Welcome Congress to the Humanities and Social Sciences Library!

Written by Mohammad Alnatour

We are delighted to welcome the participants of Congress 2024 to the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at McGill University. This year’s Congress, running from June 12 to June 21, 2024, marks a special occasion as it returns to Montreal and McGill University, a leading research institution renowned for its academic excellence and vibrant scholarly community.

Congress is Canada’s largest gathering of academics, and perhaps one of the largest in the world. It fosters a hub that offers space for critical conversations, diverse set of voices, up-to-date findings, refined ideas, and partnerships for a better future.

The theme for this year’s Congress, “Sustaining Shared Futures,” resonates deeply with the mission of our library, which strives to support interdisciplinary research and foster an inclusive environment for knowledge exchange. As you explore critical issues around sustainability, equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation, we hope our library will serve as a hub for your activities.

Welcome to McGill University! We look forward to being a part of your Congress 2024 experience.

For more information about our library services and resources, please visit our website.

Fore more information about the event and the programming schedule, please visit the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences website.

Asian-Authored Books to Read This Spring

The following booklist was compiled by Pranjal Malik and Olivia Melanson to help celebrate Asian Heritage Month here at the Libraries. The list strives to be geographically diverse, covering a wide scope and many different voices.

Yellowface, R.F. Kuang

“What’s the harm in a pseudonym? Bestselling sensation Juniper Song is not who she says she is, she didn’t write the book she claims she wrote, and she is most certainly not Asian American – in this chilling and hilariously cutting novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author R. F. Kuang in the vein of White Ivy and The Other Black Girl.”

Beauty is a wound, Eka Kurniawan

“One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years. So begins Beauty Is a Wound, an epic, sweeping, compulsively readable novel, combining history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony. […] The bravura resilience on display here makes Beauty Is a Wound a luscious yet astringent product of the art blossoming since the fall of Suharto.”

No One Can Pronounce My Name, Rakesh Satya

“In a suburb outside Cleveland, a community of Indian Americans has settled into lives that straddle the divide between Eastern and Western cultures. For some, America is a bewildering and alienating place where coworkers can’t pronounce your name but will eagerly repeat the Sanskrit phrases from their yoga class. […] When Harit and Ranjana’s paths cross, they begin a strange yet necessary friendship that brings to light their own passions and fears”

Exit West, Mohsin Hamid

“In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet […]. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors – doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price.”

The Wrong End of the Telescope,  Rabih Alameddine

“Mina Simpson, a Lebanese doctor, arrives at the infamous Moria refugee camp on Lesbos, Greece, after being urgently summoned for help by her friend who runs an NGO there. Alienated from her family except for her beloved brother, Mina has avoided being so close to her homeland for decades. But with a week off work and apart from her wife of thirty years, Mina hopes to accomplish something meaningful […]”

The Startup Wife A Novel, Tahmima Anam

“Newlyweds Asha and Cyrus build an app that replaces religious rituals and soon find themselves running one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. The platform creates a sensation, with millions of users seeking personalized rituals every day. Will Cyrus and Asha’s marriage survive the pressures of sudden fame, or will she become overshadowed by the man everyone is calling the new messiah?”

Minor Feelings, Cathy Park Hong

“Asian Americans inhabit a purgatorial status: neither white enough nor black enough, unmentioned in most conversations about racial identity. In the popular imagination, Asian Americans are all high-achieving professionals. But in reality, this is the most economically divided group in the country […] Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively confronts this thorny subject, blending memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose the truth of racialized consciousness in America.

Counterfeit, Kirstin Chen

“Ava Wong has always played it safe. As a strait-laced, rule-abiding Chinese American lawyer with a successful surgeon as a husband, a young son, and a beautiful home, she’s built the perfect life. But beneath this façade, Ava’s world is crumbling. […] Enter Winnie Fang, Ava’s enigmatic college roommate from Mainland China. […] But the shy, awkward girl Ava once knew has been replaced with a confident woman of the world, dripping in luxury goods, including a coveted Birkin in classic orange.”

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

A breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years-from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding-that puts the violence, fear, hope and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war […]”

Frankenstein in Baghdad, Ahmed Saadawi

“From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S.-occupied Baghdad, Hadi, a scavenger and an oddball fixture at a local café, collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognize the parts as people and to give them proper burial. But when the corpse goes missing, a wave of eerie murders sweeps the city, and reports stream in of a horrendous-looking criminal who, though shot, cannot be killed.”

Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata

“Keiko Furukura had always been considered a strange child, and her parents always worried how she would get on in the real world, so when she takes on a job in a convenience store while at university, they are delighted for her. For her part, in the convenience store she finds a predictable world mandated by the store manual, which dictates how the workers should act and what they should say, and she copies her coworkers’ style of dress and speech patterns so that she can play the part of a normal person.”

New! Zeutschel Zeta Overhead Scanner in McLennan

By Scott Goldstein and Joel Natanblut

Starting in June 2023, the McGill Library is piloting a new overhead scanner called the Zeutschel Zeta, currently available on the first floor of McLennan near the uPrint machines. In addition to incredibly high-quality scans, the Zeutschel Zeta has great features, including the ability to automatically remove fingers captured during the scanning process, auto-crop or manual crop functions, removing/ reorganizing scanned pages and output to JPG/ TIFF/ PDF with automatic OCR text recognition in numerous languages, and more.

The Zeta overhead scanner is a large machine sitting on a desk with an open book sitting on top of the scanner. Beside the machine is a digital image of the book being scanned.

No need to bring a flash drive as scans can be emailed to any email address you designate or uploaded to Dropbox.

Try it out and let us know what you think! Submit feedback using this online form: https://www.mcgill.ca/library/contact/askus/suggestionform. Thank you.