Exhibitions

Sui Sin Far and Onoto Watanna

Posted on September 14, 2016 @1:13 pm by cshriver

Edith Eaton

Edith Eaton

Rare Books and Special Collections is delighted to host a new exhibition: Sui Sin Far and Onoto Watanna: Writing Hybridity on the Cusp of the 20th Century.

Curated by Jennifer Tang, an undergraduate research assistant at UBC; Dr. Mary Chapman, Professor of English at UBC; and Brandy Liên Worrall-Soriano, an author and editor with an MFA from UBC, the exhibition explores the fascinating story of sisters Edith Eaton and Winnifred Eaton.

Chinese-North American authors Edith Eaton (1865-1914) and Winnifred Eaton (1875-1954) were members of a large Chinese Canadian family who settled in Montreal in 1872. Their mother, Achuen Amoy (1843-1921), had been a Chinese slave girl who toured the world with a Chinese acrobatic troupe. Their father, Edward Eaton (1839-1915), was an Englishman from a Cheshire silk manufacturing town but had worked in Asia.

Born during an era of discrimination toward Chinese immigrants in North America and of even greater discrimination toward mixed-race individuals, the sisters devoted much of their writing careers to exploring the little-understood position of the mixed-race (“hapa”) individual.

winnifred-eaton

Winnifred Eaton

Edith published most of her work under the pseudonym “Sui Sin Far,” which is the Cantonese name for a narcissus flower often presented as a gift at Christmas or Chinese New Year. As “Sui Sin Far,” Edith wrote fiction and journalism about the diasporic Chinese community.

Winnifred, by contrast, assumed the pseudo-Japanese name “Onoto Watanna” and wrote novels set in Japan, a land she had never visited. She posed in kimonos for photographers and made frequent public comments about Japanese traditions and politics. Her appropriation of Japanese culture has led some scholars to characterize Winnifred as the “bad” Eaton sister and Edith as the “good” Eaton sister. But is the story that simple?

Sui Sin Far and Onoto Watanna: Writing Hybridity on the Cusp of the 20th Century is on display at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections on the first floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre through October 15, 2016, and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday, October 15, from 12-5 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

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Harry’s here!

Posted on February 28, 2017 @2:16 pm by cshriver

IMG_4625_illustratedall_webresIn honour of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Canadian première of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Rare Books and Special Collections was delighted to create a display highlighting some of the unique and remarkable copies of the first Harry Potter story from its children’s literature collection. This four-case display was at the Orpheum Theatre for the three performances on July 21, July 22, and July 23, and now will be on exhibit in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room until the end of August.

The display, which features signed first editions, special editions, illustration editions, and foreign language editions of this beloved book, also highlights some of the profound and surprising connections that Vancouver shares with the Harry Potter series. (Kidsbooks in Vancouver was the first bookstore in all of Canada to carry Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and hosted four legendary book release parties, while Raincoast Books in Vancouver published the Canadian editions of the Harry Potter series until 2010.)

You can visit the Harry Potter display at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections on the first floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from through August 31, 2016, and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

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Words & Pictures

Posted on April 22, 2016 @8:39 am by cshriver

Words and Pictures poster imageRare Books and Special Collections is delighted to present a new exhibition: Words & Pictures: Book Illustration in Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards

Join us for a special celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Governor General’s (GG) Literary Awards. In honour of this historic occasion, UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections is proud to present the exhibition, Words & Pictures: Book Illustration in Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards.

Curated by UBC Master of Library and Information Studies candidates Johanna Ahn, Chloe Humphreys, and Leah Payne, along with UBC professor Dr. Andrew Irvine, the exhibit traces the evolution of the Awards, detailing our rich Canadian heritage in the areas of book art and illustration.

The exhibit showcases a wide array of stunning original artwork, hand drawn sketches, and first edition books created by some of Canada’s most talented authors and illustrators. Isabelle Arsenault, Stéphane Jorisch, Janice Nadeau and Emily Carr represent only 4 of the 25+ creators whose work is highlighted.

Words & Pictures is on display at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections on the first floors of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from April 22 through June 30, 2016, and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. People of all ages are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

We hope to see you there!

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Tell us what you think about “Harry Potter and the Rain City”

Posted on February 28, 2017 @2:21 pm by cshriver

Photo 2015-10-30, 11 54 14 AMDid you see UBC Library’s Harry Potter and the Rain City exhibition last fall? Did you attend the Harry Potter, Brands of Magic colloquium or the Hallowe’en at Hogwarts West party? If so, we’d love to know what you thought!

Please complete our survey at the below link:

https://survey.ubc.ca/s/harrypotter/

Tell us what you liked, tell us what you didn’t, and, most importantly, tell us what you want UBC Library to do next!

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What’s Old Is New Again!

Posted on March 10, 2016 @7:37 pm by cshriver

Acquisition15_Poster_PDFRare Books and Special Collections is delighted to present What’s Old Is New Again: An Exhibition of RBSC Acquisition Highlights for 2015.

2015 was an exciting year for Rare Books and Special Collections. In UBC Library’s Centennial year, RBSC worked diligently to enhance its collections to meet the present needs of UBC faculty and students, to anticipate future areas of research and scholarship, and to build on its legacy of past collecting.

What’s Old Is New Again features a small selection of highlights from RBSC’s 2015 acquisitions, including items dating from the 11th century to 2015, with geographical coverage from Japan’s Hokkaido Island to Vancouver. With materials running the gamut from books, bills, diaries, and maps to ephemera, photographs, artworks, and even toys, the exhibition reflects the breadth and variety of RBSC’s collections. Make sure to keep an eye out for the “RBSC favourites,” top picks of RBSC’s archivists, librarians, staff, and students especially selected from among many 2015 acquisitions.

