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Huron professor wins prestigious Leab Award

April 13, 2017
The Fisher Library's exhibition catalogue for "So Long Lives This: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Life and Works 1616-2016” has won the prestigious Leab Award. The award recognizes outstanding printed exhibition catalogs and guides, and electronic exhibitions, produced by North American and Caribbean institutions.

Dr. Scott Schofield, from Huron's English Department, was the Lead Curator on the exhibiton, collaborating with four University of Toronto scholars and experts. Past winners in this division include catalogues from exhibitions at Princeton, Chicago, and New York, to name a few.

For Dr. Schofield, the award speaks to the importance of Special Collections Research in Canada and the need for public support for the places and people that house these materials. "I am honoured to receive this award with my collaborators from University of Toronto.  Building an exhibition at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library relies on collaboration and public engagement and this Shakespeare 400 exhibition catalogue is no exception. The roughly 50,000 word catalogue, which includes  a range of carefully researched, image-rich essays by this team of scholars, was printed by one of Canada’s most talented fine press publishers: Coach House Press."

"I also think that this exhibition and catalogue connects with other current, research initiatives at Huron, including the work of CURL. On that note, I would emphasize that the detailed visual chart of works printed by a Renaissance printing family found at the back of the catalogue was created collaboratively by myself and two former students from Huron, Katie Holmes and Jessica MacDonald," Dr. Schofield says.

Congratulations to Scott Schofield, Alan Galey, Peter W.M. Blayney, Marjorie Rubright, Anne Dondertman, Coach House and the countless others who helped during throughout all stages of the creation of this catalogue. To read more about the Leab Award, click here.