A new exhibition at Special Collections showcases 100 essential books that define the cultural, historical, environmental and political landscape of the Grand Canyon State.
"Arizona 100: Essential Books for the Centennial" is a diverse bibliography of must-reads that, according to the selection committee, when reviewed collectively shout, "This is Arizona!"
"Arizona 100" is on display until Dec. 14 in the gallery at Special Collections, 1510 E. University Blvd.
The exhibit was curated in conjunction with a special edition of The Journal of Arizona History, published quarterly by the Arizona Historical Society. Inspired by the state’s Centennial, last year a group of seven bibliophiles set out to develop a list of fiction and nonfiction books essential to Arizona. Surveying works from Spanish times to the present, the final 100 titles were selected on the basis of their historical importance and literary merit.
The special edition of The Journal of Arizona History is the culmination of this yearlong effort and offers an in-depth bibliography of the selected titles with a summary, assessment of significance and suggestions for further reading for each title.
The goal in developing the Centennial bibliography and in showcasing the selections in "Arizona 100: Essential Books for the Centennial" was to provide Arizonans with a collection of emblematic works that, taken as a group, define who we are and what we are.