The talents and skills of the 2009 Recipient of the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award, William Bernhardt, reflect many aspects of the contemporary library. William Bernhardt is an author, a teacher, a mentor, a researcher, a composer, and communicator.
As an author, Mr. Bernhardt had sold more than 10 million books in various countries. Library Journal has called him the “master of the courtroom drama.” The Vancouver Sun dubbed him “the American equivalent of P.G. Wodehouse and John Mortimer.” He introduced the Ben Kincaid series in 1991 with Primary Justice and published the 17th in the series, Capitol Offense, in 2009. The Susan Pulaski series has two titles, Dark Eye and Strip Search. Among his other novels is the collection Legal Briefs which also contains stories by previous Distinguished Authors Philip Margolin and Lisa Scottoline. Royalties from the sale of this book benefited the Children’s Defense Fund. Contributors to the anthology Natural Suspect donated author royalties to the Nature Conservancy. His works for children include a biography of civil rights leader Ada Lois Sipuel, who broke the color barrier for higher education in Oklahoma and throughout the south.
In his recent book, Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, Bernhardt solved the mystery of America’s first serial killer, the so-called Mad Butcher of Cleveland, whose identity has eluded investigators for decades. In the most recent book in the Ben Kincaid series, Capitol Conspiracy, Bernhardt keeps the series fresh and contemporary with a story that takes attorney Ben Kincaid to Washington, D.C., for a high-profile case involving controversial anti-terrorist legislation, political skullduggery, and murder. In 1999, he founded HAWK Publishing Group. Each summer HAWK sponsors Writing Workshops to “nurture and mentor aspiring writers.” These efforts facilitate publication by new authors. In addition to mentoring new writers, HAWK has published books by acclaimed authors such as Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist N. Scott Momaday, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian, and PBS newsman Jim Lehrer. His new book, Capitol Offense” is due out on Sept. 29th.
Among the awards Bernhardt has received are the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Fiction in 1995 for Perfect Justice and in 1999 for Dark Justice; the Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal Award in 1998; a Career Achievement Award at the 2000 Booklovers Convention in Houston; and in 2000 the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award, “in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large.” (Contemporary Authors) In addition to his law degree, Bernhardt also holds a Masters Degree in English. His specialty field is Victorian literature.
I hope you will join us for this celebration of the works of William Bernhardt. For ticket information, please click on the Distinguished Author web site or contact Kym Fetsko at 570-941-7816.
The University of Scranton and the City of Scranton are celebrating Earth Day with a week full of events, from a sustainable tour of downtown Scranton to an Earth Day Fair to hikes and mountain bike rides. If you have a quiet moment in the midst of all the green activity, be sure to check out some of the Weinberg Memorial Library’s newest books on sustainability and environmental issues:
- Thomas Friedman, Hot, Flat, and Crowded
- Rowan Jacobsen, Fruitless Fall
- Michael Schacker, Spring Without Bees
- Andrew Darby, Harpoon: Into the Heart of Whaling
- Lisa Gartland, Heat Islands
And don’t forget about today’s Earth Day Fair, which will be held from 10am – 1pm right outside the DeNaples Center. We’ll see you there!
Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series is now available in the Weinberg Memorial Library, in the Ed Lab (3rd floor). Special thanks to our Cataloging and Acquisitions staff, who got the books in and on the shelves so quickly! Students have already checked out two of the books in the series, but Breaking Dawn and New Moon are still available – for now. You can see whether or not they’ve been snapped up and checked out by searching our Library catalog at http://wml.scranton.edu/search.
If you haven’t yet heard about the Twilight series, you can read about the phenomenon in a Washington Post article here.
Word on the street is that Stephenie Meyer is the new J.K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter series). What’s the word on campus? Does Twilight live up to the hype?
Check out our new book shelves, now located right next to the Reference Desk.
We just moved our “New Books” Bookshelves from the periodical area to the area right near the Reference Desk. This should make the new books in our collection a lot more accessible to you, and it also opens up the periodical area for more study space.
I took some time to browse these latest additions to our collection, and came across this cool book which I have plans to read as soon as I can:
Clearly there is something for everyone on these shelves. Check them out!