Writers’ Exchange Literacy Mentors Wanted

Would you like to volunteer as a literacy mentor with kids from inner-city schools? We are seeking committed, fun, and passionate folks who love reading, writing, and hanging out with awesome kids. You will participate in creative literacy-focused activities, help kids with their homework, explore fun books, and make sure that the kids leave each session knowing how awesome they are. In your role as a Volunteer Mentor you will have the support of the Programs Director, Writers’ Room Coordinator, and Session Programmers. Our goal is to build a large team of dedicated volunteer literacy mentors to help us fulfill our mission: get inner-city kids excited about reading and writing!


  • ▪  Previous experience working with kids in grades 1 – 7 is great, but a strong desire to help creative, funny kids get excited about reading and writing is more important
  • ▪  A love of reading, and writing, and the desire to share it
  • ▪  The ability to commit to attend at least one program per week for a minimum of 6 months
  • ▪  Curiosity, excitement about learning, and enthusiasm for trying out cool crafts andactivities
  • ▪  Willingness to complete a BC Criminal Records CheckTime Commitment: 2 hours once per week. Programs run during the day in schools, and after school between 3pm – 5pm.
  • Deliverables:
  • ▪  Be a positive influence
  • ▪  Attend all weekly scheduled shift
  • ▪  Participate enthusiastically
  • ▪  Model an infectious love for reading and writing
  • ▪  Become familiar with the Writers’ Exchange and our mission and culture
  • Benefits:
  • You will get to spend part of your week hanging out with some amazing kids! In addition to the connections that you will build with participants in the Writers’ Exchange programming, this is also an opportunity to contribute to your community, and build experience working with kids. We are happy to act as a reference for amazing, committed volunteers. Additionally, you will be volunteering with many folks who are experienced mentors and educators: you will be learning from the best. The Writers’ Exchange is growing, and as you help us reach out to even more kids, there will also be opportunities for you to get further involved with our work.
  • Interested in finding out more? Please visit http://www.vancouverwe.com/volunteer and fill out an application form. Questions? Email our Volunteer
    Coordinator: sjhamilton@vancouverwe.com.

International Women’s Day: Literary Event Round-up

Sunday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. There are several literary events happening around town in honour of the day.

International Women’s Day with Room Magazine
Saturday, March 7, 2015 | 7:00–9:30 pm
Heartwood Community Café
317 E. Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Featuring readings by: Hiromi Goto, Claire Matthews, Clara Kumagai, Emily Davidson, Meaghan Rondeau, and Stephanie Lu, plus the launch of issues 37.4 “Claiming Space” and 38.1 “In Translation”.

Admission by suggested donation of $5 (includes one free back issue). At-door donation of $10 comes with a back issue and one of the two current issues!

Vancouver Institute Lecture with Miriam Toews
Saturday, March 7, 2015 | 8:15–9:30 pm
Lecture Hall No. 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre,
2194 Health Sciences Mall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Miriam Toews won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for her novel A Complicated Kindness (2004) and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for The Flying Troutmans (2008) and All My Puny Sorrows (2014).
The Vancouver Institute, an all-volunteer organization, has been in operation since 1916 to bring university and community together. Events are free, although members get early seating priority.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 | 3–5 pm
Historic Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver

Join writers Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and Jane Silcott for a conversation about words, rhythm, and meaning at this celebration of women’s writing and work.

Admission by donation but space is limited. RSVP at kogawahouse@yahoo.ca

Dead Poets Reading Series
Sunday, March 8th, 2015 | 3-5 PM
Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch)

Five presenters get fifteen minutes each to introduce one of their favourite dead poets and read a selection of that poet’s work. The March 8 lineup is:

  • Simin Behbahani (1927 – 2014), read by Alice Major
  • Frances Horovitz (1938 – 1983), read by Alan Hill
  • Audre Lorde (1934 – 1992), read by Ngwatilo Mawiyoo
  • Marianne Moore (1887 – 1972), read by Karen Solie
  • Lorine Niedecker (1903 – 1970), read by Sarah de Leeuw

