Turning The Page in B.C. Book Publishing

In case you don’t regularly read BC Business,  the above article from their online site starts with, “With e-books on the rise and a digital revolution happening all around us, what does the future look like for B.C.’s book publishers?”  The July 2015 issue in print (available at Belzberg Library) covers Page Two’s Trena White and Jesse Finkelstein, MPub alumnae.

Accessing publishing industry reports


In addition to reports from StatsCan, BookNet and OMDC there are many other industry reports for publishing. Alas, they are often fabulously expensive.  Below are some resources for the SFU community available free of charge via the SFU Library:

  • Passport GMID has a selection of Industry overviews such as “Publishing of Books in Canada: ISIC 2211″ (2013)
  • Business Source Complete contain reports as well as full-text article. Sample report: “MarketLine Industry Profile: Books in Canada” (2014)
  • MINT Global contains thousands of industry and company reports.  Select “Search industry research” to search the Industry: publishing.  Sample profile: “Publishing in Canada” (2014)


Publicity & Marketing Assistant at Raincoast

 July, 2015


Publicity & Marketing Assistant at Raincoast


Raincoast Books is looking for a full-time Publicity & Marketing Assistant to be based in our Richmond office. They will report to the VP Marketing.


The Publicity & Marketing Assistant will:


  • Work directly with the Marketing and Publicity Managers on weekly assignments including, processing invoices, editing our digital catalogue and helping with publicity and social campaigns, online newsletters and channel marketing materials.
  • Assist with mailings, prize submissions and department administration.


The successful candidate will possess superior written and verbal skills and excellent copyediting skills. InDesign skills are an asset.


Raincoast Book Distribution Ltd, based Metro Vancouver, is one of the largest distributors of books in Canada. We have been in business for more than 30 years, selling, marketing and distributing our clients’ book and gift product to retailers, wholesalers and institutions across the country.


We regret that we can only acknowledge applications from candidates selected for interviews. No phones calls or agencies, please.


Candidates should send their résumé and cover letter by July 22 to:


Jamie Broadhurst

Vice-President of Marketing

Raincoast Books



Publishing@SFU – Tenure-Track Appointment

July 2015

The Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor – commensurate with experience – commencing September 1, 2016.

We are seeking an individual with an established research and teaching record in one or more of: Canadian publishing history and policy, scholarly communications, the digital humanities, information science or media studies as it intersects with publishing. The preferred candidate will be engaged in interdisciplinary research and teaching in at least one of the following areas: Canadian and/or international publishing studies, public policy, history of publishing, history of the book, scholarly communications, media studies. We are looking for a scholar who can work closely with and augment our closely knit, interdisciplinary faculty. Read more

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.