NDC Librarian Toshi Shonek publishes third book of poetry

Santosh 'Toshi' Shonek

Santosh ‘Toshi’ Shonek

Our NDC librarian, Santosh ‘Toshi’ Shonek, has published her third volume of poetry, called Take My Love for Granted, which is now available for checkout from the libraries.  Toshi’s daughter created the art work for each of her book covers.

Toshi has worked at Durham Tech for about thirteen years.  Before Durham Tech, she was a librarian at Duke University.

Toshi recalls how she began writing poetry, “One day in August of 1997, while sitting at work in the Perkins Library of Duke University, some feelings came over me and I had to put them down on paper. Things which were always there became important.  Writing gave me a voice and courage to express what I felt. Poetry is a necessity like breathing. It happens…  I write when the urge is so strong. Poetry is a miracle and a blessing in my life and I am grateful.”

Book cover has the text "Take My Love for Granted" and has a mostly red illustration of a woman with her eyes closed.

Borrow one of Toshi’s books today!

Take My Love for Granted, PK 2097 .S566 T6 2012
Windows to My Heart, PK 2097 .S566 W5 2001
Remembering My Spirit, PK 2097 .S56 R4 1999

Need an escape? Explore other worlds with fun fiction!

Science fiction collage with the image of a futuristic city and the words, "Explore Other Worlds," "Science Fiction," "Magical Realism," "Horror," "Vampires," "STEAMPUNK," "Fantasy," and "Zombies."

This month the library is featuring a display of genre fiction. The display is downstairs on the lower level.  Enjoy!

Graphic Novels:

Book cover of The Arctic Marauder shows a metal robot in an arctic environmentThe Arctic Marauder


Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe

Graphic Classics: Science Fiction Classics

 Short Stories:

Book cover of At the Mouth of the River of Bees shows a large beeAt the Mouth of the River of Bees

Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales

Oxford Book of Gothic Tales

Steampunk! : An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

About Sci Fi:Book cover of Steampunk Bible is red with various steampunk images

In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination

Science Fiction : The Illustrated Encyclopedia

Steampunk Bible

Suggested Authors:      

You can also use the online catalog to search for additional authors.Book cover of Oryx and Crake shows a blueish flower hiding the mouth of a pale woman. Leaves also are around her face.

Margaret Atwood

Julianna Baggott

Ray Bradbury

Orson Scott Card

Justin Cronin

Kij JohnsonBook cover of The Dispossessed shows a landscape of mostly plains and hills to the left. The sky is purple with rose tones towards the horizon.

Robert Jordan

Ursula Le Guin

Anne McCaffrey

Cormac McCarthy

Stephenie Meyer

Salman RushdieBook cover of The Hobbit shows snow-capped mountains, a red sun, and two eagles flying.

J.R.R. Tolkien