New cartonera books from Brazil (O COLETIVO DULCINÉIA CATADORA)

We recently received an interesting batch of Cartonera books that were published and made in Brazil. These came from a publisher called “O coletivo Dulcinéia Catadora”. Its self-description is as follows, “The collective Dulcinéia Catadora was started in 2007 after two months of collaborative work by Lúcia Rosa and Peterson Emboava with members of Eloísa Cartonera during the 27th São Paulo Biennial. Currently, it operates within a cooperative of recyclable materials in São Paulo, Brazil and counts on the active participation of Andreia Emboava, Maria Dias da Costa, Eminéia dos Santos and Agata Emboava who work daily in recycling. Lúcia Rosa edits books of poetry, prose, as well as works by contemporary Brazilian artists. The books are made by cardboard collectors and other professionals who participate in the collective. Dulcinea’s fundamental point is sustainability, based on a strategy of income generation that consists in selling the books and passing it on to the collectors who made them the value of the sale, discounting the production costs”. There are several interesting books that came on this shipment. Please click on the icon below to gain access to the images of these books.

One can also find the information on how these books are created from the carton and other recyclables below.

John Oliver Simon’s Book Collection donated to Doe Library’s Latin Americana collections.

I am really honored to accept as a gift of a large collection of several hundred books that belonged once to a well-known Berkeley poet- John Oliver Simon. John Oliver Simon- a legendary poet of Berkeley Sixties passed away in early 2018. He was UC Berkeley alumnus and his personal collection of poetry and prose books from all parts of Latin America is a treasure trove that his family decided to donate to us. Since then, I have been going through the boxes of his books and finding one hidden gem after other that are not in our collections. Someone has argued albeit rightfully that the libraries are not museums, however, there are always exceptions to any argument. Museums are not libraries and we as the guardians of the cultural artifacts including the books must collect, preserve and pass on these gems to the future generation. The nuanced relationship of our country with her Latin American neighbors can be seen through some of the books that I will present below in an album. This is one of my first posts about the collection that we received as a gift from Kia Simon is one of the most important additions to our Doe collections of Latin Americana. Some of these books that fall within the collecting scope of Bancroft Library will be offered to their respective curatorial staff. Please click on the icon below to gain access to the wonderful artistry of printmaking in Latin America. This album includes books signed and dedicated to John Oliver Simon by his literary friends.



Select new books from Colombia at Doe Library!

In times of budgetary new normals and collaborations, collecting materials from Colombia presents itself as a challenge to many Latin American Studies librarians due to the sheer number of publications that Colombia generates. Colombian cultural powerhouse is represented by a variety of academic institutions and publishers. This, in turn, presents a challenge on what, how much and to what extent a single university library can collect? The focus at our institution has been to build a sustainable collection of Colombian materials that will be used to support research and teaching on the campus. To this end, I present you with our recent acquisitions of Colombian books.

Select new books from Bolivia at Doe Library!

Recently, we received a new batch of Bolivian books and these are a welcome mix of both the Humanities and Social Sciences related materials. Among these books, there are several that merit our attention. The first is a four-volume set of Blanca Wiethüchter‘s complete works. There are several works related to the Andean and Bolivian history. There are notable works of fiction including Carlos Valverde‘s “Santa Zapata”. Also, we have a book by a Bolivian-Mexican film-maker Juan Carlos Valdivia that is entitled, “Parada obligatoria“.

Below is the album of some of the photos of the recent new books from Bolivia. Please click on the image itself to get access to the images of different book-covers. Happy Reading!

Argentine Editorial Houses

Buenos Aires houses many of the very diverse editorial houses and publishers. There are several such publishers that are perhaps overlooked during the mainstream collection development of Latin American Studies. These houses stretch and challenge many of the societal norms by publishing the works of authors who in turn are trying to break the barriers to their expressions. Such barriers can be cultural-historical, political, social, ideological or even based on the economic realities of the time. Today, I write about the two of such publishing houses. The first is Santos Locos.

