May 1st's Rising Writer's event with Lydia Kiesling and Namwali Serpell was a masterclass in writing, lending insight into their writing process, working titles, and how to make it as a first-time novelist.
What I first noticed is that both novels are very location-centric. Lydia Kiesling's novel, The Golden State, examines what "the golden state" means literally and figuratively. Set in Northeastern California on the Oregon border, The Golden State is not a title wi...[read more]
The April 18th's Rising Writers event with Daniel Gumbiner and Kevin Smokler was as educational as it was entertaining. Daniel Gumbiner, author of National Book Award nominee The Boatbuilder, and Kevin Smoker, author of Brat Pack America, talked about writing The Boatbuilder and Gumbiner's next project.
Gumbiner's novel primarily deals with escape, acceptance and the relationship between the two. Its protagonist, Berg, is an opiate addict recovering...[read more]
Science fiction has plenty of book series. The Mechanics Institute Library has recently acquired a few new ones and added to some popular ones.[read more]
The month of March, or Women's History Month, may be in the rearview mirror but there’s always a time and reason to celebrate the contributions of women. In the last few years, there has been an explosion of women biopics, movies with a top-shelf, mostly-female cast, and films directed by women. Some of these like Lady Bird, Hidden Figures, and The Favourite have earned Oscar recognition.
Come check out our extensive display of feminist films on the 2nd floo...[read more]
The time has come!
Starting Sunday, May 5th, the Mechanics’ Institute Library is having its annual magazine sale. Stop by the 3rd floor to browse all titles from The Advocate to Zyzzyva. All issues or bundles of issues will be $1 each (plus tax). That includes heavy issues (e.g. Artforum, Monocle, Virginia Quarterly Review, etc.) and oversized issues (e.g. Country Life, The London Review of Books, T...[read more]
Over the last two years, over two 6-month periods, we have tracked the number of members using the Mechanics' Institute Library after 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and found that Library usage drops dramatically during that last hour. Very few members used the Library after 8 p.m. during the last 6-month period (September 16, 2018 – March 15, 2019). Given low Library usage, we have decided to change our Monday through Thursday hours to 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The new hours: