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Thanks for the love, NYPL

Just a quick acknowledgment of the New York Public Library putting us on their “Best of Reference 2010: Thrifty Reference” list yesterday on their blog yesterday. We knew there was a reason that even though we haven’t lived in New York for almost a decade, we still carry around an NYPL library card.  Thanks, Jenny!

Posted on: May 14, 2010, 10:26 am Category: Announcements Tagged with:

New content added to Biography Resource Center: 5/11/2010

Well, we’re hanging our heads in shame here at Biography Resource Center HQ. We have been entirely remiss in blogging…but only because we’re busy busy busy working on our next-gen version, which will be available later this summer!  Know that even when we’re not writing to you, we’re still thinking about you.  Kiss, kiss!

In the meantime, as always, we are pleased to announce the release of the following content to Biography Resource Center:

  • Contemporary Authors, vol. 291, 292 and 293
  • Contemporary Authors New Revision, vol. 200 and 201
  • Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television, vol. 99 and 100
  • World of Forensic Science
  • World of Sports Science
  • 74 original, contemporary biographies written specifically for Biography Resource Center by our team of subject experts

All told, that’s a whopping 1,542 new biographies now available in Biography Resource Center.

New biographies written by our subject experts that cannot be found in any of our print or electronic book series include: astronomer Rodger Doxsey; man-about-town Kevin Federline; actress January Jones; You Can’t Do That On Television host Les Lye; Mary Outerbridge, the “Mother of Tennis”; Christoph Waltz, who won an Oscar this year for his brilliant performance in Inglorious Basterds; and Thom Yorke, who really needs no introduction (and if he does, well, now you can read his biography).

By customer request, we’re working to beef up our selection of hearing impaired individuals in Biography Resource Center. This will be an ongoing content effort; a few new names to check out are Dummy Hoye, who played 14 seasons in the majors, including five for the Cincinnati Reds, and boxer James “Deaf” Burke, who was a 19th century British boxing champ. Please feel free to follow this librarian’s example! If you see a gap in our coverage, let us know and we’ll work with you to make Biography Resource Center even better.

You can find all of these biographies — and more! —  in Biography Resource Center as of today. Enjoy!

Posted on: May 11, 2010, 10:15 am Category: Announcements Tagged with:

Civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height has passed away

We once again interrupt the month of Apreery to focus on the passing of a civil rights legend with the Biography Resource Center Spotlight. American civil rights activist Dorothy I. Height (1912-2010) united religion and community to promote the advancement of African Americans. A 2004 recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, Height served as president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. She was committed to defending the rights of women and people of color, with the goal of creating unity among all people. Height died on April 20, 2010, at the age of 98.

Posted on: April 21, 2010, 9:23 am Category: Announcements, Factoids Tagged with: ,

A tragedy for Poland

We have interrupted our April run of rhymes-with-orangeery Spotlights in order to focus on Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who perished along with 95 others — including Poland’s First Lady and many other government and military officials — this past weekend in a plane crash in Western Russia. Kaczynski was on his way to a memorial for the massacre at Katyn, in which Polish POWs were executed 70 years ago by Stalin’s NKVD. Two narrative biographies on Kaczynski are available in Biography Resource Center.

Beverly Cleary will be back in a few days.

Posted on: April 13, 2010, 10:33 am Category: Announcements Tagged with:

April Spotlights are a wee bit eerie…

Robert E. Peary

Robert E. Peary

…Because they all rhyme with orangeery!

We thought that it would be quite cheery
To have all Spotlights that end with surnames rhyming with -eery
Or -eary or -irie or even with -eeree
And so here it is: our great group search query

First up is Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary
When he got to the North Pole his eyes surely were bleary
From April weather so cold and perhaps also dreary
His accomplishment would not make anyone sneery

Next is April birthday girl Beverly Cleary
Her Ramona Quimby would never be caught with breath beery
She no doubt drove Beezus to feel often weary
We love Cleary’s books truly and sincerely

We’ll round out the month with sage Timothy Leary
“Turn on, tune in, drop out” was his theory
His LSD research made some a tad leery
In April 1997 his ashes were shot into orbit around our Earth — which is ever so spherey

We hope you enjoy our April Spotlights in the Resource Center for Biographeery!

Posted on: April 7, 2010, 4:59 pm Category: Announcements, Factoids Tagged with: , ,


Cast of Blossom

Cast of Blossom

This is possibly the best news we’ve heard all week: cast members of Blossom are reuniting for an appearance on the FOX show ‘Til Death. Not quite sure how they’re going to pull this off with a “fake” Joey Lawrence — he of the formerly crazy wavy hair and the “WHOA!!!” — since the real one is apparently unavailable, but beggars can’t be choosers. We have biographies on Mayim Bialik, Jenna Von Oy and Lawrence available for your reminiscence in Biography Resource Center today and every day. As for Michael “Tony” Stoyanov…we’re working on it.

(If this turns out to be an April Fools joke on the part of mainstream media, we’re going to be really, really bummed.)

