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Vol 40  No 9
January 31, 2008


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New display of recommended reading opens in QE II

A way with words
by Jeff Green

Some of the favourite books of archivist Bert Riggs are featured in a new display in the QE II.

Anyone with a hankering to curl up with a timeless page-turner is in luck. The Queen Elizabeth II Library has mounted a new showcase of literary favourites.

The display is located on the third floor of the library and currently features 10 authors and some of their finest work chosen by Bert Riggs of the Archives and Manuscripts Division.

The idea for the exhibit was hatched by Linda White, a colleague of Mr. Rigg’s in the archives and a member of the Library Promotions Working Group.

“What we’re trying to do is highlight some great books that people – especially students – should read,” she explained. “When I was a student here at Memorial, there was a similar display featuring books students should have read before we graduated.

“Last fall we had the top selections of Richard Ellis, the former university librarian who recently stepped down. Now we have Bert’s choices. Next, we hope to get the president or a student leader or a staff member. We’re just looking for good interesting books to feature that would be relevant to university students.”

The current display was unveiled in early January and will run until March, Ms. White added. Then a whole new exhibit will be mounted. The Gazette hopes to feature those top books in future issues.

Here are 10 of Bert Riggs’ favourite authors and 10 of their best books

Annie Proulx
Brokeback Mountain “… [this] short story tells the original tale in a language and landscape that leave one wondering how so much could be said in so few words.”

Bernice Morgan
Random Passage “A page-turner … will amaze, delight, sadden and not disappoint …”

Stella Tillyard
The Aristocrats

Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being “The story of an incorrigibly womanizing young doctor and the woman who loves him, together with that of one of his mistresses and the man who loves her …”

Michael Chabon
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Alan Hollinghurst
The Line of Beauty

Muriel Spark
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

David Macfarlane
The Danger Tree “… you will never think about war or family or memory quite the same way again.”

Jack Hodgins
The Invention of the World

Joseph Boyden
Three Day Road

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