Read at Home: New in OverDrive for December

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!

You can also download the Libby by OverDrive app to access OverDrive from your mobile device. For more information, visit the OverDrive help guide.

Check out some of our new arrivals here:

A Native American Heritage Month Reading List

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 and live events.

Having difficulty figuring out where to start? You’ve come to the right place! If you choose to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with literature at home, the Library’s online selections are a great place to begin your exploration of Native American works.

If you enjoy fiction the most, try beginning with these popular novels:

If you’re interested in personal chronicles, look no further:

Maybe historical accounts or non-fiction works are more your cup of tea:

Let us know on social media what literature you’re reading for Native American History Month!

Trial: Stratford Festival Shakespeare Collection

Stratford Festival Shakespeare Collection: Streaming Performances

The Library has a trial to Stratford Festival Shakespeare, a new video subcollection that would supplement our existing subscription to Drama Online. The trial will run until December 3rd. If the subcollection is of interest to you, the Library wants to hear from you! Please fill out this form for feedback and any comments you have.

This collection includes 10 feature-length films from the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. Located in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, the Stratford Festival is the largest classical repertory theatre company in North America.

Available performances:

  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Hamlet
  • King John
  • King Lear
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Macbeth
  • The Adventures of Pericles
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • Timon of Athens

Coming in Spring 2021:

  • Coriolanus
  • The Tempest

Coming in Spring 2022:

  • Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Othello

Study Guides for each film are also available for free and can be found on a dedicated learning resources page for the collection.

About Drama Online

The UC Berkeley community already has access to great material through Drama Online.  Drama Online (Bloomsbury) is an online resource of primary and secondary sources for the study and performance of drama. It contains 1700 playtexts, 350 audio performances, and 150 hours of video. The platform has a web-based e-reader with page and line numbers that correspond to the print edition, download options, full text search, visualization tools including a Words and Speeches Graph and a Character Grid for each play, the ability to view lines for one specific character, genre, period, title, or playwright browsing, and annotation tools.

You can find:

  • 1,100+ playtexts from Methuen Drama, Faber and Faber, and Arden Shakespeare, as well as contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.
  • Productions from Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen
  • The National Theatre (London) Collection
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company streaming video
  • The Classic Oscar Wilde Collection
  • L.A. Theatre Works audio collection
  • Playscripts from theatre publisher Nick Hern
  • BBC Drama Films
  • Critical Studies & Performance Practice
  • Aurora Metro Books
  • Playwrights Canada Press

Lunch Poems: Fall 2020

The Library’s Lunch Poems series is back! Join us online for a noontime poetry reading series featuring critically-acclaimed and award winning authors. Readings will take place remotely for the 2020-2021 academic year. Zoom links will be available approximately two weeks before the event. All readings will be recorded and posted to Youtube. Visit for more information.

Check out our collection of e-books of the featured poets:

Ticontre: Teoria Testo Traduzione

Cesare Pavese
 Cesare Pavese. Source: Fondazione Cesare Pavese.

In the spirit of Open Access Week worldwide, here’s an open access journal Ticontre: Theory Text Translation published at the Università degli studi di Trento provides a platform for open discussion on the literary text that is not only innovative but also keen to acknowledge core components of the European and American tradition.

With particular attention given to the work of emerging and early career scholars, Ticontre engages with medieval, modern and contemporary literature and with studies that deal with broad diachronic frames. As such, the journal also values investigations that engage with classical literatures within a grounded, progressive and reception-focused theoretical perspective.

Ticontre publishes contributions relating to all aspects of the European and American literary traditions. Given its operation within this critical space, the journal does not prioritize any specific national literary tradition. It promotes dialog rather than divisions, and highlights similarities rather than differences in literary traditions. novelist, poet, short story writer, translator and literary critic.

The current issue is dedicated to Italian writer, translator and literary critic Cesare Pavese (1908-1950) and edited by Giancarlo Alfano, Carlo Tirinanzi De Medici, and Massimiliano Tortora with essays by Marina Bianchi, Sofia Pellegrin, Giuseppe Alvino, Alessandro Amenta, Giuliano Rossi, Thea Rimini, and Luca Cortesi.



Summer reading: Od Magic

Book cover for Od MagicOd Magic
Patricia McKillip

This novel tells the story of Brenden Vetch, who is invited from his farm to a school for magical learning by a giantess named Od. The school’s operations are tightly regulated by the city, in particular by its king, who aims to control how and which magic is taught and practiced there. Brenden’s ability to develop his self identity, magical skills, and interpersonal relationships is tied up in the tension between what magic is permissible and what is not. And the story’s resolution hinges on the possibility of transforming the magic school so that its underlying exclusions are incorporated. As such, this book may be of interest to students who are eager to participate in ongoing social movements, including those that seek to recognize and change the structural limitations of the university—limitations that ultimately impede the richness of scholarly discovery.

PhD Candidate
Department of Rhetoric

That’s it for this year’s Summer Reading List! We’ll see you again next summer!

Read the National Book Award Longlisted Works

The semester may be in full swing already, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to get in some reading! The National Book Award’s longlist has just been announced, featuring poignant and sophisticated works of literary fiction. Check out the Library’s collection of the works that are up for the win.

Summer reading: The Hidden Life of Trees

Book cover for The Hidden Life of TreesThe Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate
Peter Wohlleben

This book captures Peter Wohlleben’s approach to forestry, especially his enduring interest in identifying and tracing the interconnectedness of the disparate living beings of the Black Forest in southwest Germany. The implications of his ideas may serve students well, framing important scholarly questions, including, but not limited to, non-human consciousness, communication, memory, and time. Moreover, Wohlleben’s discussion of how non-human beings are affected by and respond to both short- and long-term ecological challenges may offer new ways to think about the transformative consequences of California wildfires, and the effects of climate change more generally.

PhD Candidate
Department of Rhetoric

This book is part of the 2020 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

Trial: Exeter Medieval Online ebook collection

Exeter Medieval Online

UC Berkeley has a trial for Exeter Medieval Online (ebooks) through October 29th, 2020. The collection combines Liverpool University Press’s Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies and Exeter Studies in Medieval Europe print series, covering a chronological range of c.500-1500, with a broad European focus. The interdisciplinary collection includes monographs, guides, collaborative studies, edited volumes, and translations of important texts on the history, literature, and culture of the Middle Ages. The ebook collection provides full-text digital access to 83 titles, which can also be downloaded to PDF.

During the trial period, we have access to a 50-ebook subset of the collection. Logging in with a CalNet ID is required.

To use additional features, you can optionally create a personal account from the ‘Institutional Account’ tab. This will allow you to:
Highlight Text
Add bookmarks
Add/ download Citations
Add/ download Notes
Mark it as Favourite (but this is available from the “My Library” section)

Your feedback makes a difference! Tell us what you think.

Summer reading: The Overstory

Book cover for The OverstoryThe Overstory
Richard Powers

Did you realize that the trees in a forest are interconnected, that they can communicate and even help one another out? In fact, it turns out that they form a community the likes of which we humans would do well to emulate. This magnificent novel starts off slowly — just as a forest does not appear overnight. At first the human characters appear fleetingly, and the reader begins to think this is a story whose main characters are trees, and on a tree-based time scale, human life is indeed fleeting. But as the story builds, it turns out that the humans, like the trees, are interconnected, and their most vital connections are somehow tied to the natural environment. This is a novel that has an environmental message, but it’s conveyed novelistically, not from atop a soapbox. If you surrender yourself to it, it will repay your attention many times over.

Director of Academic Planning
College of Letters & Scienc

This book is part of the 2020 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!