It was announced today that Jane Rule, the Canadian author of classic lesbian novels such as Desert of the Heart, died last night. You can find novels and short stories by Jane Rule at Laidlaw Library, along with two collections of her essays, Lesbian Images and A Hot-Eyed Moderate.
Desert of the Heart (1964), which was her first novel, was made into the terrific movie Desert Hearts in 1985 (directed by Donna Deitch, and co-starring Canadian actress Helen Shaver). If you haven’t seen it, or want to revisit it, you can borrow the DVD from Media Commons (at Robarts Library).
The Governor General’s Literary Award winners were announced yesterday, and I heard an interesting interview on “As It Happens” with Karolyn Smardz Frost, who won for English non-fiction with I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land:A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad, a book which took her over twenty years to research and write. She beat out these other non-fiction nominees, which you can also find at Laidlaw Library:
And, here’s where you can find the GG award winners in the other English-language categories:
I’ve added a New books page to the Laidlaw Library website. It currently shows the books added to our collection and catalogued in September and October (not counting donations — I’ll do a separate list of those later in the year). For each title there’s a link which takes you right into the book’s record in the catalogue, so you can see the book’s location and other details.
In the lead-up to Remembrance Day, Soldiers’ Tower at Hart House was open to visitors. I was pleasantly surprised that the first thing one sees on entering the tower is a series of stained glass windows about Canadian women in the Second World War.
Just the day before, acquaintances visiting Toronto from the States had been asking about the origin of the poppy symbol. While I’d known that the author of “In Flanders Fields” was Canadian, it was only on visiting Soldier’s Tower that I found out that John McCrae was a U of T — and University College — student.
If you’re interested in reading about Canadians in World War I, World War II, or the war in Afghanistan, you might want to have a look at the display outside Laidlaw Library, “Canadians at War,” showcasing books recently acquired by the library.