The University of New Mexico Press, in association with the Center for the Book, has just published a book of photographs called Library: The Drama Within, by Diane Asseo Griliches.
The book's 60 striking duotone photographs capture readers in libraries throughout the world, from the grand reading rooms of the BibliothŠque nationale in Paris and the Library of Congress, to a bookmobile in Shrewsbury, Mass., and the humble remodeled train depot that serves as a library in Cleveland, Miss. Each photograph is accompanied by a quotation about libraries or reading and an anecdote about the photograph or its subject.
Librarian of Congress Emeritus Daniel J. Boorstin praises the book in an essay as "an anytime, do-it-yourself, energy-free communication device." In his introduction, Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole states that "as this compelling volume of photographs makes clear, somehow there is nothing quite as poignant - or meaningful - as the magic combination of library, book and individual reader."
"In libraries, be they old or new, the number of small events, or dramatic human moments, is infinite. [The task of the photographer] is to pay attention, capture them, and bring them home alive," notes Ms. Griliches in the book's preface. The volume, she explains, was six years in the making, and took her to libraries throughout the United States ("the American Library Directory was my constant companion") as well as to Bosnia, Croatia, England, France, Israel, Italy and Palestine.
Publication of Library: The Drama Within will be marked at a reception at the Newberry Library in Chicago from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 14. Reception sponsors, in addition to the Center for the Book and the University of New Mexico Press, are Booklist and The Fund for America's Libraries.
The price of the 144-page clothbound book is $35. For information, contact Peter Moulson, University of New Mexico Press, 1720 Lomas Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque, N.M. 87131-1591, telephone (505) 277-2346, fax (505) 277-9270, e-mail email@example.com. Library: The Drama Within is available in the Library of Congress Sales Shop. For information, call (202) 707-0201.
Morris West to Speak at LC. Australian writer and novelist Morris West, one of this century's most widely published authors, will speak at the Library on Wednesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. in the Montpelier Room in the James Madison Memorial Building. Sponsored by the Center for the Book and the Embassy of Australia, the event is free and open to the public. For a reservation, call the Embassy of Australia after May 30 at (202) 797-3025.
Now 80 years old, Morris West is internationally recognized as one of the world's great storytellers. He has written 26 novels, four plays and three works of nonfiction, along with radio dramas and screenplays. His novels have been translated into 27 languages and have sold more than 60 million copies. Through novels such as The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963), The Ambassador (1965) and The Salamander (1973), he has become well-known for an uncanny insight into world affairs. His latest novel, Vanishing Point, will be published by HarperCollins this summer. Late in 1996 he will publish A View from the Ridge, a book of autobiographical essays.
Armed Services Editions on Exhibit at University of Virginia. Letters from the correspondence files of the Center for the Book are part of "Books Go to War," an exhibition that opened at the University of Virginia on April 20.
Drawing on the collections of the University of Virginia, the exhibition features a selection of Armed Services Editions - the paperbacks distributed by the millions to U.S. servicemen and women during World War II. The exhibit, which will be on view in the Dome Room of the Rotunda at the university through Sept. 10, was organized by Daniel J. Miller, a fourth-year history major at the University of Virginia. Mr. Miller's interest in the Armed Services Editions grew out of his participation in an undergraduate class at the University of Virginia taught by Terry Belanger, University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections. The colorful 42-page exhibit catalog is distributed by the Book Arts Press, a nonprofit institute headed by Professor Belanger at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903. The cost is $3.
The Center for the Book's contribution to the exhibition consists of letters from six Armed Services Editions (ASEs) authors written in 1982 and 1983 to John Y. Cole in connection with the center's 1983 Library of Congress symposium marking the 40th anniversary of the editions. Dr. Cole asked the authors how they felt about having their book or books included as Armed Services Editions. The responses chosen for the University of Virginia exhibition came from the following authors of ASE books: Emily Kimbrough (We Followed Our Hearts to Hollywood and Our Hearts Were Young and Gay); David Ewen (Men of Popular Music and The Story of George Gershwin); Wallace Stegner (The Big Rock Candy Mountain); Irving Stone (Lust for Life); E.B. White (One Man's Meat and Quo Vadimus: Or the Cast for the Bicycle; E.B. White and K.S. White, ed., A Subtreasury of American Humor); and Herman Wouk (Aurora Dawn).
The University of Virginia exhibition also includes a copy of the 1984 Library of Congress publication based on the 1983 Center for the Book symposium. Books in Action: The Armed Services Editions, edited by Dr. Cole, includes extracts of the letters from ASE authors, photographs of hospitalized servicemen reading the books, essays about the importance of the books in publishing history and about collecting ASEs and a list of the complete set of 1,324 ASEs in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library. Copies of Books in Action, a 78-page paperback, are available for $6.95 from the Library of Congress Sales Shop. For information, call (202) 707-0201.
Washington Rare Book Group. On May 15 Center for the Book Director John Cole was the luncheon speaker at the annual meeting of the Washington Rare Book Group, held at the Fort McNair Officers' Club. He discussed the history of the Library's Rare Book and Special Collections Division, focusing on the influence and personality of Librarian of Congress Ainsworth Rand Spofford (1864-1897), the Library's premier "bookman."