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Banned Books Week Sept 25 – Oct 2

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Banned Book Week is Sept 25 to Oct 2, 2010Last month Rafia Mirza and I worked on a prolonged photo shoot. Over several days we rattled around the library with a book truck loaded with books from the library stacks and personal books that library staff offered for the occasion. Appointments were made to catch groups, others were simply minding their own business at their desks when we passed by. The books sold themselves – library staff are particularly vulnerable to the sense of indignation that THEIR favorite book might have been banned or challenged. Many who might normally not have asked to have their photos taken happily posed with their friends in print.

The digital photos were processed by me and sent as raw images to Kathleen Houston, who cropped and inserted the information about Banned Books week and named each model. And the slide program looks great! It was a lot of work, and wouldn’t have happened if each of us didn’t give it a lot of thought and time. But I’m pleased to post a link to the 2010 slide show and libguide. Click on the photo to go straight to the slide show, or visit for the Library Flickr page.

A corresponding exhibit will be in place on the first floor of Central Library during Banned Books Week. Thanks to Kathleen Houston, Rebekah Lee and Angela Johnson for that. And thanks to Rafia Mirza for sticking with this project to keep it moving to completion!

–Maggie Dwyer

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September 21st, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Friends of the Library – Steven Davis speaks this evening

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“J. Frank Dobie: From ‘Mr. Texas’ to ‘A Liberated Mind’”

Friday, September 17, 2010


Central Library sixth floor parlor

Speaker: Steven L. Davis, author, Texas State University

Book: J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind (University of Texas Press, October 15, 2009)

Steven L. Davis has been described by the Austin American-Statesman as, “one of Texas’ leading scholars of our indigenous culture.” He is a curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos, which holds the literary papers of some of the region’s leading writers, including Cormac McCarthy. Davis’s books include J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind and Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond. He is editor of Land of the Permanent Wave: An Edwin “Bud” Shrake Reader and co-editor of Lone Star Sleuths: An Anthology of Texas Crime Fiction. He serves as the Series Editor for the Southwestern Writers Collection Book Series, published by the University of Texas Press. He lives in New Braunfels with his wife and children.

Davis will be speaking with the Friends about his new book, J. Frank Dobie, the first biography of this Texas literary icon in more than thirty years. Dobie (1888-1964) was the first Texas-based writer to gain national attention. In books such as Tales of Old-Time Texas, Coronado’s Children, and The Longhorns, Dobie captured the Southwest’s folk history at a time in which it was quickly disappearing. In this biography, Davis takes a fresh look at Dobie whose “liberated mind” set him on an intellectual journey that culminated in him fighting for labor, free speech, and civil rights well before the causes became “acceptable” for most Anglo Texans. Copies of the biography will be available for sale after Davis’s presentation.

For more information about these programs or the Friends of the UT Arlington Library, please contact Betty Wood at or 817-272-7421.

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September 17th, 2010 at 3:51 pm