Add Colour to Your Collection With This Book Display!

Though we are often told not to judge a book by its cover, we may have to make an exception for January’s Redpath Book Display.

This month, the main floor of Redpath received a colourful twist with our “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” book display. Featuring all types of genres from romance to mystery, fantasy and history, this display will be sure to catch your eye with all seven colours of the rainbow!

Below are a few picks from the January display. For the full collection, check out the in-person display at the McLennan-Redpath Library, or the Virtual Book Display!

Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Farlingaye Hall is a beautiful hotel in Suffolk on the east coast of England. Unfortunately, it is also the site of the brutal murder of Frank Parris, a retired advertising executive. Stefan Codrescu, a Romanian maintenance man, is arrested after police discover blood spatter on his clothes and bed linen. He is found guilty and sentenced to eight years in prison. It appears to be an open-and-shut case, but there is more to it than meets the eye.

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

To come to terms with her own identity, Ailey embarks on a journey through her family’s past, uncovering the shocking tales of generations of ancestors—Indigenous, Black, and white—in the deep South. In doing so Ailey must learn to embrace her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience that is the story—and the song—of America itself.

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

James deftly chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters – gunmen, drug dealers, one-night stands, CIA agents,  even ghosts – over the course of thirty years as they roam the streets of 1970s Kingston, dominate the crack houses of 1980s New York, and ultimately reemerge into the radically altered Jamaica of the 1990s. Along the way, they learn that evil does indeed cast long shadows, that justice and retribution are inextricably linked, and that no one can truly escape his fate.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

A series of mysterious events gets Flavia’s attention: A dead bird is found on the doormat, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. A mysterious late-night visitor argues with her aloof father, Colonel de Luce, behind closed doors. And in the early morning Flavia finds a red-headed stranger lying in the cucumber patch and watches him take his dying breath. For Flavia, the summer begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw: “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Shortly after Ellingham Academy opened, Albert Ellingham’s wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history. True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case.

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

Gifts of Knowledge: McGill University Library’s 12 Days to the Holidays Book Display Recap

As the winter season unfolds, the McGill University Library welcomed the festive spirit with a delightful book display featuring twelve carefully selected reads. Each book was handpicked by different members of our diverse and passionate library team, creating a unique and thoughtful collection for our readers. Let’s take a journey through the 12 Days to the Holidays book display and explore the literary gifts our staff shared with the McGill community.

Day 1: “A Murder of Quality” by John le Carré

Gifter: Lonnie Weatherby

Kicking off the display, Lonnie Weatherby introduced us to the gripping world of espionage with “A Murder of Quality” by John le Carré. This classic spy novel set the tone for an exciting literary adventure.

Day 2: “A Psalm for the Wild Built” by Becky Chambers

Gifter: Emily Jaeger-McEnroe

Emily Jaeger-McEnroe added a touch of speculative fiction to the mix with “A Psalm for the Wild Built” by Becky Chambers. This thought-provoking novella explores the intersection of humanity and nature, offering readers a unique and imaginative experience.

Day 3: “The Psychology of Time Travel” by Kate Mascarenhas

Gifter: Kristen Howard

Kristen Howard took us on a journey through time with “The Psychology of Time Travel” by Kate Mascarenhas. This novel delves into the complexities of time travel and its psychological implications, making it a fascinating addition to the display.

Day 4: “Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner

Gifter: Veronica Bergsten

Veronica Bergsten shared the deeply personal and moving memoir, “Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner. This exploration of identity, grief, and Korean-American culture resonated with readers seeking a powerful and emotional narrative.

Day 5: “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell

Gifter: Dawn McKinnon

Dawn McKinnon engaged readers in thought-provoking conversations with “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell. This insightful book challenges our understanding of human interactions, shedding light on the complexities of communication.

Day 6: “Study for Obedience” by Sarah Bernstein

Gifter: Sharon Rankin

Sharon Rankin introduced us to the world of contemporary art and obedience with “Study for Obedience” by Sarah Bernstein. This thoughtfully crafted novel explores the intersection of art, power, and control.

Day 7: “A Place Called No Homeland” by Kai Cheng Thom

Gifter: Hye-Jin Juhn

Hye-Jin Juhn brought attention to the marginalized voices with “A Place Called No Homeland” by Kai Cheng Thom. This collection of poetry and prose offers a powerful exploration of identity, displacement, and resilience.

Day 8: “We Hunt the Flame” by Hafsah Faizal

Gifter: Amanda Wheatley

Amanda Wheatley gifted readers an epic fantasy adventure with “We Hunt the Flame” by Hafsah Faizal. This young adult novel takes readers on a thrilling quest in a richly imagined world.

