Drive-Thru Grab Bag Book Sale at the Main Library

The Friends of the Library will host a Drive-Thru Grab Bag Book Sale October 22-24 outside the Main Library.

Customers can select a genre and Friends staff will fill a bag with 5 oversized books or 8 regular-sized books for $10 and bring them to the car. The Friends will accept exact cash, credit/debit, Venmo, or Cash App.

Members-Only Night is Thursday, October 22, from 4:30–6:30 p.m. Memberships will be available for purchase at the event.

Public hours will be 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, patrons can visit friendsofthelfpl.org or call (502) 574-1654.

William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock ‘N’ Roll by Casey Rae

David Bowie and William Burroughs, photo by by Terry O’Neill 

I didn’t read much as a child. As a late teen, I discovered good literature via my love for Rock & Roll. And I continue to do so as an old man.

I had a need to find the sources of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Lou Reed’s references in their lyrics and interviews. Once I found The Beats, Thomas Wolfe, Henry Miller, Nelson Algren, and Hubert Selby, the flood gates broke and unleashed a “word hoard” that has drowned me. But, I believe, literature is a good way to die. Or live.

The writer who has influenced all the rockers that I mentioned before is WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS.

Paul McCartney chose him to be on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. And through Paul, Burroughs was a big influence on The Beatles’ avant-garde development in the mid 60’s. Bob Dylan read Naked Lunch (1959) and it influenced his lyrics and poetry collection, Tarantula, which is like reading Burroughs’s later cut-ups. Lou Reed was very influenced by Burroughs’ subject matter in Junky, Queer, and Naked Lunch, reflected in many songs such as “Lonesome Cowboy Bill” and “Heroin.”

Lou Reed and William S. Burroughs, photo by Victor Bockris

Bill lived a very hard and lonely life. But an exciting life.

Born in 1914 in St. Louis to a prominent family, Harvard educated, but bored and a total misfit, he began hanging with seedy people in seedy places. Bill was a founding member of The Beat Generation that began in the late 40’s with the meeting of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg.

He began doing morphine around age 30 and was a heroin junkie for a large part of his life. This made for him a very peripatetic life around the globe (Tangiers, Paris, London) until he landed in NYC in the mid 70’s. He was always running from the law. He was in his early 60’s and managed to get another bad heroin addiction in NYC. His assistant helped him move to Kansas to get away from drugs. He was on the methadone program and smoked weed until his death at age 83.

This book is not a biography but a travel through Burroughs’ life and those that choose him as a friend and an influence. And the list is long of musicians that sought Bill out at his place in NYC (known as “the Bunker”) or to his modest home that he owned, late in life, in Lawrence, Kansas. David Bowie (pictured above), Iggy Pop (pictured below), Kurt Cobain, Mick Jagger, members of Hüsker Dü, R.E.M., and Sonic Youth to name a few. Many just mined his writings for their band name (Soft Machine, Steely Dan, and Mugwumps – an early version of The Mama and Papas – to name a few), or for song titles/lyrics.

Iggy Pop and William S. Burroughs

This book explores every musician inspired by Bill’s very wild life and writings. The irony in such a book is that Bill had no interest in Rock & Roll or Punk Rock (which he is oftentimes called the Godfather of Punk Rock). But he took a great interest in the musicians that visited him. And he formed a few friendships with men young enough to be his grandsons.

He was very fond of Kurt Cobain, who visited him 6 months before Kurt committed suicide. As Kurt drove away, Burroughs remarked to his assistant, “There’s something wrong with that boy; he frowns for no good reason.”

I have read a lot about Burroughs’ life and some of his books, yet there are stories told here that I have never heard before. For example, there’s a very funny one about his first visit from Al Jourgensen, the leader of the band Ministry.

William S. Burroughs is a writer that you should know and this book is a good way to begin. Or if you already familiar with him, it is a good book to add to your knowledge of him.

