Congratulations, Lyuba!


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Lyuba Hemingway

Photograph by Scott Beadles, Rare Books assistant

Congratulations to Lyuba Basin, Rare Books assistant, who received a Fulbright Scholarship for 2016. Writes Lyuba,

“It was through literature that I discovered that the world…was much larger than I first imagined. I began to read and write so as to travel to distant places…only accessible to me through my imagination…When I encountered Latin America, I realized that traveling around the world…no longer [need be] an imaginative endeavor, but a possibility within my reach. I looked for every opportunity…to learn more about many Latin American countries and their unique cultural differences. I have learned Spanish and studied abroad in the Dominican Republic and Cuba; I have been introduced to Andean cultures and the indigenous language of Quechua; I found work in a Mexican restaurant named after the influential artist Frida Kahlo, and in my free time became acquainted with authors such as Neruda, Borges, Cortázar and García Márquez. I have roamed across Latin America both mentally and physically, but now I am searching for a unique experience that will allow me to give back to a culture that has awarded me so much.

As an aspiring educator, I believe in the importance of introducing the English language and American culture in a way that does not undermine the languages and cultures of others. With this in mind, what I would bring to the classroom is a practice of sharing personal narratives cross-culturally and cross-linguistically, without judgment and without fear. For my supplementary project I intend to organize a weekly, after-school creative writing workshop…With my background in literature and writing I hope that I may encourage the students to bridge the gap between nations and share stories, poems, and songs…By providing this outlet for expression, I feel that the students will be able to apply what they learn in the classroom in a relatable way. The workshop would also allow me to get to know the students and the Argentine culture on a personal level, beyond anything I can find in books. Bringing this knowledge back with me to the United States as a collection of student work which would…[enable] others to get to know the culture intimately…”

We know Lyuba is awesome. Now the world will.



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When: Thursday, April 9, 3-5PM
Where: Rare Books Classroom, level 4, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah

“Shhhhhh!:Books Banned, Forbidden, Censored, Redacted, Expurgated, Published Anonymously and Otherwise Attempted to be Kept from Public Consumption”

“…the danger of certain books is not in the books themselves but in the passions of their readers.” – Octavio Paz

The Rare Books Division presents a hands-on display of books, pamphlets, newspapers, and magazines that were banned, forbidden, censored, redacted, expurgated, published anonymously and otherwise attempted to be kept from public consumption. From religious and political writings to science, philosophy and poetry; from 14th century Haggadah’s to 20th century novels, hold pieces of paper that were deemed by some too dangerous to exist. This presentation includes first editions of Galileo’s Dialogo (1632), Hobbes’ Leviathan (1651), Swift’s Travels (1726), Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye (1951) and many other books too hot to handle when they were hot off the press.

Secrecy Week


Book of the Week – WEST INDIES, LTD.: POEMAS


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Nicolás Guillén (1902-1989)
La Habana: Imp.Ucar, Garcia y cia., 1934
First edition
PQ7389 G84 W4 1934

Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista was a Cuban journalist, political activist and poet. Born of Afro-Cuban parents, he studied law at the University of Havana, but abandoned a legal career for typography and journalism. West Indies, Ltd. was his first collection of poetry with political overtones, reflecting the 1933 overthrow of Gerardo Machado’s dictatorial regime and the political repression that followed. In 1936, Guillén was arrested and jailed. In 1937 he joined the Communist Party. He covered Spain’s Civil War as a reporter. In 1941 he was refused entry into the United States but traveled the rest of the world extensively. He was the inaugural winner of Cuba’s National Prize for Literature in 1983. His poetry is representative of “poesía negra,” a synthesis of black and Hispanic cultures, and is noted for its imitations of drums and drum-like rhythms.

Lines to a Robin


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PS1017-L36-2005Lines to a Robin
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
Provo, UT: L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, 2005
PS1017 L36 2005

Poem composed by Louisa May Alcott in 1840 when she was 8 years old. Printed and designed by Nicole LaRue.

The Winds Have Welcomed You With Softness


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Z232.5-B4-W57-1999The Winds Have Welcomed You With Softness
Reno, NV: Black Rock Press, 1999
Z232.5 B4 W57 1999

The “Balloonist’s Prayer” is believed to have been adapted from an old Irish sailors’ prayer. Printed at the Black Rock Press for the Balloon Race Scholarship Committee of the University of Nevada, Reno, September 1999.

Call of the Wild: Book Collector’s Evening Meets Jack London


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Fifth Annual Book Collector’s Evening
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Alta Club

Join us for our fifth annual Book Collector’s Evening.

