New Books By Indigenous North American Writers

Exciting new fiction, poetry and nonfiction by indigenous authors.

November is Native American Heritage Month and OPL has new books by Indigenous U.S. authors to keep you reading throughout the month and year. Fiction, poetry, memoir, biography, and cookbooks are among the the new books we recently added to our collection.

Happy reading!

Fiction and Poetry

Where the Dead Sit Talking     Mapping the Interior     There There

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Scare Your Socks Off

In which we load you up with enough scary books to hold you until NEXT Halloween.

October ends with Halloween, favorite dress-up holiday for the young and not-so-young, season of scary movies and frights big and small. Yes, yes, for you purists, Halloween has its roots in the Celtic observance of Samhain, marking the halfway point between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice, a liminal time when the unquiet souls of the dead must be appeased. A person could go on and on in this vein. But we’re here today to talk about scary books. At the library, we get asked for them a lot. All year long, but especially right around now.

Are you ready for a scary, scary read? Here’s help.

You could start chronologically. There’s agreement among scholars that Horace Walpole’s 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto was the first gothic novel, precursor to horror, with its exploration of fear and the supernatural.

As gothic morphed

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Happy Black Speculative Fiction Month

Celebrate Black Speculative Fiction month with these books at OPL!

October is Black Speculative Fiction month. Oakland Public Library has books to keep you engaged throughout the month and beyond. Highlighed below are  some of the authors, titles and series that you can find on our shelves. 

All descriptions are provided by the publishers.

Octavia Butler: Earthseed Saga

Parable of the Sower               Parable of the Talents

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in October 2018

Clear your October calendar: this month is packed with tempting new novels and story collections.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in September 2018

If you're wondering what to read next, here are ten excellent novels coming out in September.

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LGBTQ+ Books for Oakland Pride

New and recent reads focusing on queer people of color—as authors, characters and themes.

It's not a library celebration without books! In June we posted a booklist for Pride Month. Now Oakland Pride is around the corner, so here’s another list of books for your reading enjoyment: new and recent reads focusing exclusively on queer people of color—as authors, characters and themes.

Fiction

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New Cookbooks

Do you like to cook? Are you looking for new recipes? Look no further. Oakland Public Library has a wide variety of new cookbooks for every palate.

Do you like to cook? Are you looking for new recipes? Look no further. Oakland Public Library has a wide variety of new cookbooks for every palate. On our shelves you'll find recipes for Chinese Soul Food, plant based cooking, sustainable seafood, meals for camping out, mezze and so much more .

Food is the Solution     Coconuts and Collards     Souk     

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August 2018

Ready for some fresh fiction? Here are 10 fantastic books coming out this month.

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Books to Movies

Read the book before you see the movie!

Several movies based on books are due for release in the coming months. If you haven't yet read the book, OPL has copies you can check out or place on hold. Here is a sampling of fall and summer movies based on books.

Crazy Rich Asians     Bel Canto     First Man     

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Vive la France!

July is a good month to read a book by a Francophone author.

Today, July 14, is Bastille Day and tomorrow Les Bleus face Croatia in the finals of the World Cup. Mid-July belongs to the French. For your mid-summer reading pleasure, try a contemporary French novel in translation. Besides the classics of French literature, the library stocks a satisfying range of French writers of fiction, from France as well as from Francophone African and Caribbean countries. Some of these authors are also featured in our French language collection for you readers of French out there.

How about starting with a mystery or thriller? Read on for a small sample. 

Georges Simenon, creator of the master-sleuth Jules Maigret, was a Francophone Belgian. He was wildly, wildly prolific, with more than 200 novels, another 150 novellas, and numerous other works written under his own name and under a bunch of pseudonyms. He’s best known, though, for the Maigret novels, of which

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