The University Record, September 10, 1996

Exhibit runs the gamut from bananas to bread

By Joanne Nesbit
News and Information Services 

From novels and short stories to contemporary cookbooks from Indonesia and Thailand, the newest exhibit at the north entrance of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library has it all.

In keeping with the University's theme semester, "Food in Global History," the Graduate Library's exhibition features selected works from its collections. One display case focuses on six different literary works that deal with or feature food and includes a Marcel Proust seven-volume work in French written after the author had a treat of tea and cookies.

"The tea and cookies brought back a memory that lasted for seven volumes," says exhibit curator Judith Ahronheim.

Tea is also the main ingredient in a display featuring the tea party from Alice in Wonderland. A work by Virginia Woolf features beef stew and Thomas Pynchon's novel, Gravity's Rainbow, features bananas.

Yet another area in the Library's north lobby features a display of contemporary cookbooks from some of the more exotic of the library system's area programs and includes books from Indonesia and Thailand.

Short stories about bread by selected worldwide authors include works by Black, Indian, Russian and Israeli writers.

The exhibit, open 8 a.m.-midnight Mon.-Thurs.; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. and 1 p.m.-midnight Sun., will continue through Sept. 27.

For more information, contact Janis Giannini, 936-3814.