Page Turn Episode 027

Hello and welcome to Episode Twenty Seven of Page Turn: the Largo Public Library Podcast. I’m your host, Hannah!

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The Spanish Language Book Review begins at 15:57 and ends 19:40 at
The English Language Transcript can be found below

But as always we start with Reader’s Advisory!

The Reader’s Advisory for Episode Twenty Seven is Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton. If you like Boy Swallows Universe you should also check out: Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden, The Lost Man by Jane Harper, and How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox.

My personal favorite Goodreads list Boy Swallows Universe is on is Big Fat Books Worth the Effort.

Today’s Library Tidbit is about Reader’s Advisory.

I figured two years in I could let everyone in on my super secret formula for doing reader’s advisory.

First off what is reader’s advisory? Reader’s advisory is pairing readers with materials they might be interested in!

Doing reader’s advisory for yourself is a bit different than how I do reader’s advisory for patrons, how I do it for this podcast, and how I train staff members in doing reader’s advisory.

I’m going to do a reader’s advisory for myself for one of my favorite science fiction fantasy series, Binti , Binti: Home , and Binti: Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor. The first step of reader’s advisory for the series is to head to our databases and log into NoveList with my library card. Once I’ve pulled up the information about the title I would check out the information available to me about the title. NoveList calls these appeal factors. Now depending on why I liked a book will change which appeal factors I pay attention to for the book.

After playing around with the appeal factors and read-a-likes on NoveList and Goodreads I put holds on A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, How Long Till Black History Month by N. K. Jemisin, and The Deep by Rivers Solomon.

If you’d rather a library staff member pick out some suggestions for you, or if you aren’t having any luck finding your next read yourself fill out the Reader’s Advisory Form to get a list of suggestions.

And now it’s time for Book Traveler, with Victor:
Intro: Welcome to a new edition of Book Traveler. My name is Victor and I am a librarian at the Largo Public Library. Today I’m going to talk to you about a book we have in the Spanish collection titled To Kill A Mockingbird (Graphic Novel) Harper Lee and Fred Fordham.

Synopsis: A haunting portrait of race and class, innocence and injustice, hypocrisy and heroism, tradition and transformation in the Deep South of the 1930s, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird remains as important today as it was upon its initial publication in 1960, during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement.
Now, this most beloved and acclaimed novel is reborn for a new age as a gorgeous graphic novel. Scout, Jem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch, and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, are all captured in vivid and moving illustrations by artist Fred Fordham.

Enduring in vision, Harper Lee’s timeless novel illuminates the complexities of human nature and the depths of the human heart with humor, unwavering honesty, and a tender, nostalgic beauty. Lifetime admirers and new readers alike will be touched by this special visual edition that joins the ranks of the graphic novel adaptations of A Wrinkle in Time and The Alchemist.

Opinion: To Kill a Mockingbird was first published in 1960 and Harper Lee was immediately awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Since then, the novel has very positive praise and it is part of the list of great classics of American literature. The novel tells us the story of a town located in Alabama, during the Great Depression after 1929. The narrator is Scout, a six-year-old girl who explains, with the innocence of her age, the situation of injustice, racism, inequalities and prejudices in which they live. Through the eyes of some children, the author tells us a hard story that reflects the closeness of American society at the time and the fear of everything that was “different”.

In this case, the format chosen to recover the classic is the graphic novel. Fred Fordham has taken care of both the illustrations and the adaptation of the text and I think he has done a magnificent job.

I had to make real efforts not to read the novel in one sitting. I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird a few times, but being able to reread it so visually this time seemed like a gift. This adaptation of Fred Fordham is fully up to the classic, respects its essence and adds an extra by letting us see the characters while they tell us their story. The rhythm is different, but I felt the same explosion of feelings as the first time I read it.

Outro: It is all for today. Until the next edition of Book Traveler. Bye.

Stay safe everyone out there! Check out our virtual programming here and also don’t forget to sign up for our Summer Reading Program on Beanstack!

For everyone interested our intro music is by Break the Bans and the outro music is by Jahzzar, both artists can be found on Free Music Archive.