UC Libraries and the University of Cincinnati Press are proud sponsors of PBS’s “The Great American Read,” an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels. The series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country talking about their favorites among the 100 chosen books.
The series kicks off May 22, 8pm, on CET. Be sure to watch! Throughout the summer, viewers will be encouraged to vote for their favorite of the 100 best-loved novels and the winner will be announced October 23.
What can be better on a cold winter day than good company, a good book, and delicious food? Please join us in Langsam Library on January 18th to meet the author of this beautiful new book on the food and culture of Madrid and sample some delicacies that will help you feel the warmth of Spain.
Read Source, the online newsletter, to learn more about the news, events, people and happenings in UC Libraries.
This latest issue of Source includes an article with Xuemao Wang, dean and university librarian, about how UC Libraries is utilizing Organizational Development to help bring about transformational change. Kevin Grace, university archivist and head of the Archives and Rare Books Library writes about the Enoch Carson Shakespeare Collection and how it will be a part of autumn 2017 Shakespeare celebrations in Cincinnati. Another great reading collection, the Cohen Enrichment Collection, is also featured in this issue.
The University of Cincinnati Libraries celebrated the International Edible Books Festival for the 15th year on April 4, 2017.
Twenty-one students, librarians, and staff submitted entries that ranged from children’s books to literary classics to popular fiction and were made of cakes, cookies, candy, and even beans. Each entry was judged and awarded a bookmark. The winners are:
Most Photogenic – Ten Little Ladybugs by Melissa Cox Norris
Most Original – City of Bones by Michelle Burhans
Most Humorous – How to Eat Fried Worms by Tate Snyder
Most Whimsical – One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Sami Scheidler
Most Creative – The Manual of Detection by Jenny Mackiewicz
Most Beautiful – Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead by Elaine Ignatius
Most Magical – Charlotte’s Web by Michelle Wagner
Most Honorable – Lord of the Rings: One Ring to Rule Them All by Nicole Beletis
Most Adorable – Green Eggs and Ham by Sara Mihaly
Most Clever – The Creature from the Black Legume by Linda Newman
Most Gruesome – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Jack Norris
Most Deadly – Girl on the Train by Holly Prochaska
Most Surprising – Twisted by Olga Hart
Most Mysterious – Heart of Darkness by Ben Kline
Most Scandalous – Fifty Shades of Grey by Jessica Burhans
Most Checked Out – Pizza for Breakfast by Lorna and Jerry Newman
Most Fun – Me Cookie by Sam Norris
Best Overall – Capturing the Light: The Birth of Photography by Ashleigh Schieszer
Best Student Entry – I Spy by Tate Snyder
Congratulations to all the edible books creators. View the entries and the winners on the UC Libraries Facebook page. See you next year for Edible Books 2018!
It’s time once again for the fan favorite International Edible Books Festival scheduled for 1-2 p.m., Tues, April 4, in Langsam Library’s 5th floor lobby. UC Libraries is seeking people interested in creating an edible book for the enjoyment (and consumption) of all in attendance. There are few restrictions – namely that your creation be edible and have something to do with a book – so you may let your creativity run wild.
As in previous years, entries will be judged according to such categories as “Most Delicious,” “Most Creative,” “Most Checked Out” and “Most Literary.” Special prizes will be awarded for the “Best Student” entry and “Best Overall” entry.
If you are interested in creating an edible book, e-mail email@example.com by Tuesday, March 28 with your name and the title of your creation.
Looking for inspiration? Visit UC Libraries on Facebook to see photos from the 2016 festival.
In partnership with the Books by the Banks festival, the College of Arts and Sciences and UC Libraries are co-hosting a group of panel sessions on Tuesday, October 11 on the fourth floor of Langsam Library from 2-5 p.m. “Genre Genius in Cincinnati: From SciFi to Hybrid Forms” will focus on science fiction and fantasy, comics and graphic novels, and the mixed mastery of hybrid forms. Attendees are invited to come to listen, learn, and share, and to stay for a casual writers’ lounge celebrating Cincinnati creatives and their community. The panels are free and open to all. Continue reading Join Us October 11 for “Genre Genius in Cincinnati: From SciFi to Hybrid Forms”
By Josh Beckelhimer, student assistant worker in Langsam Library
Booksellers began using book jackets, or “Dust Jackets,” during the 19th century to protect books, often made with expensive materials like silk. Initially, they were thrown away after their new owner brought them home. They gradually became decorative, and with the addition of the author picture and biography, eventually became integral to the advertising of books. After World War I it was common practice for top artists to design book jackets. Book jackets provide their own flair and personality to a book apart from what’s inside. They give the reader an idea of the book’s essence.
Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00pm, join us by the Triceracopter on the 4th floor of Langsam Library to design a book jacket of your own and enjoy autumnal snacks!
Choose a book that made a personal impact on you, design the jacket and put your personality into it. Bring your creativity to capture the essence of the book and the essence of its effect on your life.
You don’t have to be a top artist to make it personal to you! We will also be hearing the story behind the title selection for The Other Wes Moore.
On Saturday, October 17, the 9th annual Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival will take place downtown at Duke Energy Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Once again, UC Libraries is an organizing partner of the literary event that allows readers to meet and greet favorite authors.
The day-long festival will feature over 100 regional and national authors, book signings, author panels and activities for the entire family to enjoy. The popular “Writing and Getting Published” series returns this year with panel discussions covering hot topics for writers and workshops to help hone the craft of writing. All events are free and open to the public. Continue reading Join UC Libraries October 17 at Books by the Banks
Late last month, UC Libraries celebrated the publication of the new English-language edition of Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia, The Photographs of Harry Fowler Woods. This book, co-authored by Margo Taft Stever, James Taft Stever and Hong Shen, spotlights a little known but important historical event in U.S.-Asian relations. The publication was commemorated with a book signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, as well as a donor event hosted by the library, which took place on the 400 level of Langsam Library. These events provided UC Libraries with the opportunity to connect with the broader donor community, while celebrating an accomplishment three years in the making.