Brad Cole, Associate Director of Special Collections, Utah State University, presents: “Tramps, Snarks and Abysses: The Origins of Utah State University’s Jack London Collection.” Utah State University holds one of the nation’s largest research collections of Jack London materials. How did this happen?

The Rare Books Division, J. Willard Marriott Library, will have a selection of London first editions from its collections on display.

Wax poetic about your own book-collecting adventures and some of your favorite books with fellow book-lovers.

For more on USU’s Jack London collection see:

Reserve your place in this pack of wild bibliophiles by March 18, 2015:
Contact Judy Jarrow, 801-581-3421

Book of the Week – Dialogues sur les Plaisirs, sur les Passions; sur le…


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Dialogues sur les Plaisirs, sur les Passions; sur le…
Dupuy La Chapelle (fl. 1693-1730)
Paris: 1717
First edition
HQ1201 D8 1717

Dupuy La Chapelle was the “Secretaire au Traite de la Paix de Riswick.” The title refers to the Ryswick Treaty of 1797, which ended the Nine Years War and forced Louis XIV to give up some of his territorial possessions. Dialogues sur les plaisirs was dedicated to the author’s “Altesse Royale Madame.” La Chapelle stated that he intended his book to defend the honor of women, and to foster a strong respect between the sexes. La Chapelle wrote several other works, primarily on manners and education, including a tender book of instruction from father to daughter, which he wrote when his own daughter was ten years old. (“Do not read Novels,” he invoked.) In Dialogues sur les plaisirs, La Chapelle creates four conversations between the fictional Cleanthe and Euthyme.

Rare Books goes to France!


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The Rare Books Division is pleased to announce its participation in


currently at the Centre National du Costume de Scene through May 25, 2015.

The exhibition catalog


includes several images taken from our copy of

Le théâtre de la foire; ou, l’opéra comique… by Alain-René Le Sage (1668-1774), À Amsterdam, Zacharie Chatelain, 1722


Quartier Villars
Route de Montilly
03000 Moulins

Tel. 04 70 20 76 20 Fax 04 70 34 23 04 – See more at:

Book of the Week – Tangent


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Alise Alousi
Omaha, NE: Bradypress, 2011

Al-Mutanabbi Street in the heart of Baghdad, is named after the 10th century Arab poet Abu’ Tayib al-Mutanabbi. For centuries the winding street has been the center of Iraqi literary movements. Lined with booksellers and bookshops, scholars, poets, readers, writers and artists met to perform, debate and create. Shabandar Café, which opened in 1917, was the heart of this community. On March 5, 2007, a car bomb exploded in this crowded intellectual marketplace. Thousands of books and other written documents were destroyed. More than thirty people were killed, more than one hundred injured. In response to the attack, California poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil brought together a coalition of poets, writers, readers, artists, booksellers and printers to comment on the implications of attack on culture as a way to conquer. Poem written in memory of those who lost their lives in the car bombing of 5 March 2007 on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad. The poet and artist is a first generation Iraqi-American. Poem typeset in Gill Sans, title in News Gothic Condensed on Somerset text paper. Endsheets handmade by swirling strips of Arabic text that read “al-Mutanabbi Street” with cotton pulp. Handsewn into boards covered in Japanese silk with Indian marble paper pastedowns. Edition of forty copies. University of Utah copy is no. 33.

Exhibition – An Enduring Spirit: Mormon Women Pioneers


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An Enduring Spirit

Tell the sisters to go forth and discharge their duties in humility and faithfulness and the Spirit of God will rest upon them, and they will be blest in their labors. Let them seek for wisdom instead of power and they will have all the power they have wisdom to exercise!!!” – Eliza R. Snow

When the Mormon pioneers crossed the plains they came with more than the belongings in their carts and the clothes on their backs. They brought with them a spirit of courage and adventure. The J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections gathers the archives of Mormon women from the earliest pioneers to the present generation. Our collections include: Mary Jane Mount Tanner, an early poet who recorded the stories of her pioneer mother; Maud May Babcock, one of the first female professors at the University of Utah, who directed art programs for women at the university and in the Utah community; Ivy Baker Priest, the second woman Treasurer of the United States; women who fought to defend their political and religious beliefs; and women who encouraged others through the seemingly simple task of managing a household and caring for their families. The pioneering spirit of these women and many others inspires current and future generations of Mormon and non-Mormon women.

February 25 – April 27

Exhibition: An Enduring Spirit: Mormon Women Pioneers

Curators: Alison Conner, Julia Huddleston, Molly Steed, Sara Davis

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.