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David Jones on religion, politics, and culture : unpublished prose

David Jones On Religion, Politics, And Culture: Unpublished Prose edited by Thomas Berenato, Anne Price-Owen, and Kathleen Henderson Staudt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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New Books Added To The Graduate Services Collection In September

Karman : a brief treatise on action, guilt, and gesture

Karman: A Brief Treatise On Action, Guilt, And Gesture by Giorgio Agamben translated by Adam Kotsko

Later novels

Later Novels: Tell Me How Long The Train’s Been Gone, If Beale Street Could Talk, Just Above My Head by James Baldwin edited by Darryl Pinckney

Album : unpublished correspondence and texts

Album: Unpublished Correspondence And Texts by Roland Barthes translated by Jody Gladding

The Odyssey

The Odyssey by Homer translated by Emily Wilson

The unknown Kerouac : rare, unpublished & newly translated writings

The Unknown Kerouac: Rare, Unpublished, And Newly Translated Writings edited by Todd Tietchen and translated by Jean-Christophe Cloutier

The politics of memory and identity in Carolingian royal diplomas : the West Frankish Kingdom (840-987)

The Politics Of Memory And Identity In Carolingian Royal Diplomas: The West Frankish Kingdom (840-987) by Geoffrey Koziol

Love + hate : stories and essays

Love + Hate: Stories And Essays by Hanif Kureishi

Talking to brick walls : a series of presentations in the chapel at Sainte-Anne Hospital

Talking To Brick Walls: A Series Of Presentations In The Chapel At Sainte-Anne Hospital by Jacques Lacan translated by A.R. Price

Conversations with W. S. Merwin

Conversations With W.S. Merwin edited by Michael Wutz and Hal Crimmel

The bag apron : the poet and his community

The Bag Apron: The Poet And His Community by John Montague

The origin of others : the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures.

The Origin Of Others by Toni Morrison with a foreword by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Dissenting Words : Interviews with Jacques RanciÃr̈e, 1976-2012.

Dissenting Words: Interviews With Jacques Ranciere edited and translated by Emiliano Battista

God's zeal : the battle of the three monotheisms

God’s Zeal: The Battle Of The Three Monotheisms by Peter Sloterdijk

Reading Marx

Reading Marx by Slavoj Zizek, Frank Ruda, and Agon Hamza


New Portal for Digital Collections of UC Berkeley’s Japanese Special Collections

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Tsuchiya, Ayako 土屋斐子 b. 1759 . Izumi nikki 和泉日記 [Diary in Izumi Province].
Hand-written manuscript, after 1809. 
From Japanese Manuscripts Collection.

Since 2006, the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto, Japan) and the C. V. Starr East Asian Library have been engaged in collaboration to digitize parts of the Library’s Japanese special collections. Today we are pleased to introduce a portal website for these digital collections, which provides free access to digital surrogates of the following UC Berkeley’s rare and historical sources related to Japan for research, teaching, and exploration. In addition, the portal also provides access to digital images provided by other research institutions (see Berkeley Joint Project, Rare Book Database, which includes over 90,000 titles of Japanese rare books).

Old and Rare Books 古典籍: A small selection from the Library’s Edo printed books and manuscripts collections, mostly from the Mitsui collection acquired in 1950. The collection includes the links to digital images of 760 titles in the Database of Pre-Modern Japanese Works provided by the National Institute’s Japanese Literature.

Copperplate Prints 銅版画: Consists of ca. 2,400 individual prints produced in Japan between 1855 and 1920, distributed in various formats. The collection originally owned by Mitsui Takakata (1867-1945).

Sugoroku Sheets 双六: Consists of ca. 150 sugoroku sheets produced in Japan in the Edo through the Taisho periods. The collection originally owned by Mitsui Takakata (1867-1945).

Fine Art Auction Catalogs 美術品入札目録: A small selection from the Library’s art auction catalog collection printed during the Meiji through the Showa periods, mostly from the Mitsui collection.

To browse all the digital surrogates, click “search”  or “検索” button in any of the above mentioned databases. New materials are added periodically.

For any questions, contact Toshie Marra at tmarra@library.berkeley.edu.

 


Trial: Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels (Digital Collection)

Trial: online comic resources

The Library has a trial to the Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels digital collection from Alexander Street Press. The trial will run through October 31st, 2018. If the collection is of interest to you, the Library wants to hear from you! Please send your comments and feedback to sreardon@berkeley.edu.

What You’ll Find:

  • Full-text, digitized collection of comics, comix, and graphic novels from the pre-Comics Code era works to modern sequential releases from artists in the US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, England, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Korea, Japan, and more.
  • Titles like Essex County by Jeff Lemire, From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, 120 Days of Simon by Simon Gardenfors, Gen Manhwa by various artists, Werewolves of Montpellier by Jason, and God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga.
  • Selected works from artists such as Alex Toth, Boody Rogers, Fletcher Hanks, Steve Ditko, Joe Kubert, Bill Everett, Joe Simon, and Jack Kirby
  • Series such as Crime Does Not Pay and Mister Mystery.
  • 25,000 pages of interviews, commentary, theory, and criticism from journals, books, and magazines, including The Comics Journal.
  • The Seduction of the Innocent by Dr. Frederick Wertham and the complete transcripts of the senate subcommittee hearings that led to the Comics Code Authority and, inadvertently, the underground comix movement.

The UC Berkeley Library also has temporary trials until October 31, 2018 for the following digital collections from Alexander Street:

We encourage and appreciate feedback regarding these trial resources. Please email sreardon@berkeley.edu.



Trial: South and Southeast Asian Literature in English (Digital Collection)

South and Southeast Asian Lit

The Library has a trial to the South and Southeast Asian Literature in English digital collection from Alexander Street Press. The trial will run through October 31st, 2018. If the collection is of interest to you, the Library wants to hear from you! Please send your comments and feedback to sreardon@berkeley.edu.

What You’ll Find:

  • Full-text, digitized fiction and poetry written in English by authors from South and Southeast Asia and their Diasporas during the late-colonial and postcolonial eras.
  • Author interviews and manuscript materials.
  • Authors such as Cyril Dabydeen, Ismith Khan, Chitra Fernando, Michael Ondaatje, Romen Basu, Surjeet Kalsey, Romesh Gunesekera, Githa Hariharan, Samuel Dickson Selvon, Gopal Baratham, Alamgir Hashmi, Brian Castro, Husna Azhari, and Zulfikar Ghose.
  • New content on a biweekly basis. The database currently has over 99,890 pages.

The UC Berkeley Library also has temporary trials until October 31, 2018 for the following digital collections from Alexander Street:

We encourage and appreciate feedback regarding these trial resources. Please email sreardon@berkeley.edu.