Dwight A. McBride is giving this year’s Alexander Lectures at University College. The theme is “The Politics of Race and Sexuality” — he’s giving four lectures, one each day, starting this Tuesday March 29th at 4:30.
You can borrow his book Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch from Laidlaw Library, along with two books he edited, A Melvin Dixon Critical Reader and James Baldwin Now. We also have A Historical Guide to James Baldwin, which contains a chapter by Prof. McBride.
This year’s Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor at UC is playwright and actor Linda Griffiths. “An Evening with Linda Griffiths” will take place this Tuesday (March 22) at the UofT Art Centre, starting at 6 p.m. and including readings and a Q & A. We have lots of plays by Linda Griffiths at Laidlaw Library — they’re currently showcased at the front of the library and you’re welcome to borrow them.
There’s only one more week to see “Great Art for a Great University,” the exhibition of the UC art collection which is at the UofT Art Centre until March 19th. It includes fascinating paintings of UC places and UC people, as well as terrific landscapes, abstract paintings, etc. by great Canadian painters such as Lawren Harris.
The beautiful colour catalogue for this show was launched this week — it’s on sale at the UofT Art Centre, and Laidlaw Library has two copies ready for loan.
In honour of International Women’s Day, here are a few recent additions to our collection:
This Wednesday (March 9) at 4:30 David Tilman is speaking at University College on “The Ecology of Food: Can We Feed the World and Save the Earth?”.
If this lecture puts you in the mood to read about food, here are a few interesting recent books about urban agriculture:
I saw a preview of More Fine Girls at the Tarragon Theatre last week. It’s very funny, and one of the co-creators is UC Drama’s own Leah Cherniak. It’s a sequel of sorts to the 1999 play The Attic, the Pearls & Three Fine Girls, so I ordered a copy for Laidlaw, which just arrived. But I can testify to the fact that you don’t need to have seen the earlier play to enjoy the new one. It runs until April 3rd.
There’s a nice article by Catherine Porter in the Toronto Star about the Toronto Public Library’s annual One Book campaign and this year’s pick, Midnight at the Dragon Café. This novel by Judy Fong Bates was already a popular item in Laidlaw’s collection, so when this year’s pick was announced I was really glad I’d recently bought a second copy for the library!