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Reading & Talk by Lydia Davis

Thursday, September 24th @ 4:30 PM
in the Reading Room, 2nd Floor of the Library

Acclaimed writer Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections. Her collection Varieties of Disturbance was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a 2003 MacArthur Genius Fellowship, was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and translations in 1999, and won both an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit medal and the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.

Known for her idiosyncratic and extremely short stories, her books include The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009), a compilation of stories written over 30 years, and most recently, Can’t and Won’t (2014).

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[Hudson, New York, USA, 13.10.2014. Photo by: Johannes Worsøe Berg]


This event is sponsored by the Purchase College Library, The Creative Writing Program, Office of Community Engagement, and Office of Student Affairs.

See an exhibit of her works (novel, stories, translations) in the display kiosk on the Library’s main floor, near the Reference Desk.


April is National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month 2015, we’ve put together a display of some of our finest poetry books and poetry collections. Visit the display kiosk near the reference desk on the first floor of the library, and check one (or two, or three) out. A little poetry is good for the soul.


More Inspiration:

Academy of American Poets

Poems on Poems

Poetry Foundation

Poets & Writers

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We’re all about that Music

Check out the library’s new display on contemporary and global music. From Bass Culture, to Art of Modern Rock, to Texas Zydeco, to Highbrow/Lowdown to Hip-Hop Japan and many in-between. What’s better than reading about music while you listen to music? Be sure to visit our Music Collection room to browse our CDs and LPs.

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Need a Study Break? Short on Time? Pick up a Short Story.

Check out the library’s short story display in the kiosk near the Reference Desk. Read a short story while you drink your coffee or eat a snack. Read a short story for a brief escape from studying (or grading). Just read one… or two or three. They are good for the soul.

“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” — Lorrie Moore 

“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.” – George Saunders

“A good [short story] would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit.” – David Sedaris

“A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick – a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart.” – Neil Gaiman

“We get so many people saying short fiction is not economical, that it doesn’t sell; but there are so many of us enjoying writing it and reading it. So it’s wonderful to be around people who love short fiction too – it’s like hanging around with my tribe.” – Junot Diaz


October’s Display Shelf – LGBT History and DVAM

October is a busy month. The semester is well underway, and there are exams and midterms and projects and papers and don’t forget Halloween! But, did you know that October is also:

LGBT History Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) ?

We’ve pulled some library materials that relate to LGBT history and domestic violence, for our new library display kiosk near the Reference Desk. Please check them out!

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LGBT History Month:

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month.

Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association, and other national organizations. In 2006, Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.

The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement of our extraordinary national and international contributions. []

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM):

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence

These three themes remain a key focus of DVAM events today. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

—Adapted from the 1996 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Manual of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.



New Display — Gone, But Not Forgotten

We have a new display kiosk located on the main level of the Library near the Reference Desk and the Music Collection. We will be using it to highlight various items in our collection, based on different topics and themes. For our first display, we are remembering great writers who passed away in 2014. Gone, but not forgotten are:

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Maya Angelou
1928 – 2014
Thomas Berger
1924 – 2014
Nadine Gordimer
1923 – 2014
Gabriel García Márquez
1927 – 2014


The books, DVDs, and CDs in this display can be checked out. Please stop by and discover, or re-discover, these amazing authors and artists. And to search for more of their publications, use the Books/Media tab on the Library’s homepage.

Display Kiosk