What’s Old Is New Again is on display at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections on the first floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from March 1 through April 8, 2016, and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

 

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Congratulations, Jessica!

Posted on December 18, 2015 @2:48 pm by cshriver

Prize winner Jessica Zheng; Christina Sylka, David Lam Management Research Library Head; Kalenne Thors, Canaccord Learning Commons Manager

Prize winner Jessica Zheng; Christina Sylka, head of the David Lam Management Research Library; Kalenne Thors, manager of the Canaccord Learning Commons

Congratulations to the winner of our Harry Potter and the Rain City exhibition scavenger hunt prize drawing: Jessica Zheng!

Jessica was one of about 30 visitors to the the Harry Potter and the Rain City exhibition to complete a scavenger hunt for information provided in the exhibition labels. Completed scavenger hunt forms were added to a cauldron, and a prize winner was chosen on December 16. Jessica won a special edition Harry Potter box set with cover illustrations by Kazu Kibuishi, just in time for some winter break reading!

Thank you to Christina Sylka, head of the David Lam Management Research Library, for picking the winning entry from the cauldron.

 

 

 

 

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Farewell, Harry!

Posted on February 28, 2017 @2:35 pm by cshriver

we_1Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see our exhibition, Harry Potter and the Rain City, over the course of the fall. The exhibition came down at the beginning of this week, but the love for the Wizarding World continues (as evidenced by the release today of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie trailer)!

As we bid farewell to Harry (for now), a graduate student from UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies wanted to update us about a couple of Harry Potter-themed programs he coordinated. The student, Hiller Goodspeed, completed a professional experience with RBSC this term that included working on the design components of the exhibition (including the awesome Marauder’s Map) and developing programming, including two programs for the Vancouver Writers’ Exchange at Queen Alexandria Elementary School in East Vancouver.

we_2Here’s what Hiller had to say about the programs:

The Writers’ Exchange regularly runs in- and after-school literacy programs at elementary schools around the city as well as at the Writers’ Exchange in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

In one of the programs, younger students were challenged to write their own book of spells and decorate colourful wands to cast them with. By the end of the day, the classroom of Muggles had been transformed into spell-zinging magic folk.

we_3In another program run with the Comic Book Club, students created comics which were derivative of the Harry Potter book series. Students were asked to fit in as much content as they could onto a single page, in the style of illustrator Lucy Knisley’s a-page-a-book Harry Potter posters.

Both programs were successful and well-received by the students and volunteers.

Thanks so much, Hiller!

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Vast Ocean, Vast Heaven celebrates UBC’s Nitobe Memorial Garden

Posted on December 5, 2015 @1:03 pm by cshriver

Nitobe Memorial Garden exhibition poster imageAs part of the Nitobe Memorial Garden Concepts and Prospects symposium, the research curators of the Collective for the Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts (CAUSA) present, Nitobe Memorial Garden: Vast Ocean, Vast Heaven, a multi-site exhibition at UBC from December 3, 2015 to January 31, 2016. Locations include:

Developing from affiliations with the Free International University for Creativity and Interdisciplinary Research (as  initiated by Joseph Beuys and Heinrich Böll), CAUSA – Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts – aims to develop autonomous scholarly analysis and interpretation of visual culture (including problems of intelligibility) within specific historical contexts. CAUSA functions in association with a ‘global village’ network of  independent and institutional scholars – in tandem with a pluralistic community of socially engaged contemporary artists.

Nitobe Garden Exhibition imageIn its affiliation with the University of Manitoba Asian Studies Centre, CAUSA sustains a continuative process of philosophical reflection by connecting its programme of research to an expansive glimmering that was first formulated by Marshall McLuhan. He advises us, assuredly: “We may be drowning. But if so, the flood of experience in which we are drowning is very much a part of the culture we have created. The flood is not something outside our culture. It is a self-invasion of privacy. And so it is not catastrophic. We can turn it off if we choose, if we wake up to the fact that the faucets of change are inside the ark of society, not outside.”

For more information, visit http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/nitobe/ or email causa.research@gmail.com.

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Happy Harry-ween!

Posted on February 28, 2017 @2:37 pm by cshriver

Photo 2015-10-30, 12 16 15 PMThank you so much to everyone who came out for UBC Library’s Harry Potter-themed Halloween Party!

The party kicked off with sweet and salty snacks, hot drinks, and a get-to-know-your-classmates scavenger hunt game. Prizes, including an Alivan’s wand and a gift certificate donated by Just Imagine Fun Clothing, Costumes, and Dance Gear, were awarded for the most authentic and the most creative costumes. Prizes were presented by Associate University Librarian for Research Services Lea Starr (a.k.a. Bellatrix Lestrange). Guests enjoyed board games, a puzzle, and a “make your own wand” craft station, as well as a popular “Have You Seen This Wizard” photo booth. Guests were also able to add to a “What Does Harry Potter Mean to You?” mural. Here are some of the contributions:

“The 3rd book was the first book I can remember reading and falling in love with and it made me want to become an author.”
“A tale of belonging and love”
“A love for libraries”
“A lifelong love of reading”
“Overcoming life’s obstacles”
“Figuring out who you are and how you fit within the world”
“Hogwarts will always be there for those who need it.”

You can see more photos of the event on Twitter at #harrypotterubc.

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Harry Potter LibGuide

Posted on February 28, 2017 @2:38 pm by cshriver

HP-FacebookIn honour of UBC Library’s Harry Potter related exhibition and events this fall, Irena Trebic, Reference Librarian David Lam Management Research Library, has created a wonderful LibGuide for the Harry Potter series. The guide explores the connections between themes in the books and the collection at the David Lam Library (books, articles, and theses). The guide also has a link to a video recording of our recent colloquium Harry Potter, Brands of Magic. Enjoy!

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