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A mystery is afoot at the Library — British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro’s books are vanishing from library bookshelves in record time. Our best guess is that today more than one Berkeley literary fan decided it was time to brew some tea and settle in for a reread (and rewatch?) of Remains of the Day after this tweet announced Ishiguro as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. (Ishiguro quipped, “I do a very good Bob Dylan impersonation!”)
Scrivener: Software for Writers Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 4:00-5:30pm
305 Wurster Hall, College of Environmental Design Library, UC Berkeley
Want a better way to tackle your long writing project? Scrivener can help! Scrivener is a software program that breaks down your writing into manageable “chunks” and keeps all of your research, brainstorming, and writing in a single conceptual workspace. Use Scrivener for your thesis, dissertation, book project, or novel. Read more about Scrivener.
Whether you are looking to create a digital book, a companion website for a book, a scholarly portfolio, or a full-scale digital project, this workshop series is designed to get you up and running with the skills and tools you need for successful digital publications. No programming or coding knowledge is required. Technology workshops will be hands-on; bring a laptop if you can.
This semester you can try:
- Web Platforms for Digital Projects
- Designing in Drupal
- WordPress for Easy and Attractive Websites
- Share Your Scholarship: MLA’s Humanities Commons
- HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects
Register at bit.ly/dp-berk
Today we remember Sam Shepard, who passed away this past Thursday due to complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Shepard left behind a rich legacy as a major American playwright, best known for True West, Fool for Love, and Buried Child, for which he won the Pulitzer in 1979. Part of the post-World War II generation, Shepard wrote bare-bones, atmospheric plays with surreal elements and dark humor, exploring American mythologies, dysfunctional families, and outsider heroes. Known in his youth as Steve Rogers (no relation to Captain America, we think!), Shepard was born in 1943 and lived in many different places before his family settled down in California. After a productive sprint in New York City’s Off-Off-Broadway scene, Shepard returned to San Francisco’s avant-garde Magic Theatre (started by a UC Berkeley graduate student), where he succeeded Michael McClure as Playwright in Residence. You can see Shepard onscreen, too: he acted in several films and appeared most recently in Netflix’s Bloodline.
Looking for a new book to add to your summer reading list? Try one of these recently acquired novels and poetry collections that feature transgender characters, explore gender identity themes, or are written by transgender writers. Happy reading!
Hello fellow Janeites! Today we’re celebrating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. At only 41, she left behind a formidable oeuvre and some of the most beloved characters in British literature. (Although Mark Twain certainly didn’t seem to think so.) You can judge for yourself with a stroll through the Library book stacks: PR4034 (Level D in the Main Stacks) is as good a place as any to begin your journey to Pemberley.
By Sara Hagenbuch
From maps with literary landmarks, to maps of fictional worlds, literary maps exist in many unique and beautiful formats. This summer, our “Mapping Literature” exhibit at the UC Berkeley Earth Sciences and Map Library features a sampling of five maps in our collection and excerpts from the literary atlas Plotted by Andrew DeGraff: