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Billiken Bookmarks: Summer Reading Suggestions


From new novels to poetry collections, SLU authors have books to delight Billiken readers as summer gets underway.

The Billiken sits atop a stack of books.
Add some Billiken authors to your summer reading list this year. Photo by Amelia Flood

As summer begins and many of us continue to shelter-in-place due to the social distancing needed to combat the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), some Billiken-recommended authors – and SLU faculty and staff members – have reads that can help take you on adventures, without leaving the comfort of your favorite reading nook.


Daughter of the Tigris by Muhsin Al-Ramli (MacLehose Press, 2019)

Following up on his earlier novel, The President’s Gardens, Al-Ramli, who teaches at SLU-Madrid, returns to Iraq and lives upended by violence, injustice and the quest to sustain love, friendship and dignity amid oppression.


Mosses and Lichens: Poems by Devin Johnston (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019)

A poet lauded by the New York Times on multiple occasions, Johnston’s new poetry collection examine the boundary between human community and the wild edges of the woods. It was named one of the “Best Poetry Book of 2019.” Johnston is a professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences.

For Younger Readers

Elements in the uniVerse: Illustrated Haikus of the Periodic Table by Joel Eissenberg, Ph.D. (Independently Published: 2019)

While science has loomed large in his own life, Eissenberg, of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Microbiology in the School of Medicine, has now distilled his passion down, capturing the essence of each element of the Periodic Table in 17 syllables.

Billiken Bookmarks are a mini-feature series that will appear occasionally throughout the summer academic year.

To contribute your own Bookmark or nominate a recent SLU-written work for a Write Stuff author interview, contact Newslink.