Plus: Movies and TV Shows They’ve Inspired!
This display is brought to you by Craig Lordan ’93. When we were kids, my older brother and future Bentley graduate spent many hours reading comic books and drawing his own comic book characters. It was the dark ages, and we lived in the suburbs, so Craig got his comic books through mail order.
At some point, I started saving my allowance to buy my own comic books. Initially, all I wanted was Disney comic books, but I finally graduated to George Perez’s Wonder Woman. The year was 1987 and DC had “rebooted” the Wonder Woman series. I was hooked.
Since then, comic books have graduated to pop culture’s mainstream. Geek culture destination San Diego Comic-Con International has seen its attendance numbers rise to 130,000 for its annual event. Comic books are no longer the exclusive realm of the fanboy and fangirl.
Groundbreaking works such as Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, give readers a glimpse into what life was like during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Harvey Pekar’s autobiographical opus American Splendor was made into a movie starring Paul Giamatti. The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, by Vivek Tiwary, Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker, was a New York Times best seller and has been nominated for two 2014 Eisner Awards.
Comic books and graphic novels are being adapted into films and television shows with unprecedented alacrity and success. Hellboy, 300, Ghost World, The Avengers, and many more have made the jump to the big screen.
On the small screen, DC has Arrow (CW) and Marvel has Agent Coulson and his Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC). Meanwhile, AMC brings viewers into an actual comic book store on the reality series Comic Book Men. Also on AMC, there are zombies galore on The Walking Dead and The Talking Dead. Yes-there’s a talk show about a television show based on a comic book!
The Bentley Library has a wonderful and growing collection of these books and DVDs. Come in and check out the display in person, or browse online at Pinterest.
Amy Galante is the Interlibrary Loan Supervisor/Assistant Manager of Library Services. She uses her geek culture knowledge for the good of humankind as a freelance writer for Examiner.com, Library Journal, CBS Local, and more. Her favorite comic books include Dazzler, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fray, DMZ, and pretty much anything by Neil Gaiman, Gail Simone, and Brian K. Vaughan.
Inventions & Innovators is a collection of books highlighting innovation as a means of business transformation. Highlighted in this collection are some of the inventions, inventors and innovative companies that have altered the way we live and the way business is done.
“Fancy being remembered around the world for the invention of a mouse!”
- Walt Disney
Come by the library to check out the display or take a look at the Pinterest board. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please inquire at the Reference Desk.
Happy new year and welcome to the Bentley Library’s 5th annual best books display! This year we have consulted fifteen* best books lists to bring you the Best Books of 2013.
This is our biggest best books display yet, with more than 300 fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks. Many of these titles are not only available on our shelves, but also in digital downloadable format from OverDrive. Some of the critics’ most frequently selected books, such Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, can be read in hardcover, downloaded as an eBook or mp3 audiobook to a mobile device, or listened to on CD. We are certain we have something to interest everyone. Take a moment to stop by and see if something catches your eye, or browse the display on Pinterest to discover which best books lists each book was named to. Visit the Reference Desk if you need help finding a book or would like to learn more about downloading eBooks from OverDrive.
*Sources consulted: Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Inc. Magazine (sales, entrepreneurs, inspirational business books), Forbes, strategy+business, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entertainment Weekly (fiction, nonfiction) and CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines brevity as “being short in speech or writing; contraction into few words, conciseness, terseness”.
That we encounter brevity on a daily basis should come as no surprise. Twitter, one of the most widely used social networking services, is designed to only allow users 140 characters to convey thoughts, news, or commentary in dispatches known as Tweets. Most academic journal articles feature an abstract that summarizes the salient points of the document in a very brief paragraph, comprised of no more than a few sentences. Even the act of texting imposes its own economy of language. We have become reliant on brevity to enable us to evaluate information quickly in a fast-paced society.
But we continue to read books, which is a good thing. Fiction, in particular, offers refuge from our busy lives and great stories serve to reflect and even affirm the human condition, reminding us that our struggles and victories, while uniquely our own, share a common thread in the great and shared human experience.
Short stories use this thread to weave such stories in impossibly succinct ways. To develop an entire character study or arc within the span of a few pages is remarkable. Consider what Andre Dubus, one of the great short fiction authors of our time, asserts about the craft and brevity of the short story:
“I love short stories because I believe they are the way we live. They are what our friends tell us, in their pain and joy, their passion and rage, their yearning and their cry against injustice.”
