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!

For more information, visit the OverDrive help guide.

Check out some of December’s new arrivals here:

70th Annual National Book Awards Winners

On November 20th, the National Book Foundation announced the 2019 National Book Award winners at the 70th annual ceremony. The National Book Award is given to authors in five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. While over 1,700 books were eligible for the Award, the winners stood out for their creativity, emotion, and brilliance. We’ve chosen winners from select categories as well as finalists below!





Translated Literature:



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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

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

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2019-2020:

  • Check back in Spring!

Please see for details.

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

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2019-2020:

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

Please see for details.