The Thomas J. Healey Fund for Booker Prize Collections was established in 1998 by Thomas J. Healey, C'64 and the Healey Family Foundation to allow the Booth Family Center for Special Collections at the Library to assemble complete collections of the first editions of writers who have won the Booker Prize, together with pre-publication versions where possible and original typescripts or other manuscript materials that may be available.
The Booker Prize, formerly known as the Man Booker Prize and the Booker Prize for Fiction, honors the best novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom or Ireland. It has been awarded since 1969.
When the fund was created, the Library "could contribute very little in terms of holdings already on hand," according to an article in the Library Associates newsletter in 2000. But that was quickly rectified, and a 2002 gift of a first edition of Stanley Middleton's Holiday by Tom Healey (C'64) allowed the Library to have a complete set of first editions of Booker Prize winners to that date.
In conjunction with the Healey Fund for National Book Award Collections, this fund has created a research collection that supports work in the best in recent English-language literature.
First Canadian (left) and British editions of the Booker shortlisted Do Not Say We Have Nothing, both signed by the author.
The Marino Family International Writers' Academic Workshop 2018: Do Not Say We Have Nothing
"The Healey Library Gift," Library Associates Newsletter, Fall 2017
"Turning Forty, Part 2," Library Associates Newsletter, Spring 2010
"Midnight's Children," Library Associates Newsletter, Spring 2010
"Holiday Gift," Library Associates Newsletter, Summer 2002
"Gifts to Library Campaign Top $13 Million," Library Associates Newsletter, Spring/Summer 1999
"Booker Prize Fund Announced," Library Associates Newsletter, Fall 1998
The Man Booker Prize