Obsessed: Augustana People Who Collect Books

If you are curious about what books folks on campus collect and why, look at the display behind the reference desk (in our new display case). Professor Jennifer Horwath, for example, and her fiance Kurt collect books about the Arctic, building on a collection Kurt’s father  began. Professor Sharon Varallo collects books by Eugene McCarthy because she used to work for him. Professor David Crowe collects first editions of Tim O’Brien (of The Things They Carried fame). I contributed children’s classics illustrated by N.C. Wyeth. I can’t neglect to include my husband’s (Owen) favorites–Oxford Classics, those small, compact, thin-papered books. If you see one of those in a used bookstore, snag if for me. –Margi

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