A Bloomsday Reading List


Bloomday 2018

June 16, 1904 is a famous date in the literary world—the single day over which James Joyce’s epic 20th century novel Ulysses unfolds. Annually on June 16th (known affectionately as “Bloomsday” after Ulysses’s protagonist Leopold Bloom), literary fans in places like Philadelphia, Trieste, and of course, Dublin gather together to celebrate Joyce’s prolific novel. Join in the celebrations by exploring the literary colossus of Ulysses.

Start by reading the text itself, along with the works produced to make it a little more manageable:

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Recent LGBTQ+ Works to Read for Pride

To read for pride: Books published in 2017 and 2018

by Taylor Follett

Pride is here! LGBTQ+ Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Riots, which took place on June 28th, 1969. Forty-six years later on June 26th, the US Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land. LGBTQ+ authors explore themes of love, community, intersectionality, struggle, and queerness within their work. Join us at the library in celebrating Pride Month by reading recent works from LGBTQ+ authors and/or featuring LGBTQ+ main characters.

Get started with some recently published novels:

Or enjoy some of the richest verse of 2017 and 2018:

Make sure not to miss these memoirs and collections:

Looking for more? The finalist list for the Lambda Literary Awards is a great place to find the best recent LGBTQ+ literature. Did we miss your favorite book, or is there a book you really think we should feature on the blog? We’re always looking for more books to add to our reading lists and our shelves! Tweet us and let us know.

An Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Reading List

Asian Pacific American heritage Month a Contemporary Reading List
by Taylor Follett

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which means that federal organizations such as the Library of Congress, the National Parks Service, and the Smithsonian Institution, among others, join together to acknowledge and honor the many generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who make up an essential part of America. However, you don’t have to be a member of a federal organization to join in—and, as always, we at the library love to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by reading!

Interested in learning more about Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month? Check out the official website here. Happy reading!

Children’s Book Week 2018: a Nostalgic Reading List

a children's book week inspired reading list

The 99th annual Children’s Book Week is April 30-May 6, 2018! The longest running literacy initiative in the country, Children’s Book Week is hosted by Every Child a Reader and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) in order to encourage literacy and a love of reading in children.

Most adults who love reading can trace that love of reading back to their childhood. Use Children’s Book Week as an opportunity to revisit the stories that helped shape you into the reader you are today! Here are just a few of the most famous classic children and young adult books guaranteed to evoke childlike happiness, inspiration, and nostalgia in grown-up readers:


If you’re looking for more books to read in honor of Children’s Book Week, check out this round-up of books for ideas for kids, teens, and readers of all ages.

Enjoy the books and never forget the child-like magic of reading!

2018 Pulitzer Prize: Get Ready to Read!

Read 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners at the library

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize awards have been announced, and we at the Library have the books ready for your reading pleasure. With this year’s literary winners, hear about a failed novelist’s world-spanning quest, a dialogue about human connection, and a lyrical exploration of the human voice and body:

And, of course, the finalists provide wonderful reads:

Check out the Pulitzer Prize Website for more winners, and happy reading!

2018 Bay Area Book Festival is coming up!

bay area book festThe Fourth Annual Bay Area Book Fest is fast approaching! On Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th, writers and book enthusiasts will flock to downtown Berkeley to discuss and celebrate literature. Get up to date before the festival comes to town. Try these books by some of the featured authors:

Happy reading and enjoy the book festival!

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Workshop: The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last
Tuesday, May 1st, 4:10-5:00pm
Doe Library 303

You’ve invested a lot of work in creating a digital project, but how do you ensure it has staying power? We’ll look at choices you can make at the beginning of project development to influence sustainability, best practices for documentation and asset management, and how to sunset your project in a way that ensures long-term access for future researchers. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

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Workshop: By Design: Graphics & Images Basics

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
Tuesday, April 17th, 4:10-5:00pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to create web graphics for your digital publishing projects and websites. We will cover topics such as: image editing tools in Photoshop; image resolution for the web; sources for free public domain and Creative Commons images; and image upload to publishing tools such as WordPress. If possible, please bring a laptop with Photoshop installed. (All UCB faculty and students can receive a free Adobe Creative Suite license: https://software.berkeley.edu/adobe) Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2017-2018:

  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

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April Is National Poetry Month!

in celebration of national poetry month

With April comes all that it’s associated with—springtime, new growth, and fittingly, National Poetry Month. Established in 1996, National Poetry Month is just what it says on the tin: an opportunity to discuss, celebrate, and most importantly, read poetry. This is the perfect chance to read some of the new and wonderful poetry that the past several years has had to offer!

We might only be four months into 2018, but there have already been some phenomenal poetry collections:

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New Books in Literature

April showers bring May flowers, but April acquisitions may just lead you to your new favorite read! The books we recently received have something for everyone—whether you’re looking for poetry, prose, or criticism.

Check out the rest of the new acquisitions!

Want a book that we don’t have in the library? Request it here.

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