Reviewed by Tom,Main Library

Spanish Language Books at LFPL for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th to October 15th

Books available for a Spanish Book Kit

 1. Hija de la Fortuna Allende, Isabel
 2. De Amor y de Sombra Allende, Isabel
 3. Bestiario Cortázar, Julio
 4. Cien Años de Soledad García Márquez, Gabriel
 5. Memorias de Mis Putas Tristes García Márquez, Gabriel
 6. Mascaras Padura, Leonardo
 7. El Secreto de Sus Ojos Sacheri, Eduardo
 8. Pedro Páramo Rulfo, Juan
 9. La Ciudad y Los Perros Vargas-Llosa, Mario
Fiction titles

 TitleAuthor
 1. Iker Casillas: Manos de Santo Cabeza, Gonzalo
 2. Jorge Bergolio Francisco Tornielli, Andrea
 3. Lorca y el Mundo Gay Gibson, Ian
 4. Frida Kahlo: Una Biografía Hesse, María
 5. Yo soy el Diego Maradona, Diego Armando
 6. Neymar: El Nuevo O’ Rei García-Ochoa, Juan Ignacio
 7. Cada Día Más Fuerte Sodi Miranda Mottola, Thalía
Biographies
 eBooks

Library materials in Español (Spanish)

International and English Language Learning materials at the Library

Library Materials in a Variety of Languages

العربية (Arabic)नेपाली (Nepali)
中国的 (Chinese)Srpsko-Hrvatski (Serbo-Croatian)
رسیدن (Farsi)Somali (Soomaali)
Français (French)Español (Spanish)
Deutsch (German)اردو  (Urdu)
हिंदी (Hindi)Việt (Vietnamese)
한국의 (Korean)አማርኛ (Amharic) 

English Language Learning (ELL / ESL) Materials

More Library Resources:

Downloadable Audiobooks
One Click Digital offers downloadable audiobooks for speakers of many different languages. Create a free account with your library card to begin practicing English today!

Learning Express Library*
Learning Express Library contains practice exams to prepare for the TOEFL, TOEIC, GED and Citizenship Tests. Recursos en espa�±ol.  

*A valid LFPL library card is needed to access these resources when not visiting the library in person. 

Harvey Award Nominees for 2020

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Ian Bertram/Image Comics

The nominees for this year’s Harvey Awards showcase a comic industry filled with possibility, with a breadth of material being celebrated from Boom! Studios’ horror series Something Is Killing the Children to Eleanor Davis’ deeply personal, political graphic novel The Hard Tomorrow.

The Harveys, named for creator Harvey Kurtzman — known to most as the creator of MAD magazine, will be a digital event this year, with the award ceremony livestreamed as part of ReedPop’s New York Comic Con Metaverse, the virtual replacement for the annual New York Comic Con show.

Nominees for this year’s awards have been chosen, as always, from a curated committee of industry voices, including creators, retailers, educators and librarians.

The full list of nominees for the 2020 Harvey Awards:

Book of the Year
Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden (First Second)
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim (Drawn and Quarterly)
The Hard Tomorrow by Eleanor Davis (Drawn and Quarterly)
Invisible Kingdom Vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Dark Horse Books/Berger Books)
Little Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope by Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram (Image Comics)
Making Comics by Lynda Barry (Drawn and Quarterly)
Reincarnation Stories by Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics)
Rusty Brown by Chris Ware (Pantheon Graphic Library)
Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera (BOOM! Studios)

Digital Book of the Year
Afterlift by Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo (comiXology Originals)
The Eyes by Javi De Castro https://www.javidecastro.com/theeyes
Fried Rice Comic by Erica Eng https://friedricecomic.com/
Harley Quinn: Black White & Red edited by Chris Conroy, Maggie Howell, Andy Khouri, and Amedeo Turturro (DC Comics / DC Digital First)
The Nib edited by Matt Bors https://www.thenib.com

Best Children or Young Adult Book
Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir by Robin Ha (HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray)
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix)
Stargazing by Jen Wang (First Second)
Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC Comics)

Best Adaptation from Comic Book/Graphic Novel
Blacksad: Under the Skin video game by Microïds, based on Blacksad (Dark Horse Comics)
I Am Not Okay With This by Netlfix, based on I Am Not Okay With This (Fantagraphics)
Joker by Warner Bros. Pictures, based on Batman (DC Comics)
Legion: Season 3 by FX Productions and Marvel Television, based on X-Men (Marvel Comics)
Locke & Key: Season 1 by Netflix, based on Locke & Key (IDW Publishing)
The Old Guard by Netflix, based on The Old Guard (Image Comics)
The Sandman audio drama by Audible, based on The Sandman (DC Comics/Vertigo)
Stumptown: Season 1 by ABC, based on Stumptown (Oni Press)
The Umbrella Academy: Season 2, by Netflix, based on The Umbrella Academy (Dark Horse Comics)
Watchmen by HBO, based on Watchmen (DC Comics)

