"In terms of percentages, female authors make up 26.6% of all the fiction translations published over the past seven years." (from Three Percent: a resource for international literature at the University of Rochester, N.Y.) Did you know that Women in Translation Month has been celebrated in August since 2014 and was founded by a 25-year-old Israeli biology […]Read More from Read Some Women in Translation This Fall!
You've read The Kite Runner and want more. Maybe you’re seeking to explore Islam more deeply. What are some great reads about (and mostly by) people who are Muslim? Reading Lolita in Tehran was on the NYT bestseller list for 117 weeks! The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf is about a devout Muslim family in 1970s Indiana. Secret […]Read More from Great Fiction by or about Muslims
Can you baby boomers out there remember what made you laugh? Was Lenny Bruce was too risqué? What about George Carlin? What Made America Laugh covers the 1950s and includes most of the comedians, from Lucille Ball to Jerry Lewis. I remember the very dry humor of Bob and Ray Elliott and their characters Wally Ballou and […]Read More from What Made You Laugh?
Anyone want to share their favorite picks for memoirs in comic or graphic novel form? Here are mine! My favorite is Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel, famous for the Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip and the Bechdel Test for women in movies. The story of a gay woman's discovery that her funeral home director father was gay after his suicide; you can […]Read More from Like Memoirs? Try Graphic Novel Memoirs!
Who won the Pulitzer Prizes? For Fiction the winner was The Underground Railroad. While you're waiting for that book, you might want to read The Good Lord Bird, which was the 2013 National Book Award Winner. James McBride’s novel takes a pivotal, troubled sequence in American history—John Brown’s abolitionist campaign—and retells it in a […]Read More from Find the Pulitzer Prize Winners at the Library
Love a good book and drink pairing? We do, too, and thought you might want to read an Irish author for St. Patrick's Day as you sit drinking your green beer. (Why green beer? Is it because Ireland is so green- and rainy- like it is here?) Try these picks, perfect for armchair exploration of the Emerald […]Read More from Find a New Favorite Irish Author for St. Patrick’s Day
Coming up soon, on April 15, is World Circus Day! Marking its fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will bring the rich history, mystique, and diversity of circus arts to life on the National Mall of Washington, D.C. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey recently announced plans to disband in May of this year after […]Read More from Get Ready for World Circus Day!
Yep, February 18 is National Drink Wine Day! I personally would like a 'Drink Red Wine Day' but the occasional Riesling is delicious, too. Never say I don't have an open mind! KCLS has a lot of books about wine, of course, but this one looks particularly interesting: I Taste Red talks about "synesthesia," which […]Read More from Let’s Toast to National Drink Wine Day!
There's no reason to skip celebrating the holidays because you have a gluten sensitivity. We have plenty of cookbooks at the library, even those that specialize in holiday cooking such as: Gluten-free Baking for the Holidays Probably what you really miss are the cookies, so here's a whole book of them! Gluten-free Christmas Cookies And […]Read More from Bring Us a Figgy Pudding (But Without the Wheat)!
What the heck is blogging all about and how do you do it? The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging will explain it all. So will Blogging for Dummies. Maybe you are interested in starting a free podcast? This guide from Podcast Fast tells you how do to it- for free! And if you like libraries, maybe you […]Read More from Librarians Do Blog