Literature in Celebration of Native American Heritage Month

by Pooja Bale

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time to cherish the Native American culture that has so heavily influenced the contemporary American way of life. Native American literature in particular is rich with the voices and perspectives of Native Americans and their traditions, struggles, and triumphs woven into poetry, works of fiction, and memoirs. Visit the Native American Heritage Month website for more information.

Check out these selections to dip your toes into the vast world of Native American literature!

Take a look at these recent works that have quickly gained popularity:

Sift through poetry on Native American experiences with these releases:

Settle back into classics known and loved:

We also recommend inquiring into the Bancroft Library’s extensive collection of essential Native American materials.

Want to recommend a favorite of yours? Let us know on Twitter at @doe_lit! We hope you enjoy these books and explore the rest of the Library’s Native American literature collection.

December 5: Lunch Poems with Margaret Ross

Margaret RossThursday, December 5
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Morrison Library in Doe Library
Admission Free

Margaret Ross is the author of A Timeshare. Her poems and translations appear in The New Republic, The Paris Review, and POETRY. Her honors include a Fulbright arts grant, a VSC/Luce Chinese Poetry & Translation Fellowship, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. She currently teaches at Stanford University where she is a Jones Lecturer.

November 7: Lunch Poems with Monica Youn

Monica YounThursday, April 4
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Morrison Library in Doe Library
Admission Free

Monica Youn is the author of three books of poems, most recently BLACKACRE (2016), which won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America and was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley Tufts Award, and longlisted for the National Book Award. Her book IGNATZ (2010) was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, and a Stegner Fellowship, among other awards. She teaches at Princeton and in the MFA programs at NYU and Columbia. She is a former lawyer, a daughter of Korean immigrants, and a member of the curatorial collective The Racial Imaginary Institute.

New in OverDrive for November

OverDrive is a UC Berkeley Library service for borrowing ebooks and audiobooks. You can access books online, download them to a device, or read them on an ereader such as Kindle. OverDrive is available to current UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. How it works: Simply log in with your CalNet ID, and you can start borrowing!

For more information, visit the OverDrive help guide.

Check out some of November’s new arrivals here:

Book talk (en français) with Lyonel Trouillot

Wednesday, November 13
5-6:30 pm
4229 Dwinelle (French Department Library)

Lyonel Trouillot is a novelist, poet, journalist and professor of French and Creole literatures in Port-au-Prince. He will discuss his novel Kannjawou (Actes Sud, 2016) which was recently translated into English (Schaffner Press, 2019). He will be introduced by Soraya Tlatli, professor of French at UC Berkeley.

Sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Department of French
Cultural Services, French Embassy in the U.S.


New Books in Literature

Take a much needed study break, and peruse the library’s new acquisitions in Literature! 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.

Summer reading: The Towers of Trebizond

Book cover for The Towers of Trebizond
The Towers of Trebizond
Rose Macaulay

The main character, Laurie; her plump, adventuresome, intellectual Aunt Dot; her somewhat objectionable Anglican Father Hugh Chantry-Pigg; and a white Ruwallah camel embark from England on a missionary reconnaissance–or an Anglican spying expedition, as Laurie comically refers to it–to the unconverted peoples of the Black Sea region. (Part of Aunt Dot’s purpose in going is that of “…sizing up the situation and the possibilities, and telling women about the Anglican Church…and about what a good time Christian women had, wearing hats and talking to men, not having to carry the loads, and being free to go about and have fun like men, and sometimes ride donkeys instead of walking.”)

As Laurie narrates their travels through Turkey and Syria, intertwined are her observations of the peculiar ways of organized religion and her musings on her own spirituality. Adding to the truly great appeal found in the language and witty voice of the book, Laurie’s and the other characters’ vast classical knowledge of literary and ancient history also shines through all their adventures.

Slavic & E. European Cataloging Librarian

That’s it for the 2019 Summer Reading List! See you next summer!

