Best Novels of the Year

By: Taylor Roberts ~Staff Writer~ All the Light We Cannot See This book holds readers in the palm of its hand with an enthralling story deserving of the Pulitzer Prize it won. Doerr’s hauntingly beautiful prose also won Goodreads Choice Award Winner for best historical fiction. “All the Light We Cannot See” keeps readers captivated with poignant details of a war story that has two compelling souls as the protagonists. This carefully-crafted story grasps its audience with intense and sensual imagery that pours right off the page. Station Eleven Fans of “The Walking Dead” and Shakespeare alike will enjoy Emily … Continue reading Best Novels of the Year

Mermaid Tavern dives into literature

By: Justin Worthing ~Staff Writer~ Four professors from Xavier’s English Department are trying to create a more tight-knit community of English majors and minors through the informal Mermaid Tavern club. The club, which meets every other Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Hinkle 201, provides a space for students and faculty to discuss books, practice creative writing and enjoy literature- themed games. Dr. Niamh O’Leary, Dr. Jennifer McFarlane-Harris, Dr. Lisa Ottum and Dr. Kristen Renzi supervise the program this semester and are using student suggestions to guide the program’s direction. “A lot of the topics that we’ve come up with for … Continue reading Mermaid Tavern dives into literature

Banned Books Week

Every year during the last week of September, a number of authors, readers, teachers, journalists and publishers are brought together during Banned Books Week to celebrate the freedom to read and share ideas. Banned Books Week began in 1982 when a number of schools and libraries started “challenging,” or attempting to restrict or remove, certain books. According to the American Library Association (ALA), over 11,300 books have been removed or restricted from various locations across the country since Banned Books Week began. Books are often challenged to protect children from “offensive language” and “inappropriate sexual content.” Though many challenges are … Continue reading Banned Books Week