(Note: If you know of another event that should be on this list, please email mcmiller[at]sfu.ca)

SFU Thesis Boot Camp (April 28-30) Register by March 27

SFU Thesis Boot Camp
We are very pleased to report that the Research Commons will be hosting Thesis Boot Camp at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby April 28-30, 2015 (8:30-5:00). Participants are welcome to attend from all campuses and can be at any stage of their graduate career – as long as they are ready to write during the Boot Camp.
Thesis Boot Camp is a multi-day program that provides graduate students with the opportunity to spend time dedicated to making serious progress on their PhD dissertation or Master’s thesis. Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, attentive support for writing and research, practical workshops, and catered lunches and refreshments, the Thesis Boot Camp offers students community and motivation in that final push towards the completion of their dissertation or thesis.
Previously wait listed registrants will be given priority. If spots remain, participants will be chosen by lottery. If you wish to attend the 3-day Thesis Boot Camp, please fill in the form below.
Deadline for lottery registration will be March 27, 2015 at 4:00pm.
Admission into the program will be confirmed shortly after the registration deadline.

Please contact me if you have questions.  General Boot Camp information can be found here.

Print Culture Speakers Series: John Maxwell on Coach House Press in the ‘Early Digital’ Period

John Maxwell, the director of the Publishing Program at SFU, will be giving a talk at the SFU English Department’s Print Culture Speakers Series.

Coach House Press in the ‘Early Digital’ Period
Friday, March 6, 2015
SFU Burnaby, Academic Quadrangle 6106

In the early 1970s the Coach House Press, a tiny literary publisher and fine printing house in Toronto, made an unheard‐of investment in digital technology, anticipating by four decades the digital moment many of their peers in the book industry are confronting only now. How this small press managed this, given marginal capitalization, immature technologies, and the infamous divide between the arts and sciences reveals a story of enigmatic personalities, friendships, and cultural intersections.

For more than a decade, the Print Culture Speakers Series has been a venue for the dissemination of innovative work by a veritable who’s who of scholars. Bringing these scholars together with local faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students, the series is a vital forum for discussion of the issues that challenge and define the study of print culture, writ large, helping make Simon Fraser University an international centre for new thinking about media and theory.

Plunkett’s entertainment & media industry almanac 2015

This online almanac is available to the SFU community and contains the following useful sections:

  • Newspapers and Magazines See Excellent Growth in Digital Editions and Apps p. 30
  • Tablets and Smartphones Cause Shift in Desktop PC Market/eBook Sales Top $1.3 Billion Yearly in the U.S. p. 32
  • Periodical Publishers: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2009-2014 p. 44
  • Book Publishers: Estimated Sources of Revenue, Inventories & Expenses, U.S.: 2009-2014 p. 45

Writers’ Studio grad Ayelet Tsabari wins Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

The Jewish Book Council (USA) has announced Ayelet Tsabari as the 2015 recipient of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature (Fiction) for her short story collection The Best Place on Earth (HarperCollins Canada, 2013).

Ayelet Tsabari, photo by Elsin Davidi
Ayelet Tsabari, photo by Elsin Davidi

Ayelet Tsabari graduated from SFU’s The Writers’ Studio in 2007, where she studied under Wayde Compton and Betsy Warland.

Tsabari is an Israeli of Yemeni decent, grew up outside of Tel Aviv, and moved to Canada in 1998. Her life in Israel is a big inspiration for Tsabari, who says that “writing keeps [Israel] close to my heart.” She had initially resisted the urge to write about Israel, but realized that she needed to write about it. “The subject chose me, I had to let go and let it happen”.

The Best Place On Earth follows Mizrahi characters— Jewish people of Middle Eastern and North African descent who are not considered Arab—with stories of love, loss, and displacement. The collection gathers the sensory elements of her birthplace and examines identities inherent in our cultures, considering how we navigate the crossroads of nationality and religion.

