Monday, January 23, 2017


Colette Real: Our lovely LSAD Librarian tells us why Christmas was always so special and why she’s a great listener...and a few other titbits to boot! Favourite Childhood Book: Mandy comic book magazine for girls, which was published from 21 January 1967 to 11 May 1991, I got it every weekend. Then every Christmas I would get the Annual, which was the highlight of my Christmas day, reading these by the fire. College Book: The Art of Listening by Erich Fromm, because I used it for one of the first essays I had to write while I was doing my degree in Library and Information Science. Reading this book really increased my ability to listen more to students and staff. Maybe some Politicians would benefit from reading it! Recent Book: On of my favourite recent books is the Girl on the Train, it pulls off a thriller's toughest trick carefully assembling everything we think we know, until it reveals the one thing we didn't see coming. Nail biting to the end. What caught my eye for this book was Train...Witness to murder...Hitchcock...Rear Window. Those words will get me almost every time. Library Memory: On my first day working in LSAD library, a student came in and asked ‘do you have many books?’ I replied that we did indeed and was there one in particular she’d like, and she said ‘just many’..I was a little baffled until further probing uncovered she wanted books on the artist Manet, I have to admit it was hard to keep a straight face! Treaure Island Book: 50 shades of grey...or just give me the lead actor Jamie Dornan and he can keep me company :) .

Friday, January 20, 2017


Delighted and excited to have this fabulous book by our very own Tracy Fahey in our library and ready to be borrowed! The Unheimlich Manoeuvre is a collection of short stories based around ideas of the domestic uncanny – the Unheimlich. The stories in this collection don’t fall into the conventional ‘haunted house’ bracket, but explore the psychological horror that occurs when home is subverted as a place of safety, when it becomes surreal, changes, and even disappears… In these stories, a coma patient awakes to find herself replaced by a doppelganger, a ghost estate reflects doubles of both houses and inhabitants, a woman looks for the site of a Gothic atrocity, a suburban enclave takes control of its trespassers, and a beaten woman exacts revenge. Just as the Heimlich Manoeuvre restores order, health and well-being, the Unheimlich Manoeuvre does quite the opposite.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Great journal articles

Martin Scorsese discusses faith, film making and his fascination with the giants of Japanese cinema in this months 'sight and sound' journal

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


This year's ABLE exhibition is about to kick-off! Are you ready? Artists book(s) ready? Submissions of Artists books will be accepted from 1st Feb to the 14th. There is an entry fee of 3.00 per book and they can be left into Anne in the Library with any special instructions you might have. The Exhibition will take place in the LSAD foyers from 20th Feb to 3rd Mar, 2017. Photobooks, Pop-up books, drawings, sketchbooks, journals, foldovers, altered, Zines........An Artist's book is what you make it....!!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

So long Leonard Cohen ( 1934 –2016)

The Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, and painter was beloved throughout the world for his deeply emotional and heartfelt lyrics, the soundtrack to many of my days and nights I must add! There is a nice little library story about him too…...when he was 25 years old, a librarian in the University of Toronto called Richard Landon, insisted the library buy some of his manuscripts, including drafts of Beautiful Losers and Let Us Compare. subsequently Leonard forged a strong bond with the library and has donated over a hundred boxes of his personal papers. The boxes include drafts of literary works, biographic material and correspondence with poets Irving Layton and Allen Ginsberg, and photos taken at a studio session with Phil Spector and Joni Mitchell in the 70’s. “University of Toronto has been very kind to me over the years – and when I really needed it too -so I feel very grateful to the University and to the library,” said Cohen. Once they have archived all the material much of it will be available online to the public.