Day 9: “Man’s Searching for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl

Gifter: Geneieve Gosselin

Geneieve Gosselin shared the timeless wisdom of Viktor E. Frankl in “Man’s Searching for Meaning.” This philosophical work continues to inspire readers to find purpose and meaning in their lives.

Day 10: “The Book of Form and Emptiness” by Ruth Ozeki

Gifter: Jane McAslan

Jane McAslan led readers into a world of literary magic with “The Book of Form and Emptiness” by Ruth Ozeki. This novel weaves a captivating tale about the power of books and the human experience.

Day 11: “The Colony” by Audrey Magee

Gifter: Lauren Goldman

Lauren Goldman transported us to a different time and place with “The Colony” by Audrey Magee. This historical novel provided a glimpse into the lives of individuals caught in the midst of World War II.

Day 12: “The Son of the House” by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

Gifter: Deborah Ahenkorah

Deborah Ahenkorah concluded our 12 Days to the Holidays display with “The Son of the House” by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia. This novel explores themes of family, societal expectations, and resilience in post-colonial Nigeria.

The Eras Tour: A Book Display

Calling all Swifties! With the recent release of Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) album and the Eras Tour still in full swing, what better way to celebrate than to find books related to some of her most popular songs from each decade?

Our newest book display contains a variety of books and movies, all matched to a song from The Eras Tour setlist. The display also includes the infamous surprise songs, both pulled from her Debut album. From romance to crime, you’re sure to find a book that will suit your wildest dreams!

Below are just a few of the books and movies featured in the display, available to you for free through the McGill Library and Overdrive.

She’s the Man

Viola becomes furious when she learns that her high school, Cornwall, has just cut the girl’s soccer team. So furious, in fact, that she takes advantage of her twin brother Sebastian skipping town for a few weeks to take his place at his school, Illyria, so she can join the soccer team there. But her disguise as her brother leads to major complications when she falls in love with her soccer-playing roommate and the girl he’s in love with falls in love with “Sebastian.”

The Man

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and the puritanical administration of Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny.

You Belong With Me

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?

no body, no crime

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional family. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate, but he quickly finds himself in over his head. He hires a competent assistant: the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist Lisbeth Salander, and the two unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Look What You Made Me Do

Before Sunrise

A young American man meets a beautiful French student on a train bound for Paris, falls in love and asks her to share his last night in Vienna.


Normal People by Sally Rooney

Connell Waldron is one of the most popular boys in his small-town high school—he is a star of the football team, an excellent student, and never wanting for attention from girls. The one thing he doesn’t have is money. Marianne Sheridan, a classmate of Connell’s, has the opposite problem. Marianne is plain-looking, odd, and stubborn, and while her family is well-off, she has no friends to speak of. There is, however, a deep and undeniable connection between the two teenagers, one that develops into a secret relationship.

All Too Well

Bad Cree by Jessica Johns

Mackenzie, a Cree millennial, wakes up in her one-bedroom Vancouver apartment clutching a pine bough she had been holding in her dream just moments earlier. When she blinks, it disappears. But she can still smell the sharp pine scent in the air, the nearest pine tree a thousand kilometres away in the far reaches of Treaty 8.

Haunting, fierce, an ode to female relations and the strength found in kinship, Bad Cree is a gripping, arresting debut by an unforgettable voice.

my tears ricochet

Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune

Fern Brookbanks has wasted far too much of her adult life thinking about Will Baxter. She spent just twenty-four hours in her early twenties with the aggravatingly attractive, idealistic artist, a chance encounter that spiraled into a daylong adventure in Toronto. The timing was wrong, but their connection was undeniable: they shared every secret, every dream, and made a pact to meet one year later. Fern showed up. Will didn’t.


The Radical Element by Jessica Spotswood

In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs — whether that means secretly learning Hebrew in early Savannah, using the family magic to pass as white in 1920s Hollywood, or singing in a feminist punk band in 1980s Boston. And they’re asking you to join them.


John Tucker Must Die

When the class-overachiever, the head cheerleader, and the vegan lover discover they’re all dating the same guy – namely the star basketball player John Tucker – the girls decide to recruit a bashful new girl named Kate to become the ideal girl to break Tucker’s bad boy heart. But as Kate uses the girls’ combined wiles to lure Tucker, his interest gives her a social standing she’s never had before. But the intoxicating experience may cost her a chance at honest love with another boy.

Picture to Burn

Taylor Swift’s music is a treasure trove of emotions and storytelling, and her eras have something for everyone. Whether you’re in the mood for reflection, empowerment, nostalgia, or revenge, there’s a Taylor Swift song and a book to match. So, the next time you listen to one of her songs, consider picking up one of these books or movies to complement the experience!