Graham Library creates reading room for LGBTQ+ and BIPOC resources
Over the summer, the John W. Graham Library restructured the McMaster Room, the fireplace room on the second floor. The room is lined with shelves that hold the library’s Canadian literature collection, which has also been re-evaluated and reshaped to highlight the voices of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and others) and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) authors and bring them to the forefront of the space.
“We’re committed to collecting print material in an inclusive way that reflects and honours the diversity of the Canadian literary landscape,” says Katie Holmes, Instructional and Reader Services Librarian.
Reading recommendations from Graham Library staff
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Identity and Colonialism in 21st Century Canada by Emma Battell Lowman and Adam J. Barker
THIS PLACE: 150 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, et al.
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Race on Trial: Black Defendants in Ontario’s Criminal Courts, 1858-1958 by Barrington Walker
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Want more book picks? Check out the Graham Library’s Instagram page at instagrahamlibrary or visit uoft.me/5IJ for U of T’s anti-Black racism reading list.
As published in Trinity Magazine Fall 2020