Between the Pillars Podcast Series

Have you always wanted to know more about the Fisher Library’s vast and diverse holdings? Or maybe you’re curious about our staff? 

The Fisher has launched a brand-new video podcast series titled Between the Pillars. Every second Friday, at 12:30 pm, we stream via the Fisher’s YouTube Channel a conversation between a staff member from the Fisher and John Shoesmith, the library’s Outreach Librarian. The conversations, filmed in the library – between our large pillars, naturally – are casual and relaxed, and based around a particular theme that will showcase many of the library’s treasures. (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most of the episodes from the winter and spring of 2021 were recorded remotely.)

Don’t worry if you happen to miss the Friday stream. We’ll be posting them all on our YouTube Channel, as well on this page. For direct links to the episodes, click on the links below.

Third Season - 2022-23

April 21 - Early Telegraphic Materials with Canadiana Librarian Grant Hurley


January 20 - 'The Sister Arts' with Holly Forsythe Paul

October 14 - David Fernandez - Latin American Heritage Month

October 28 - John Shoesmith - Recent Private Press Purchases

December 20th: Liz Ridolfo: Manuscript Cookbook & Naughty Santa

Second Season - 2021-22

October 15 - PJ Carefoote - PJ's Favourite Things

October 29 - Leora Bromberg - Natural Illustration

November 12 - Chana Algarvio - The Fisher's Papyrus Collection

November 26 - Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Insulin

December 10, 2021 - Tom Reid - The Robert S. Kenny Collection

January 14, 2022 - Fisher in Fiction: Lindsay Zier-Vogel and Letters to Amelia

January 28, 2022 - Fisher in Fiction: Eva Jurczyk and The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

February 11 - Our Special Collections Friends: Rachel Beattie and Christina Stewart and the Media Commons Media Archives

February 25 - Our Special Collections Friends: Tys Klumpenhouwer and UTARMS

March 9 - Ksenya Kiebuzinski and Celebrating Ukraine

April 22 - Fisher 'Super Users': Alan Galey


May 6 - Fisher 'Super Users': Scott Schofield

May 27 - Nadav Sharon - Canadian Jewish Heritage Month

June 17 - Andrew Stewart - Happy Pride!

June 29 - Grant Hurley - Canada Day and Canadiana

First Season - 2020-21

June 25 - David Fernandez - Gay Pulp Fiction

June 11 - PJ Carefoote - The Delury Collection of Irish Literature

May 28 - Liz Ridolfo - Food at the Fisher

May 14 - Nadav Sharon - Windows to the Lost World of Medieval Spanish Jews

April 23 - Timothy Perry - French manuscripts

April 9 - Andrew Stewart - Backlog adventures

March 26 - Holly Forsythe - Going down the rabbit hole with the Brabant Alice collection

March 12 - Rachael Fraser - Researching Internet Archive Book of the Week

February 26 - Danielle Van Wagner - The archives of ordinary people

February 12 - Lawrence Hill - Writers and Their Archives 

January 15 - John Shoesmith - The Canadian Small and Fine Press

Oct. 23 - Michael Cassabon Margaret Atwood and The Handmaid’s Tale

Nov. 6 - Alexandra Carter - Collecting Science and Medicine

Nov. 20 - Loryl MacDonald UofT and the Wars

Dec. 4 - David Fernández Collecting Latin Americana at the Fisher

Dec. 18 - PJ Carefoote Christmas Treasures