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.


Finding “known articles” via the SFU Library

The next few posts under the Library category are going to be classic posts from my old Publishing blog.  Here we are with the first one.

One of the most popular questions from students at the SFU Library reference desk is how to get the article from a citation found in a bibliography or elsewhere.  Here’s an example to illustrate the general process of finding a “known article” at the SFU Library.

Our example:

Mickey, Bill. “How Revenue Models Are Evolving for Online-Only Publishers.” Folio: The Magazine For Magazine Management 41, no. 10 (December 2012): 8-53.

How would you go about finding that article if there weren’t a link right to the online article?

  • Go to the SFU Library Catalogue and search for the Journal Title for Folio: The Magazine For Magazine Management.  Note that your results will include descriptions of both our online holdings and print holdings, or in this case the microform (!) holdings of this title for 1982 – 1988.
  • To get more details on the years of this title that we have online, click on the version that has [electronic resource] at the end of the title, i.e. Folio [electronic resource].
  • Click on the link in the catalogue record to get into our electronic journal management system. In our example:   Folio: the Magazine for Magazine Management is 2000-01-01 to current from Business Source Complete (BSC) – EBSCO
  • Choose the option that has the issue you need. In this example there’s just the one option, but often there are more. Always scan the dates before you choose a source, as some have an embargo on recent issues, or don’t cover the right year. In this case there is just the one option in Business Source Complete (BSC) – EBSCO, and it does cover 2012, the year wanted.  If you are working off campus, you’ll need to enter your SFU ID and password at this point.
  • Browse or search for your article. In this example you can select year 2012 and then issue December.

As a general rule of thumb, always start with a journal title search in our catalogue if you are searching for a specific article. All of our online and print titles are listed there. See the guide From Citation to Article for further information.

And don’t forget that if we only have it in print at one campus, we will gladly send a copy of the article to one of our other campus  libraries for you. To do so, find the record for the print edition in our catalogue and Request the article (see instructions)  to start this process.

Incite with Susan Juby, Julie Paul, and Marguerite Pigeon

Next week, MPub alumna Susan Juby will be part of the trio of authors discussing the theme of the human condition. The Vancouver Writer’s Festival organizes a free reading series entitled Incite: An Exploration of Books and Ideas.

Susan Juby reads from her new novel The Republic of Dirt, a follow-up to her Stephen Leacock nominated book The Woefield Poultry Collective, and Julie Paul and Marguerite Pigeon read from their new short story collections, The Pull of the Moon and Some Extremely Boring Drives respectively.

Incite—An Exploration of the Human Condition:
February 25, 2015
Alice MacKay room, VPL Central Library
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC

Reading on February 19 in SFU Special Collections- Poet Daphne Marlatt


Poet Daphne Marlatt will be reading in Special Collections (SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library), Room 7100, on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, with a question period to follow. Free! Please drop in.

Daphne Marlatt was born in Australia and immigrated to Vancouver as a child. She studied English and writing at U.B.C. (B.A. 1964), where she was a member of the TISH group of young writers that included Fred Wah, Frank Davey, and George Bowering.She is known best as a poet but has also published works of fiction, criticism and oral history, and has worked extensively as an editor and a teacher.  In 2004 she became writer-in-residence at S.F.U., the first in three decades to hold this post.  She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2006, and in 2009 was awarded the Dorothy Livesay Prize for Poetry for her long poem, The Given.  In 2012 she received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award.  Her recent work includes The Gull, the first Canadian play staged in the tradition of the Noh theatre. The play won the Uchamura Naoya Prize in 2008.

For more information contact:
Tony Power
778.782.6676 or power@sfu.ca


Publishing @ SFU seeks Lecturer in Design & Production

The Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a position as Lecturer in publication design and production to begin September 1, 2015. We are seeking a designer with experience in professional book and/or magazine publishing practice and instruction, capable of teaching in a variety of areas within the current Publishing curriculum.

The Publishing Program comprises a 16-month cohort-based graduate Master of Publishing program (MPub), a Undergraduate Minor in Print and Digital Publishing, a professional development workshop series, and the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing (CISP), which includes a working publishing operation, the CISP Press. Students experience a combination of academic and practical studio- and project-based courses.

We seek an individual with the following minimum qualifications: a Masters or equivalent degree in graphic design, interaction design, or related field of study. The preferred candidate has a minimum five-year professional experience and a foundation in applied theory of graphic design principles, and current industry production standards, including proficiency with software applications such as Adobe Creative Suite and fluency in interactive design/web technologies. Strong evidence of excellent conceptual and technical ability is required. Traditional design skills and training are an asset. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to teach successfully, have demonstrated scholarship or evidence of excellence in creative work, as well as teaching experience in higher education.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching the core publication design course (PUB602) in the Master’s program
  • Providing support to graduate project courses (PUB605, PUB606, PUB607)
  • Teaching two undergraduate design and production courses
  • Coordinating the design stream within the Undergraduate Minor in Print and Digital Publishing
  • Participating in graduate supervision.
  • Directing and overseeing production for the CISP Press

Academic advising, and committee work within the Program and across the Faculty are also significant components of the position. Candidates are expected to pursue ongoing professional development and inquiry.

Faculty members are expected to contribute to maintaining a positive, respectful collegial environment that serves as an example for students in their professional lives.

Applications must include:

  • Letter of application outlining your interest in the program
  • Current CV
  • Short portfolio; no more than 6 samples of design work
  • Statement of teaching philosophy; and,
  • Names and contact information (email, telephone) of three confidential referees.

Please note that submitted materials may not be returned.

The review of applications will begin March 5, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by this date. The position is subject to availability of funding and final approval by the SFU Board of Governors.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to the principle of equity in employment and offers equal opportunities to qualified women and men, including visible minorities, Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

Send application materials to:

John Maxwell – jmax@sfu.ca
Director, Publishing @ SFU
Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3

Reading on February 4 – Writer Wayde Compton

Date: Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm - free – drop-in
Location: SFU Library Special Collections, Room 7100, 7th floor, W.A.C. Bennett Library (Burnaby Campus) (http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/floorplans/special-collections)

Wayde Compton
Wayde Compton

Writer Wayde Compton will be reading in Special Collections (SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library), Room 7100, on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, with a question period to follow. Free! Please drop in.

Wayde Compton is a Vancouver poet, fiction writer, critic, editor and teacher. His books include 49th Parallel Psalm, a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize; Performance Bond; After Canaan: Essays on Race Writing and Region, which was nominated for a City of Vancouver Book Award; and The Outer Harbour, a collection of short fiction, published recently to very positive reviews by Arsenal Pulp Press. He also edited the anthology Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature. He is a co-founder of the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, an organization dedicated to preserving the public memory of Vancouver’s original black community, and program director of Creative Writing at SFU Continuing Studies.