Janet Dawson’s Favorite Crime Novels

Award-winning local author Janet Dawson recommends some of her favorite crime stories.

Janet Dawson is well known to local readers as the author of eleven novels featuring Oakland private investigator Jeri Howard. Jeri first appeared in the novel Kindred Crimes, which won the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America contest for best first private eye novel and was been nominated for the Shamus, Macavity and Anthony Awards.

Her newest series takes

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Go Big or Go Home

In praise of the very long novel.

Does a long book intimidate you? Can a high page count fill you with despair? Are you the one who slipped Cryptonomicon back onto the shelf? Read the Spark Notes for Great Expectations but not the book? Fear not! Some of the best fun you can have as a reader is with a long novel. Here's a not-so-long list of some juicy doorstoppers to try. You'll be staying up half the night turning pages in no time!

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in March 2016

Wondering what to read next? Here are 10 great books coming out in March.

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Radical Princess and Pioneer Barbie

Celebrate Woman History Month by embracing the imagination within our girls.

                                  

March is Women's History Month and OPL is hosting a Women's History Celebration in many libraries across the city.

But did you know that OPL's Womens History celebration was inspired by a costume contest? That's right, a simple game of dress-up resulted in the RADest Women's History celebration OPL has ever seen. 

I am bringing this to your attention because I want to remind you that our little girls play dress-up every day. Disney sells millions of dollars in costumes for Elsa, Ariel, Tianna and Merida et. al. During Woman’s history month, I don't want you to forget the

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Politics and Campaigning

New titles on the history of presidential campaigns and voting rights.

It's impossible to turn on the television or radio, log on to a computer or open a newspaper without hearing or reading about the presidential campaign. If you want to learn more about the history of presidential campaigns, the struggles for voting rights in the U.S., and even how comedians engage with political life, check out these new titles at OPL.

All descriptions are provided by the publishers.

Give us the Ballot    

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Remembering Harper Lee

"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."

Readers around the world were saddened Friday to learn about the death of author Harper Lee, beloved author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Miss Lee died in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, at the age of 89.

The fame that came her way after Mockingbird’s publication in 1960 took her completely by surprise, as did the Pulitzer Prize that followed, and the iconic film that came along in 1962. Miss Lee was never comfortable with the attention that came her way. She valued her privacy, rarely granting interviews.  She became, as New

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My Undead Valentine

Is romance dead?

Spend this Valentine’s Day with some star-crossed lovers, bridging the divide between this world and the next. These six classic paranormal romances will give you chills and set your heart racing.

 

Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)This terrifying, suave monster

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in February

Wondering what to read next? How about one of these great novels coming out in February.

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Celebrate Rad Women - Events, Displays and More

Dare to be radical this Women's History Month! Join us to celebrate women and transgender trailblazers and changemakers.

Poster advertising Rad Women EventsBefore the book Rad American Women A-Z debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list for middle grade books, and before it sold out its first printing, Oakland Public Library was snapping up copies of this long-awaited treasure for feminists young and old.

Why? Of course, we love that it’s by two local authors — writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl, both teachers. We love the profiles of 26 diverse

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Black History Homework Re-Imagined!

Are you looking for a twist to writing your Black History Report?

Yesterday while talking to my friend who is a teacher she was bemoaning how bored she was with Black History and how she wished she could just "cancel the whole thing." 

To say I wasn't thrilled with her comments was an understatement.

But trying to give my soon to be ex-friend the benefit of the doubt, I asked her to clairify her statements. She continues by saying that although she enjoys celebrating Black History and loves the oratorical  competitions, she absolutely HATES reading 25 biographies about President Obama, 5 about Michele Obama and maybe 3 about a current Black celebrity or athlete. 

And just when I was about to shout 

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