Books by Yale Library Book Talk authors are now in the stacks of Sterling Library

  • Women with shoulder-length brown hair stands in front of wood book cases holding an open book that has blue and white book plate inside cover. Five books and a grey lamp with metal base are standing on the table next to her.
  • Six blue and white bookplates that read "With gratitude to" at top with each author's name; at bottom in white type reads "2023 Book Talk Selection, Yale University Library"; at center is a graphic depiction of the front of the library
September 20, 2023

Books by the seven authors who were featured in the 2022–2023 season of Yale Library Book Talks are now on the shelves of Sterling Memorial Library and available for patrons to borrow.

As a token of the library’s appreciation for the authors’ participation, each book contains a personalized commemorative bookplate.

Each author received a digitized version of their own bookplate with a personal note of thanks from Barbara Rockenbach, the Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian.

“We hope that as readers and researchers discover your books on our shelves,” Rockenbach wrote, “they will realize how much the library values your work and will celebrate it long into the future.”

The commemorative copies of these seven titles are now in the library’s collection:

Babel, or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R. F. Kuang

Hell Bent: A Novel by Leigh Bardugo

The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Meghan O’Rourke

The Madman in the White House: Sigmund Freud, Ambassador Bullitt, and the Lost Psychobiography of Woodrow Wilson by Patrick Weil

On the Edge of Eternity: The Antiquity of the Earth in Medieval and Early Modern Europe by Ivano dal Prete

The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice, and the American City by Nicholas Dawidoff

The War on Music: Reclaiming the Twentieth Century by John Mauceri

Yale Library Book Talk series launches its new season with Alan Mikhail’s book My Egypt Archive on Thurs., Sept. 21, at 4 pm in the lecture hall of Sterling Memorial Library. Preview the upcoming talks in the rest of the fall series.

The Yale Library Book Talk series was designed to provide an opportunity for authors and audiences to engage in intellectual and creative inquiry while discussing books that draw from the rich materials in the library’s collections. 

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—Deborah Cannarella

Image: Barbara Rockenbach, the Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian, with the Book Talk series titles on their way to the circulation desk. Photo by Monica Ong Reed; Book Talk bookplates (with Nicholas Dawidoff’s in absentia), design by Sidney Hirschman, Rollins Fellow, Office of the University Printer, adapted from an original 2017 design by Anton Sovetov, former Rollins Fellow, who died tragically in 2022.