Thoughtful Library

Academic librarian with interests in collection development,history, the arts, film, speculative/science fiction, arts, archives, music, and more.

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Speculative fiction magazine Strange Horizons (est. 2000) is seeking more writers to contribute reviews. Editor-in-Chief Niall Harrison announced that Abigail Nussbaum, the current Reviews Editor, is departing at the end of the year. Along with finding another staff Reviews Editor, Harrison also issued a special call for submissions inviting outside contributors to submit reviews.

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Brentwood Library, Tennessee

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We asked and you answered! Here are your 28 favorite books about growing up in America’s cultural melting pot.

Immortalised by Nina Simone, I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free, was recorded in the early 60s by Jazz pianist Billy Taylor for his young daughter. Candace Piette talks to Kim Taylor Thomson, to Nina Simone’s guitarist and to poets and writers and singers about what the song meant when it was first written and what resonance it has now in contemporary America. 


Gerard, John, 1545-1612. The herball, or, Generall historie of plantes, 1633.

STC 11751

Houghton Library, Harvard University

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The New Negro : Voices of the Harlem Renaissance by Alain Locke 

From the man known as the father of the Harlem Renaissance comes a powerful, provocative, and affecting anthology of writers who shaped the Harlem Renaissance movement and who help us to consider the evolution of the African American in society.

With stunning works by seminal black voices such as Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, and W.E.B. DuBois, Locke has constructed a vivid look at the new negro, the changing African American finding his place in the ever shifting sociocultural landscape that was 1920s America. With poetry, prose, and nonfiction essays, this collection is widely praised for its literary strength as well as its historical coverage of a monumental and fascinating time in the history of America.

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TU BOOKS, the fantasy, science fiction, and mystery imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS, award-winning publisher of children’s books, is pleased to announce the second annual NEW VISIONS AWARD. The NEW VISIONS AWARD will be given for a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel by a writer of color. The Award winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $500.

TU BOOKS was launched in 2010, dedicated to diversity in the beloved genre fiction market for young people. Titles include American Indian Youth Literature Award winner Killer of Enemies** and Morris Award nominee and Pura Belpré Award winner Guadalupe Garcia McCall’sSummer of the Mariposas.


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