OPL Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month

Check out these new books by Latinx authors.

September 15th is the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month and we're excited to feature these new books by Latinx authors in honor of the occasion. Some of these authors may be familiar to you while others, such as Gabriela Garcia, are publishing for the first time. Whether you're looking for poetry, memoir, fiction, science fiction or magical realism there's something here for everyone. Happy reading!


American Orphan What's Mine is Yours Of Women and Salt

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in September 2021

There are so many wonderful new works of fiction coming in September, it will be hard to choose where to start! Here are ten suggestions.

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Here are a few of the newest or most popular zines from our ever-growing Zine Collection!

You may or may not know this, but the Oakland Public Library has a robust and ever-growing collection of zines!

Zines are independently or self-published booklets, often photocopied, often stapled, and generally motivated by self-expression, personal interest, or passion. Zines can be about anything, do not have to conform to any rules or guidelines, and are DIY by nature.

Some say zines have been around since Thomas Paine's historic and self-published Common Sense, though others say zines started sometime in the 30s as scifi fanzines. They have often been situated within various scenes and subcultures -- like the 70s punk scene and the 90s Riot Grrrl scene -- but are created by all kinds of people and are about anything you can think of. They can be intellectual, political, artistic, historical, cultural, informational, personal, poetic, and on and on and on. 

We started our OPL zine collection to be a mobile collection housed on one of our Bike

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Short Story Collections at OPL

Check out our selection of shorts!

I'm an avid reader and love nothing more than spending hours reading my favorite authors, but sometimes I have trouble concentrating on longer works. I still want to read, but my attention span is short. During these times short story collections are a perfect answer to "What should I read next?" I feel the satisfaction from reading a piece from start to finish without having to commit to an entire novel. Sometimes I even dip in and out of different collections. Here are a few of my recent favorites. Some are newer publications. Others are old favorites. I hope you enjoy them, too!

All These Wonders Deceit and Other Possibilities 

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August 2021 

Hope you have room on your holds list! Here are 10 great fiction titles arriving this month.

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Recent Books by Bay Area Authors

The Bay Area has a rich literary history and has been home to some of the most well-known writers of the last century - Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alice Walker, Ursula K. Le Guin. It’s also home to an exciting array of literary voices today. Here are a few books from the last two years by Bay Area authors.


How much of these hills is gold 
/ C Pam Zhang

Ba dies in the night; Ma is

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New Social Justice Books

A selection of new books on social justice.

In this week's blog post we're highlighting some of the new social justice titles received by OPL during the first half of the year. These books cover a range of topics from education, to spirituality, to art, to political organizing. In Four Hundred Souls, edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blane, ninety different writers share essays and short stories that capture the four hundred year history of African Americans from 1619 to the present. In The Sum of Us Heather McGhee challenges the idea that "progress for some must come at the expense of others" and explores how people coming together across race benefits us all. We Do This 'til We Free Us is a collection of interviews and essays by Mariame Kaba reflecting on the power of ordinary people working toward social justice and Bree Picower discusses ways that social justice and anti-racism practices can be built into teacher training programs and school curriculum in Reading, Writing and Racism. These books and many more are featured in the list below.  


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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in July 2021

Calling all fiction lovers: here come more summer books!

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LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novels

Happy Pride month! Check out this selection of LGBTQIA+ graphic novels.


Our work is everywhere : an illustrated oral history of queer & trans resistance / Syan Rose ; foreword by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha 

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June is LGBTQI+ Pride Month!

Celebrate pride with new books by LGBTQI+ authors.

Looking for something to read during Pride month? We have many new titles to keep you reading throughout the month and year(s). There's plenty to enjoy in these new novels, poetry and short story collections and memoirs written by LGBTQI+ authors representing a range of experiences and voices. Happy Pride! 


You Exist Too Much With Teeth Stone Fruit 

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