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Struggle and Story: Canada in Print

Struggle and Story: Canada in Print
The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto
20 March–9 September 2017

Retired Director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Anne Dondertman, is quite right in her Foreword to the exhibition catalogue of Struggle and Story: Canada in Print that the “Fisher exhibition will no doubt be one of dozens if not hundreds of exhibitions celebrating our nation held throughout the country during 2017 [ie., Canada’s sesquicentennial of Confederation, the uniting of the provinces into a country]” (5). I agree – and I think Library patrons will also – with the two reasons that she gives in setting this exhibition apart from any other: first, she notes “the deep knowledge of the curator,” Pearce Carefoote, who “enthusiastically embraced this challenge almost from the time he first joined the staff in 2002” (5); second, she writes of the extraordinary repository of unique and Rare documents of Canadiana preserved at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library through traditions “even predating the establishment of special collections [of the University of Toronto] as a separate department in 1950” (5).

‘Moments of Vision’: The Life and Work of Thomas Hardy

‘Moments of Vision’: The Life and Work of Thomas Hardy

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

24 October 2016–24 February 2017

The Thomas Fisher Library’s latest exhibit, ‘Moments of Vision’: The Life and Work of Thomas Hardy, curated by the renowned Canadian Rare Book dealer Debra Dearlove, and with contributions from Keith Wilson, Deborah Whiteman, and Michael Millgate, celebrates what can be described modestly as one of the most substantial literary donations to the Library of the past 25 years: As Interim Director of the Fisher, Loryl MacDonald, writes in her Foreword to the catalogue, “[t]he basis…is the superb Millgate Thomas Hardy Collection, gifted to the Library by Jane and Michael Millgate in 2012 and in 2013…assembled by Michael Millgate over forty-five years” (4).

Reading Revolution: Art and Literacy During China’s Cultural Revolution.

Reading Revolution: Art and Literacy During China’s Cultural Revolution.

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

21 June–30 September, 2016.

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Zhou Ruizhuang 周瑞庄 (1930– ). A Lifetime of Revolution, a Lifetime of Studying the Works of Chairman Mao (干一辈子革命, 读一辈子毛主席书). Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, January 1966 (Seventh Printing).

The exhibition Reading Revolution: Art and Literacy During China’s Cultural Revolution, on display at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library from 21 June to 30 September 2016, curated by University of Toronto Associate Professor of Chinese & East Asian Art Jennifer Purtle and Elizabeth Ridolfo, Special Project Librarian of the Thomas Fisher Library, accompanied by a lush, colour catalogue, with descriptions of 50 of the unprecedented 217 objects, is well-timed and wide-ranging, a glorious celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966–1969), and a testament to the variety of books, posters, audio recordings, and objects generously donated to the University by Mark Gayn (1909–1981) and his wife Susan (b. 1921).

‘So long lives this’: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Life and Works 1616-2016.

‘So long lives this’: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Life and Works 1616-2016

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

25 January–28 May 2016.

In answer to America’s “First Folio!” project, which will see copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio on display in museums, universities, public libraries, and at historical sites across the country, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive Rare Book Library, the Thomas Fisher Library of University of Toronto, has assembled the most ambitious display of Shakespeare-related books in Canada, an exhibition complemented by a glorious full-colour catalogue, sized to match the Fisher’s extra-tall First Folio.