Veterans Day, NaNoWriMo, and Arts & Health Month.

Can you identify the common thread?

Well, they’re all officially honored in November…but perhaps you Googled it and figured that out already.

A form of art that may benefit your health is expressive now the connection between Arts & Health and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is starting to make sense.

I think we’re getting somewhere!

The last thread that may not immediately spring to mind is the potential benefit of expressive writing for our veterans.  The Veterans Writing Project believes that the act of writing can be not only literary but also social and therapeutic.  Our display also includes memoirs and perspectives exploring veterans issues more broadly.

Here is a sampling of what we have.  Stop by and take a look!


In honor of Veterans Day (November 11, 2014):

vet to vet 

Learn more from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans History Project.


If you’ve always wanted to write a novel, you might like:

Also check out the official NaNoWriMo website.


If art and creative therapy is your interest, check out:


Keep going!  Browse our online journal and ebook collections:

On veterans

On art therapy

On writing


A rich and diverse display exploring women’s impact on the world of art, music, and literature. Here is a sample of what you’ll find.

By Hillary L. Shute

Format: print

Take the Hillary Shute Quiz

Hillary Shute’s Faculty Profile at University of Chicago

Publisher Description
Some of the most acclaimed books of the twenty-first century are autobiographical comics by women…Hillary L. Chute explores their verbal and visual techniques, which have transformed autobiographical narrative and contemporary comics. Read more…

By Edna O’Brien

Format: print

Seeking the Ardent Life, Finding It and Sharing It (from the New York Times)

“Country Girl” Edna O’Brien On A Lifetime Of Lit, Loneliness And Love (from National Public Radio)

Publisher Description
When Edna O’Brien’s first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, it so scandalized the O’Briens’ local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O’Brien was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the twentieth century. Read more…

By Susan Hamilton

Format: print

Author’s Website

Author’s Description
Hit Woman is the story of Susan Hamilton’s wildly improbable life: from early days as a child prodigy and actor, through heady success on the concert stage, in the boardrooms of Madison Ave. and over the talkback microphones of recording studios all over the world. This personal and most intimate tale is spun in a voice that is fresh, funnier than hell, and always unflinchingly candid — even in the face of heartbreaking tragedy and more than one wrenching life/love setback… Read more…

Unnatural Disasters 2013

This edition of Booklights honors Mitchell College’s commemoration of Earth Day in this 75th anniversary year of the institution’s founding, showcasing titles that challenge us to reflect on the impact of human activity on the Earth and its climate.  These and additional titles are on display in the Library.

On April 22, 2013, the Library will host a number of Earth Day events following outdoor opening ceremonies centered on the preservation of Mitchell Woods and Mitchell Beach.  View full press release.

Library programming will include student presentations and poster sessions, the dedication of an art work created for the Library by artist Diane Barcelo, and the opening of the Library’s Earth Day exhibit, Un/Natural Disasters, curated by Nadesha Mijoba of the Provenance Center in New London, CT.

Recommended by Stephanie Johnson

By Lewis Hyde

Format: print

Author’s Website

Read Chapter 1 from

TED Blog entry and related TED Talk on Trickster

Publisher Description
In Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde brings to life the playful and disruptive side of human imagination as it is embodied in trickster mythology. He first visits the old stories—Hermes in Greece, Eshu in West Africa, Krishna in India, Coyote in North America, among others—and then holds them up against the lives and work of more recent creators… Read more…

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