Southside Buddhist, by Ira Sukrungruang and published by the University of Tampa Press, has received a 2015 American Book Award. The University of Tampa Press published the book in late 2014.
Sukrungruang, who teaches writing at the University of South Florida, is a Thai American writer. The autobiographical essays in Southside Buddhist include reflections on life, art and writing. His previous books include his memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and a collection of poetry, In Thailand It Is Night, which won the University of Tampa Press’ Anita Claire Scharf Prize.
Southside Buddhist was also chosen as the recipient of the Florida Book Award Bronze Medal for General Nonfiction earlier this year.
The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The Before Columbus Foundation announced the winners of the 26th annual book awards on July 20 with a formal recognition planned for October.
Learn more about Southside Buddhist and purchase a copy from the Tampa Press site.
Due to all the construction around campus this summer, the library will be experiencing intermittent AC outages.
To help maintain a comfortable temperature, the library has installed chillers — the blue machines that you’ll see affixed to the pipes in the ceiling.
The chillers will be around for at least a couple of days until everything is fixed. Please ask a librarian or a staff member at circulation if you have any questions.
Oscar Wilde, Irish Poet and Playright
A fantastic new archive was launched just last week. Harry Ransom Center’s Project REVEAL (UT Austin) is an open-access manuscript and archival collection of 25 authors from America and the UK. Among the authors represented in Project REVEAL are Joseph Conrad, Hart Crane, Thomas Hardy, Vachel Lindsay, Jack London, Katherine Mansfield, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sara Teasdale. Browse personal letters, notes and drafts from your favorite authors online.
From Hyperallergic :
Around 22,000 images from collections on 25 authors are now available through the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Called Project REVEAL (Read and View English and American Literature), the year-long initiative launched last week in conjunction with the center’s new open access policy for public domain materials. From Jack London’s letters to Thomas Hardy’s obscure architectural drawings, with manuscripts and correspondence by figures like Joseph Conrad, Katherine Mansfield, L. Frank Baum, Oscar Wilde, Henry David Thoreau, and Robert Louis Stevenson, Project REVEAL is an impressive rabbit hole of rarely seen archives.
“Part of the Ransom Center’s mission is to encourage discovery and inspire creativity by sharing its incredible collections,” Liz Gushee, head of Digital Collections Services who oversaw the project, told Hyperallergic. “The adoption of an open access policy, which removes permission and fees, is a concrete way we can facilitate that creativity and use of our collection materials, by anyone, for any purpose.”
What better way to stay cool in the thick of summer heat (and rain) then watching a movie? Did you know that the library has hundreds of DVDs for you to check out? Have you even seen Richard Linklater’s Slacker? No!? Well it’s time for you to stop by the library and check out some movies!
We now have a display with a sample of the films we carry. This summer we’re featuring the Criterion Collection. Criterion issues some of the best movies ever made (go ahead and check out Truffaut’s Jules and Jim). If you don’t see the movie you want in the display, search the Online Catalog to see if we have it. Or ask a librarian, we’ll help you out.