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Mar 20

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Did you know that Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was second only to the Bible, maikng it the best-selling novel of the nineteenth century?Stowe was an active abolitionist from Connecticut, and she was surely thrilled to see that her work could help to fuel the abolition effort in the 1850s, especially since she wrote it …

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Mar 16

The Scarlet Letter

On March 16, 1850, The Scarlet Letter was born. However, it did not come into the world as a normal child, or even a normal book of its time. Nathaniel Hawthorne originally planned The Scarlet Letter to be a novelette and part of a collection of stories, but his publisher, James Thomas Fields, recognized its …

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Mar 08

Happy Birthday, Leslie Marmon Silko!

On March 5, 1948, Leslie Marmon Sliko was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Silko is constantly breaking down barriers and creating a platform for Native American writers to be heard while attempting to define to herself and the world what it means to be a Native woman. Throughout her childhood, Silko and her family tied …

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Feb 21

Books We Love – Week 3

The Rebel Author: Albert Camus Genre: Sociology Vive la révolution? In Albert Camus’s book-length, sociological essay, he looks at the development of rebellion and revolution, particularly in Western Europe. Originally written in French, the novel explores the motivation for revolution based on basic human rejection of normative justice and the inevitable failure of attempts at …

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Feb 18

Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison!

Also known as Chloe Anthony Wofford, Toni Morrison is a novelist, editor, playwright, and professor. From a working-class family, she is the second of four children. After finding her love for literature at a young age, she continued to study English at both Howard and Cornell University and has a lengthy career in higher education, …

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Feb 14

Books We Love – Week Two

The Road Author: Cormac McCarthy Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Follow the journey of a father and son through post-apocalyptic America. The world is still, the falling snow is gray, and their destination is the coast to survive the winter. They have few possessions, barely enough to fill a supermarket shopping cart. Armed with nothing but a …

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Feb 12

Judy Blume

Judy Blume was born two days before Valentine’s Day in 1938 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She was the second child of her parents, Rudolph and Esther Sussman. Blume loved to read as a child, and she was always imagining new stories. She went to an all-girls’ high school, and later graduated from New York University …

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Feb 09

8 Things You May Not Know About Alice Walker

Alice Walker—novelist, poet, feminist, and civil rights activist—was born February 9, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia. She is most famous for her novel The Color Purple (1982), which was later turned into a movie (1985) directed by Steven Spielberg and is still performed as a musical today. She had her hands in multiple cookie jars, and …

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Feb 08

Writing for Change- Ryan Coogler

Every year, the Organization of Black Students (OBS) at the University of Chicago invites a guest speaker to deliver the “Kent Lecture”  to the University population. The speaker is generally involved, in some measure, with promoting black culture in the United States and speaking about their work regarding  black issues. Last year, the OBS announced …

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Feb 07

Books We Love – Week One

Here at the University Press, we love books, and to celebrate Library Lover’s month, we’ll be posting some of our all-time favorite novels and stories. Here are just a few to start us off: 1984 Author: George Orwell Genre: Dystopian, political fiction, social science fiction Written in 1948, George Orwell’s 1984 was his chilling prophecy …

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