This year’s Nobel Prize in Literature has gone to a Swedish poet, Tomas Transtromer. The Nobel committee described Transtromer’s work in rather poetic terms: “through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.” Transtromer is the first Swedish writer to win this award (itself a Swedish committee) in 40 years.
August 1st was Herman Melville’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Herman!
Matt Kish, a librarian, spent 18 feverish months creating this art-book. Moby Dick was an itch that got in his brain and which he needed to scratch. Mr. Kish, in addition to being a librarian, is an artist. Most of his works have been pushed and hustled through less mainstream avenues of the art world. With Moby Dick in Pictures now in print, this obviously isn’t the case anymore but Mr. Kish still manages to bring his outsider-art sensibilities to this work. Kish uses multiple methods of creating his pieces, from watercolor to crayons on found paper, to illuminate every page of this American classic (Kish used the Signet Classic edition as his source). The end result is something morbid, modern, timeless and beautiful.
Last year’s trial run of releasing color print jobs was very successful in conserving paper & ink. This year we are extending it to B&W print jobs. Please log in with your LabNet ID at the Print Release Station (located on the printer island) to release all documents sent to RowleyB_W1, RowleyB_W2 and RowleyCOLOR printers.
Also, if you are bringing in your personal laptop, add a library printer and print your docs at school! See Mr. Fuller, Mrs. Volk or Mr. Coronel for help with adding a printer to your queue.
We hope you all had a great summer and are having a good first week. Please help us welcome Mr. Coronel, our new library technology coordinator. Mr. Herbert retired this summer and we wish him well.
We are looking forward to helping and seeing you in the library this year!
Are you a writer seeking a community? Just in need of some fresh eyes for your writing? This summer, two courses are being offered on creative writing. One is for short stories. In the other, we’ll look at the various options available to you now (blogs, graphic narratives, novels, etc.).
Check out the options through the summer lab webpage.
Book club members had a special visit with James Kennedy, Chicago resident and author of THE ORDER OF ODD-FISH, this week.
Things we learned:
1. The book started out as a college short story 10 years ago.
2. Mr. Kennedy has had some fun adventures in Japan.
3. He loves to see visual and edible intepretations of his book.
4. He loves to throw Dome of Doom parties-Saturday, April 17 from 7-9pm.
5. He was interviewed for WBEZ’s Wednesday, April 14 edition of Eight Forty-Eight.
6. There’s an ORDER OF ODD-FISH mixtape!
Students across Illinois have spoken. The most votes went to Cassandra Clare’s first book in the urban fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments. Thanks to all the U-Highers who participated this year! Pizza lunch coming in April, look for your invite soon.