New Books in Literature: December 2018

With winter break coming up, it’s a perfect time to get some reading done. The books we recently received have something for everyone—whether you’re looking for poetry, prose, or criticism.

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Want a book that we don’t have in the library? Request it here.



Library Prize Exhibit 2018 about Frankenstein Now on View

Photo of whole exhibit
Photo by J. Pierre Carrillo for the UC Berkeley Library

“A king is always a king –and a woman is always a woman: his authority and her sex ever stand between them and rational converse.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

Recent Berkeley graduate Julia Burke begins her essay, “Over Mary’s Dead Body: Frankenstein, Sexism & Socialism,” a historiography and cultural critique of Shelley’s Frankenstein, with the above epigraph from Mary Wollstonecraft, the great political philosopher and Mary Shelley’s mother. Burke’s research into the reception of Frankenstein and in its possible influence on socialist radicals of the 1840s earned her the prestigious 2018 Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research, an annual prize awarded to students who have done exceptional research and made significant use of the Library’s resources.

Burke’s paper is the subject of this semester’s rotating Library Prize Exhibit, located on the second floor of Doe between the Heyns Reading Room and Reference Hall. Drawing on the Library and the Bancroft’s broad collections, the exhibit outlines Burke’s arguments in visual form with digitized replicas of the original 1818 edition of Frankenstein, an early copy of The Communist Manifesto, letters, contemporary reviews, and more. The exhibition of Burke’s project coincides with the bicentennial of Frankenstein’s publication. Originally published anonymously, Frankenstein’s true author was greatly contested, as Burke explores. Today it is one of the most important works of the literary canon and the most read novel in undergraduate courses nationwide. The exhibit was curated by Stacy Reardon, the Literature and Digital Humanities Librarian, and designed by Aisha Hamilton, the Exhibits and Environmental Graphics Coordinator. The exhibit will be up until April 2019.

The Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research is awarded annually, and submissions are now open to all undergraduates until April 18, 2019.  Any project from a credit course at U.C. Berkeley from Spring 2018 to Spring 2019 (lower division) or Summer 2018 to Spring 2019 (upper division) is eligible. The project can be in progress as of the due date of the application. In addition to a monetary award of $750 for lower-division winners and $1000 for upper-division winners, the recipients of the Library Prize publish their work in eScholarship, and two will be featured in an exhibit in the Library. Find out more information here.

You can see the rest of this year’s winners and honorable mentions here. Don’t forget to stop by the exhibit to see Burke’s work in person. More books related to Frankenstein in honor of the bicentennial can be found here.



Beloved Books and PBS’s The Great American Read

Beloved Books at the Library

by Taylor Follett

Since May of 2018, PBS has been hosting an 8 part series designed to get people reading, talking about reading, and to generate excitement about books called the Great American Read. PBS conducted a survey to discover the top 100 novels that Americans love before hosting a nationwide vote for America’s most-loved book. They announced the winner on October 23rd, in the close of their program. The winner?

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Successes from National Novel Writing Month: NaNoWriMo 2018 Inspiration

NaNoWriMo cover
by Taylor Follett

Every November, a community of writers, professional and non-professional alike, embark on a challenge: to write at least 50,000 words of a novel, without starting prior and without going back and editing. National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, encourages writers to push themselves to write an average of 1,666 words a day with the help of a virtual community, which also stages in-person meet-ups throughout the month, including at the UC Berkeley LibraryContinue reading “Successes from National Novel Writing Month: NaNoWriMo 2018 Inspiration”


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.



Workshop: HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects
Tuesday, November 13th, 3:40-5:00pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

If you’ve tinkered in WordPress, Google Sites, or other web publishing tools, chances are you’ve wanted more control over the placement and appearance of your content. With a little HTML and CSS under your belt, you’ll know how to edit “under the hood” so you can place an image exactly where you want it, customize the formatting of text, or troubleshoot copy & paste issues. By the end of this workshop, interested learners will be well prepared for a deeper dive into the world of web design. Please bring a laptop if possible. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

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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!



Workshop: The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last
Tuesday, October 30th, 1:10-2:00pm
Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall 117 (Level D)

You’ve invested a lot of work in creating a digital project, but how do you ensure it has staying power? We’ll look at choices you can make at the beginning of project development to influence sustainability, best practices for documentation and asset management, and how to sunset your project in a way that ensures long-term access for future researchers. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series:

  • HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects

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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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