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On June 16 literary nerds across the world celebrate a little known holiday — June 16 is Bloomsday, a day that honors the famous author James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. Berkeley pays homage to this holiday (although summer school is never canceled which is baffling) by hosting a series of readings. read more »


Books, books and more books! If you haven’t heard of Moe’s Books yet then shame on you! This venerable establishment scored as this year’s best bookstore in the Berkeley area once again, and the Clog brings more good news, depending on how much of a bookworm you are.

Moe’s Books has four stories of literature of every kind you can imagine! From modern releases to centuries-old classics, Moe’s has nearly everything. You knew that already, didn’t you? But what you might not know is that Moe’s had a recent upgrade to their collection. Unfortunately, this upgrade consists of math, art, language, philosophy, Sinology (what’s that?), Middle East, Indo-European studies, many academic French language titles and some rare sheet music. Okay fine, maybe for some of you out there this is a great time to rejoice but be warned: the new titles have already trickled into their respective shelves. Anyone less than a Moe’s veteran probably can’t spot the newcomers (but you can always ask the help desk).

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“All men by nature desire knowledge.”
Wonder who said that? read more »


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Berkeley is a city of artists and there is always an array of art events available that one can attend. Specifically for the book lovers out there, there are always various literary reading events organized by local book stores, literary enthusiasts or Cal’s passionate community of English students and faculty.  This semester does not deviate from the trend with Berkeley Art Museum’s new exhibition, the Reading Room. read more »


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In keeping up with our fondness for all things Halloween and all things literary, it’s unsurprising that we get pretty darn excited when these seemingly unrelated categories overlap.

When we heard about a special Story Hour event, entitled “Bay Area Mystery Writers panel,” happening on Friday, Oct. 14, we were thrilled. And, quite frankly, we know that the two-hour event will be more than just double the fun!

Starting at 4 p.m. in 190 Doe Library, a panel-led discussion will focus on the Bay Area and read more »


3254358374_e112df3cbbDo you remember reading for fun? That was nice, wasn’t it? Relive the better days of your life this week at Litquake.

What is Litquake, you ask? No it is not a literal earthquake or a natural disaster of any sort (disappointed?). It is the West Coast’s largest independent literary festival. What co-director Jane Ganahl says started as 20 authors doing 10 minute readings in Golden Gate Park, is now 850 authors at 150 events all over San Francisco and the Bay Area. The festival started last Friday but there is still plenty to go.

What does that mean, exactly? read more »


kindle picTo usher in the beginning of October, the online retailing giant Amazon introduces a revamped line of Kindle products. Is it finally time to get rid of our lowly books of paper? Not quite.

If you’re hoping for a product review, this is the wrong place to look. Ever since the Kindle was first introduced in 2007, the hype over this thing brought forth doom for books made from measly paper. Students today can even benefit from renting textbooks via Kindle, which can seriously lower book costs. However, the Kindle can never replace a book.

Yes, the ability to carry a whole library with you seems impressive read more »


reading is funWanna read something for pleasure before the fall semester begins and you’re forced to read an endless amount of crap you don’t want to? Well, you’re in luck. A new novel by Berkeley’s very own Edie Meidav was just released to some great reviews.

“Lola, California” is a story about a 1970s cult leader who is serving his final days on death row for the murder of his wife. Meanwhile, his daughter, who has been in hiding ever since, is being sought after by her teenage b.f.f. who is looking to reunite daughter and father for one last time.

We were pretty much sold with cults, murder, the 70s and the artsy short film/trailer that was created for the book. read more »


bookDo you have a book you’ve been working on? Are you the next Mark Twain/Ernest Hemingway/Victor Hugo/whatever? Turns out you may have a chance to prove it, if you’re ready to put a small amount of money where your mouth is. Chronicle Books is holding a “Pitch for Charity” event from 3-5 p.m. on Dec. 8 at 680 2nd Street in San Francisco. The deal is this: for a suggested donation of $10 to go to Habitat for Humanity, you’ll get to meet briefly with a Chronicle Books editor and tell them why they absolutely must take advantage of the opportunity to publish your work.

You should come prepared with a five-minute pitch, a cover sheet for your piece and a few sample pages. For more information, see the Chronicle Books Blog post and submission guidelines. And it looks like they’re no longer accepting adult fiction submissions, so that novel you’ve got kicking around will have to wait.

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Pitch for Charity [Chronicle Books Blog]


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First off, it’s Election Day, so FOR GOD’S SAKE GO VOTE IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY! Phew. Glad we got that off our chests. What we really want to talk about is this: the UC libraries just digitized their 3 millionth book.

Quite a milestone for both the green and bibliophile movements (both of which are in full swing in Berkeley, as you can imagine). And the coolest bit is that they asked librarians from each UC to pick a favorite book that was recently digitized.

Berkeley got first billing (surprise!) and our librarian, Tom Leonard, picked a book of French fairy tales with illustrations that are tres magnifique. Other selections included books about wine making, millionaires of the 1890s, Italian comedies, oceanography and famous explorers.

So hey, next time you’re bored, don’t look at AnonCon or YouTube: check out a digitized book instead. You might even learn something.

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UC University librarians’ favorite digitized books [UC California Digital Library]


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We don’t know about you, but we’re of the opinion that there’s a certain pleasure in having your own books. We don’t mean a selection of books you choose from a screen and scroll down to read. We mean a physical book that you can pick up off the shelf, walk to the library and select, flip the pages and enjoy its new-book scent (okay maybe that last one’s just us).

That, however, does not seem to be the direction the world is headed. In an interview, Nicholas Negroponte, author and founder of One Laptop per Child, told CNN’s Howard Kurtz that the days of physical books are numbered.

He doesn’t think that the physical medium can be distributed to enough people: “When you go to Africa, read more »


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