Read Nobel Prize in Literature winners Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke

Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian author Peter Handke have just been announced as the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prize winners in Literature, respectively. Naturally, we might expect our vast collection of their novels to be in high demand!

Before getting  started in literature, Tokarczuk was a psychologist at the University of Warsaw, working as a therapist and volunteer psychologist at an asylum in western Poland. She cites her love for psychology as a significant influence on her literary career. She rose to fame with her third novel, Prawiek i inne czasy (Primeval and Other Times), an enchanting microcosm of 20th-century Poland. She has also built a strong collection of short stories, poems, and essays along with her bestselling novels, which have won her Poland’s Koscielski Foundation Prize and prestigious Nike Award and the International Booker Prize. Tokarczuk has paved the way for Polish literature on the international stage with her insight into the human psyche.

Handke initially studied law at the University of Graz in Austria, dropping out when his first novel,  Die Hornissen (The Hornets), was picked up for publication. Often the center of controversy and known for paying close attention to the “material presence of the world,” he has had much commercial success with his plays and scripts written for films, particularly with his 1966 play, Offending the Audience and 1987 film, “Wings of Desire.” Handke has not only won awards for his novels but for his films as well, including the Gold Award for German Arthouse Cinema and the Georg Büchner Prize for German literature.

Read these selected books by the two authors before they go flying off the library shelves!


Workshop: Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

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 bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2019-2020:

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

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.


New in OverDrive

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 October’s new arrivals here:



Trial: Shakespeare Trilogy, Oscar Wilde Collection, & More in 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 from September 30th, 2019 to October 30, 2019. If the subcollections are of interest to you, the Library wants to hear from you! Please fill out this form for feedback and any comments you have. Please note that these collections on trial can be accessed only from on campus.

The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy on Screen:

The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy is composed videos of an all-women production of Julius Caesar led by Dame Harriet Walter, Henry IV in 2014, and The Tempest in 2016, all featuring a diverse company of women.

The Classic Spring Oscar Wilde Collection:

Live performances of four classic plays by Oscar Wilde with star-studded casts from London’s West End, including The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband.

National Theatre Collection:

National Theatre Live broadcasts and never previously seen outside of the NT’s Archive including comedies such as She Stoops to ConquerOne Man, Two Guvnors, and London Assurance, 20th century classics such as Yerma and Les Blancs, literary adaptations such as Frankenstein, Greek classics such as Medea, and modern stagings of Shakespeare such as Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet.

The Royal Shakespeare Company Live Collection (Part 2):

Recordings of live screenings of 8 productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, such as Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, and Troilus & Cressida. (UC Berkeley already has access to Part 1 of this subcollection.)

About Drama Online

The UC Berkeley community already has access to much of 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.

Content UC Berkeley already has access to:

  • 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
  • Early modern drama titles staged and filmed specifically for educational use (Doctor Faustus, The Duchess of Malfi, Volpone and School for Scandal).
  • L.A. Theatre Works audio collection
  • Playscripts from theatre publisher Nick Hern
  • BBC Drama Films
  • Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen (2016-2018)
  • Shakespeare’s Heroes & Villains
  • Critical Studies & Performance Practice
  • Aurora Metro Books
  • Playwrights Canada Press

Our Literature Picks for Hispanic Heritage Month

by Pooja Bale

From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate and cherish Chicanx-Latinx culture, history, and, of course, literature! With the past year holding much difficulty for the Latinx community in the U.S., Hispanic Heritage Month allows us to spotlight the triumphs and recognize the countless Latinx Americans who have helped shape American society. Visit the Hispanic Heritage Month’s website for more information.

To begin your search, we recommend taking a look at our extensive Latino Literature digital collection, which features over 450 plays written in English and Spanish by hundreds of Mexican America, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latinx authors working in the United States. Among the gems of the collection are nearly 800 works that have never been published before.

If you enjoy collections of stories or poems, don’t miss out on these recent releases:

Check out these books on Latinx immigrant experiences:

Revisit classic works by Latinx authors:

Want to recommend a favorite of yours? Let us know on Twitter at @doe_lit! We hope you enjoy these books and continue perusing the Library’s vast collection of Latinx literature throughout the month and well beyond.



