Monday, October 17, 2016

Literary Lights

Today marks the birthday of several literary lights including a man born into slavery and one of Marilyn Monroe's husbands.

Jupiter Hammon was born into slavery in New York state Oct. 17, 1711. He obtained an education and became a writer of poetry and sermons, although he remained enslaved. His poem An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ with Penitential Ties is the first published poem by an African American, although it isn't the first one written.

The 88-line An Evening Thought was printed in a broadside newspaper in December of 1760. There isn't much written on the man himself, but his work can be found at the Poetry Foundation's website. Hammond died around 1806.

Playwright Arthur Miller's birthday was also October 17. He was born in 1915 in New York and began writing plays as a young man.

Miller was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Death of a Salesman and also a Tony Award for The Crucible. Miller was married to Marilyn Monroe and also penned a play based on that period of his life. Miller died in 2005.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Update: Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Winners for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced recently, and you can check them out at the Richland College Library.

The awards are a joint effort from the ALA and the Carnegie Institute in New York.

Donna Tartt won for The Goldfinch in fiction.

Doris Kearns Goodwin won for The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism in the non-fiction category.

Kearns Goodwin is also the author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln and several political biographies. The 2012 movie Lincoln was based on Team of Rivals.

If you'd like to read a review of these books, you may click on the linked title above, then click on the book cover image in the description page. The library website offers this feature for most newer titles in the district.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Carnegie Medal book nominees at your library


 
Here are book cover images for the 2014 Carnegie Medal
The shortlisted books for the recently-established Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction have been announced, and you can check them all out at the Richland College Library.

The awards - one for fiction, one for nonfiction - will be announced at this month's American Library Association conference. They are a joint effort from the ALA and the Carnegie Institute in New York.

In fiction:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat (also available as an ebook)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

In nonfiction:
The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink (also available as an ebook)
On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes

All but On Paper were also listed in The New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2013.

If you'd like to read a review of any of these books, you may click on the linked title above, then click on the book cover image in the description page. The library website offers this feature for most newer titles in the district.