Posted on: April 1, 2010, 11:26 am Category: Factoids Tagged with:

SuperSonic Sherman Alexie!

Hearty congratulations to author Sherman Alexie, who was announced this morning as the winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner award for his novel War Dances.  We have six narrative biographies for Alexie available in Biography Resource Center. Alexie beat out fellow writers Barbara Kingsolver (six biographies), Lorraine Lopez (one biography), Lorrie Moore (two biographies) and Colson Whitehead (six biographies, including one from Lives & Perspectives Collection).

Posted on: March 23, 2010, 2:24 pm Category: Factoids Tagged with:

New content added to Biography Resource Center: 3/23/2010

Happy Spring! It’s been awhile since we’ve made a content announcement and we have plenty to whet your biographical appetite today. We are pleased to announce the release of the following content to Biography Resource Center:

The latest volume of Authors & Artists for Young Adults includes Kage Baker, Danny Boyle, Neil Gaiman, Seth MacFarlane, Christopher Nolan, Claes Oldenburg, Bridget Riley and Peter Straub.

The newest volumes of Contemporary Authors brings such writers as Fernando Baez, Vincent Bzdek, Liz Clarke, Carol Dunlop, Douglas J. Feith, Poppy King, Steven Lubet, Jennifer Musselman, Lucia Orth, Zachary Shore, Leni Zumas, Harper Barnes, Ed Begley, Jr., Carole Crowe, Reuven Firestone, Brian Jarvis, Alex Lemon, Carlos Moore, Mietek Pemper, Christopher Plummer, Ellen Shanman, Deborah Underwood and David Yezzi to the database.

Contemporary Authors New Revision volumes 197-199 include fresh biographies on Todd Balf, Guy Delisle, Azar Gat, Gordon Korman, Hanif Kureishi, Jim Lehrer, Lawrence Lessig, Miranda Seymour, John Updike, Elizabeth Bear, Susan Cheever, Slavenka Drakulic, Jody Gehrman, Jim Harrison, Claire LaZebnik, Thomas Pynchon, Janice Shefelman, Sarah Vowell, Linda Barnes, Harlan Coben, E.J. Dionne, Frank Gifford, Herbert Kohl, Kathleen Norris, Boris Riskin, Bob Schieffer, Peggy Shumaker and Steven Watts.

New biographies added from the latest volumes of Contemporary Black Biography include: African-Polish violinist George Bridgetower; dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade; big league pitcher Dock Ellis; lover of baggy sweatpants and the Reeboks with the straps Flo Rida; civil rights activist Dorothy Height; Barbara Jordan, who was the first black woman elected to Congress from the South; Pierre Nkurunziza, president of Burundi; actor and playwright John Henry Rockwood; singer Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of TLC fame; and Ralph Wiley, the much-missed, wonderful columnist who was rumored to have been felled by Al Michaels’ ridiculous play-by-play commentary during Game 4 of the 2004 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons (it was later proven to be merely an all-too-soon heart attack). Not that we’re bitter or anything.

Coming to us from the most recent issues of Newsmakers include biographies of superchef Mario Batali; singer Michael Buble; actor Kyle Chandler; philanthropist Melinda Gates; writer and director John Hughes; author Nick Laird; actor Karl Malden; author Jacquelyn Mitchard; Stave Puzzles co-founder Steve Richardson; Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor; game show host Alex Trebek; and Mark Yudof, president of the University of California.

Finally, new biographies written by our subject experts that cannot be found in any of our print or electronic book series include: handsome devil and star of White Collar Matthew Bomer; congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper; Lady Gaga, who needs no introduction; Brazilian soccer player Marta; television chef Sara Moulton; Canadian choreographer Bradley Rapier; and Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who survived both of the atomic bomb attacks on Japan at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

You can find all of these biographies — and more! —  in Biography Resource Center as of today. Enjoy!

Posted on: March 23, 2010, 8:56 am Category: Announcements Tagged with:


The 38th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is about halfway done — it began on March 6 — so we thought it was high time to call attention to our current Spotlight on Libby Riddles. Riddles was the first woman to win the Iditarod, doing so in 1985.

March is also Women’s History Month! To find every single woman in Biography Resource Center, simply do a Biographical Facts Search and limit gender to female.

Posted on: March 11, 2010, 1:00 pm Category: Factoids Tagged with: ,

He’s gone out for the football team

It is with sadness that we note the death of actor Corey Haim, who never seemed to escape the glorious 1980s when he was a Tiger Beat pin-up at the top of every tween girl’s list. He had a string of classic successes: Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive, Prayer of the Rollerboys. But by the 1990s he entered the realm of straight-to-video — a world where it’s still possible to make money to support the lifestyle he chose, but not the reputation. In the first decade of the 21st century, he fell further still: an episode of E! True Hollywood Story and the car-wreck level reality series The Two Coreys, in which his friend Corey Feldman tried to straighten him up with apparently little success. Haim was 38 years old.

We have a biography available on Haim in Biography Resource Center from the series Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television.

Posted on: March 10, 2010, 11:57 am Category: Factoids Tagged with: