The members of the Bibliographical Society of Canada Fellowships Committee are very pleased to announce that Geoffrey Robert Little has been selected as the recipient of the Bernard Amtmann Fellowship for 2020 for his project, “What Did John Buchan Read?”
Geoffrey Little is Associate University Library at Concordia University. His project, a study of the contents of John Buchan’s personal library (approximately 3,500 titles held at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario), will engage with the library in an attempt to retrieve and re-create the many versions of Buchan reflected and refracted in its contents – not just John Buchan who was a novelist and statesman, but John Buchan the publisher; wartime propagandist; member of Parliament, expatriate Scot in England and Canada; son, husband, and father; and reader. Little also proposes to map major characteristics within the collection in terms of subjects, concepts, and genres.
The Bernard Amtmann Fellowship is offered in memory of Bernard Amtmann (1907-1979), the noted bookseller and specialist in Canadiana. The Fellowship is offered every three years to support the work of a scholar in one of Mr. Amtmann’s principal areas of interest: Canadiana, book collecting, bookselling, and bibliography.