One Chapter, One Poem: Perkins-Valdez, Smith, and Young

One Chapter, One Poem is a book review of sorts. It’s kind of like the Gong Show, where I read only the beginning of a book, and decide if it’s intriguing enough to continue reading. All of the books were borrowed from a public library. I’ve met Dolen in person a few times. She local-ish and so she does a lot of literary events that are close enough for me…

Bloodchildren and Octavia’s Brood

Another Octavia E. Butler birthday is upon us. Her writing has inspired many people, so why not celebrate by reading a few of the writers she has influenced? Bloodchildren, a collection of stories by Octavia E. Butler Scholars, takes it name from Butler’s story collection Bloodchild and Other Stories. The science fiction stories in Octavia’s Brood center around social justice movements and borrows it’s title from Butler’s series Lilith’s Brood.…

The #CharlestonSyllabus

Last night on Twitter I noticed Cecily tweeting with the hashtag #CharlestonSyllabus. I looked at the hashtag and saw that as a result of the Charleston Massacre, a professor decided to get people involved with creating a reading list. And then a list of books/articles were generated from other professors who noticed what they were doing, many of them including the links. Popular hashtags can get cluttered quickly – and…

Weeding in the 200s

One of the sections I’m responsible for maintaining is the religion area. I don’t often venture in this area unless it’s work related. Do you want to see some of the titles on the weeding list? I never watched season six of The Biggest Loser, but the author of Becoming Fearless (248.86 A) was the winner of that season. Since Aguilar’s book has taken residence on the shelf, it’s been…