Happy Halloween

Halloween is here and for us at the library this is a day we all long for a little extra. Our fantastic colleague Johanna always sneaks in to work extra early and turn our lunch room into a wonderfully scary place with everything from ghosts, cobwebs, vampire blood and hooting werewolves to pumpkins and fun (but scary) sweets.

But why do we celebrate Halloween? In Sweden, it is a relatively new phenomenon, we can see it is already mentioned in the 1950s, but it is only since 1990 that it has became a real holiday tradition for us Swedes.

If we look at Halloween historically, one think that Halloween could first have occurred with the Celts’ contact with the Vikings. When the Vikings went out on their voyages, they brought their customs like “autumn blots”. The Celts had four great seasons, one of which was Samhain. The holiday Samhain was celebrated when the harvest season was over and the winter season began, on October 31st. The Celts believed that invisible forces were in motion, and that the souls of the dead could return to Earth during the night to the 31th of October.

When many Irish immigrants emigrated to the United States in the mid 1800’s, they brought their traditions, including the celebration of the Hallowe or All Hallow’s Eve. However, other elements of other traditions and festivals, such as Guy Fawkes Night, is part of  Halloween looking like it does in the United States today. At the end of the 19th century, the rationalism come to affect the society of the United States and there was no longer room for superstition and folk traditions, which meant that Halloween almost disappeared for some time. It was not until the 1950s that Halloween became one of the real big holidays in the USA, especially for all children who want to go “trick or treating”. 

However, it is important to note that Halloween should not in any way be compared or linked with All Saints Day, which in Sweden is a completely different, and for the Church, very important holiday.

This Halloween, we want to give you some scary book tips that can keep you awake during the night.

Midnatt by Dean Koontz
I den pittoreska staden Moonlight Cove i norra Kalifornien har egendomliga dödsfall inträffat.”>In the picturesque town of Moonlight Cove in northern California, strange deaths have occurred. For some, the city is a paradise; other inhabitants keep a secret so horrible that it can cost people’s lives, both inside and outside the town. In this book we meet four completely different people, drawn to each other to fight the evil in Moonlight Cove.

It by Stephen King..
It’s hard to talk about horror novels without having King on the list. This year we choose the book ItIt’s topical because of the new filming of the book that is in the cinemas right now. In Derry, Maine, a series of terrible murder occurs. A group of children defies the danger and finds that the killer is not human but a monster in the shape of a clown. The clown Pennywise has since the novel came out in 1986, scared many readers over the years.

Heart-shaped Box by Joe Hill
Joe Hill is actually named Joseph Hillstrom King and is the son of the horror king Stephen King (above).
Heart-shaped Box is Hill’s debut novel, and in this we get to follow the singer Judas Coyne who collects morbid items. One day he buys a ghost on the internet … a ghost who is looking for revenge. A really good and horrible ghost story.

The woman in Black by Susan Hill
Another Hill which is terribly good at writing classic ghost stories is Susan Hill.
In the The Woman in Black , we will follow London Attorney Arthur Kipps as he goes to a remote country town to attend Mrs Alice Drablow’s funeral and arrange the death boar she left behind. It turns out that the place is hiding an evil secret, associated with the scary figure that unexpectedly appeared at the funeral – the woman in black.

Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin 
When the fog is thick over the northern island of Öland, a little boy disappears without any traces. His family is looking for weeks for him. More than 20 years later, the boy’s grandfather receives a letter without sender, and the letter contains the boy’s sandal Echoes from the Dead  is the first part of four books, in the misty rugged environment of the island of Öland, the atmosphere becomes suggestive and sometimes supernatural.

Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist 
Retired journalist Gustav Mahler in Stockholm receives a call from an old contact at Danderyd Hospital who claims that the dead is waking up.
A heartbreaking horror novel of classical incision.

The Circle by Sara Bergmark Elfgren och Mats Strandberg
The Circle is the first part of a triology, commonly known as The Engelsfors Trilogy, as they take place in the little town of Engelsfors. At the center is a group of high school girls who turn out to be witches … The book has a nice (and under the skin) Twin Peaks feeling straight through.

All book tips above are available at the library (most of them in Swedish) . Click on the titles and you will get to Primo to see where to find them.