The self-description of this editorial house as follows, “Santos Locos no es la primera editorial y en rigor de verdad no será la última. Santos Locos surge con la idea de dejar atrás las ediciones de autor, la peregrinación de editorial en editorial y así volver a pensar en poesía como quien no puede dejar de leerla y más importante aún como quien no puede dejar de escribirla.” As a librarian without any ideological inclinations on what to buy, I did decide to purchase most of their recent publications. One of the first books that I began to read was by a Venezuelan poet-María Ruiz. The title of the her poetry book is Putas metamórficas. I purchased the new Argentine edition by Santos Locos.  I did not have access to the 2012 Caracas edition. For this anthology, the poetess won an award at the XVIII Bienal José Antonio Ramos Sucre, in Mención Poesía, category.

The second publishing house that comes to my mind is Nulú Bonsai Editora of Buenos Aires, and its new  3rd edition of Ioshua’s work-Todas las obras acabadas de Ioshua that was just released in March of 2018.  I hope that some of the purchases that I have made will add to our already strong LGBT collections. 

Artecubano : revista de artes visuales.

As the librarian for Latin American and the Caribbean collections, I find it important to also carry out some sort of retrospective collection development and contribute to the creation of a holistic collection of journals of importance from the region. One such journal is  Artecubano. We have several issues of this title, but we do not have a complete run. I am glad to announce that through my contacts in Cuba, I was able to get all of the issues through 2015.  I will be able post the pictures of these issues once they get here. I am so excited for having such a rewarding vocation!

Select New Books from Argentina

The cultural production of Argentina continues to grow each year despite the economic hardships that are faced by the nation. At UC Berkeley Library, we boast one of the best collections of Argentine books and serials. This collection was built as a part of joint UC Berkeley-Stanford collaborative collection development initiative/agreement, whereby Stanford continues to collect extensively the books from Brazil, while, the librarian for Latin American and Caribbean Collections at the Doe Library continues to evolve our Argentine collections. Below are some of the recently acquired Argentine books that you might find of interest. Please click on the image below to get access to the images.  Thank you.

New books on Latin America from Spain!

In order to create a balanced picture of what we collect from Latin America, I have started to actively collect materials that are published in Spain about Latin America. These publications, I believe that will be of interest to both the Peninsular as well as Latin America Studies scholars. Afterall, the colonial experience of Latin America cannot be divorced from the historical, socio-economic and geopolitical realities of the Iberian peninsula. I believe that this holistic collection development will aid in enhancing our understanding of realities that tie many Latin American nation-states with the Iberian peninsula.

Please click on the icons below to gain access to the album. Happy Monday!

Select new books from Mexico!

13 April 2018

The creativity of Mexican printmakers, the intellectual content of these books and the quality of publications that we receive from our regional vendors in Latin America continue to inspire me to be a better librarian for Doe Library’s Latin American collections. I see beauty, honor, history, heritage in these cultural narratives. I see hope for the future in these books. I hope that you can enjoy the album below of newly purchased books from Mexico. Please click on the icon of the album below to get access to the images. These images are of course used for educational purposes only. I also acknowledge the lack of quality in some of the photos.

There are several titles in this batch that merit special mention.

The Cartonera books like “Territorios Okupados” by Leopold Lambert will continue to enhance our recently launched efforts to collect the Cartonera Books.



One is a recent book dedicated to the archive of Guerra photographs. Its presentation took place on 1 March 2018.

Select new books from Colombia!

Our current collection development mandates that I collect from all of the regions of Latin America and the Caribbean in a very responsible way so that I am able to meet the increasing research needs of our audiences. To this end, I have also decided to collect books from Colombia. You can see the individual photos of these books here.

Below is the album of new books from Colombia. Please click on the photo below to get access to individual images. These will be cataloged and made available to our users.