The Writer’s Studio Reading Series – September

The Writer’s Studio at SFU hosts regular readings that allow local writers to share their work with the public. Readings are by current members and alumni of The Writer’s Studio as well as local emerging writers and authors, and sometimes visiting authors.

The Writer’s Studio’s Vancouver Reading Series takes place on the first Thursday of each month. The next reading is on September 3.

The Writer’s Studio Reading Series – September
Thursday, September 3, 2015
8:00 – 10:00 pm
Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver
Admission by donation

The September roster of readers includes Barbara Baydala (fiction), Cathie Borrie (fiction), Alison Brewin (fiction), Catherine MacNeill (poetry), Christina Myers (nonfiction), Shazia Hafiz Ramji (poetry), Suzanne Pauline Scott (memoir, fiction), and Candie Tanaka (fiction, poetry). Check out the reader bios here.


Jordan Scott announced as next SFU Writer-in-Residence

The Department of English recently announced that poet Jordan Scott will be the 2015/16 SFU Writer-in-Residence.

Jordan Scott is the author of Silt (2005, nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), blert (2008), and Decomp (2013, a collaboration with Stephen Collis and the ecosphere of British Columbia). blert, which explores the poetics of stuttering, was adapted into a short film for Bravo! and was the subject of an online interactive documentary commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada.


During the year-long residency, Jordan Scott will be working on Forced Drift, which takes his prior work on the stutter into the socio-political realm of interrogation and “information retrieval.”

As part of the Ellen & Warren Tallman Writer in Residence Program, Jordan Scott will be available for one-on-one consultations during the Fall and Spring terms. Students and the general public are welcome to request appointment times.

September declared Literacy Month in Vancouver

Mayor Gregor Robertson has officially proclaimed September 2015 “Literacy Month” in Vancouver. There will be an official Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall on September 8, 2015, which is UNESCO International Literacy Day.

Brenda Le Clair, CEO of Decoda Literacy Solutions and the Board of Directors of Decoda will be in attendance. The event corresponds with Decoda’s annual Literacy is Life campaign each September.

Decoda Literacy Solutions is the leading non-profit literacy organization in British Columbia. Supporting a network of 102 community task groups, Decoda provides resources, training and funds to address community-based literacy and learning priorities in more than 400 communities across the province.

The Literacy is Life campaign in September is a province-wide fundraising and awareness campaign, and will raise awareness of the importance of literacy; create a new, modern understanding of literacy; and raise funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives across British Columbia.


Belzberg Display Celebrates 500th Anniversary of Aldus Manutius

A new display at Belzberg Library celebrates the 500th anniversary of Venetian scholar, printer and publisher, Aldus Manutius with a range of material on Aldus and the history of the book.  This auspicious anniversary will also be marked by an SFU 50th Anniversary project to make Aldus’ rare books accessible to the public.  SFU Library and Publishing@SFU are creating an online resource, Aldus at 500, by digitizing a selection of the Aldines from the Wosk-McDonald collection of SFU Library.  A preview of this beautiful world-class collection is now available in the SFU Library Digital Collections, and the project will be officially launched on Thursday, August 13 at the PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference.

SFU Library Site’s New Look

“The SFU Library is very pleased to announce that our much-revised site is now live.  (It may take a few hours for the changed web site to appear on your computer.)

If you discover problems with the site — big or small – please email  our eBranch team <ebranch@sfu.ca>. Please include page URLs.

The new site adopts SFU’s common look and feel graphical guidelines, is meant to be user-focused, and should expand and contract well on various screen sizes.”

First things first: to find Publishing Information Resources hover over the Help section, click on Find materials by subject and course, then click on Publishing.  The page itself is reformatted but essentially unchanged.

“The Rubicon Election of 2015″

The Institute for the Humanities at SFU present Award-winning author, Michael Harris as he lectures on the consequences of the re-election of Stephen Harper.
Monday, October 5, 7:00pm–9:00pm, 1410–1430 Segal Centre, SFU Harbour Centre


A graduate of York University and a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, Michael Harris began his career in journalism at CBC television where he became the host of The Harris Report, an investigative and current affairs show. He worked for the Globe and Mail as Atlantic Bureau Chief and later as a senior parliamentary correspondent based in the Ottawa Bureau. He broke the Donald Marshall story while with the Globe.

