Summer Reading Series: LGBT+ Literature

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by Taylor Follett

June is Pride month! June 28, 2019 marks 50 years since the famous Stonewall Riot, one of the starting points for the gay liberation movement. Whether or not you’re attending a Pride parade or any other Pride month event, Pride month means that it’s time to make sure your reading list includes LGBT+ literature, and the library is here to help!

Kick it off with these novels that feature LGBT+ characters:

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New Books in Literature

Now that the sun is finally out, it’s the perfect time to relax out on Memorial Glade with a new book, and the library’s new acquisitions are wonderful candidates. 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 Series: UC Berkeley Reading List

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by Taylor Follett

Each year, UC Berkeley releases a reading list for summer with selections curated from the campus community. This year’s theme, “Between The Worlds,” includes books which consider what it means to be “between,” whether that is between identities, between cultures, between life and death, or even between humanity and nature.

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Summer Reading Series: Fantasy Novels

fantasy novels summer reading

by Taylor Follett

It’s a week of endings for many of us. The 2018/2019 school year is over, over 5000 students graduated on Saturday, and we finally know who sits on the Iron Throne. Game of Thrones has been a major part of popular culture for eight years—or twenty-two for book readers—and as of last night, it’s over. For those of us who have gotten used to epic battles, dragons, witches, and intricate fantasy plots, it’s a jarring return to reality.

Whether you’re mourning the end of this fantasy (TV) series, waiting for George R.R. Martin to finally release the next novel, thankful that people will finally stop talking about a show you don’t follow, or just want to escape your reality, the library has fantasy novels to fit the bill. 

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An Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Reading List

Asian Pacific American Lit

by Taylor Follett

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month! While the official website contains audio and visual resources, as well as selected digital exhibitions and collections, you can also honor Asian/Pacific American Heritage at home—or at the library. UC Berkeley’s library has a significant amount of fiction and non-fiction works by Asian and Pacific American authors. Where to start? These works come highly recommended! A few have had hugely popular adaptations, turned up in a lot of book clubs, or are well-known as Pulitzer Prize winners, and they might be a good starting place for readers starting fresh. If you’ve already read novels like Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians trilogy or Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer, the following works are just as compelling.

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Workshop: Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks
Monday, May 6, 11:10am-12:30pm
Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall 117 (Level D)

If you’re looking to self-publish work of any length and want an easy-to-use tool that offers a high degree of customization, allows flexibility with publishing formats (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), and provides web-hosting options, Pressbooks may be great for you. Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can license your materials for reuse however you desire. Learn why and how to use Pressbooks for publishing your original books or course materials. You’ll leave the workshop with a project already under way! Register at

Workshop: By Design: Graphics & Images Basics

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
Monday, April 22, 4:10-5:00pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to create web graphics for your digital publishing projects and websites. We will cover topics such as: image editing tools in Photoshop; image resolution for the web; sources for free public domain and Creative Commons images; and image upload to publishing tools such as WordPress. If possible, please bring a laptop with Photoshop installed. All UCB faculty and students can receive a free Adobe Creative Suite license. Register at

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2018-2019:

    • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Please see for details.

Lit Crit is Coming: What to Read to Prepare for Game of Thrones Season 8

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by Taylor Follett

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Sunday, April 14 marks the much-awaited premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones. As you don the sigil of your preferred house, place bets on who will win the throne, and over-analyze everything, we suggest embracing an additional type of critical thinking with which to wow your friends at the inevitable watch parties. Consider preparing for the final season by checking out some of the academic criticism and literary analysis around the book series that started it all, A Song of Ice and Fire, as well as criticism that takes the HBO interpretation as its primary text.

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Digital Humanities Fair at Berkeley

DH Fair April 15-18

April 15, 2019 marks the beginning of the annual Digital Humanities Fair, a week-long series of events that offers the UC Berkeley community the opportunity to share projects at various stages of development, receive invaluable feedback from peers, and reflect on the field more broadly. This year’s DH Fair features a keynote speech from Zeynep Tufekci and a poster session with presentation opportunities for UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty.

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Bay Area Book Fest 2019 Reading List

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by Taylor Follett

It’s almost that time of year again: The Fifth Annual Bay Area Book Festival is taking place in Downtown Berkeley on May 4 and 5, 2019. This year’s festival boasts a number of authors and exhibits, including the return of Robert Reich as a keynote speaker, a new interview series called Writer-to-Writer, where authors interview each other, and more wonderful talks than hours in a day. With so much to do, it can be difficult to figure out which authors to see, so before grabbing your book bag and heading to the festival, grab your library card and read some of the works by the speakers!

The novelists coming to the festival have written enough to keep readers occupied through five more years worth of book fests, but try getting started with these:

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