Sarajevo’s Gazi Husrev-bey Library & BookTalk at BSC 2014

People of the bookOn January 15, 2014, the new Gazi Husrev-bey Library opened in the heart of the Ottoman-era Old Town section of Sarajevo to house ancient books and manuscripts that had been moved to various locations during Bosnia’s war and the siege of Sarajevo to save them from destruction.

I was especially interested in this news because of its connection to the second book in our BookTalk at BSC 2014 discussion series, People of the Book by Gwendolyn Brooks.  The story is about the Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript which was created in Spain during the 14th century.  The author imagines this very real book’s  journey through five centuries and shows how it has survived through the expulsion of Jews from Spain, the Inquisition in Italy, the upheaval of World War II, and the bombings in Sarajevo during the 1992-95 war.

Click here for the full story about the new library.Gazi Husrev-bey library

The next BookTalk discussion will be on Sunday, March 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the BSC Library.  Kim Crowley, Assistant Professor of English, will lead the discussion.  You are invited!

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