Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Losing My Cool: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books beat Hip-Hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Williams
The book grew out of an op-ed article that Williams wrote in 2007. He details the contrast between life inside and outside his house, where hip-hop culture competed with his father's intellectual influence, and how he ultimately chose an academic life.
Williams' website contains a lot of great information, including a playlist that goes along with the book.
Finally, here is an interview with Williams and his father:
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
A limited number of copies are available at the Reference Desk.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Lunch & Literature: Blood Clay, with Special Guest Author Valerie Nieman (Thurs. 11-10-2011 @ 12:30pm)
For more information about the book and the author (who is an A&T faculty member), please visit the event page on the Bluford Library Website.
We look forward to seeing you. Bring your lunch and bring a friend! Books will be available for purchase.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The North Carolina A&T State University Creative Writing Program is sponsoring its first J. California Cooper and John Edgar Wideman Short Fiction Prize. The competition seeks to honor the literary legacy of these two American writers.
Cooper and Wideman have authored numerous collections of short fiction and novels among their accomplishments. The award winning writers have been celebrated for their rich depictions of African American families via their ability to translate the breadth of the Black American experience into poignant tales of urban and rural life. Through their creative vision, Cooper and Wideman fuse history, myth, fiction and autobiography to create a symphony of black voices, from the vernacular to the highly educated.
The competition is open to writers without regard to geographical region or previous publication background.
Fictional short story entries (any style) of no more than 7,000 words per short story – only one story per submission – will be accepted. Entries must be written in English and include the following per entry: four typed (12-point font), double spaced, stapled copies of an unpublished manuscript (author’s name must not appear on the manuscript); one cover sheet with name, address, telephone, email, word count and title of story; and $15 entry fee (check or money order made payable to NCAT/CWP-Fiction Prize) per submission. Writers may submit more than one entry; however, each entry must be accompanied by a separate $15 entry fee. Entrants may enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for acknowledgement of receipt of manuscript (optional).
Mail submission(s) to Dr. Anjail Ahmad, Creative Writing Program-Short Fiction Prize, A427 GCB, North Carolina A&T State University, 1601 E. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27411. All entries must be mailed and postmarked by Monday, Oct. 31, and the winners will be announced Thursday, Dec. 1.
The grand prize winner will receive $250. The winning entry and honorable mentions will be published on the university’s website.
A committee of poets and writers will judge the competition. Committee members reserve the right to withhold the prize should entries not meet their standards.For more information, contact Ahmad at (336) 334-7771, ext. 2370, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
- Allende, I. (1985). Casa Del Los Espiritus/ The House of Spirits. New York, NY: Bantam Books. A&T STACKS PQ8090.1.L54 C313 1986
- Castro, R. (2009). Adversity is my angel: The Life and Career of Raul H. Castro. FortWorth, Tx: TCU Press. A&T STACKS F815.3.C37 A3 2009
- Jimenez Roman, M., Juan Flores. (2010). The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States. A John Hope Franklin Center Book. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. A&T Stacks E185.615 .A37 2010
- Simeon-Jones, K. (2010). Literary and sociopolitical writings of the Black Diaspora in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. Location: A&T STACKS DT16.5 .S56 2010
- US Department of Labor (2011). The Hispanic Labor Force in the recovery. Washington, DC. available online
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
While you are waiting for our next book selection:
- 9/22 @ 4pm: Visit the NC A&T State University General Classroom Auditorium. Dr. Myrtle Boykin Sampson, author of “Crazy Lady: Achieving Against the Odds” will be book signing. This event is hosted by the University Bookstore. For more information call 336.334.7593.
- 9/28 @ 7pm: Visit the Central Library of Greensboro. New York Times Best Selling Author Sharyn McCrumb will be reading and signing her latest book The Ballad of Tom Dooley. For more information call 336-373-3617
- 10/2 @ 11am: CNN news anchor Soledad O'Brien will be the Founder's Day Speaker at Bennett College. In Fall 2010, O'Brien released The Next Big Story: My Journey Through The Land of Possibilities. For more information, call 336-517-2100
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
As Bluford Library’s Lunch and Literature Book Club reflects poolside about the wonderful titles shared over the past semester, we can prop our feet up with this summer’s new selection: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson. Take all summer to dive into this New York Times’ best seller packed full of conspiracy, murder, secrets, and betrayal. A limited number of copies of the titles are available at the Reference Desk. The next meeting will take place Thursday August 11 at 12:30pm in the Seminar Room of Bluford Library. Happy Reading!!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
We had a good day.
BTW: Zelda (we're on a first name basis now:)) has a couple of weekend writing intensive workshops coming up. Check those out at www.zeldalockhart.com
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
The Bluford Library will be participating in the 22nd National African American Read-In on Tuesday, February 22 from 1-4pm in the Bluford Library Seminar Room. This event, which is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, works toward the goal of making African American literacy a part of Black History Month. We invite all members of the A&T community to read from books and poetry written by African American authors. To participate, simply select a work by an African American author and come to the Seminar Room on February 22nd between 2 and 4 pm. You can drop in and stay for as long or as short as you want. Light refreshments will be served.
If you need help selecting a book, the Black Studies Collection on the third floor of Bluford Library is a great place to look. We will also have some copies of books by African American authors on hand if you don't have time to make a selection in advance.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
For more information, check out Malcolm Gladwell's official website for the book. It includes a few excerpts that are sure to pique your interest.
If you can't make it this Thursday, never fear! We have two great titles picked out for February and April:
February 16, 2011: always outnumbered, always outgunned by walter mosley. You can pick up a copy at this week's L&L discussion.
April 12, 2011: Cold Running Creek by Zelda Lockhart
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I am looking forward to telling the group about The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. This literary novel takes on characteristics of many genres, including mystery, historical fiction, and horror. If you're interested in the vampire craze but want something a little more grown-up than Twilight or more cerebral than Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books, The Historian is a great choice. To learn more, come to Lunch and Literature!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Our next Lunch and Literature meeting will be on November 9, 2010 at 12:30pm. For our last meeting of 2010, we're shaking things up a bit. Rather than all reading the same book, we'll each come prepared to talk about a book that we have recently read. Hopefully this session will give us some ideas for holiday reading! We're also planning a change of venue: the faculty dining room.
Hope to see all of you there!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
See you next week at Lunch & Literature, Thursday October 14 @ 12:30pm in the Seminar Room at Bluford Library.