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NaNoWriMo: On Narrative and Creative Writing

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If you navigate to the “About” page on the National November Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) website, you will find this brief, but meaningful statement:

National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (formerly known as the Office of Letters and Light) that believes your story matters.”

Perhaps the most personal part of this introduction is the implication that your story matters rather than just a story.

NaNoWriMo encourages participants to write about anything they wish, but the emphasis here is on the voice telling the narrative. Your voice.

100 people could tell the same story over and over again. But…could anyone tell it quite like you, with your inflection, your memories, your understanding, or your personage?

This is why your story truly matters. Your personal voice and idiosyncrasies affect the timbre and texture of narratives, putting a one of kind fingerprint on otherwise recycled stories.

With this in mind, consider the collection of books set up next to the NaNoWriMo Display on the first floor of McCain Library. Each one was either:

  • Written by a person who wrote the book during NaNoWriMo and became a best-selling author
  • Deals with narrative and the re-telling or re-writing of fictional and/or actual events
  • Re-tells familiar literature in a new way -OR-
  • Reveals the power and impact of narrative and different voices retelling that narrative on and throughout generations and communities.

If you would like to participate in our weekly  NaNoWriMo meetups, click here for more information.

To go to the NaNoWriMo website, click here.

Happy Writing & Narrating ✒.

 

 

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16 Films Released in October That You Can Check Out From McCain Library

Hey Scotties!

Don’t run; this isn’t another Halloween themed post! This, instead, is a list of 17 films (summaries included) you can borrow from McCain Library that were released in the U.S. during the month of October.

Did you know that McCain Library lends DVDs? And we don’t just mean boring educational items like “A History of Britain: the Complete Collection” (call number DA16 .H57 2008 if this, in fact, is your cup of tea). We have a variety of genres and releases, both recent and old, familiar and strange, that’ll entertain you while also encouraging you to “think deeply”.

Stop by the library to pick up one of these DVDs (and a projector or portable DVD player!). If you feel compelled, submit a review of the DVD here and we might feature it on our blog!

The List:

Oct_12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave (10/18/2013) | Genre: Biography, Drama, History | Rating: R | Call Number: DVD 3255 | **TW: Depictions of racial violence, racial slurs, and sexual assault | Solomon Northup is a black New Yorker, a violinist, a husband, a father, and a free man in the pre-Civil War era. Until he is tricked, kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. For 12 years he lives his life as a slave, awakened and infuriated by his mistreatment and the negligence of those who won’t believe him until he returns home again.
Oct_Amadeus
Amadeus (10/26/1984) | Genre: Biography, Drama, History | Rating: R | Call Number: DVD 529 / DVD 73 (Director’s Cut) | In this film, the musically brilliant Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a man of many hats and…and pleasures. If you asked about him, his listeners would call him transcendent, his friends would call him obscene, and his lovers would call him vulgar. If you asked Antonio Salieri, his sworn rival obsessed with his talent and consumed by jealousy, he’d call him a dead man.
Oct_Argo
Argo (10/02/2012) | Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller | Rating: R | Call Number: DVD 3052 | When Iranian activists takeover the U.S. Embassy for giving the Shah refuge in the U.S. during the Iranian Revolution, all but 6 staff members are held hostage. CIA exfiltration specialist Tony Mendez is called to devise a plan to sneak the escapees out of Iran and comes up with an unusual solution: a science film titled “Argo”. Devising an elaborate cover up using a phony production company, actors, and other Hollywood facades, Mendez must extract the six members under the film’s pretense before their identities are discovered and everyone is caught. This film is based on a true historical event.
Oct_Bamboozled
Bamboozled (10/06/2000) | Genre: Comedy-Drama, Satire, Music | Rating: R for language | Call Number: DVD 78 c.2 | **TW: Racism and Racial Slurs | Pierre Delacroix is young, Harvard-educated, and the only black writer for a network with poor ratings. Unfortunately, his racist boss denies every single idea he comes up with that positively depicts black communities. Frustrated, he proposes a black-face minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin, the network picks it up, and it becomes a hit.
Oct_Cloud Altas
Cloud Atlas (10/26/2012) | Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery | Rating: R | Call Number: DVD 3109 | Book Call Number: PR6063.I 785 C58 2004 | This epic follows six people as their souls are reincarnated and reborn across the ages along with their actions and narratives. Ends become beginnings, death becomes a door, and new worlds are forged from the ending of others. The human experience is a circle.
Oct_Good Hair
Good Hair (10/09/2009) | Genre: Comedy, Documentary | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 3002 | When black comedian Chris Rock’s (then) 3-yr old daughter asks him why she doesn’t have good hair, this sends Rock on a mission to learn more about the perception of black hair and the endorsement of white beauty standards in black culture. He interviews a few celebrities and comedian friends along the way.
Oct_Kill Bill Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 1 (10/10/2003) | Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller | Rating: R for graphic violence, language | Call Number: DVD 1189 | “The Bride,” a former assassin, awakens from a 4 year coma only to learn that on her wedding day, her entire wedding party was killed (fiancé included) and she is no longer pregnant. Recognizing this as the jealous work of her previous lover – and the leader of the Deadly Viper Assassin Squad – she exacts her revenge and comes for blood. A lot of it.
Oct_Martha Marcy May Marlene
Martha Marcy May Marlene (10/21/2011) | Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller | Rating: R Call Number: DVD 2839 | **TW: Depictions of sexual assault | Martha is finally able to escape to her sister’s house for help after spending many years in an abusive cult, but her delusions and paranoia follow her. And perhaps others.
Oct_Pay It Forward
Pay it Forward (10/20/2000) | Genre: Drama, Romance | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 1358 | A teacher gives his students an assignment to create an idea that will positively change the world and make it actionable. One of his students decides to “pay favors forward” and encourage the recipients to do the same rather than “repaying” them, creating a wave of kindness throughout the world no one foresaw.
Oct_Ray
Ray (10/29/2004) | Genre: Biography, Drama, Music | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 3221 | This Oscar-winning biography notes the life of the highly-acclaimed rhythm, soul, and blues artist Ray Charles Robinson. On the strength and words of his mother, Ray plays and sings his way to southern and eventually worldwide stardom as he contends with going blind, racism, drug addiction, mistresses, and the haunting death of his young brother.
Oct_The Social Network
The Social Network (10/01/2010) | Genre: Biography, Drama | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 2531 | Mark Zuckerberg is a Harvard graduate, computer genius, the creator of “Facebook”, one of the youngest billionaires…and being sued for the theft of intellectual property by former friends. In this biography, Zuckerberg’s path to wealth and power is ladened with jealousy, betrayal, and scandal. “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.”
Oct_Why did I get Married
Why Did I Get Married? (10/12/2007) | Genre: Comedy, Drama | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 2147 | Four married couples (and one single woman…) make their way to the snow filled Colorado Mountains for their annual marriage retreat to answer this one question: “Why did I get married?” As shocking news come s forth from one couple’s marriage, the other three couples are (at times, hilariously) forced to face the truth about their own marriages and themselves. Right, Marcus?
Oct_The Wiz
The Wiz (10/24/1978) | Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy | Rating: G | Call Number: DVD 2497 | In this musical, African-American adaptation of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Wiz” follows the very shy and lost Dorothy – a young school teacher too shy to leave Harlem — as her and her dog are swept through the land of Oz (New York City). She finds new friends, new enemies, and her quite possibly herself on her quest to get back home.
Oct_Where the Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are (10/16/2009) | Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family | Rating: PG | Call Number: DVD 2125 | Book Call Number: PS3569.E6.W44 1963 | Feeling lonely, neglected, and unhappy at home, Max pretends to be an animal to everyone’s dismay. When his mother chastises him, he sails to an island of wild things to be their king and the wild boy he feels he is. He soon learns, however, that even in the wilderness, there’s no place like home.
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Nobel Prize Winning Author Nadine Gordimer Has Passed Away