Best Manga
H.P. Lovecraft’s At Mountains of Madness by Gou Tanabe (Dark Horse Manga)
The Man Without Talent by Yoshiharu Tsuge (New York Review Comics)
The Poe Clan by Moto Hagio (Fantagraphics)
The Way of the Househusband by Kousuke Oono (VIZ Media)
Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama (Kodansha Comics)

Best International Book
Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim (Drawn and Quarterly)
The House by  Paco Roca (Fantagraphics)
Portrait of a Drunk by Olivier Schrauwen, Florent Ruppert and Jérôme Mulot (Fantagraphics)
Stay by Lewis Trondheim and Hubert Chevillard (Magnetic Press)
Year of the Rabbit by Tian Veasna (Drawn and Quarterly)
Note: This category has been reconfigured for 2020 from 2019’s “Best European Book” to be more inclusive of other works.

Digital content from TumbleBooks

Unfortunately, content from yesterday’s blog post is no longer available as free access to RomanceBookCloud expired on September 1st, 2020.

However, you can still access TumbleBooks and TeenBookCloud, courtesy of the Louisville Free Public Library and the Kentucky Virtual Library.

  • TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music, and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.
  • TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources that offers a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks.

Read to Your Heart’s Content

For a limited time, patrons get free access, courtesy of the Kentucky Virtual Library.

RomanceBookCloud offers unlimited and unrestricted access to a core collection of over 1700 Romance ebooks.

You can read anytime and anywhere. All you need is an internet connection. Just log into RomanceBookCloud and choose your book.

Clicking on one of the covers brings you to the “Book detail page”. This page shows you basic information about the book like the author, publisher, page count, and reviews.

When you’re ready, click on the “Read Online” button. The book will open in a new browser tab. RomanceBookCloud is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Please be aware that the site utilizes more advanced features that are not currently supported in other browsers such as IE/Edge.

Books are not downloadable.

Book Bundles for All Readers

Book Bundles are a collection of books that you can check out for your family or yourself.

Each bundle will be checked out to your library card for 21 days. When your book bundle is ready for pickup, a library staff person will call to schedule a curbside pickup appointment.

  • Teen or Adult Book Bundles contain FOUR titles.
  • Child Book Bundles contain TEN titles.

Please allow at least one week for staff to get your Book Bundle ready.

Click here to request your Book Bundle.

Stay Connected with the Library at this Time!

Our mission is to provide the people of Louisville and Jefferson County with the broadest possible access to knowledge, ideas and information, and to support them in their pursuit of learning.

 

  • Curbside pickup of library materials is available at all 17 locations. For more information, visit org/curbside
  • New Library cards will be granted virtually – follow directions at org/getcard
  • Restrictions due to overdue fines and replacement fees have been lifted for digital access.
  • Recently expired and soon-to-be expired library cards are extended until December 31st.
  • Late fees are suspended at this time. Return materials during operational hours.
  • In-person computer use is available by appointment only. For more information, visit org/appointment

For up-to-date information on the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, go to kycovid19.ky.gov.

For info on community assistance and other resources, go to https://www.lfpl.org/coronavirus.html

Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

Growing Things and Other Stories is the eighth book published by Paul Tremblay, winner of the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards.  Growing Things is a page-turning collection of nineteen short stories with strong character development and psychological suspense. Tremblay is acclaimed for his previous work, the bestselling The Cabin at the End of the World.

While all the stories are new, some blend past moments or use characters from Tremblay’s previous works with the current tale. I identified with several of the protagonists throughout. The piece which I enjoyed most is called “Her Red Right Hand,” which pays homage to popular comic book and movie character Hellboy. At the end of the collection, he has a list of notes discussing the thought process coming up with each story. 

This particular book reminds me of Stephen King‘s works with a little more thought-provoking “what if” scenarios. I appreciate how Tremblay makes me want to read more and more until no end. I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a good read during the fall season, specifically Halloween or Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead). 

Tremblay has just released his latest novel, a tale about a rapidly-spreading disease, called Survivor Song, which seems eerily on point for the current pandemic. It was released on July 7, 2020.

For similar reads, I suggest the following titles:
Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Full Throttle by Joe Hill

Review by Micah, St Matthews Branch

Editor’s Note: We have a review of Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts by Calliope Woods.