The $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature “recognizes the unique role of contemporary writers in the transmission and examination of the Jewish experience. It is intended to encourage and promote outstanding writing of Jewish interest.” It is awarded annually for fiction and non-fiction in alternating years. Read the announcement on Quill & Quire.

Freedom to Read Week: Raziel Reid and Steven Galloway

Freedom to Read Week is an annual Canadian event that encourages people to think about and reaffirm our commitment to intellectual freedom—a right guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


SFU Library’s Freedom to Read Week event will bring authors Raziel Reid and Steven Galloway together for a reading and discussion. Reid’s When Everything Feels Like the Movies is narrated by a bullied genderqueer junior high school student with an unhappy home life and won the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Fiction (Text).

However, the win and the book have been challenged by some who feel that it is inappropriate for the GG given the sexual content and “vulgar” language. Steven Galloway is a fellow writer and has been a vocal defender of Reid and the book, denouncing the critics who are actively engaged in having the award rescinded on moral grounds.

Join Raziel Reid and his public defender and fellow writer Steven Galloway for a reading and discussion—When Everything Feels Like the Movies: the book, the controversy.
Friday, February 27, 2015
12:30 – 2:00 pm

W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby, room 3008

University of Washington Press Editorial Assistant Wanted

The University of Washington Press has an outstanding opportunity for an Editorial Assistant to provide administrative and editorial support for the acquisitions department, from the initial stages of book proposal review to the submission of final, revised manuscripts for transmittal to production. The Editorial Assistant assists the editor in chief and three senior acquisitions editors in coordinating manuscript peer review, researching readers, and gathering sales and other data used in assessing projects’ suitability for publication. Responsibilities also include working with authors in the preparation of final manuscripts; providing guidance on image quality, formatting, and permissions; and ensuring that all submitted manuscripts and their related materials meet our standards for publication.

University of Washington Press authors work in a wide variety of disciplines, and successful candidates for the Editorial Assistant position will have an understanding of a range of scholarly topics in order to most effectively communicate with authors and expert readers in these fields. Authors rely on knowledgeable advice in the publishing process and the quickly changing technologies in the world of scholarly communication, so Editorial Assistant candidates should demonstrate the desire to learn about the dynamic field of scholarly publishing.

Other Editorial Assistant responsibilities include preparing materials for weekly departmental meetings, biweekly editorial project review meetings and bimonthly Press Committee meetings of UW faculty. These include database records, descriptive copy, contract requests, production estimate requests, and publication proposals. Additional responsibilities include processing honoraria, sending complimentary book copies, maintaining and organizing files, sending manuscripts to peer reviewers, and email and phone correspondence with authors, potential authors, series editors, and peer reviewers.

Distribution of duties:

25% Assist editor in chief and other acquisitions editors with evaluation of book manuscripts. Responsibilities include assisting editors in assessing projects’ suitability for publication, assisting with manuscript review procedures and peer review processes, and communicating directly with authors. Research readers as directed. Gather sales data as requested for use in evaluating manuscripts.

20% Prepare materials for weekly acquisitions department meetings, biweekly editorial project review meetings and bimonthly Press Committee meetings. Manage database of hundreds of active and thousands of archived manuscript projects, and manage associated texts and illustrations. Arrange other meetings as requested and manage various schedules.

20% Evaluate preparation of final manuscripts including permissions for quotations used in text, copyrighted illustrations, illustration quality, and any reprinted material. Work with authors to resolve permission or illustration issues.

15% Draft advance book information, including descriptive copy. Prepare materials for transmittal of final manuscripts to copyediting. Request contracts, production estimates and draft publication proposals as requested.

10% Process readers’ honoraria and complementary book copies for acquisitions department. Create, update, and organize paper files and electronic records. Log in, copy, and send out manuscripts and other materials. Acknowledge receipt and decline proposals and manuscripts as directed.

10% Perform other acquisitions department support tasks as assigned by editor in chief.

