Best-Selling Author Michael Crichton Dies

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jurpark1Earlier this month, widely known author Michael Crichton died at the age of 66, after a battle with cancer. His novels are wildly popular and often adapted into film versions, such as Jurassic Park and Disclosure, while his ventures into television——he created the award-winning ER in 1994——have often been just as successful.… Read the rest

NaNoWriMo, Anyone?

This November is the Tenth Annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and the Roanoke Public Libraries have issued a challenge to Roanokers——to write a 50,000 word novel in a month! You heard that right!

To help feed your creative fires, check out these books on creative writing available in the Brown Library:

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

This image was downloaded, with permission, from the Dayton Metro Library East Branch’s page on Flickr.

According to the American Library Association, Banned Books Week “celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.” Held annually during the last week of September since 1982, it is sponsored by the ALA, as well as the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, and the National Association of College Stores and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.… Read the rest

International Literacy Day

Did you know that more than 780 million people cannot read or write, two-thirds of whom are women? Did you know that between 94 and 115 million children have no access to a basic education?

Founded in 1967 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Literacy Day is an annual event on September 8th which draws attention to the world’s literacy needs. … Read the rest

Nobel Prize-Winning Author Dies

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“At five o’clock that morning reveille was sounded, as usual, by the blows of a hammer on a length of rail hanging up near the staff headquarters.” This is the opening sentence (translated) of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, his short, powerful novel describing a typical day in the life of a prisoner in the Gulag——that chain of camps in Siberia where the Soviet Union kept its political prisoners.… Read the rest