Sources:
http://www.ne.se/uppslagsverk/encyklopedi/l%C3%A5ng/halloween
https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

Text: Christel Olsson
Photos: Signe Wulund
Styling: Johanna Persson

How about a novel about a dystopian future?

Since the installation of Donald Trump as president of the United States, George Orwell’s 1984 book has climbed up on the bestseller lists in the United States. This is believed to be associated with the use of the term “alternative facts” in an interview by President Donald Trump’s advisor, Keyllyanne Conway. Comparisons were made with the term “newspeak” used in Orwell’s novel from 1949.

1984 is about the oppression in a totalitarian state and a society where all individual freedom has been wiped out. Not even the language of the individual, thoughts or feelings are free. The invisible dictator is constantly present (“Big Brother sees you”). Orwell’s fear was an authoritarian Stalinist future in Britain. The threats may look different today, here’s a list of other known dystopis:

The Handmaid´s tale av Margret Atwood
The Handmaid’s tale is the much discussed story of Offred, service woman in the Republic of Gilead – formerly known as the United States of America – in a near future. In this religious dictatorship, women are no longer allowed to read and have only human dignity in the reproductive sense.

Brave new world av Aldous Huxley
Brave new world is a cornerstone of science fiction classic literature. In the distant future, World Controllers have created the perfect society through genetic manipulation of the population, brainwashing, free drugs and temporary sex. The only one who doesn’t seem to accept the role of a happy consumer is Bernard Marx, who has unnatural addictions for loneliness and disgust for loose that drives him to seek freedom. The only cure he knows can be found in the Savage Reservation, where the old terrible lifestyle remains.

Children of men av P. D. James
Children of men take place in England in 2021, at a time when no children are born on a quarter of a century because all men are hopelessly sterile. Old people are encouraged to commit suicide, immigrant workers are used as slaves and the last born generation, The Omegas, is beautiful but also known for acts of cruelty. The book was filmed in 2006 by Alfonso Cuarón and nominated for three Oscars.

Virutal light av William Gibson
Virtual Light is a detective story placed in a high-tech and multicultural, but decayed future. The place is San Francisco and the year 2005. The bike bid Chevette Washington accidentally end up on a party for filthy wealthy people. She happens to steal a pair of sunglasses by a cheeky guy, but the sunglasses, which do not have a thing to do with sun protection, contains optically stored information and the owner is ready to kill to get them back.

Text: Karin Ekström
Photo: Katharina Nordling

Method books…..again

Most of you will at some point during your education bump into the word METHOD. What is method? why is it so important and why are there so many books on the subject?

There are books on qualitative and quantitative methods, interview methodology, comparative analysis methods, interdisciplinary studies, and much more.

Regardless of what subject you read, there is a relevant method book for your subject. I will not go into the analysis of the word method and its significance, I will instead tell you more about what kind of books we have at the library.

Ett steg till: En metodbok för biblioteksutveckling/ Aleman L.

This book is the result of the project Doublinga- method for library development?It is also a practical guide for libraries that want to work together to achieve business development.

Förhandlingsbart: Metodbok i förhandlingsteknik/ Lempereur A,  Aurélien C & Wetter E.

The book gives you knowledge of the most common pitfalls and dirty tricks in negotiating situations and effective tips to counteract them. you will both learn about Win-Win methods and hard negotiation and how to progressively develop your own personal ability.

Metod & Praktik: Texter om forskning och utvecklingsarbete inom det konstnärliga området/ Lind T.

This book is part of a series of annual publications on the research and development work on the artistic field that is given out by the Swedish Research Council. Last year they released their first book with the title “ArtKnowledgeInsight”. In this book the discussion is about art and science and also problematize or embody questions about artistic research continues. 

Frågor, fält och filer: Kriminologisk metodbok/ Roxel L, Tiby E

In this book, you get to take advantage of both new and established researchers’ experiences, thoughts and methods in CriminologyThe book takes up the question of which or what methods, fits to research question and also the fact that the same research question can give different results when you use different methods.

Text & Photo: Tandis Talay

Time for this year’s Debutant prize!

