New Books in Literature

November is upon us and, with it, what passes for cold weather in the Bay Area. It’s the perfect opportunity to curl up with a book! The volumes we recently received include 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.



Sylvia Plath: Reading a Confessional Poet, Feminist Writer, and Influential Figure

Plath cover

by Taylor Follett

Saturday, October 27th marks the anniversary of Sylvia Plath‘s birth. Plath’s reputation as of the most fascinating and tragic women writers of the 20th century is well-known, as is the work which won her literary respect and a posthumous Pulitzer prize in 1982. Plath was a major figure of the confessional poetry movement and often hailed as an important feminist writer. The anniversary of Plath’s birth provides the perfect reason to crack open a copy of The Bell Jar, or perhaps remark on the wonder of “Lady Lazarus.”

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Read the 2018 National Book Award Finalists!

You know what’s better than Superbowl predictions or presidential polls? Guessing which book is going to win a National Book Award, of course! Grab a friend or a book club and check this year’s finalists in fiction, translated literature, and poetry:

Happy reading, and don’t forget to check back at the National Book Awards 2018 website to find out the winners!



NaNoWriMo 2018 – Come Write In

NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo is back at UC Berkeley’s Doe Library!

Have you ever thought about writing a novel but just didn’t think you had the time? You’re not alone. A small group of friends from the East Bay dared themselves to finish their novels in 30 days back in 1999, creating the foundation of what has become National Novel Writing Month. Since then, this small nonprofit, NaNoWriMo, has inspired a global event of epic proportions! Fifty thousand words in 30 days! Quantity over quality is the name of the game. Turn off your inner editor, and win.

Are you working on a thesis, dissertation, or any other writing project (creative or otherwise) but could use a bit of support from the collective energy of fellow students or colleagues to help you stay focused and provide some inspiration? NaNoWriMo isn’t just for novels anymore — be a NaNoWriMo “Rebel,” and work on your academic projects, an article, a chapter, final research paper, memoir, screenplay, etc., and possibly find some new writing buddies along the way!

The amazing team over at NaNoWriMo created this worldwide community of writers and a support system of libraries, bookstores, and other neighborhood spaces all over the globe called Come Write In, where “Wrimos” gather and forge ahead toward their word count goals during their quest to win this book-in-a-month contest. With all the positive energy of over 300,000 participants, all writing together, winning is possible. Novelist or academic, all are welcome. I have been a participant since 2007, and the undeniable spirit of creativity that NaNoWriMo cultivates continues to motivate me to keep pushing forward, and I hope it will inspire you as well!

Come Write In, Doe Library:
November 4, 1-4 p.m., Room 180 Doe
November 10, 1-4 p.m., Room 180 Doe
November 25, 1-4 p.m., Room 180 Doe
November 30, 6.30-9 p.m. (Thank Goodness We Did It Party!), Room 180 Doe

Sign up at NaNoWriMo.org, and join the East Bay Home Region to see the calendar of events in our area and beyond.

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact Shannon Monroe at least two weeks prior to the event at smonroe@berkeley.edu, 510-643-6151.


November 1: Lunch Poems with Tyehimba Jess

Tyehimba JessThursday, November 1
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Morrison Library in Doe Library
Admission Free

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.  It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Jean Stein Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.  Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series and named one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005” by both The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review.


Sublime Word-Work: Celebrating 25 Years of Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison

"Celebrating Toni Morrison" in cursive printby Taylor Follett

“Word-work is sublime…because it is generative: it makes meaning that secures our difference, our human difference-the way in which we are like no other life,” said Toni Morrison in her December 1993 Nobel Lecture. Sunday, October 7 marked 25 years since Morrison won the Nobel Prize in Literature for her expansive and phenomenal body of work. Celebrate one of the greatest living writers of our time by exploring her work at the library.

All works by Toni Morrison can be found here, but you can always get started with some of her most Beloved works (if you’ll excuse the pun):

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New Books in Literature for October

As fall approaches and the weather begins to cool down, it’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a slice of pumpkin pie and a good book. Where better to find your next read than the library literature collection? 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.



New Books Added To The Graduate Services Collection In October

The Cambridge edition of the works of Joseph Conrad, The rover / Joseph Conrad ; edited by Alexandre Fachard and † J.H. Stape.

The Cambridge Edition Of The Works Of Joseph Conrad: The Rover edited by Alexandre Fachard and J.H. Stape

David Jones on religion, politics, and culture : unpublished prose

David Jones On Religion, Politics, And Culture: Unpublished Prose edited by Thomas Berenato, Anne Price-Owen, and Kathleen Henderson Staudt

W.B. Yeats's Robartes-Aherne writings : featuring the making of his

W.B. Yeats’s Robartes-Aherne Writings Featuring The Making Of His “Stories Of Michael Robartes And His Friends” edited by Wayne K. Chapman


Literature for Hispanic Heritage Month

celebrating hispanic heritage month cover photoby Taylor Follett

September 15 marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of Latinx histories and cultures. Today we’re looking at the rich diversity of Latinx titles available at the Library. (You can find national information about Hispanic Heritage Month here and events at and around UC Berkeley here.)

One rich resource for Latinx literature is the Latino Literature digital collection, which has thousands of digitized, full-text novels, poems, and plays written by over 400 authors in English and Spanish. Organized by both author and genre, the Latino Literature archive has at least 800 items that are not published anywhere else, making it a wonderful online resource for anybody interested in research—or just in reading.

If you’re looking for recently published novels, try:

More interested in lyricism and poetic prowess? Recent poetry collections will not disappoint:

Don’t overlook one of the most inventive genres when looking for books to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Young adult fiction has some truly wonderful picks:

Latinx memoir is another incredibly rich genre:

Happy reading, and don’t forget to check out both the Latino Literature database and UC Berkeley’s events for Hispanic Heritage Month!



Trial Extended: Shakespeare’s Globe, RSC, & More in Drama Online

Drama Online

New Subcollections on Trial from Drama Online 

The Library has a trial to new subcollections through our subscription to Drama Online. The trial will run through October 26th, 2018. The Library wants to hear from you! Please send your comments and feedback to sreardon at berkeley.edu.

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