Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Freely Available Online

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The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin purchased Gabriel García Márquez’s archive two years ago and has now made about half of the collection available for free online. One Hundred Years of Solitude was one of the first books of adult fiction I read and it opened me up to the possibilities of literature and storytelling. Of course García Márquez is known for so much more and now fans and researchers can delve deep into the Nobel Prize winner’s drafts, notebooks, photographs, and other material in over 27,000 pages of digitized content. Read the New York Times article to learn more about the archive. From the article: “Many archives are digitizing their holdings. But to make so much material from a writer whose work is still under copyright freely available online is unusual.” Unusual indeed and very exciting.


New Data Acquistion: 1971-2011 Census data tracted to Montreal neighbourhood NAMES

Are you comparing Montreal neighbourhoods over time and wish to look at census data by “neighbourhood names” (e.g. Plateau Mont-Royal) instead of compiling all the corresponding census tracts that make up a particular neighbourhood?

Look no further. McGill Library purchased census data from 1971 through 2011 (in 2011 Census boundaries) that has been custom-tracted to correspond to the actual names of Montreal neighbourhoods.

If you require any assistance working with census data, please visit Numeric Data Services to discover more data or to book a consultation.

Please note that this custom purchase from Statistics Canada falls under the terms of the Statistics Canada Open License Agreement and is considered open data and is freely shareable.


New books

New Japanese books

McGill students have great interest in courses related to Japanese popular culture such as Japanese cinema, manga and animation. Each term more students registered such courses than the capacity could accommodate.  To meet the needs of teaching, learning and research, our library has developed a relatively strong collection in this field.  Recently, we have purchased many English translations from Japanese authors, published by Vertical and Kurodahan, two major Japanese novel and manga publishers outside of Japan.  Here are some examples of these books.  You are welcome to borrow some of them to read during your winter holiday break.

The call number range is PL830-PL870 on Shelf #17, on the 5th floor of McLennan Library.