World Premiere of air india (redacted) combines music, poetry, and visual projections


air india [redacted] explores issues of silence and longing in the 30th year since the bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Ireland, Canada’s worst act of aviation terror.

November 6, 7, 10, and 11th at 8:00 pm, Doors at 7:30 pm
Matinee performance: November 8 at 2:00 pm, Doors at 1:30 pm
Tickets: $39 general / $19 student

On the occasion of SFU’s 50th Anniversary and Turning Point Ensemble’s 10th anniversary, Turning Point Ensemble and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs are proud to co-present this world premiere of music, theatre, poetry and projections.

Five years in the making, air india [redacted] showcases the skilled musicianship of the Ensemble with the incredible vocal talents of international rising star and TED fellow, soprano Tharanga Goonetilleke, and award winning Canadian singers, Daniel Cabena, countertenor and Alexander Dobson, baritone.

Irish composer Jürgen Simpson creates evocative music based on his extensive Air India Flight 182 research and inspired by Vancouver poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar‘s award winning book of poetry children of air india, un/authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions, 2013).

Over the last thirty years, despite a massive judicial inquiry into the investigation of the bombing and one of Canada’s longest and most expensive criminal trials with the acquittal of the accused, the Flight 182 saga is under-represented in our national psyche. On June 23, 1985, the lives lost tallied at 329 men, women and children, most were Canadian.

Audience are invited to join in this artistic experience that will give testimony to silence and longing created by Flight 182. This is a sensory experience created for those who have and will always be part of this story. For further details, see sfuwoodwards.ca

Composer – Jürgen Simpson; Music Director – Owen Underhill; Poet – Renée Sarojini Saklikar; Director – Tom Creed; Media Artist – John Galvin; Tharanga Goonetilleke, soprano; Daniel Cabena, countertenor; Alexander Dobson, baritone.

Indian Summer Festival: 5×15

Publishing@SFU is pleased to be a partner once again for Vancouver’s Indian Summer Festival.

The ISW 5×15 evening — Saturday, July 18 at 7pm at The Imperial, 319 Main Street — promises to be an exciting and memorable event.

Five brilliant speakers, fifteen minutes each. Magic. 5×15 is a speakers series that originated in London, with the simple but brilliant format of five speakers, speaking for fifteen minutes each, on any topic they are truly passionate about. The only rules are, the talks should be unscripted, and no more (or less) than fifteen minutes. The series now happens on a monthly basis in London, New York and Milan. 5×15’s second Indian Summer Edition brings the series back to Vancouver, with five brilliant local and international storytellers.


“5×15’s packed soirées feel like an evening of offline, communal surfing, it’s due as much to the eclectic menu of speakers as to the short time allotted to each…”
– The New York Times

Tickets available online.


CISP to evaluate Mellon Foundation’s scholarly communications initiative

The Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing (CISP) is excited to announce a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation which will fund an evaluation of the Foundation’s scholarly communications initiative. The project will be led by John Maxwell, director of the CISP and head of the Publishing program at Simon Fraser University.

In 2014, the Mellon Foundation announced that it would award funding to support digital publishing in the humanities. The awards would encourage the widest possible dissemination of scholarship by making publications interactive, high quality, and financially sustainable. The Mellon Foundation asked grantees to envision how they could better connect to students and support the humanities. “These are not questions about a publishing ‘crisis’ or about ‘open access,’” Mellon Sr program officer Don Waters said in a 2014 talk. “They are about the opportunities to shape knowledge formation and interpretation and dissemination to emerging needs and media.”

Mellon has awarded close to ten million dollars in funding to fifteen institutions since 2014. The grants tackle different aspects of publishing, including editing, clearing rights, embedding datasets and multimedia, peer reviewing, and preserving. The proposals involve all three branches of institutions: presses, libraries, and faculty. They range from creating new workflows, to building new platforms for online publishing, to researching and implementing new business models. “The resulting proposals vary widely–in keeping with the broad aims of this initiative,” Maxwell said. “Given the scope of the challenge and opportunity at hand – nothing short of realigning scholarly communication in the humanities – this breadth is indeed appropriate and welcome.”

The Mellon initiative asks presses to partner with another organization, such as a library or another press, encouraging a culture of collaboration. “The Foundation has with this initiative effectively constituted a community of practice, and a network, around the advancement and realignment of scholarly communications,” Maxwell said. “The opportunity at hand, then, is to catalyze this community into something greater than the sum of its individual agendas.” Maxwell aims to help inform the grantees about each others’ initiatives and to better connect them with each other.

