Today is St. Patrick’s Day, the day that many Americans recognize and celebrate the many contributions of the Irish to our nation’s history and culture. We tend to wear green, go to parades and festivals for some craic (“fun” in modern Irish), and perhaps drink a green beverage or two——but have you ever read a novel by an Irish author? This month at the Brown Library, we decided to highlight some of the wonderful writers of the Emerald Isle, including:
George Bernard Shaw
W.B. Yeats and more
The Irish are known for good storytelling, so come on by today to see our Irish-themed displays and check out a wee book or two!
To learn more about Irish literature, surf on over to the Wikipedia entry or search CELT, the free online resource for Irish history, literature, and politics.
Earlier this month, widely known author Michael Crichton died at the age of 66, after a battle with cancer. His novels are wildly popular and often adapted into film versions, such as Jurassic Park and Disclosure, while his ventures into television——he created the award-winning ER in 1994——have often been just as successful. Been meaning to read Jurassic Park but just never got around to it? Perhaps The Terminal Man has been on your “to-read list” for a while now. For some exciting holiday reading, come on over to the Brown Library’s stacks and check one out!
The Brown Library’s collection of works by Michael Crichton includes:
To help feed your creative fires, check out these books on creative writing available in the Brown Library:
Le Guin, Ursula K. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew. Call number PN212.L44 1998
Prose, Francine. Reading Like a Writer: A guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them. Call number PE1408.P774 2006
Hughes, Riley. How to Write Creatively. Call number LB1631.H83
Hogrefe, Pearl. The Process of Creative Writing. Call number PN145.H55
Garrison, Roger H. A Creative Approach to Writing. Call number PN145.G36
Chinn, Mike. Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel: Everything You Need to Know to Create Great Graphic Works. Call number PN6710.C45 2004
LOCAL EVENT: The Roanoke Public Libraries are offering a series of free Write-Ins to all Writers. There’s also the possibility of having your book professionally printed and shelved in the Roanoke library’s stacks! For more information, check out the library’s informational page on NaNoWriMo.
Did you know that more than 780 million people cannot read or write, two-thirds of whom are women? Did you know that between 94 and 115 million children have no access to a basic education?
Founded in 1967 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Literacy Day is an annual event on September 8th which draws attention to the world’s literacy needs. According to the International Reading Association’s Fact Sheet, “On International Literacy Day, individuals, organizations, and countries throughout the world renew their efforts to promote literacy and demonstrate their commitment to providing education to all.” The theme for 2008 is “Literacy and Health.” Learn more about the link between literacy and health.
The Brown Library has many books and resources about literacy, including:
Nielsen-Bohlman, Lynn et al. (editors). Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. Circulating collection, call number RA440.H43 2004
Goodman, Yetta M. and Sandra Wilde. Literacy Events in a Community of Young Writers. Circulating collection, call number PE1130.5.A5 L57 1992
Puchner, Laurel D. and Daniel A. Wagner (editors). World Literacy in the Year 2000. Circulating collection, call number H1.A4 v.520
Winterowd, W. Ross. The Culture and Politics of Literacy. Circulating collection, call number LC151.W53 1989
Wagner, Daniel A. (editor). Child Development and International Development: Research-Policy Interfaces. Circulating collection, call number HQ767.9.C444 1983