Indeed, short stories are the way we live – particular moments of drama or inspiration whose meaning may (or may not) be immediately known. Whether it’s the emotional depth of Alice Munro (recent winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature), the Modernism of Jorge Luis Borges, or the everyman realism of Raymond Carver, everyone has a (short) story to tell.
Come by the library to check out the display or take a look at the Pinterest board. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, inquire at the Reference Desk.
Come find your favorite story today!
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Did you know that October 11 is National Coming Out Day? It marks the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights (learn more about the history of the day here). Here at the library, we’re recognizing the day by kicking off a new display, Out in the Stacks. The library’s collections include a wealth of LGBTQ-related information; we’ve hand-picked an array of books, audiobooks, and DVDs that spans fiction, history, biography, and more. Rediscover classics like The Times of Harvey Milk or Rubyfruit Jungle, or delve deeper into topics with books like Transgender 101 and The Lavender Locker Room.
Come by the library to check out the display or take a look at the Pinterest board (which may include some items that aren’t on the display because they’re on reserve for a course). If you don’t see what you’re looking for, come ask at the reference desk!
Image courtesy of the Human Rights Campaign.
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September marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. According to the Library of Congress, Hispanic Heritage Month was first observed under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Traditionally, it begins on September 15 to commemorate the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
The official celebration extends from September 15 to October 15 in order to acknowledge the rich and storied histories of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. It was enacted into law under President Reagan on August 17, 1988.
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Six summers ago (July 26, 2007 to be exact) the Bentley Library Book Buzz site launched its first book review to promote the library’s Popular Reading collection. Over the years, library staff have posted their reviews about the books and audiobooks in the collection on Book Buzz. Though popular titles come and go, we’ve generally kept the books that have been reviewed and added them to our stacks. We’ve built quite a collection and the display from July 16 through August 26 will feature highlights from our Book Buzz site. Visit our display in the entryway on the Library’s main floor or check out our display on Pinterest!
Have you already read or listened to one of the Book Buzz titles? We’d love to hear what you have to say, whether you agree with our reviewers’ opinions or not. Take the opportunity to tell the world what you thought of one the books our staff has reviewed by commenting here or on the individual review in the Book Buzz blog.
You are also invited to write your own original review of any of our print or audio titles in the Popular Reading Collection or any of the e-book or e-audio itles in OverDrive. Submit a book review using the Book Buzz submission form. For more information, please read the Book Buzz review guidelines.
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Discover Massachusetts through books and film! The library’s new display highlights books and movies that take place in cities and towns throughout Massachusetts. You will be transported via books, audiobooks, and DVDs to locales such as: Boston, Cambridge, Gloucester, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Concord, Lowell, Worcester, Chicopee, Northampton, the Berkshires and more!
Come by the library to check out the display, take a look at the Pinterest board, or see the entire list of materials in our catalog. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, come ask at the Reference Desk!
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- biographies and memoirs like Carole King’s A Natural Woman and Mozart by Julian Rushton
- concert films and documentaries like Searching for Sugar Man and Buena Vista Social Club
- biopics (Walk the Line, La Vie en Rose)
- fiction that explores the music industry (Telegraph Avenue, A Visit from the Goon Squad)
- fictional bands that we wish really existed (Stillwater in Almost Famous and Coyote Springs in Reservation Blues)
- interviews and histories like Duke Ellington’s America and Girls Rock! Fifty Years of Women Making Music
Come by the library to check out the display or take a look at the Pinterest board. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, come ask at the reference desk!
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What do the financial collapse of 2008, the bailout of General Motors, the rise of “social couponing” sites, the family behind the creation and sale of Tabasco sauce, and Donald Trump have in common? They’re all represented in our new library display, From Apple to Zara: Companies & CEOs. We’ve selected a mix of titles in print, on audio and on DVD ranging from the multinational to the domestic, from the classic to the may-become-classic, and from the socially responsible to the ruthless.
You can easily identify the items you’d like to check out in a few different ways: come by the Library to browse the display, look at the entire list in the catalog (you can click “Request” to place an item on hold) or view the entire display on Pinterest.