May 2 Lunch Poems: Student reading

The Morrison LibraryThursday, May 2
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Morrison Library in Doe Library
Admission Free

One of the year’s liveliest events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley’s creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.

Summer reading: There There

Book cover of There ThereThere There
Tommy Orange

The title of Tommy Orange’s novel, There There, references Gertrude Stein’s famous dismissal of Oakland: “there is no there there.” In so doing, Orange recasts Oakland as a destination; it’s not a place of departure but one of belonging and complicated affiliation for his sprawling cast of Native American characters. Indeed, Oakland draws with centripetal force an extended family to its core for a much-anticipated pow-wow, revealing a gritty, beautiful, and disturbing urban Indian landscape. The compelling characters and vivid descriptions reveal a profoundly different there there that will change the way readers see and think about Oakland, its people, its history, and its possible futures.

Ethnic Studies

Note: There There is this year’s “On the Same Page” pick for incoming freshmen. Tommy Orange will be appearing on campus on August 26 to discuss the book.

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Workshop: By Design: Graphics & Images Basics

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
Monday, April 22, 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. Register at

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2018-2019:

    • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Please see for details.

Lit Crit is Coming: What to Read to Prepare for Game of Thrones Season 8

criticism is coming in game of thrones font

by Taylor Follett

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Sunday, April 14 marks the much-awaited premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones. As you don the sigil of your preferred house, place bets on who will win the throne, and over-analyze everything, we suggest embracing an additional type of critical thinking with which to wow your friends at the inevitable watch parties. Consider preparing for the final season by checking out some of the academic criticism and literary analysis around the book series that started it all, A Song of Ice and Fire, as well as criticism that takes the HBO interpretation as its primary text.

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April’s New Books in Art History

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

An American Odyssey                                                 Picasso: Encounters                                          Museum of Obsessions

Le Talisman de Serusier                                                    Gerhard Munthe                                                Nature’s Mirror

 I Prefer Life                                                                        Beyond Klimt                                     Suspended Territories

Digital Humanities Fair at Berkeley

DH Fair April 15-18

April 15, 2019 marks the beginning of the annual Digital Humanities Fair, a week-long series of events that offers the UC Berkeley community the opportunity to share projects at various stages of development, receive invaluable feedback from peers, and reflect on the field more broadly. This year’s DH Fair features a keynote speech from Zeynep Tufekci and a poster session with presentation opportunities for UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty.

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Bay Area Book Fest 2019 Reading List

Bay area book fest a 2019 reading list

by Taylor Follett

It’s almost that time of year again: The Fifth Annual Bay Area Book Festival is taking place in Downtown Berkeley on May 4 and 5, 2019. This year’s festival boasts a number of authors and exhibits, including the return of Robert Reich as a keynote speaker, a new interview series called Writer-to-Writer, where authors interview each other, and more wonderful talks than hours in a day. With so much to do, it can be difficult to figure out which authors to see, so before grabbing your book bag and heading to the festival, grab your library card and read some of the works by the speakers!

The novelists coming to the festival have written enough to keep readers occupied through five more years worth of book fests, but try getting started with these:

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DH+Lib: Building and Preserving Collections for Digital Humanities Research

An English stage showing Sir John Falstaff and Mrs. Quickly, ca. 1662
An English stage showing Sir John Falstaff and Mrs. Quickly, ca. 1662


Wednesday, April 17th, 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Doe 180

This session will feature panelists building collections and tools for local digital humanities projects. Kathryn Stine, manager for digital content development and strategy at the California Digital Library, will talk about building web archive collections through collaboration, preparing these collections for discovery and use, and tapping the research potential of the resulting captured content and data. Mary Elings, Head of Technical Services for The Bancroft Library, will talk about the role libraries can play in developing research-ready digital collections to facilitate emerging research methods. And Gisèle Tanasse, Film & Media Services Librarian at the Library, will discuss her role in Shakespeare’s Staging, a DH project to help digitize, preserve, and make accessible Shakespeare performances from UC Berkeley students.

DH Fair 2019


2019 DH Fair Library Committee
Stacy Reardon, Chair
Lynn Cunningham
Mary Elings
Jeremy Ott
Liladhar Pendse
Claude Potts

Ferlinghetti at 100

by Steven Black, Head of Acquisitions

Lawrence and Kirby Ferlinghetti, 1959

From across San Francisco Bay, the explosion of civic pride that is being expressed in the lead-up to Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s 100th birthday (March 24) is felt in Berkeley, and in particular at The Bancroft Library.  As the proud repository of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s literary archive, as well as records of his publishing house City Lights Books, generations of Library staff have been privileged to meet with Ferlinghetti over the years.

In 1996, Bancroft hosted the symposium “Ferlinghetti, City Lights, and the Beats in San Francisco: From the Margins to the Mainstream” which was followed by the Friends of The Bancroft Library keepsake  The poet’s eye : a tribute to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, edited by Richard Ogar.


City Lights Books


More recently, Bancroft’s curator of Rare Books and Literary Manuscripts is seen here with Ferlinghetti in 2016 to arrange the acquisition of the most recent installment of his papers.

David Faulds and Lawrence Ferlinghetti

One interesting characteristic of the poet’s creative method is the use of reporter’s notebooks in the composition of his verses, which recalls these oft-quoted lines from William Carlos Williams:   “It is difficult/ to get the news from poems/ yet men die miserably every day/ for lack// of what is found there” !

“One Stream of Consciousness” in Reporter’s Notebook

Far from resting on his well-earned laurels, Ferlinghetti has marked this milestone month with the publication of a new novel, Little Boy, released just this week.

Workshop: Text Data Mining and Publishing

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

Text Data Mining and Publishing
Monday, April 8, 11:10am-12:30pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

If you are working on a computational text analysis project and have wondered how to legally acquire, use, and publish text and data, this workshop is for you! We will teach you 5 legal literacies (copyright, contracts, privacy, ethics, and special use cases) that will empower you to make well-informed decisions about compiling, using, and sharing your corpus. By the end of this workshop, and with a useful checklist in hand, you will be able to confidently design lawful text analysis projects or be well positioned to help others design such projects. Consider taking alongside Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects. Register at

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2018-2019:

    • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
    • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Please see for details.