The New York Times reports that Nadine Gordimer died in South Africa yesterday (July 13):  http://nyti.ms/1jIhVsc.

Here are links to available books by her that McCain Library owns and to criticism and interpretation of her work.

The Academy of Achievement in Washington, D.C. provides a succinct page about her, including an interview.

ASC-affiliated readers may wish to explore this article about her in the Encyclopedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms.

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 Nelson Mandela and Nadine Gordimer in 1993.
Photograph: Louise Gubb/© Louise Gubb/CORBIS SABA
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Eight New Agnes Scott Independent Studies!

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We are pleased to welcome to the shelves eight recently published independent studies!

  • Alexandra Brosius.  A Study of Bis(L-Serinato)Copper(II) Decomposition Kinetics.
  • Rebecca Cross. Demographic and Environmental Variables Associated with Cognitive Test Participation of Monkeys in Large Social Groups.
  • Andrea Harris. Sustainability and Integration in German Media.
  • Keely Lewis. *Results Not Typical, Or Leads to Unusual Outcomes.
  • Juniar Lucien. Correspondence Principle : Case Study of the Dynamics of a Classically Chaotic Water-Driven Pendulum.
  • Emily Reed. Fairy Tales for Modern Queers : A Collection about Love, Representation, and Accepting Yourself in Spite of the Thorns.
  • R. Larkin Taylor-Parker. Unruly Creature of the State : The Life and Times of Georgia’s Central State Hospital.
  • Amanda Vincent. Interactions with Infants in the Captive Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla) Family Group at Zoo Atlanta.

Congratulations to the authors!

Browse the full list of independent studies published at Agnes Scott College (with the most recent listed first) to find the work of friends, classmates, and loved ones.  All independent studies are shelved by the authors last name and are available for in-house use in the Main Reading Room.

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Book Event: Jean Kwok at Decatur Library at 7:15pm on Wednesday, June 25

mamboinchinatownGirl in Translation by Jean Kwok is a popular novel in the McCain Library Browsing Collection.  If you are one of the many fans of this novel, be sure to see Jean Kwok read from her latest novel Mambo in Chinatown.
  • DATE: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • TIME: 7:15 p.m.
  • PLACE: Decatur Library Auditorium

Mambo in Chinatown will be released on Tuesday, June 24th and is the tale of one woman’s love for ballroom dancing.

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Movies News for June 3

Students, Faculty and Other Library Visitors:

Please note that a movie is expected to be filming in front of McCain Library for at least some portion of Tuesday, June 3.

If affiliated with Agnes Scott College, please bring your ID with you and, if the front doors are blocked, use the ID readers at the east side Ground Floor entrances, facing Alston. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Questions? Call 404-471-6094 (8:00 am- 5:15 pm).

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Books by Faculty

facbookpicsNext time you are in the library, stop by our new display of selected works written by our very own pioneers of knowledge.

The display is located in the stand alone shelf in the Main Reading Room.  Resources will be periodically switched out.

Check out a book written by your favorite professor today!