It´s finally time for Borås Tidning debutant prize to be awarded. It is an annual prize and it is especially exciting for us because it’s happening here in Borås, in cooperation with the University. The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday evening at Borås City Theatre’s main stage where “Lilla Debutant priset” (Little Debutant prize) also is awarded. All these books are written in swedish so if you want to practice the language you have a great opportunity to do so.

If you want to know more about the authors, please read what some of Sweden’s literary critics think about this year’s debutantes. (only in swedish) This year it stands between  För vad sorg och smärta byThom Lundberg, Skuggan by Marit Furns, Tripprapporter by Tone Schunnesson, och vi fortsatte att göra någonting rörande by Elis Burrau and Storm i den pelare som bär by Andreas Lundberg. This year it is one poetry collection and four novels that participates. Associated with this price we are displaying these books at the information desk in the library, welcome to borrow!

Text: Lena Holmberg
Picture: Book covers from www.adlibris.com

Books about the good and / or evil nature of humans

In these days, with reports of atrocities from far and wide, it can be easy to think that the world is a bad place, that mankind is evil and that all hope is gone – but is it really so? In our display cabinets, we currently have an exhibition on the theme Humans – good or evil?.

A central book of the exhibition is The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Pilip Zimbardo. The book is divided into two parts and the first part is about Zimbardos study of the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard, often called the Stanford prison experiment. The second part of the book deals with the events that took place inside the Abu Ghraib-prison in 2004. Zimbardo writes that it doesn’t take much for a person to perform evil acts, but he also states that it takes as little for a person to be good or heroic. In this 23 minutes long presentation on TED.com you can listen to Zimbardon when he speaks on the subject.

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The exhibition contains books about human origins and development, good and evil. In addition, we have picked up several novels on the theme. You are free borrow the books in the glass cases, or look up one of our many e-books on these subjects. Here are some examples of e-books:

The question whether humanity is good or evil might not have an answer, maybe because the question is a bit black and white. But reading various theories and books that deal with these issues is one way to deal with the thoughts we get when the news about atrocities in the world never seems to end.

Text: Katharina Nordling

Climate fiction – a highly topical genre

Climate fiction is a growing literary genre that developed out of the threat we know from today’s climate change. A sort of realistic science fiction with disaster elements. The concept was given back in 2007 but no genre has not broke through for real before it had a catchy acronym and a few years ago it finally came – “Cli-Fi”!

It’s about fiction that somehow reflects today’s global warming and give us an interpretation of how our future would look like. Can this literature affect our view on climate change? Maybe we feel more engaged when we skip the scientific talk and are thrown straight into a literary act that could be about ourselves?

Cli-Fi does not give us all the answers but a range of potential future scenarios to consider, it evokes emotion. What happens for example, if that part of the country where I live is flooded, forcing me to move or find other ways to live. Where the living conditions and the rules of the game suddenly change? This highly topical subject attracting different types of readers and is also grateful for cinema. The concept of Cli-Fi is up & coming and hopefully we will soon be able to read more Swedish authors in the genre.

dsc_0023Please read the interview with Dan Bloom, who invented the term and who created the web The Cli-Fi Report (CFR).

If you want to read some Cli-fi novels published in recent years and maybe even some older that also qualify in the field, we have some tips. Some are available in the library:

Meg Little Reilly We Are Unprepared (2016)
Paolo Bacigalupi The water knife (2015)
Camilla Sten En annan gryning (2015)
Kim Stanley Robinson Green Earth (2015) The shortened processing trilogy of Science in the capital consisting of Forty signs of rain (2004), Fifty degrees below (2005) and Sixty days and counting (2007).
Catarina Rolfsdotter Jansson Malmö Manhattan 1994 2024 (2014)
Monica Byrnes The girl in the road (2014)
Margaret Atwood MaddAddam-trilogy with Oryx and Crake (2003),The Year of the Flood (2010) and MaddAddam (2013)
Jesper Weithz Det som inte växer är döende (2012) E-bok
Emmi Itäranta Teemestarin kirja (2012) in english Memory of water
Barbara Kingsolver Flight behavior (2012)
Ian McEwan Solar (2010)
Maggie Gee The Ice People (1998)

Text & picture: Lena Holmberg