The incomparable Maya Angelou is this week’s Poet of the Week (in honor of National Poetry Month). She’s been a staff pick before, and she absolutely deserves to be again. An American author, activist, poet, dancer, actress, and singer, she published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She was a truly impressive woman, and her writing is beautiful.
You can find out more about her poetry in particular, here. We recommend The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou, which collects her poetry through 1994. (You can find it at: FDC 811 ANG)
Check out one of her many titles, you can see what’s available in the catalog.
It’s safe to say that almost everyone has heard about Neil Gaiman. He’s written comic books, books, movie scripts, the occasional TV script… and he seems, lately, to be everywhere. He writes for all levels of readers, and he is quite prolific. Three of his works are on our Staff Pick Bookmarks so far (Neverwhere, Stardust, and American Gods), and he is a widely respected and wildly popular fantasy author.
So why bring up a man who really doesn’t need any publicity to be a success? Because he gave a fantastic speech at The Reading Agency‘s annual lecture about how important reading and imagination are. He also discusses how important libraries are, so of course we’re predisposed to like it. Aside from this however, the speech is about the importance of literacy, imagination, and reading anything and everything which we fully support. There have been studies that show that reading fiction is good for us, especially children, improving empathy and socializing skills.
What do the National Book award, the Locus award, the Hugo award, The Nebula award, the World Fantasy award, and the PEN/Malamud award have in common? All of them (some multiple times) have been awarded to the fiction of author Ursula K. Le Guin. From fantasy and science fiction to non-fiction essay writing, from kids to adults, there are few authors whose work exhibit the kind of universal appeal apparent in Le Guin’s body of work. Continue reading →
Library Journal called Caitlin Kiernan “dark fantasy’s most quixotically brilliant writer.” Thanks the crowdsourcing website Kickstarter, Kiernan was able to fund a book trailer for her latest book, The Drowning Girl.
Here is the publisher’s synopsis:
India Morgan Phelps-Imp to her friends-is schizophrenic. She can no longer trust her own mind, because she is convinced that her memories have somehow betrayed her, forcing her to question her very identity.Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about an encounter with a vicious siren, or a helpless wolf that came to her as a feral girl, or neither of these things but something far, far stranger . . .
With the first season of HBO’s adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones finished readers might try some of Martin’s other works. While Martin is known for his work in the fantasy genre he has also delved into science fiction and has been a frequent collaborator with many authors. Jump to the bottom of the article for a list title available at the library written or edited by George R. R. Martin. Continue reading →