The University of Washington Press traces its origins to 1915, when Edmond Meany’s Governors of Washington, Territorial and State was issued. The first book to bear the University of Washington Press imprint, an edition of The Poems of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey,edited by Frederick M. Padelford, appeared in 1920. Since that time the Press has published approximately 4,400 books, of which about 1,400 are currently in print. Today we publish about seventy new titles each year.

From the beginning, the Press has reflected the University’s major academic strengths. Building on those strengths, combined with a vigorous creativity in developing regional partners, the University of Washington Press has achieved recognition as the leading publisher of scholarly books and distinguished works of regional nonfiction in the Pacific Northwest.

Interested candidates, please apply through the UW employment website, Req #117396:  http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/jobs/

The AAUP jobs list link is http://www.aaupnet.org/resources/jobs-list/details/3/8153.

Larin McLaughlin
Editor in Chief

University of Washington Press

Roundtable on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

In the framework of the cross-Canada conference series on the 2005 UNESCO Convention, SFU and the Coalition for Cultural Diversity present a free seminar in Vancouver on Diversity of Cultural Expressions: Impacts and Implications of the UNESCO Convention Ten Years After and Ten Years Ahead: Views from BC.

The event will feature a roundtable of BC civil society organisations, artists, cultural producers, industry representatives, lawyers and policy makers for a review of the strategic highlights of the Convention in the BC context.

Keynote speakers are Peter Grant, McCarthy Tetrault LLP, and Scott McIntyre, retired publisher of Douglas & McIntyre and board member of Creative BC.

They will be joined by 17 other local and national speakers:

  • Charles Vallerand, Canadian Coalition for Cultural Diversity;
  • Dal Yong Jin, School of Communication, SFU;
  • Beth MacDonald, McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
  • Sylvia Blake, School of Communication, SFU;
  • Graham Reynolds, Allard School of Law;
  • Jon Festinger, Q.C.;
  • Josh Tabish, OpenMedia.org;
  • Jeff Bear, Independent Producer;
  • Rob Gloor, Alliance for Arts and Culture;
  • Alden E. Habacon, Intercultural Understanding Strategy Development, UBC;
  • Chris Creighton-Kelly, Artist, Writer, Critic;
  • Danika Billie Littlechild, Canadian Commission for UNESCO;
  • Anne Robineau, Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities;
  • Marcus Youssef, City of Vancouver Arts and Culture Policy Council & Neworld Theatre;
  • Cathi Charles Wherry, First Peoples’ Cultural Council;
  • Prem Gill, TELUS storyhive.com;
  • Catherine Murray, School of Communication, SFU.

Discussion of topics will include:

  • Trade and copyright
  • Digitization and the Internet
  • Sociocultural development
  • Strengthening minority and indigenous cultural expressions
  • Relevance to BC
  • Policy recommendations

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)
515 W. Hastings St., Rm. 1700
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm with reception to follow
Please register for free attendance

Anthem Press Seeks Junior Editor

Editor at Anthem Press


Anthem Press is seeking a junior editor to join its central London office in a broad-based role comprising acquisitions, development and editorial project management, working in selected areas across its scholarly, education and professional lists.

Primary responsibilities will include independent commissioning across a number of HSS and education subject areas, acquisitions support to the Publisher, and editorial project management from point of contract to final publication, including close author and peer reviewer liaison and some production oversight.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, with effective communication skills, commercial awareness, a solid understanding of academic publishing, and the ability to be a strong team player while working independently.

A minimum of 2 years of editorial experience is requested, including familiarity with peer review and production in an academic publishing context; candidates with some experience of independent book acquisition will be preferred. This role would be suitable for a confident editorial assistant or assistant editor currently working in academic book or journal publishing who is keen to make the move into a higher-responsibility role at a dynamic and rapidly growing scholarly press.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your cover letter and CV to jobs@anthempress.com, indicating also clearly your salary expectations and your ideal start date. Because of recruiting volume, we shall only be contacting suitable candidates until the end of March/April.