New books from Paraguay @ Doe

The books from Paraguay and their acquisition represents an unique challenge to the Latin American Studies selector due to several factors. The select vendors who supply the books from the region as well as the limited number of academic level books that get published in Paraguay are some of those factors. Despite these limitations, at UC Berkeley’s Doe Library, we collect books from all parts of South America. I am glad to share with you some limited photos of these new book purchases at the library. As far as the selection tools are concerned, the online presence of La Cámara del Libro de Asunción Paraguay (CLAP)  serves to be of limited use. However, there is a list of local bookshops and publishers that can be of great use to the selectors. Please click on the photo below to get access to the full album.



[Database Trial] Cuban Culture and Cultural Relations, 1959-, Part 2: Writers

The UC Berkeley Library had purchased the part 1 of Cuban Culture and Cultural Relations from Brill in 2017. Now, we are having a trial of part 2 of the same database-  Cuban Culture and Cultural Relations, 1959 that deals with the writers. The trial will go through November 15th, 2018.

The trial can be accessed here:

New books from Mexico at Doe Library

I apologize for the quality of the photos of this batch of the new titles from Mexico. The camera that I had for some years now has finally broken down. Thus I had to use my phone camera. Despite the breaking down of the camera, I believe that this batch of select photos of Mexican books will provide you with some insight on our streamlined book collection from Mexico. Enjoy! Please click on the icon below to gain access to the full album. There is a five-volume set on the history of Yucatan that is of interest to our historians and students alike.



Escritura, Trama Y Deseo with Diamela Eltit


Escritura, Trama Y Deseo (Writing, Plot And Desire)
Diamela Eltit in conversation with Natalia Brizuela and Francine Masiello
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Please note: this event will be held in Spanish. Simultaneous English translation will be provided for those who need it.

Co-sponsored by the Arts Research Center and the University of California Humanities Research Institute, and the Center for Latin American Studies

Una aproximación a las vueltas y revueltas del imaginario literario y su conexión con el universo social. (An approach to the revolutions and revolts of the literary imaginary and its connection with the social universe.)

Diamela Eltit is one of Latin America’s most daring writers and is highly regarded for her avant-garde initiatives in the world of letters. Eltit began her engagement with literature in her native Chile during the years of the Pinochet dictatorship when she participated in the collective CADA, staging art actions against the dictatorship, and published her first novels, Lumpérica (1983) and Por la patria (1986), to universal acclaim. Since then she has published, among others, El Cuarto Mundo (1988), El padre mío (1989), Vaca sagrada (1991), Los vigilantes (1994), Los trabajadores de la muerte (1998), Mano de obra (2002), Jamás el fuego nunca (2007), and Impuesto a la carne (2010). She has been honored repeatedly by international organizations, among them the Modern Language Association in the United States and Casa de las Americas in Havana, and has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Fondo Nacional de Investigaciones, the Social Science Research Council, CONICYT, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Eltit has also held positions as writer-in-residence at Brown University, Washington University in St. Louis, Columbia University, UC/Berkeley the University of Virginia, Stanford University, and Johns Hopkins University. She is currently the Distinguished Global Professor of Creative Writing in Spanish at NYU.


ARC’s 2018-19 program is a collaboration between ARC Interim Director Natalia Brizuela (Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese), Tarek Elhaik (Anthropology, UC Davis), Anneka Lenssen (History of Art), Leigh Raiford (African American Studies), and Poulomi Saha (English), supported by a generous grant from The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI).

The year’s investigations on art and critique from/in the Global South will take off with a Workshop in Mexico City (September 6-8), co-convened by Natalia Brizuela and Elena Tzelepis (University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece), organized through the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP) with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Mexico City workshop will take place at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) at the UNAM. More details on the Mexico City workshop can be found here

New Latin American Studies Books at Doe Library.

I wanted to highlight some of our recent purchases of several noteworthy books at the Doe Library. I am trying to strike a balance between the budgetary constraints, the faculty needs and some thoughts on a future vision about the Latin American collections at the Doe Library. The future of the Caribbean and Latin American collections should operate on the principles of outreach to the scholars and efficiency building.

The first noteworthy acquisition is that of a very interesting limited edition book as highlighted below.

Cornelio Adrián César : impresor flamenco en México, 1597-1633

Author:  Juan Pascoe; Taller Martín Pescador.; Biblioteca Francisco de Burgoa.; John Carter Brown Library.Publisher: [Tacambaro, Mexico] : El Taller Martìn Pescador ; [Oaxaca] : Biblioteca Francisco de Burgoa de Oaxaca y ; [Providence, R.I.] : The John Carter Brown Library, 2017.

