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

Call for entries for the 2015 COPA Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA) awards. Any company or organization that produces for the digital medium in Canada is eligible and can submit work from its writers, editors, graphic designers, photographers and more, in 15 categories.

A single entry costs $115 based on one entry per category, however there is also an early bird discount of $95 for all entries submitted by June 1. All other entries must be uploaded to the COPA competition website by July 6 at midnight PST.

Work must have been published between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 to be eligible for the 2015 awards. All entries are due by July 6, 2015, however there is an early-bird discount for entries submitted by June 1, as well as an independent publisher rate.

More details available on the COPA website

Vancouver Poetry House seeks Executive Director

Vancouver Poetry House is looking for a new Executive Director. The candidate should have experience in literary and spoken word poetry communities with a nonprofit background. The current Executive Director, Chris Gilpin, will be available to assist in the transition of the new ED becoming acclimated to the position.

Duties include:

  • Facilitating communications between the board of directors, the staff, and the general public.

  • Carrying out day-to-day operations, including banking, accounts payable, supervising programs, and maintaining the nonprofit and charitable status of the organization.

  • Maintaining relationships with funders, including writing grants, reports, and identifying new funding opportunities. Also, anticipating funding shortfalls for any program and finding alternate funding sources.

  • Managing the Verses Festival of Words, including budgeting, box office management, funding, and logistics.

  • Acting as a spokesperson for VPH, promoting poetry as an art form and raising the profile of the organization, engaging in outreach and audience development.

Qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of nonprofit organizations.

  • Interest in spoken word poetry.

  • Experience in grant writing for organizations.

  • Experience in budgeting in Excel.

  • Experience with event planning and project management.

  • Willingness to process input from many sources before making decisions.

  • Web and social media skills are a plus.

This position involves a monthly honorarium.

To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to juliecpeters@gmail.com by June 1st, 2015.

Brand Meets Audience: Trevor Battye Interviews Chris Kennedy

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 Feb 22, Trevor Battye interviewed Chris Kennedy (http://cultureofyes.ca/), Superintendent of Schools / CEO with the West Vancouver School District. Here’s the interview:


Chris Kennedy has taught secondary English and Social Studies, and been both an elementary and secondary school principal.One of the most progressive voices in BC education, Chris has been featured by Macleans Magazine as one of the 100 Young Canadians to Watch and his work has been featured in various local and national publications. In 2010 he was named one of the Top 10 Canadian Newsmakers in Educational Technology , in 2011 Business in Vancouver named him to their top Forty under 40 list and in 2012 Chris was named Canada’s Top Education Blogger.Kennedy is a writer and presenter on personalized learning and infusing technology in the classroom. Chris balances his professional passions with life as the father of four young children. You can also follow Chris on Twitter @http://twitter.com/chrkennedy<

Check out Chris’s TED Talks:

A Parent’s wish for his Children.

What is Smart

Trevor Battye is a partner at Clevers Media, a consulting firm based in Vancouver, with clients across Canada (Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Newfoundland) and in Europe, that specializes in marketing, branding, website development, and advertising sales across various media (print, online, social media). Trevor co-founded Clevers Media with Clare E Coughlan in April 2008. He began work in marketing and advertising sales in 2005 with Rebus Creative, where he managed program guide advertising sales for several arts festivals including Word on the Street Vancouver, the See 7 Theatre Seriesand the Vancouver International Film Festival, and worked on fundraising for the BC Book Prizes Adopt a Library Program. Trevor also handled advertising sales for Geist magazine, which he joined in the fall of 2005.

Trevor is currently a regular speaker at Publishing @ SFU and a contributor to the Vancouver Sun Book Club.

Geist Founders Usurped After 25 Years

Geist magazine announced in April 2015 that the founders, Stephen Osborne and Mary Schendlinger, were being ousted. It was certainly no April Fools joke, but a tongue-in-cheek way to announce the new editorial management changes.

“Resistance leader Michał Kozłowski, a writer originally hired by Geist in 2006 to change lightbulbs and stuff envelopes, succeeds Stephen Osborne in the roles of publisher and editor-in-chief. Osborne and Schendlinger, unfazed by the coup, were keen to recognize the new regime. “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” remarked Osborne. “Oh, I thought they had already taken over,” Schendlinger added.

After 25 years at the top of the Geist masthead, Osborne and Schendlinger have been relegated to Brain Trust and will provide publishing expertise and editorial support to the new regime.”

Read the full press release on the Geist blog.

Lunch Poems at SFU presents Dina Del Bucchia and Chelene Knight

Lunch Poems at SFU is a unique vibrant exchange of poetic ideas and cadence held the third Wednesday of every month, during lunchtime, in the Teck Gallery at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre Campus.

Next reading is on May 20th with Dina Del Bucchia and Chelene Knight.

Lunch Poems at SFU - Chelene Knight & Dina Del Bucchia

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
12 to 1pm
Teck Gallery, Main Floor
SFU Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings St.

Everyone Welcome. Bring your lunch!

Open Textbook Summit at SFU Vancouver

The Open Textbook Summit May 28-29, 2015, brings together leaders in the Open Textbook field, faculty who are reviewing, adopting and developing Open Textbooks, student advocates, librarians, institutional administrators, government officials, and policy staff.

When: May 28-29, 2015
Cost: $150.00 (Canadian)
Location: Simon Fraser University – Harbour Centre, Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia

More information on the BCCampus page.

BC Book Prizes announces 2015 winners

BC Book Prizes 2015 - winners

Last Saturday, The West Coast Book Prize Society announced the winning recipients of the 31st annual BC Book Prizes, established in 1985 to celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The prizes were conferred at the annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prize Gala on April 25, 2015.

BC Book Prizes 2015 - winners
Winners of the 2015 BC Book Prizes. Photo by Ken Paquette.


Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize:
Aislinn Hunter, The World Before Us (Doubleday Canada)

Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize:
Richard Beamish, Gordon McFarlane (editors), The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia (Harbour Publishing)

Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize:
Eve Joseph, In the Slender Margin: The Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize:
Cecily Nicholson, From the Poplars (Talonbooks)

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize:
Roy Miki, Slavia Miki, Julie Flett (illus), Dolphin SOS (Tradewind Books)

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize:
Maggie de Vries, Rabbit Ears (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)

Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award:
Aaron Chapman, Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence:
Betty Keller

For more details about the prizes and the winners, visit the BC Book Prizes website.