Though this article may be short, it includes a lot of rich information about books related to Hungary.
In February 2021 we received a large book donation from Steven Domonkos Sr. In his book, Life Out of Bounds – Hungary, Alaska, Seattle (1943-2010), he wrote about his incredibly adventurous life. Steven Domonkos Sr. was born in 1937 in Budapest, but he grew up in the small town of Dunapataj, in Bács-Kiskun County. Due to his role in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, he had to leave Hungary. His journey took him through Alaska to the Faculty of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. It is a very exciting read! Coming soon to the library.
In November 2021 Dr. Mátyás Szabolcs from Hungary contacted us. He was researching Hungarians who received or were close to receiving the Nobel Prize. Dr. Mátyás was inquiring about the final resting place of a Nobel Prize laureate, Hungarian economist George Stigler, and asked if we could send photos. The final resting place of George Stigler happens to be in Washington, so we went to the cemetery, took some photos, and sent them to Dr. Mátyás. His book was published in Feburary 2022 and Dr. Mátyás was so kind as to send a couple of copies of his book to the library. We eagerly await their arrival; in the meantime, he has sent the link to his book
Thank you very much Dr. Mátyás Szabolcs!
A local author, Connie Connally also donated a copy of her novel, set in Hungary in the 1950s. The Songs We Hide is about the relationship of Peter, a manual laborer, and Katalin, an unwed mother. Music plays a crucial part throughout the novel. Coming soon to the library’s collection!
We are happy to announce that the Hungarian Library once more has a permanent setting! We are open on (Hungarian) school days in the building of the Mercer Island United Methodist Church from 10 am to 12 pm. We look forward to seeing our old and new readers!
Address: Mercer Island United Methodist Church
7070 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Betti, Julcsi, Panni – librarians