The CISP is part of the Publishing program at Simon Fraser University, the only graduate publishing program in Canada. The Institute, founded in the late 1980s, has been an interdisciplinary centre for research on the publishing industry and its practices. In recent years, the Institute has evolved scholarly communications through a series of initiatives aimed at establishing a social-science & humanities journal publishing infrastructure in Canada, through its involvement with the Public Knowledge Project (PKP; also based at SFU), and in its recent involvement in the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) research partnership in Canada.

CanLit Guides seeks Workshop Participants

Canadian Literature magazine has put a call out for statements of interest to help produce teaching materials for CanLit students and instructors. The CanLit Guides were written in-house and is an online, open educational resource created to aid classroom instruction. CanLit Guides is now changing the way they create these guides, eschewing academic hierarchy to gather input from a wide variety of individuals through workshopping.

Read the call out on the CanLit website or download the detailed PDF.

Call for Statements of Interest—CanLit Guides Workshop:

What does it mean to teach “Canadian literature” responsibly in higher education today? Over fifty years into the field’s institutionalization and hundreds of years into its creation, nobody knows everything about Canadian writing and criticism. Yet we are still often asked to be both specialists in research and generalists in teaching the literatures of Canada. As literature teachers, we all have different ways of reconciling this uncertainty. At Canadian Literature, we want to propose an additional strategy: crowdsourcing.

CanLit Guides is an online, open educational resource created to supplement classroom learning. In our initial years of development, the guides were written in-house and then peer-reviewed out of house. We are shifting to a new model of chapters written by and credited to area specialists. This workshop seeks to draw upon our collective expertise to produce teaching materials for our students and one another.

If you would like to participate in this workshop, please send CanLit Guides a statement of interest. For more information, please see our Call for Statements of Interest PDF. Deadline for Statement of Interest: July 15, 2015

Wayson Choy to receive George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award

Celebrate the 22nd recipient of the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, the province’s most prestigious literary honour. The special presentation at the Vancouver Public Library will be followed by a reading by Wayson Choy, who will join the library’s “Walk of Fame”. Past award recipients include: Jean Barman, W.P Kinsella, Alice Munro, David Suzuki and William New.

The evening will also include a prize presentation to Shelley Wright, the recipient of the 2015 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness.

Thursday, June 11
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St.
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Presented in partnership with the Writers’ Trust of Canada and Dr. Yosef Wosk.

Brand Meets Audience: Interview with Stephen Collis

Brand Meets Audience is a podcast that explores how brands are built, interact with audiences, the challenges they encounter during these interactions, and how the people at the heart of these brands. innovate to achieve their goals.

On May 29th, Trevor Battye interviewed Stephen Collis (http://beatingthebounds.com/), activist, poet, and SFU English professor. Here’s the interview:



Stephen Collis’ many books of poetry include The Commons (Talon Books 2008; second edition 2014), On the Material (Talon Books 2010—awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry), To the Barricades (Talon Books 2013),http://talonbooks.com/authors/stephen-collis and (with Jordan Scott) DECOMP (Coach House 2013). He has also written two books of literary criticism, a book of essays on the Occupy Movement, Dispatches from the Occupation (Talon Books 2012), and a novel, The Red Album (BookThug 2013).

In 2014, while involved in anti-pipeline activism, he was sued for $5.6 million by US energy giant Kinder Morgan, whose lawyers read his writing in court as “evidence.” His forthcoming book is Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands. He lives near Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish Territory, and teaches at Simon Fraser University.

ABPBC among inaugural participants of BC Artscape Cultural Space Development Program

The Association of Book Publishers of BC is one of the six non-profit organizations to receive support from the newly created BC Artscape.

BC Artscape, the non-profit organization mandated to ‘make space for creativity and transform communities,’ has announced the six non-profit organizations which will receive support through the first instance of the BC Artscape Cultural Space Development Mentorship & Coaching Program, a program funded by the City of Vancouver and Vancity Community Foundation.

“Art Space Action, The Association of Book Publishers of BC, Contemporary Art Matters, MakerLabs, the Powell Street Festival Society and the Vancouver Independent Music Centre Society will benefit from a free-of-charge year-long program designed to build their capacity to advance their own creative placemaking projects that will benefit local communities.”

The ABPBC is a trade association, founded in 1974, whose aims are to foster an environment in which  members will flourish and to expand an awareness of the value of books in all our lives. In addition to spearheading the Read Local BC campaign, the ABPBC has recently been conducting feasibility studies for a Literary Arts Centre in Vancouver.

Read the announcement on the Alliance for Arts & Culture blog, or the full press release from BC Artscape.

