat or checking out the Gender & Women’s Studies library guide. 

If it seems like we missed one of your favorite books that should be honored for International Women’s Day, tweet us and let us know! Want a book that isn’t in the library? Recommend that we purchase it here.

Happy reading!

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New Books Added To The Graduate Services Collection In March

Complete film criticism : reviews, essays, and manuscripts

Complete Film Criticism: Reviews, Essays, And Manuscripts by James Agee edited by Charles Maland

The Oxford English literary history. Volume 1, 1000-1350, conquest and transformation

The Oxford English Literary History Volume 1: 1000-1350: Conquest And Transformation by Laura Ashe

Half-Light : Collected Poems 1965-2016

Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart

Image result for Seasons: A Gwendolyn Brooks Experience

Seasons: A Gwendolyn Brooks Experience edited by Nora Brooks Blakely and Cynthia A. Walls with illustrations by Jon Spivey Gilchrist

The pianoplayers

The Irwell Edition Of The Works Of Anthony Burgess: The Pianoplayers edited with an introduction by Will Carr

A history of European literature : the West and the world from antiquity to the present

A History Of European Literature: The West And The World From Antiquity To The Present by Walter Cohen

C. Day-Lewis - The golden bridle : selected prose

The Golden Bridle: Selected Prose by C. Day-Lewis edited by Albert Gelpi and Bernard O’Donoghue

From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square : Kongo dances and the origins of the Mardi Gras Indians

From The Kingdom Of Kongo To Congo Square: Kongo Dances And The Origin Of The Mardi Gras Indians by Jeroen Dewulf

Imagining persons : Robert Duncan's lectures on Charles Olson

Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan’s Lectures On Charles Olson edited by Robert J. Bertholf and Dale M. Smith

An open map : the correspondence of Robert Duncan and Charles Olson

An Open Map: The Correspondence Of Robert Duncan And Charles Olson edited by Robert J. Bertholf and Dale M. Smith

The Oxford English literary history. Volume 5, 1645-1714, the later seventeenth century

The Oxford English Literary History Volume 5: 1645-1714: The Later Seventeenth Century by Margaret J. M. Ezell

Big Book of the Continental Op. by Dashiell Hammett

The Big Book Of The Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett edited by Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett


Assembly by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

The short stories of Ernest Hemingway the Hemingway library edition

The Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway edited with an introduction by Sean Hemingway and a foreword by Patrick Hemingway

Why Are We in Vietnam?

Why Are We In Vietnam by Norman Mailer with a foreword by Maggie McKinley

A saturnalia of bunk : selections from The free lance, 1911-1915

A Saturnalia Of Bunk: Selections From The Free Lance 1911-1915 by H. L. Mencken edited by S. T. Joshi

No villain by Arthur Miller

No Villain by Arthur Miller

Hidden Hitchcock

Hidden Hitchcock by D. A. Miller

Insomniac dreams : experiments with time

Insomniac Dreams: Experiments In Time by Vladimir Nabokov compiled, edited, and with a commentaries by Gennady Barabtarlo

Good for Otto by David Rabe

Good For Otto by David Rabe

Visiting Edna; and Good For Otto : two plays

Visiting Edna And Good For Otto: Two Plays by David Rabe

The golden house a novel

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie


1668: The Year Of The Animal In France by Peter Sahlins

Conversations with Gary Snyder

Conversations With Gary Snyder edited by Stephen Calonne

Accidental orientalists : modern italian travelers in Ottoman lands

Accidental Orientalists: Modern Italian Travelers In Ottoman Lands by Barbara Spackman

The Wheels Of Chance: With A Student Guide To The Historical And Social Context Of The Novel by H. G. Wells with an introduction and notes by Jeremy Withers

Oscars 2018: The Reader’s Edition

Oscar Nominees: The Reader's Edition

by Taylor Follett, Literature and Digital Humanities Assistant

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an award-winning novel in possession of a good plot must be turned into a movie that doesn’t quite do it justice. This year, however, several films came close. On January 23rd, the Academy Awards announced their latest list of nominees for the 2018 Oscars. Before they were lauded for their actors, screenplays, and cinematography, some of the top films of the year were good old-fashioned novels. So instead of heading to the movie theater to catch up before March 4, head down to Main Stacks to try the real deal. Check out some of the nominee’s original stories here:

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Workshop: Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects
Wednesday, March 14th, 11:10-12:40pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. Whether you seek to embed video from other sources for analysis, post material you scanned from a visit to the archives, add images, upload documents, or more, understanding the basics of copyright and discovering a workflow for answering copyright-related digital scholarship questions will make you more confident in your publication. We will also provide an overview of your intellectual property rights as a creator and ways to license your own work. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2017-2018:

  • Omeka for Digital Collections and Exhibits
  • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.

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Read the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Winners

Pen Award Winnersby Taylor Follett

The 2018 PEN American Literary Award Winners were announced on February 20th in PEN America’s 55th annual award ceremony. The PEN Awards pride themselves in their long history of bestowing awards to influential and diverse voices in literature, the grants they are able to award to well-deserving authors, and most importantly, the incredible books they choose to honor.

As a rule, the books selected by the PEN judges make wonderful reads. This year’s winners are no exception:


March 1: Lunch Poems featuring Rosa Alcalá

Rosa Alcalá

Thursday, March 1
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Morrison Library in Doe Library
Admission Free

Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE. Her poetry also appears in a number of anthologies, including Stephen Burt’s The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, her translations are featured in the forthcoming Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems. Alcalá teaches in the Department of Creative Writing and Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Workshop: Scalar for Multimedia Digital Projects

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

Scalar for Multimedia Digital Projects
Thursday, February 22nd, 4:10-5:30pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

Developed by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, Scalar is a web platform designed especially for multimedia digital projects and for multimedia academic texts. Like WordPress, it is easy to create content, but it is distinguished by multiple ways of navigating through a project, annotation and metadata features, and image and video options. Choose it to develop born digital projects and books, or as a companion site for traditional scholarship. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll learn how to create a Scalar project, create pages and media, add metadata and annotations, and define paths. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2017-2018:

  • Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects
  • Omeka for Digital Collections and Exhibits
  • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.

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