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Book Squad Podcast 011: Hist Fic AND Books That Hurt Yer Guts

Book Squad Podcast 011: Hist Fic AND Books That Hurt Yer Guts

TWICE a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:

Bookish News:

The long lists for the 2017 National Book Award are coming out this week!

The Man Booker Prize short list has also been revealed:

Two Book Minimum:

Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body by Roxane Gay (2017)
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (2017)
Dying by Cory Taylor (2017)
The Dinner by Herman Koch (2009 / trans. 2013)

Instead of She Said/She Said, this episode addresses the wide world of HISTORICAL FICTION:

Definitions of Historical Fiction vary, sometimes being described as “a story that is set at least a generation (25 years) prior to when it was written” (League of Extraordinary Librarians). We have also seen it defined that the novel must be set before the author was born, and others claim that anything older than 50 years counts!

Here are some examples of Historical Fiction types and some novels that fall within these categories:

African American Historical FictionHomegoing by Yaa Gyasi & Grace by Natashia Deon
Biblical FictionThe Red Tent by Anita Diamant & Cain by Jose Saramago
Classic Historical FictionRoots by Alex Haley & The Other Boleyn Girl by Gregory
Dear Diary - Bright Edge of the World by Eowen Ivey & Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole
Discovery and Exploration in FictionEuphoria by Lily King
Family SagasBefore we visit the goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni & We Are not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Historical WomenJam on the Vine by LaShonda K Barnett, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

…LOTS more can be found by using your library card to log in at NoveList!

Upcoming Events:

  • Ian from the Info Services team at LPL has started Doc Discussions, a documentary watching club! The inaugural event is Saturday, Sept 16th (events will take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month) — Details here!
  • Banned Book Trading Cards are coming! Our guest presenter will be… Zora Neale Hurston! Performed by Dr. Carmaletta Williams, a retired professor of English & African American Studies, AND an Emmy-winning performer. Dr. Williams has been working on the upcoming Langston Hughes documentary, I, Too, Sing America.The Banned Book Trading Cards reveal is at 5pm on Friday, Sept. 22nd in the LPL Auditorium

 


This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio.
You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesStitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

Book Squad Podcast 010: The Intestinal Issue? Also, Zora Neale Hurston!

Book Squad Podcast 010: The Intestinal Issue? Also, Zora Neale Hurston!

Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:

Bookish News:

HUGO Awards — women kicked butt!
N.K. Jemisin is the second woman to win two years in a row in a quarter century!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and The Hate U Give are being made into movies. Find out more info here.

 

Two Book Minimum:

Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard (2017)
Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2012)
Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw (2017)
Uptown Thief by Aya De Leon (2016) from the Justice Hustlers series

bonus: Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2012)


She Said/She Said: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

In honor of the upcoming KU Black Love Symposium, which celebrates the 80th anniversary of Their Eyes Were Watching God, we wanted to join in on the excitement and discuss this beautiful classic!

Their Eyes Were Watching God is a 1937 novel and the best known work by African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston. The novel narrates main character Janie Crawford’s “ripening from a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny.”[NEA] As a young woman, who is fair-skinned with long hair, she expects more out of life, but comes to realize she has to find out about life ‘fuh theyselves’ (for herself), just as people can only go-to-God for themselves. Set in central and southern Florida in the early 20th century, the novel was initially poorly received for its rejection of racial uplift literary prescriptions. Today, it has come to be regarded as a seminal work in both African-American literature and women’s literature. TIME included the novel in its 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923. [More info]


Upcoming Events:


 

This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio.

You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesStitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Reading is essential for democracy and intellectual freedom is essential for a creative society.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

How can you fight censorship?

1. Attend our 5th Annual Banned Books Trading Card Reveal Party on Friday, September 23.

2. Collect all 7 2016 Banned Book Trading Cards at the Welcome Desk—a new one revealed each day from 9/25–10/1!

3. Explore these recently challenged books from 2015:

  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  • I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  • The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  • Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
  • Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  • Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  • Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

4. Explore these.

5. Get involved.

 

 

Banned Book Trading Cards V: The Quest for Diversity

Diversity is the theme for this year’s Banned Books Week. How do we define diversity? Check out ALA’s post on the many definitions, and the boons and problems with each one. A majority of banned and challenged books are by or about people who have been marginalized because of their skin color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or ability.

We are asking Lawrence artists of all skill levels and ages to create works of art based on their favorite banned or challenged book. Of course, we want you to pick a book that speaks to you artistically, but we’d like submissions to focus on books that have been challenged because they offer insight into the lives of marginalized characters or populations. Check out ALA’s Banned Books Week page for inspiration and a list of frequently banned or challenged books. We Need Diverse Books is also an excellent resource!

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see past year’s selections.


The nuts and bolts of submission:

  • Create a 5”x7” original artwork based on a book that has been banned or challenged. If the piece is a copy of your original artwork, it will be scaled to 5”x7’ for uniformity.

  • Include its title, author, and a few sentences about how the piece represents the book.

  • Include your name, address, phone, and email.

  • Submissions may be in either landscape or portrait orientation.

  • For digital submissions: Save file in PNG or JPG format at 300 dpi minimum.

Submission deadline is Sep 1.

Banned Book Trading Card Unveiling is Friday, September 23rd at 5pm in the Library Auditorium.

Find out what pieces were selected to become Banned Book Trading Cards!

During Banned Books Week, we’ll display all submissions at the library. A panel of judges will select seven works to be printed and distributed as banned book trading cards. We’ll hand out a different card each day of the Banned Books Week.

Drop off, or mail entries to:

Kristin Soper
Lawrence Public Library
707 Vermont Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
ksoper@lawrencepubliclibrary.org

IMAGE: Detail of 2013 winning artist Leah Hoelscher’s, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie