Category Archives: Events

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

I caught part of the 2-hour Nelson Mandela special on “Q” this morning, where the interviews were punctuated with some wonderful songs.

There are lots of books about Mandela at Robarts and other U of T libraries, including his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
book cover: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Recommended reading for Remembrance Day

Canada and the Theatre of War is an impressive two-volume collection containing fourteen plays. It’s divided into three sections:

World War I:

  • The Lost Boys by by R.H. Thomson
  • Soldier’s Heart by David French
  • Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte
  • Dancock’s Dance by Guy Vanderhaeghe
  • Vimy by Vern Thiessen

World War II:

  • Ever Loving by Margaret Hollingsworth
  • None Is Too Many by Jason Sherman
  • Burning Vision by Marie Clements

Contemporary Wars:

  • Game of Patience by Abla Farhoud
  • A Line in the Sand by Guillermo Verdecchia and Marcus Youssef
  • The Monuments by Colleen Wagner
  • Palace of the End by Judith Thompson
  • Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad
  • Man out of Joint by Sharon Pollock

book cover: Canada and the Theatre of War, Volume I

Oscars reading list

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.

display of books about Canadian film

World AIDS Day

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)display: December 1st is World AIDS Day.


Chinese in Toronto from 1878, by Arlene Chan

This Thursday (Sept. 27) at 2:30 there’s a lecture at U of T’s East Asian Library by Arlene Chan, the author of the book Chinese in Toronto from 1878: From Outside to Inside the Circle (which we have at Laidlaw Library).

The lecture’s at the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (8th Floor, Robarts Library). Admission is free, but limited seats are available — please contact Lucy Gan if you’d like to attend ( / 416-978-1025).

book cover: Chinese in Toronto from 1878

Word on the Street

There was a lovely air of anticipation at Queen’s Park as the tents were being set up for Sunday’s Word on the Street. Here are a few of the authors featured this year, and where you can find their latest book at Laidlaw Library:

     book cover: Seen Reading by Julie Wilson

Girls Fall Down

Girls Fall Down by Maggie Helwig has been chosen by Toronto Public Library as this year’s “One Book”  — the novel for Torontonians to read in April — and Laidlaw Library now has five copies ready to be borrowed!

And one of this year’s “One Book” events will be a lecture by Andrew Lesk at University College: “Unseen Toronto: The Shadow Worlds of Girls Fall Down” (April 26 at 6 p.m., room 179).

Book cover: Girls Fall Down