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Mace and Crown | May 25, 2018

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Books Archives * Mace and Crown

Fatima’s Best Reads: ‘Monsterland,’ ‘King’s Cage’ and ‘Superman’

January 20, 2018 |

Fatima Rivera | Staff Writer

‘Monsterland:’ Bleak and confusing despite potential storyline

The tales of werewolves, vampires and zombies have influenced many parts of entertainment for decades. From books to movies, there have been countless renditions of … Read More

‘Alex & Eliza:’ A love story as old as time

October 12, 2017 |

Fatima Rivera | Contributing Writer

Love stories are stamps in literature and media that continuously affect people each time they’re read. Melissa de la Cruz’s “Alex & Eliza: A Love Story” joins the group as a sensible and sweet love story … Read More

The ODU Literary Festival is still sexy at 40

October 5, 2017 |

Brooke Nicholson | A&E Assitant Editor

ODU’s annual Literary Festival is back again with its five-day long event that puts everything about literature on display. The tradition began back in 1978 as an annual poetry slam hosted by the English department, … Read More

‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road’

April 15, 2017 |

T.J. Thompson | Staff Writer

Weed and Willie Nelson are synonymous within American pop culture. It’s only fitting Nelson released a book of anecdotes, quips and other life experiences entitled, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the … Read More

Book Review: ‘Milk and Honey’ by Rupi Kaur

February 24, 2017 |

Elizabeth Proffitt Contributing Writer

When given the chance to read poetry, most people scoff and decline, citing that poetry is far too boring or dry. Feminist poet Rupi Kaur takes this convention head-on in her book, “Milk and Honey,” proving that … Read More

‘Am I Normal Yet?’ Explores Mental Health

February 3, 2017 |

Dacia McBride Contributing Writer

“It’s like a broken machine. Thoughts go in your head, get stuck and keep going around and around.” Evie, the protagonist in Holly Bourne’s young adult novel, “Am I Normal Yet?,” suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a … Read More

Writing and Politics With Colum McCann

October 2, 2016 |

Michael McCann Contributing Writer

Must an author be engaged with politics?

Irish-American author, Colum McCann, posed that exact question on the penultimate night of the 39th Literary Festival at Old Dominion University.

A packed house of Monarchs and members of the Norfolk community … Read More

‘Resilience in the Face of Adversity’: The Life of Dr. Margaret E. M. Tolbert

July 26, 2016 |

Christina Marable Contributing Writer

Many ODU students document their lives on blogs and social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat. With the click of a button, they chronicle where they go, how they feel and what they ate, sharing … Read More

Norfolk’s Local Heroes Comics Celebrates Free Comic Book Day

May 19, 2016 |

Morgan Engelhardt News Editor

On May 7, comic book stores around the United States celebrated Free Comic Book Day, an event where comic book stores, like Norfolk’s Local Heroes Comics, give away free comics and sell others as cheap as 25 … Read More

Jesse Andrews’ ‘The Haters’ Offers Lesson in Humility

April 24, 2016 |

Lindsey Lanham Staff Writer

Ever wonder what it’d be like to embark on a summer tour with your best friend and a girl you just met? Or how you’d survive an entire two weeks with no cell phone or Internet access? … Read More

‘The Girl You Lost’ Sheds New Light on the Typical Murder Mystery

March 25, 2016 |

Lindsey Lanham Contributing Writer

Simone Porter is a teenage mother whose child, at only six months old, is abducted. Though Simone and her husband, Matt, have gone on with their lives, the memory of their daughter has never been forgotten. Eighteen … Read More

Amy Poehler? Yes, Please!

March 1, 2016 |

Lindsey Lanham Contributing Writer

Amy Poehler is well-known for more than her TV personalities. She originally released her book, “Yes Please” in Oct. 2014. The book takes the reader through a journey of Poehler’s life, beginning with how she started acting … Read More

The American West Rediscovered in Percival Everett’s Half an Inch of Water

February 25, 2016 |

Christina Marable Contributing Writer

Percival Everett, the distinguished English professor at the University of Southern California, spoke as guest reader at ODU’s Literary Festival last October, where he read parts of his book, “Half an Inch of Water.” This long-awaited short … Read More

Sci-Fi Romance’s ‘Dust Among the Stars’ Is Out of This World

February 10, 2016 |

Lexie Nobrega Contributing Writer

Folk band Sci-Fi Romance released their third album “Dust Among the Stars” on Jan. 26. It features 10 tracks, which together give the feel of a cinematic story. Vocalist and frontman Vance Kotrla’s emotional lyrics combined with … Read More

Music Critic Rashod Ollison Brings His ‘Soul Serenade’ to ODU

February 4, 2016 |

Morgan Engelhardt Contributing Writer

Throughout our lives, music defines our memories, both past and present, whether as a comfort or a catalyst. Music and culture critic Rashod Ollison used soul music as an escape from a childhood with separated parents, being … Read More

ODU Student Signs Book Deal

October 11, 2015 |

Larenz Johnson Staff Writer

It is not every day that someone’s dream comes true, and when it does, it can be life changing.

This was the case when … Read More