Building Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining: Call for Participants

LLTDMJoin the Building Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining (Building LLTDM) Institute June 23-26, 2020 on the UC Berkeley campus to learn how to confidently navigate United States law, policy, ethics, and risk within digital humanities text data mining projects — so that participants can more easily engage in this type of research and contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

The program will consist of how law and policy matters pertain to text data mining research, such as copyright, privacy, and ethics. It will also help participants integrate workflows for these law and policy issues into their text data mining research and professional support, practice sharing these new tools through authentic consultation exercises, and develop communities of practice to promote cross-institutional outreach about the digital humanities text data mining legal landscape.

The Institute supports 32 participants based in the United States — 16 digital humanities researchers and 16 digital humanities professionals. Digital humanities professionals are people like librarians, consultants, and other institutional staff who conduct digital humanities text data mining or aid researchers in their text data mining research. Participation from pairs of participants is encouraged (e.g. one digital humanities researcher and one professional affiliated with that same institution, organization, or digital humanities project). The Institute will be taught by a combination of experienced legal scholars, digital humanities professionals, librarians, faculty, and researchers — all of whom are immersed in the Institute’s subject literacies and workflows.

To apply, email to a current CV and a 2 page letter of interest addressing your experience with or interest in the intersection of text data mining in digital humanities research and the law as well as your goals for how to apply the knowledge taken from the program. Applications are due December 20, 2019 by 5 p.m. PST. Selection notifications will go out in February 2020.

Visit the Building LLTDM website for more information.

Summer reading: Miles: The Autobiography

Book cover for Miles: The Autobiography
Miles: The Autobiography
Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe

Music majors might want to read this book, which I consider to be the best book on jazz history despite it being an autobiography.

Miles Davis was one of the towering figures in popular music of the 20th century. From a middle class family in East St. Louis, his father sent him to NYC to study music at Juilliard. He dropped out, bored out of his mind, and decided to chase his hero Charlie Parker around town to learn the latest Bebop craze. That act of defiance gave birth to a legendary career and gave us some of the best jazz recordings in history.

Davis always managed to stay on top of the many shifts in the music industry and rarely rested on his laurels. His legendary temper, his women, and his fleet of Ferraris are only side notes to a grand career that spanned almost fifty years. Kind Of Blue, the album that made him world famous, is the best testimony of a man who knew how to incorporate materials from different worlds and create classic American music.

Library Assistant III/Receiving Specialist (Spanish/Italian/French/Portuguese/Catalan Collections)
Ordering & Monographs Receiving Unit

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

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo Win 2019 Booker Prize: Read All About Them

Canadian author, Margaret Atwood, and British-Nigerian author, Bernardine Evaristo, have jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize. Atwood secured the Prize for The Testaments, the much-anticipated sequel to her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Evaristo won the Prize for Girl, Woman, Other, a novel in which each chapter follows the lives of primarily black women moving through the world alone but somehow still connected to one another. This is Atwood’s second Booker win and the first for Evaristo, who is also the first black woman to win the prize since it began in 1969.

Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, Canada, and has long been an avid fan of writing and literature, beginning her journey when she was just six years old. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Toronto and a Master’s from Radcliffe College, Atwood began publishing collections of poetry. Her 1964 collection The Circle Game won the Governor General’s Award. By the early-to-mid-1970s, Atwood had garnered much fame for her poetry and novels, particularly her 1972 novel, Surfacing, the story of a woman artist who goes searching for her missing father on an island in northern Quebec. In the next few decades, her poignant novels on pressing social issues, feminism, and speculative fiction cemented her into the legendary author she is today and have garnered her over 20 awards.

Bernardine Evaristo was born in London, England and attended the University of London, where she later received a doctorate in creative writing. Evaristo has written eight books of fiction, which mainly focus on African diasporic experiences throughout various points in history. But she does not stop just there; Evaristo’s writing style is known for combining aspects of prose and poetry, history and modern times, and alternate realities with real life. A good example would be her 2009 novel, Blonde Roots, is a satire that switches the course of the transatlantic slave trade in which Africans enslave Europeans. Her novels have won her many prestigious awards and fellowships, such as the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and the Ferro-Grumley Award.

A joint win for the Booker Prize is a phenomenon that has not occurred since the 1990s. In spirit of Atwood’s and Evaristo’s special win of the Booker Prize, act quick, and snatch up their novels through the Library! You can find more of Atwood’s books on Overdrive as well.