Subjects: César, Cornelio Adrián, — approximately 1574-approximately 1633. ,Printers — Mexico — History.

The book is published by Juan Pascoe at his famous printing shop in Tacambaro, Mexico. This purchase compliments our sister library-Bancroft’s collections of Juan Pascoe items.

The other noteworthy acquisitions are those of the new books from Venezuela. The selected photographs can be seen here.

New books from Chile-September 2018 at Doe Library

At the Doe library, we continue to collect books from all regions of Latin America. We do not have geographic restrictions like our other counterpart libraries. Here is a new fresh batch of Chilean books that I would like to present you with. There are several important works that are dedicated to the history and Chilean literature. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. You can browse through the selected photos of these pictures by clicking on the icon below.

Trial: Caribbean Literature (Digital Collection)


The Library has a trial to the Caribbean Literature digital collection from Alexander Street Press. The trial will run through October 31st, 2018. If the collection is of interest to you, the Library wants to hear from you! Please send your comments and feedback to

What You’ll Find:

  • Full-text, digitalized poetry, and fiction produced in the Caribbean region, including Barbados, Guyana, Belize, Cuba, Suriname, French Guiana, Haiti, and Jamaica, during the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Interviews, photographs, unpublished manuscripts, and archival materials from archives, rare book libraries, local publishing houses, and authors.
  • Texts in English, Spanish, French, Dutch and local languages and dialects, including Papiamento, French Creole, Jamaican Creole, Belizean Kriol, Singlish, and Sranam Tongo. Dictionaries and major reference materials are also available.
  • Authors such as Kwane Dawes (Ghana-Jamaica), George Lamming (Barbados), V. S. Naipaul (Trinidad), Ismith Khan (Trinidad), Jan Carew (Guyana), Alejo Carpentier (Cuba), Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Cuba), Roger Mais (Jamaica), Derek Walcott (St. Lucia), Edgar Mittelholzer (Guyana), Leon Gontran Damas (French Guiana), René Depestre (Haiti), Edgar Cairo (Suriname), Dionne Brand (Trinidad), Jean Rhys (Dominica), Denis Henriquez (Aruba), E. Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados), and Hugo Pos (Suriname).

The UC Berkeley Library also has temporary trials until October 31, 2018, for the following digital collections from Alexander Street:

New books from Panama @ Doe Library

Below are some of the new purchases of the books from Panama for your consideration. The books from Panama are important as the country represents both the cultural bridge between the Central and South America. These books also are from the different genres and represent a broad spectrum of Panamanian publishing today. In the times of budgetary limits, I try to rely on the consultations with the faculty, students and of course the specialists in the field. These images are for educational purposes only and can be accessed here or by clicking on the icon below.

The news from CRL

As the member of the CRL, at UC Berkeley Library, we often use the resources that are loanable through the ILL or the digital resources that are available to us through CRL. I am glad to announce that we now have access to the following two important digital resources. One can authenticate using the VPN or EZ proxy to access these from an off-campus location.

I am pleased to report that the CRL has released of a new digital collection, the Mexican Intelligence Digital Archives (MIDAS). The collection will be hosted in cooperation with Northwestern University, El Colegio de México, and Artículo 19. MIDAS is an open-access online database of historical documents drawn from Mexican intelligence agencies. And the second is that of the digital version of the El Libertador: órgano del Frente Popular Libertador from Guatemala.

One can access the Mexican Intelligence Digital Archives (MIDAS) by clicking on the icon below provided one has authenticated using the UC Berkeley’s Proxy or VPN if accessing from a off-campus location.


Select new books from México and the creations from cardboard- new Cartonera books from México

The year 1968 was a momentous year throughout our world, and some of us remember the México 68 group, a student group that protested against the rule of the PRI on the eve of Mexican Olympics. We received a new batch of wonderful creations from the cardboard- Cartonera books from Mexico. In accordance to our libraries new initiative about telling our stories, we have decided to collect the Cartonera books. These are often overlooked by some as a sort of marginal, ephemeral creations from the cardboard. However, these objects narrate multiple stories. Please click on the image below to get access to the selected images of our Cartonera books from México. The tragic events that took place in Mexico cannot be forgotten.

We also received an new batch of  Mexican books from several regional as well as CDMX publishers. These can be seen by clicking on the image below.