Aldus at 500: Digitizing the Wosk-McDonald Aldine Collection at SFU

Simon Fraser University marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the death of pioneering printer-publisher Aldus Manutius with a groundbreaking online resource

Printer’s device of Aldus Manutius

2015 is Simon Fraser University’s fiftieth anniversary; it is also the five-hundredth anniversary of the death of one of the leading figures in the history of bookmaking: the Venetian scholar, printer, and publisher Aldus Manutius. To mark these occasions, Publishing@SFU and SFU Library’s Special Collections and Rare Books are joining forces to create an online resource comprising a world-class selection of Aldines from the Wosk-McDonald Collection, acquired by the University in 1995.

Turning these precious volumes into a digitized collection available for perusal on the open Web makes the books “public” for the first time in five centuries. The online resource is intended for the benefit and pleasure of not only academics, students, librarians, and collectors, but also the wider community of bibliophiles.

We hope to publicly launch the online collection of SFU Aldines in August 2015 as part of the annual Public Knowledge Project conference.

Significance and Innovation

Our aim is to reveal the enormous and varied contributions of Aldus to the worlds of printing, publishing, education, and public knowledge by showcasing his beautiful, innovative editions – especially the libelli portatiles, the pocket books – in a simple and elegant manner on the Web.

Portrait of Aldus Manutius, by Augustin de Saint-Aubin

The Wosk-McDonald Collection consists of more than 100 volumes from the Aldine Press, many of which were published after Aldus’ death in 1515. Our efforts involve the digitization of twenty Aldines produced between 1501 and 1514. This is the period during which Aldus, driven by his intellect, passion, and discipline, developed and perfected the innovations that would permanently transform the landscape of printing and publishing.

It is our hope that this remarkable collection will become the basis for a range of downstream projects and possibilities for subsequent scholarship: from close readings and textual analysis of the books to gathering layers of additional metadata, commentary, annotation, and criticism. Another goal is to provide a well-described online resource that can become part of a much larger and richer project going forward, enabling us to take advantage of the serious opportunity that the World Wide Web offers: interlinkage. Indeed, this online resource has the potential to link together digitized collections from other libraries around the world, to create a distributed, collaborative platform for Aldine scholarship in many keys. Imagine a networked set of digital Aldines worldwide…

Aldus Manutius: The Past and Future of the Book

Gutenberg may have developed mass production movable type for the Western printing press, but Aldus developed the movable book.

– Yosef Wosk, 1996

Aldus’ most famous contribution to publishing – the development and promotion of the portable edition – is remarkably apt today. Just as Aldus did, we in the early twenty-first century are facing the end of the “desktop paradigm.” In Aldus’ time, this marked the shift in books and literacy away from a set of practices centred on large, immovable objects. For us today, the same shift seems afoot with our computing devices and our relationship to digital media. Indeed, the notion of the “mobile app” owes Aldus an enormous debt. Making the digital Aldines available on portable networked devices is our way of paying tribute to him and his lasting legacy.

Our digital Aldines will be available online in August… watch this space for updates.

For more information about this project, please contact Alessandra Bordini at abordini@sfu.ca.

Poetry Is Dead’s 5th anniversary show

Join local Vancouver magazine Poetry Is Dead to celebrate five years of poetry and the launch of their 11th issue “Youth Culture.”


Poets and performers will take on the subject of youth culture, from high school to Tiger Beat crushes.

Hosted by Cynara Geissler & Daniel Zomparelli.

Readings, Stand-Up and Performances by: Dina Del Bucchia, Sara Bynoe, Kayla Czaga, Cass Keeley, Richard Kemick, Curtis LeBlanc, Poetry Is Dead’s Drag sister Shanda Leer, Geoff Nilson, Shannon Rayne, Mallory Tater, and Alicia Tobin.

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
Historic Theatre at The Cultch
1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

Tickets: $22.00 (adult) / $19.00 (student)
Tickets available at tickets.thecultch.com or at The Cultch box office.
All tickets include a one-year subscription to Poetry Is Dead.

Join the Facebook event here

CWILA Presents: Lucas Crawford and Shannon Webb-Campbell

Canadian Women In the Literary Arts (CWILA) is hosting a reading and conversation with their past and present critics-in-residence: Lucas Crawford (Critic-in-Residence 2015) and Shannon Webb-Campbell (Critic-in-Residence 2014).

Friday May 22nd, 7pm
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1415
515 West Hastings St, Vancouver BC
Free and Open to the Public |  Refreshments will be served

CWILA May 22 Event Poster

Lucas Crawford (Vancouver, BC) is a poet, performer, and occasional professor who was raised in rural Nova Scotia and now lives in Vancouver. Lucas studies transgender identity and literature at Simon Fraser University, where he is the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowment Lecturer.

For more information about CWILA, this event, and the Critic-in-Residence program visit: www.cwila.com

CWILA is tremendously grateful to UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, SFU’s English Department and SFU’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies for their support of this event.

This event will be wheelchair accessible. For more information on accessibility, contact sheila@cwila.com