Michael was founding publisher and editor-in-chief of The Sunday Express, the newspaper that uncovered the story of the abuse of boys at Mount Cashel orphanage, and exposed the Sprung Greenhouse fiasco that cost Newfoundland $30 million. He later became Executive Director of News and Current Affairs at the Newfoundland Broadcasting Corporation, an affiliate of CTV. While with NBC he wrote and produced two award winning documentaries: Unholy Orders was shown on the CTV and PBS networks and won a silver medal for the best news documentary at the New York Festivals. Vanishing Point, about the collapse of the Atlantic cod stocks, won a silver Canpro award.

After a period as National Affairs Columnist for the Sun News Service, he joined CFRA radio (BellMedia) 2000 – 2012 to host Michael Harris Live. Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover, his book about the Harper government was published by Penguin in the fall of 2014 and debuted as a number one best seller. Michael is currently national columnist for ipolitics.ca. He has written nine books; and has received several awards for journalism including a Radio and TV news director’s award, the Center for Investigative Journalism Award, and two Michener Awards (honourable mention).

Justice Denied: The Law Versus Donald Marshall, led to the Royal Commission on Marshall’s wrongful conviction. Unholy Orders: the Tragedy at Mount Cashel, won Book of the Year from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters, and helped expose similar abuses in the US, Australia, and most recently Ireland. Finally, after twenty-five years, in 2014 the Christian Brothers apologized to the children they had abused. Rare Ambition: the Crosbies of Newfoundland, was FACL Book of the Year and APBA Booksellers Choice Award as well as TORGI Talking Book of the Year. The Prodigal Husband: the Tragedy of Helmuth and Hanna Buxbaum, won the Arthur Ellis Award for the best true crime book in Canada. Three of Michael’s books have been made into movies, including The Judas Kiss: The Undercover Life of Patrick Kelly, which became the basis of an Alliance Atlantis movie starring Paul Gross. (Michael played a cameo role as a TV talk show host in the movie.) Lament for an Ocean: The Collapse of the Atlantic Cod Fishery was short listed for the Donner prize for best book on Canadian Public policy.

Michael’s work has sparked four commissions of inquiry and he was named to the Task Force on the Reform of Correctional Services in Ontario, after his book Con Game: The Truth about Canada’s Prisons was published. He has also written magazine articles, several television screenplays, and a children’s book called A Forest for Christmas.

Michael has been a judge for the Governor General Awards for non-fiction as well as for publishing grants and the National Magazine Awards. He has hosted The Great Canadian Debate on the CTV network show Sunday Edition, as well as the series Cold War and Literati on PBS; and has made guest appearances on Oprah and Donahue to discuss his books.

Michael has given numerous keynote addresses including to the Dalhousie Law School and the National Association of Police Chiefs. He holds the Confederation medal and the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Commemorative medal. In the fall of 2009 he assumed the Irving Chair in Journalism at St. Thomas University, and broadcast his radio show live from the university. Michael was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by Memorial University at their Fall 2009 Convocation for what the university describes as his “unceasing pursuit of justice for the less fortunate among us.”

Like, Tweet, Read

Like, Tweet, Read: Exploratory Analyses of Social Media Data as an Indicator for Readership Behaviour in the Newspaper and Periodicals Industries


By Tilman Queitsch


MPub Project Report, 2014


Magazine and newspaper publishers benefit from readership studies conducted by large research organizations. They help publishing professionals keep track of readers’ habits and their competitors’ success. In most areas, surveys of readers and Internet users generate the findings that the publishing industry is interested in. In recent years, market research has developed a new approach combining such survey data with social media data. This approach offers new ways to analyze how social media audiences can be segmented, how readers choose between different media, how they use mobile devices, and how magazines or newspapers compare to their competitors.

Tackling each of these research scenarios, this report summarizes a series of analyses conducted at Vision Critical, a multinational market research technology company. By using basic functions in R, a freely available statistical programming language, the analyses show how this approach enriches results in a way that is useful for publishers.

Read the report:

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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)