Read and Listen to Your Favorite Books with OverDrive

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 borrow up to 5 books for up to 21 days, after which the books will automatically be returned. You can also renew books and place holds on books when logged into OverDrive. If a book you want is on hold, the OverDrive website lets you know the approximate waiting time as well as how many people are currently waiting for the book. Preview samples of books before borrowing, add books to wish lists, and rate books, too.

For more information, visit the OverDrive help guide.

Here are a few selected titles to start your journey:



Workshop: Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. Whether you seek to embed video from other sources for analysis, post material you scanned from a visit to the archives, add images, upload documents, or more, understanding the basics of copyright and discovering a workflow for answering copyright-related digital scholarship questions will make you more confident in your publication. We will also provide an overview of your intellectual property rights as a creator and ways to license your own work. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2019-2020:

  • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks
  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.


Trial: Literary Print Culture

The Library has a trial to Literary Print Culture: The Stationers’ Company Archive.

What You’ll Find:

  • A unique archive relating to the history of printing, publishing, and bookselling dating from 1554 to the 21th century.
  • The Entry Book of Copies (1554-1842), used to establish copyright belonging to publishers, booksellers and eventually authors until the introduction of automatic copyright in 1912.
  • The Membership Records (1555-1940), providing valuable biographical information on the printing and publishing community and members of the Stationers’ Company. 
  • The Court Records (1602-1982), an essential source for understanding the workings of the Stationers’ Company and for dating texts or tracing editions.
  • The English Stock documents (1603-1961), which recorded the activities of the successful publishing arm of the Stationers’ Company.
  • The Treasurers’ vouchers (1734-1800) detail English Stock payments for printing, paper and advertising almanacs and other English Stock books.

The trial will run from September 13, 2019 to October 11th, 2019. Please note that these trials are available only from on-campus.

If the collection is of interest to you, the Library wants to hear from you! Please fill out this form for feedback and any comments you have.

The UC Berkeley Library also has temporary trials until October 11th, 2019 for the following digital collections from Adam Matthew:


Trial: Shakespeare in Performance

The Library has a trial to Shakespeare in Performance: Prompt Books from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

What You’ll Find:

  • Over 1,000 prompt books of 34 of Shakespeare’s plays, including editions owned by notable actors and directors such as Charles and John Philip Kemble, Henry Irving, Ellen Terry and Laurence Olivier.
  • Works include David Garrick’s revised 1772 production of Hamlet, Henry Irving’s famous 1879 production of The Merchant of Venice, and Laurence Olivier’s Academy Award-winning cinema release of Hamlet in 1948.
  • Other material related to performance, such as playbills, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, theatrical account books, photographs, sketches, costumes, props, cue sheets, lighting plots, musical scores, and the correspondence and writings of countless Shakespearean actors, directors, and managers through the ages.

The trial will run from September 13, 2019 to October 11th, 2019. Please note that these trials are available only from on-campus.

If the collection is of interest to you, the Library wants to hear from you! Please fill out this form for feedback and any comments you have.

The UC Berkeley Library also has temporary trials until October 11th, 2019 for the following digital collections from Adam Matthew:


Trial: Shakespeare’s Globe Archive

The Library has a trial to Shakespeare’s Globe Archive: Theatres, Players & Performance.

What You’ll Find:

  • Documentation of the performance and construction history of the new Globe and the indoor theatre space of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
  • The documents of the Globe’s performance archive primarily deal with productions from the opening of the theatre in 1997 to 2016. It includes materials on ‘Original Practice’ productions that attempted to recreate the acting methods and costumes of Shakespeare’s time. It also includes material on performances at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 2014-2016.
  • The collection contains information on around 170 different plays, concerts or events and over 400 different productions of these plays.
  • The archive divides into 14 main collections of document types, including Prompt Books, Performance Photographs, Programmes, Annual Reports, and Architectural Material.

The trial will run from September 13, 2019 to October 11th, 2019. Please note that these trials are available only from on-campus.

If the collection is of interest to you, the Library wants to hear from you! Please fill out this form for feedback and any comments you have.

The UC Berkeley Library also has temporary trials until October 11th, 2019 for the following digital collections from Adam Matthew: