Charlie has just transferred to an arts school. She doesn’t know anyone and she’s not even sure she made the right choice switching schools. During an activity fair she starts getting hounded by a girl at one of the booths who is trying to start a basketball team at the school for the first time. At first Charlie’s not interested, but Liv, the girl from the fair is persistent. Once Liv finds Charlie used to play on the team at her school, she’s determined to get Charlie to join the Avant-Guards. The fact that Liv has a little crush on Charlie might add to her persistence too. The Avant-Guards is a graphic novel series that’s funny, realistic and even has a touch of romance if you’re a fan of The Lumberjanes or Giant Days definitely pick up volume 1 right away.
That smell in the air? It’s the scent of footballs whizzing through the air at a rapid rate. It may still be warm outside but football season is fast upon us. And what better way to celebrate than reading the latest gridiron-related publications out this year? Here are the latest books on our shelves, ready for you to punt over the circulation desk and into your home:
The Private Lives of Great Writers
The extent to which an author’s personal life sheds light on their work is debated by Salon. Weighing in on Jonathan Franzen’s controversial New Yorker essay, the article explores just how relevant Edith Wharton’s looks and Saul Bellow’s marital problems are to appreciating their novels.
Beyond The Art of Fielding
The American novelist’s interest in sports is thoroughly examined in Slate. Focusing on Chad Harbach’s bestseller as well as books by Philip Roth, John Updike, Don DeLillo, and David Foster Wallace, the insightful essay looks at how sports are used to explore courage, resilience, and loyalty.
Police sketch software is used to create portraits of famous characters in literature on this seductively strange website. Using descriptions straight from the novels, artist and writer Brian Joseph Davis’ depictions include Rochester from Jane Eyre, Emma Bovary, and Ignatius J. Reilly (pictured).
Ladies’ Night on Movie Night
Celebrate Women’s History Month with one of these 40 films featuring some seriously cool ladies both real and fictitious. Pop some corn and take your pick from titles including Persepolis, La Vie en Rose, The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, Amelie, and The Color Purple.