People sometimes ask where we got the interesting log table at the front of the UC Library, which we use to display books on a particular theme. My understanding is that it was made from a tree on the U of T campus that was cut down years ago. But I don’t know where on the campus the tree stood — if anyone does, I’d love to hear about it.
Here’s a photo of the table, with our latest display: books related to Chinese-Canadian Studies.
Several of last night’s Academy Award winners were based on books you can find in the Bestsellers collection at the UC LIbrary:
And for a more Canadian perspective on the events behind Argo, in our regular collection we have: Our man in Tehran : Ken Taylor, the CIA and the Iran Hostage crisis.
Speaking of movies, here’s a photo of our recent display about Canadian film books and this year’s Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor, Sarah Polley.
This year’s “Canada Reads” on CBC seems strange to me, with its mix of old and new books, which are supposed to represent five regions of Canada — but I must admit I always find “Canada Reads” entertaining. Today Jane Urquhart’s novel Away (which I liked a lot) was eliminated, and yesterday David Bergen’s The Age of Hope was eliminated, so there are three books left:
- February (2009), by Lisa Moore (Atlantic region — defended by comedian Trent McClellan)
- Indian Horse (2012), by Richard Wagamese (British Columbia and Yukon — defended by athlete Carol Huynh)
- Two Solitudes (1945) by Hugh MacLennan (Quebec — defended by actor Jay Baruchel)
Speaking of Jay Baruchel, I recently re-watched Jacob Tierney’s movie “The Trotsky” (set in Montreal and starring Jay Baruchel), which I I highly recommend! The DVD is available at Media Commons.
This week Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice turned 200! I enjoyed this interview with a U of T prof about its enduring popularity. Here at the UC Library we have:
What great news that Sarah Polley’s wonderful documentary Stories We Tell has won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s $100,000 prize for the best Canadian film of 2012! At University College we are very lucky to have Sarah Polley as this year’s Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor.
For some interesting quotes about Stories We Tell and Sarah Polley’s other feature films, see the following links to my Canadian Women Film Directors Database:
Today is World AIDS Day. Here’s a photo of a small display we’ve had at the front of the UC Library for the past week or so: books about AIDS (including some drama and fiction).
It was announced on Wednesday that thanks to a major donation, we’re going to have a new endowed Chair at UC! — the Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies.
Here’s a link to lots of interesting books related to Chinese Canadian studies, available at the UC Library.