New Year, New You!

It’s January so you knew this was coming. I’ve given up on New Year’s Resolutions because it is an exercise in futility and guilt. That said, the new year is coinciding beautifully with my attempt to develop new or changed habits. I have enlisted the help of two books to take my best stab at…
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Washington Black is the New Black

I’ve been really excited to read Esi Edugyan's new novel, Washington Black. It piqued my interest for a few reasons. First and foremost, I’m committed to reading more books written by women of color. Second, the setting and topic appeals to me—a story about the African diasporic experience in the 19th century. Third, it sounded…
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Akata Witch isn’t the “Nigerian Harry Potter.” Here’s why.

I am so excited about Nnedi Okorafor's visit to Lawrence this November! I'm a bit behind the times discovering the amazingness that is Ms. Okorafor. To catch up, I'm reading her critically-acclaimed work, beginning with Akata Witch, the first book of her beloved Akata series, which fans often refer to as "The Nigerian Harry Potter" according to a…
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The Lawrence Basement Tapes

When I arrived in Lawrence, humbled and honored to be LPL’s new director, the library was in the midst of a building project. I was so excited be a part of this experience. With a new building, we could completely reimagine what a library could be for Lawrence. In my mind, this was a once…
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A Reflection on Zadie Smith, 15 Years in the Making

[Nota Bene: What I have attempted below is most likely better left to academics and others better suited to pontificate upon Zadie Smith and White Teeth, her critically-acclaimed debut novel, but oh well, here goes…] In celebration of Zadie Smith’s  visit to Lawrence—thanks to our lovely friends at KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities—I was asked…
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