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Summer 2002 Newsletter

Director's Note


Thomas F. Staley

In my last "Note" I wrote about Alan Furst's novels. I was not prepared for the number of responses I had from readers who were grateful for the recommendation. Furst has a new novel coming out in August called Blood of Victory (Random House).

I also mentioned in the last issue that I would write something more about our widely followed post-1950s writers acquisition plan where we systematically acquire all the primary works of 548 authors. Forty authors have been added in the last few years, ten last year. Rich Oram's report to the Advisory Council for fall 2001 had the total number of books we have added to the collection since 1992 at about 21,000. I'd say we have added 500 to that figure. When you look over this long list of works we have acquired, it offers a comprehensive picture of British, Irish and American literature of the last half of the twentieth century. A dozen of the most recent additions to our list:

- Lee Blessing
- Michael Cunningham
- Colin Dexter (just about my favorite detective writer)
- Jonathan Franzen
- Jorie Graham
- John Guare
- Barry Hannah
- Nick Hornby
- A.L. Kennedy
- Terrence McNally
- Lorrie Moore
- Colm Toibin

Enjoy your summer reading.

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