Category Archives: Reading

Season’s Readings 2013

The eagerly awaited 2013 edition of the Francis A. Drexel Library’s popular Season’s Readings is now available.

This year’s list is full of interesting books as exciting as previous years.

There are adventure novels, historical perspectives, biographical narratives, and case studies. Pretty much something for everyone.

Peruse the list and get that special someone a great holiday gift, find something for yourself, or simply give the list itself as a gift.

2013 Season’s Readings

For access to previous Season’s Readings lists, click here.

Wolf Hall – It’s What We’re Reading

February 2011

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

Wolf Hall

Are you a fan of the television show “The Tudors” on Showtime? Are you looking for an excellent historical novel to sink your teeth into? Consider picking up Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. Though somewhat challenging, this captivating novel is absolutely worth sticking with. Set in Tudor England during the time between King Henry VIII divorce from Katherine of Aragon and the martyrdom of Thomas More (circa the 1530s), this novel tells a sweeping historical tale of the life and political dealings of Thomas Cromwell, who worked his way from poverty up to a position as Henry VIII’s secretary and right-hand-man. Mantel’s unique writing style has a way of making you feel as though you are experiencing these historical events and the society surrounding them firsthand.  As I read, I felt as though I were a fly on the wall in the court of Henry VIII. So, in the cold and snowy days ahead, snuggle up with Wolf Hall and be transported into another world.

You can locate this book on the 2nd floor of the library.

Celebration of Scholarship: Department of English

Please join us for a reception to celebrate recent scholarship from the English Department. A selection of work is also on display in the first floor Café Area, from faculty such as Thomas Brennan, S.J., Ronald C. Wendling, Amy Lewis, and Joseph Feeney, S.J.

Location: CMC 2nd Floor, Francis A. Drexel Library

Time/Date: Thursday, October 21, 5:00p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

What if Jane Eyre fell in love with a rock star?

Thursday, October 21, 11:30am

Associate Professor of English April Lindner will read from her new novel, Jane, a contemporary retelling of the classic Jane Eyre.

View the book trailer: Jane, by April Lindner

Praise for Jane:

” I couldn’t put Jane down!  Whether you love literature, romance, thrillers, or anything in between, you’ll get swept up in Jane all the way to its scrumptious, satisfying end.”  – Sara Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars series

“There’s nothing plain about JaneApril Lindner executes the cool trick of being stubbornly loyal  to the well-loved original while creating something totally new and captivating”
– Ceciily van Ziegesar, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Gossip Girl Series

Copies of Jane will be available for purchase by cash or check.

The Imperfectionists – It’s What We’re Reading

October 2010

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

The Imperfectionists. A first novel by a very young London-born journalist, Tom Rachman, the Imperfectionists is, in a word, perfect.  Set in Rome, each chapter gets inside the head of a character associated with an international English language newspaper trying to stay afloat in the internet age.  We glimpse the personal lives of editor, publisher, grammarian and style cop, obit writer, an aging freelancer, puzzle editor and Cairo stringer. They are funny, gut-wrenching, and end with a bang. I can’t get this book out of my head.

This book is held in the Library’s Popular Fiction collection.

Doomsday for print?

With the onslaught of new forms of media ushered in by fast-evolving technologies and the growth of the internet, the world of print is changing rapidly.  Magazines are discussing the doomsday prophesies of the book industry, as smaller publishers get gobbled up by large conglomerate companies interested mostly in the bottom line (this article from the magazine New York lays out the tumultuous road the book industry faces).  Newspapers are commenting on the demise of the magazine (check out this cool graphic from the New York Times that shows the number of ad pages plummeting for some mags), and bloggers are announcing that the age of the newspaper is drawing to a close (this blog entry is one among many).   As publishing drastically changes in the new information economy, libraries do try and keep up, and it is no stretch to say that the libraries of the future will look drastically different than the ones of the past.   Yet, as of now, we need to remember that projections and predictions aren’t the same as reality — we’ll continue to collect print materials as long as there are important print materials published.  And let’s hope that the really quality materials will be skillful enough to adapt to new markets and new readers!

Thanks to Cynthia Slater for the New York Times graphic!


Shakespeare Alive and Well

As a former English major and lifetime lover of good literature, it’s always exciting for me to see how the Web 2.0 world is pushing the bounds of how we think about the Classics.  Moving content online and beginning dynamic discussions breathes new life into old topics.  News on the Rialto, a blog created and updated by Shakespeare Magazine’s staff, is no exception.  From new movie and play productions to new discoveries about Shakespeare’s life, see how his life and work is still relevant, how cultures across the globe are retelling his stories, and how incredibly interesting a guy who lived almost 400 years ago can really be.