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2019 Award Winners

2019 Award Winners

Check out some of the books that won awards in 2019… available at Casti Library!

Stonewall Book Award

Lambda Literary Award

Morris Award

Coretta Scott King Award

Booker Prize

National Book Award: Fiction

Pulitzer Prize: Poetry

National Book Award: Poetry

National Book Award: Young Adult

Alex Award

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Book review: Salt in My Soul

Book review: Salt in My Soul

Mallory Smith inspired many people through her passionate advocacy for those living with cystic fibrosis. Salt in My Soul reveals another facet of her story: her own internal struggles with her illness. Mallory grew up in Los Angeles (but had connections to the Silicon Valley as an alumna of Stanford University, and through cousins who attended Castilleja) and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of three. Salt in My Soul is a collection of over ten years of diary entries written by Mallory up until her untimely passing at age 25. She left instructions for her mother to publish her diaries after her death so that others could have an intimate view of her internal thoughts. Some themes that recur throughout her memoir are body image, access to healthcare, depression and anxiety, and pain medication management. What is perhaps most impactful about Mallory’s story, however, is that she never let her illness define her, despite knowing that it would lead to an early death. Her writing is eloquent and captivating, making her book personal and powerful to readers. Salt in My Soul was recently listed as a top book for millenials (in good company with memoirs by Joan Didion and Toni Morrison), and selected as a featured book for college students by Penguin Random House. Check it out at Casti Library.

-Lishan C. ’21

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Global Week 2020 Reading List

Global Week 2020 Reading List

Interested in learning more about this year’s Global Week theme, Seats at the Table: Women, Peace, and Security? ACE Center TA Riley ’20 helped us compile these book recommendations to help anyone from sixth graders to faculty explore the topic. All of the books listed below are available in the library!

Leading the Way: Women in Power by Senator Janet Howell and Theresa Howell

Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women edited by Paula Goldman

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution by Kaelyn Rich

Revolutionary Women: A Book of Stencils by Queen of the Neighborhood Collective

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister

Women Who Don’t Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way by Reshma Saujani

1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe by 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize

Women & Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change edited by Barbara Kellerman and Deborah L. Rhode

Why Women Should Rule the World by Dee Dee Meyers


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Awesome Archives for Hispanic Heritage Month

Awesome Archives for Hispanic Heritage Month

La Cuesta Rancho Santa Barbara County : 1892, from the “Hispanics on the Central Coast – 300 Years of History” Collection by the Black and Gold Cooperative Library System. Public Domain.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, you might be interested in checking out contemporary and historical digital archives covering art, literature, politics, and much, much more! 

Here are some examples to explore, and advice for finding even more, but feel free to post other favorites in Comments:

UCSB Library, Department of Special Research Collections (on Calisphere) includes an extremely rich range of LatinX visual art archives and artists’ papers, as well as oral histories, sound recordings, and more. (Also see New York’s MoMA for a list of Archives of LatinX art).

Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (Library of Congress) Listen to recordings of readings, interviews, and older biographies of and by “writers from thirty-two countries are represented in this collection which includes readings in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, French, Náhuatl, Zapotec, Aymara, English and Dutch.” Recordings cover 1873-present. More about the collection.

Veteranas and Rucas (on Instagram) Historical “Photo Archive/self representation archive by/for self identified Women of So.Cal” by Guadalupe Rosales.

LLILAS Benson Digital Collections (University of Texas) Rich set of archives including everything from the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive to Archive of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas to books printed in Mexico before 1601 to speeches and documents from a wide variety of countries’ political leaders, not to mention oral histories of Latinos and Latinas of the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War generations.

Hispanic/Latino Heritage (National Archives) Arts, Entertainment, and Culture; Education and Civil Rights, Government and Politics; Diplomacy; Veterans; and more.

San Diego Lowrider Archival Project (University of San Diego) “The San Diego Lowrider Archival Project documents the history of lowriding in San Diego and the surrounding borderlands, from the 1950s through today. The project includes photographs, car club documents and memorabilia, official records, meeting minutes, dance posters and lowrider art. These materials reflect important qualities of the lowrider movement: creativity, independence, cultural pride, resistance, activism, community service, collectivism, tradition and ritual, and cultural continuity.”

Don’t forget to search Calisphere, California’s central digital archive of primary sources covering the history of our state. For example, you can find sources on the Zoot Suit Riots or the Mexican American Political Association there.

You can also look at other state archives, such as New York, that have been working on documenting LatinX history of the US.

If you want to dive further into the hundreds of digitized and physical archives available, or search for a specific topic, location, or heritage of interest to you, here are some open web searches to get you started:

[ hispanic OR latino OR latina OR chicano OR chicana OR latinx archives ]

[ “mexican OR cuban OR salvadoran OR rican OR peruvian american” archives ]

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Thirty-four years after the publication of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood returns to the Republic of Gilead in The Testaments. Through the narratives of three different women, Atwood explores what life would be like for young people coming of age under a theocratic dictatorship as well as the events that lead to Gilead’s downfall. The women – the daughter of an important Commander, a Canadian anti-Gilead activist, and one of Gilead’s founding enforcers – are brought together by long-buried secrets which force each of them to decide how far they will go for what they believe.

Pick up a copy of The Testaments at the library!


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Summer, Sun & Stories

Summer, Sun & Stories

Although the year is wrapping up, we want to remind you that your reading doesn’t have to! The library’s ebook and audiobook collection is here for you over the summer on Overdrive.

If you’re looking for things to read, check out our Pinterest page for recommendations by genre, or our Recommended Pleasure Reading List full of handpicked books we love.

Happy summer, and happy reading!

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