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Birss Exhibitions Celebrating Great Works of Literature at RWU!

By Christine S. Fagan, Collection Management Librarian

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For 15 years Roger Williams University Library has been celebrating great works of literature thanks to our donor and alumnus, Bob Blais, who created this program through a generous donation in memory of his mentor, Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Starting with Moby Dick by Herman Melville, a favorite of Professor Birss, this annual program has celebrated Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Walden by Henry David Thoreau, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Night by Elie Wiesel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, and this year, Native Son by Richard Wright. The Library exhibition in the standing cases celebrates the history of this program by displaying the annual posters along with associated pictures and artifacts. Please stop by to take a trip down memory lane with these wonderful literary texts. The exhibition will continue through the end of April. Stay tuned for Birss 2016 … the 50th anniversary celebration of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood!