News & Events
SFU Library now has a subscription to Quill & Quire Omni, the online news service for book trade professionals in Canada. The site is updated frequently with current industry news.
Quill & Quire Omni also sends out a twice-weekly email newsletter with excerpts of the latest industry news. Faculty, staff, and graduate students in Publishing can contact Keshav Mukunda (email@example.com), the liaison librarian for Publishing to be added to the email list.
Please note that this subscription DOES NOT include access to the Digital Edition of the Quill & Quire magazine. The Library has print subscriptions to Quill & Quire at Belzberg Library downtown.
In September 2016, the great British Columbia publisher James Jardine Douglas passed away in North Vancouver. Jim Douglas — known perhaps most famously as the “Douglas” in Douglas & McIntyre — was one of the most influential and inspirational figures in BC publishing. A number of key publishing firms in BC — including D&M, Raincoast Books, Ampersand & Co — trace their lineage in one way or another to Jim Douglas. And a great many people in the BC industry have known, worked with, and been encouraged by Jim. The Publishing Program at SFU owes an enormous debt to Jim, as he contributed so much of his time, wisdom, and indeed money to the establishment of our program and the encouragement of our students and faculty.
To recognize Jim’s great contributions to the BC publishing industry, we are pleased to announce the Jim Douglas Lecture, an annual event which aims to bring the local publishing community together and to highlight issues of importance.
The first Jim Douglas Lecture will be held on Wednesday, September 20th at 7pm, at SFU Harbour Centre (rm 1400).
Our inaugural speaker is Marion Sinclair, currently Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland and with 28 years experience in the Scottish publishing industry. Ms Sinclair will speak to us about “Scottish Publishing Today and its Place in the World,” a subject with very clear parallels in Canadian independent publishing.
We hope you will join us on the evening of September 20th, to honour Jim’s memory, and to meet our very distinguished guest.
For more about Jim Douglas, BC Booklook published an excellent remembrance:
For more about Marion Sinclair’s Publishing Scotland, see http://www.publishingscotland.org/
For additional information or to reserve a seat, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ralph Hancox – Writer and journalist, Man of letters, bibliophile, publisher, Nieman Fellow, photographer, pilot, father, husband, grandfather and great grandfather. Born in England 23 August 1929; died Victoria, BC 22 March 2017. Intered Catarqui, August 18, 2017.
A scholarship fund for students in the Master of Publishing Program will be established to honour Ralph’s commitment to the publishing industry and his dedication to his students at Simon Fraser University’s Master in Publishing Program. The purpose of the scholarship will be to support a master’s student education recognizing that Ralph valued education, writing and a wondering mind and his students who demonstrated these qualities.
Ralph joined the SFU staff and worked as Adjunct Professor in the late 1990’s. He worked with Anne Cowan-Buitenhuis and Rowland Lorimer in the newly established Master of Publishing Program. Ralph served as Adjunct Professor and Professional Fellow Emeritus at Simon Fraser University where he published a textbook on ‘Managing the Publishing Process’ for the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing. There, he was honoured with the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service for 10 years of teaching before he retired again at the age of 80, in 2009.
More about a scholarship fund in Ralph’s honour
- To donate, see http://bit.ly/RalphHancoxFund (tax receipt available from SFU)
- If we raise $4500 – Annual graduate bursaries, scholarships or awards can be created for $1,500 per year, with a minimum three-year commitment.
- If we raise $25 K+ – we can establish a graduate scholarship in perpetuity in Ralph’s name for ~$500 /per year for every $25 K invested.
Ralph attended the School of Modern Languages, Regent Street Polytechnic in London, where he mastered Pitman shorthand, a prerequisite skill for his early career in journalism. He arrived in Canada in 1955 with his new bride, newborn daughter, and a vintage German Olympia typewriter in hand. His exceptional typing skills of 125 wpm, his sharp and inquisitive mind were tools that launched an iconic career in journalism that spanned 54 years on the Canadian publishing landscape.
In 1965, Ralph won a Nieman Fellowship recognizing excellence in Canadian editorial writing at the Peterborough Examiner and attended Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Later he joined Harvard’s Program for Management Development at the School of Business.
Ralph started his career as a pilot in the Royal Air Force, training in Rhodesia, at the tender age of 17. He described the experience of flying the Tiger Moth, Harvard, and the first RAF jet, the Gloster Meteor as “hurtling through the air in a tin can with a ton of metal strapped to his backside.” He flew in the Berlin Airlift in 1948, and later as a journalist covered the building of the Berlin Wall. In 1961, he traveled via the underground from East to West Berlin through the Wall under the conditions that he would not report on his experience.
In Canada he started his career in journalism writing obituaries for the Kingston Whig Standard.
In 1965, Ralph won a Nieman Fellowship recognizing excellence in Canadian editorial writing at the Peterborough Examiner and attended Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Later he joined Harvard’s Program for Management Development as part of the PMD 26 cohort at the School of Business.
After a career as Editor-in-Chief at the Peterborough Examiner as a colleague of Robertson Davies, he joined the Reader’s Digest where he worked for 32 years. Ralph ended his first career, serving the last 16 years as Chairman, President, and CEO of Reader’s’ Digest Canada and Consigliere delegato and chairman of Reader’s Digest Italy. Post retirement he served as Adjunct Professor and Professional Fellow Emeritus at Simon Fraser University where he published a textbook on ‘Managing the Publishing Process’ for the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing. There, he was honoured with the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service for 10 years of teaching before he retired again at the age of 80, in 2009.
With his wife Peg, Ralph (aka Hank) lived a life post-World War II in Canada pursuing family and career dreams in Kingston, Peterborough, Boston, New York, Montreal, Milan, Vancouver, and Victoria, with summers in the Kawarthas and weekends of leisure in Vermont. A storyteller at heart, he regaled generations of family and students with lessons he learned from his rich life experiences. “Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement” he would say, quoting his mother.
He was a man of letters in the classic sense: fountain pen, elegant italic script to paper. He kept a daily journal for over 53 years. He engaged in written repartees, Olympian literary gymnastics with family and friends, including long time Peterborough friend and librarian, Bob Porter.
He was not an ordinary man. Robert Frost’s words “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world” describes the restless soul, the intimate relationships, the daily inner tensions, his ability to question and think deeply and at the same time embrace his life. His mind never rested as he explored life and the meaning of existence, to the day he died.
Ralph leaves behind 4 appreciative children, their spouses and families who live with gratitude across Canada.
“Asking historically marginalized groups to do the emotional and social labor of fixing systems and structures to benefit white people is the height of arrogance, colonialism, and white supremacy. And in the instances when they’ve done the labor, they still don’t often reap the benefits of it. Editors never needed to publicly fund a pot of money for cultural appropriation—it has been funded all along.”
Read more of this article, written by Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, here.
The DHIL is pleased to bring our DH Skills workshop series back for the summer semester with three workshops: Intro to Preparing Character Data in R, Data Management Planning with SSHRC in mind, and Tableau for Humanists (the Tableau workshop will cover the same information as our previous Spring 2017 offering). The workshops are free and open to to all, but registration is required. See below for more details.
Intro to Preparing Character Data in R
June 29, 2017
SFU Burnaby (Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons)
In this workshop, we will focus on importing to R and preparing data for subsequent analysis. We will also learn how to organize files into a working directory and use scripts to replicate our work. Students will learn the different types of data-structures supported within R, different file extensions compatible with R, and some of the caveats of working with real-world text files. At the conclusion of the workshop students will be able to import text documents, strip metadata from texts embedded within larger data files, convert words to lower case, and separate words from full-line character strings. No R experience is necessary to participate in this workshop.
Note: Please bring your own laptop with the latest version of R and RStudio installed.
Data Management Planning with SSHRC in mind
July 11, 2017
SFU Burnaby (Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons)
Since the Tri-Agencies released their Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, there have many questions about researcher responsibilities for data management and data sharing. This hands-on workshop will guide participants through the research data lifecycle and data management planning using DMP Assistant, an online data management tool. We will also explore avenues for data deposit including SFU’s Research Data Repository, Radar.
Tableau for Humanists
July 21, 2017
SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre, Room 1505)
How do humanists visualize their data? In this workshop you will be introduced to a variety of visualizations of humanities’ data created in Tableau, one of the world’s leading software packages. After a demonstration of how researchers use Tableau, participants will be offered hands-on instruction in how to use Tableau to create a range of visualizations, including interactive displays. In the last half hour, participants will be given free time, to experiment their own visualizations and to consult with the instructors about their own data visualizations.
Note: Please bring your own, fully charged laptop with the latest version of Tableau or Tableau Public installed.
Don’t know who we are yet? Learn more about the the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab through our website: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/dhil. The site profiles current projects, provides information and registration for lab events, and details the ways the lab can support researchers.
If you have a project or an idea and are wondering how the lab can help, you can book a consultation through the website with a DHIL consultation request form. The lab also holds office hours on Tuesday mornings (10am-11am) in Burnaby (Room 724, Bennett Library) and at least once a month in Vancouver (times and locations vary). Updated office hours and locations can be found on the Contact Us page of the website.
Here’s the details:
Indian Summer Festival’s Closing Night: 5 x 15 & Constellations
Saturday July 15, 2017
The Vogue, 918 Granville St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2
Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30pm
Buy Now: https://www.indiansummerfest.ca/event/closing-night-5-x-15-constellations/
Five Speakers, Fifteen Minutes. Magic.
Indian Summer Festival’s Closing Night kicks off at 7:30pm with our favourite speaker series, 5×15, followed by Constellations featuring a mix of musical delights from 9:30pm onwards. This ticket includes both events for an entire evening of cultural feasting.
‘If 5×15’s packed soirees feel like an evening of offline, communal surfing, it’s due to the eclectic menu of speakers.’ – The New York Times
PRESENTED BY: PUBLISHING @ SFU
5×15 is a speakers’ series that originated in London and has since spread to New York and Milan. It features five stellar speakers, speaking for fifteen minutes each on a topic they are deeply passionate about. The only rules: the talk should be unscripted, and fifteen minutes long. 5×15 has hosted speakers such as Gloria Steinem, Ben Okri, Brian Eno, Malcolm Gladwell, Eve Ensler and Ahdaf Soueif. For the past three years, Indian Summer Festival has hosted the only Canadian iteration of 5×15.
Our all-star lineup of speakers:
- Talvin Singh is a tabla player, electronic musician, DJ and music theorist known for his pioneering work in the Asian Underground scene in London. He is an inspiration to many across the globe.
- Kamila Shamsie grew up in Karachi and now lives in London. She is the author of five award-winning novels, trustee of English PEN, and named one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’
- Rock star, writer and humanitarian Bif Naked has pushed the boundaries of acceptability in her screaming loud creative work making her a cultural icon and a true Canadian legend.
- Graphic artist Molly Crabapple has drawn in Guantánamo Bay, Abu Dhabi’s migrant labor camps and with rebels in Syria. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
- Former revolutionary Carmen Rodriguez is a Chilean-Canadian author, poet, educator and political social activist. She is currently the writer-in-residence at the historic Joy Kogawa House.
The evening is hosted by the brilliant comedian Kalyani Pandya, described as “Ottawa’s funniest Dyke”.
7:00pm: Doors Open
16th International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries, University of Pennsylvania, 7 July 2018
Call for Papers
We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Sixteenth International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries, held 7 July 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.
Founded in 2003, the International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries brings together scholars and practitioners around a common shared interest in exploring the histories, traditions, and futures of books, publishing, and libraries.
We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, and colloquia. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.
For more information regarding the conference, use the links below to explore our conference website.
Submit your proposal by 3 July 2017.
We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.
A special Sesquicentennial show celebrating our finest Fiction Writers
With the help of superb author portraits by Anthony Jenkins appearing on-screen, publisher and author Doug Gibson roams the stage talking about our finest authors down through the years. Decade by decade, he chooses our best authors, English and French, and selects their very best books.
Each decade begins with a burst of Canadian music from the time. Then a contemporary photo reminds us of the historical setting, and a series of iconic works of art remind us of the wider artistic scene in which our writers worked. The result is a celebration not only of our writers and storytellers, but of our artists in general. The resulting reading list is now in great demand, and will be distributed at the show.
Already he has given this hugely ambitious show (with an Intermission when we reach 1967, the year when Gibson himself came to Canada) in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and at the Toronto Launch in the Lieutenant Governor’s Chambers in Queen’s Park. After this Vancouver Launch, he will be taking the show across Canada for the rest of 2017, as his own tribute to our country and its writers, culminating in his praise of his author, Alice Munro.
WHERE Vancouver, at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre, Room 1400
WHEN Wednesday, May 31, at 7pm
BOOK Free tickets at email@example.com
Currently on display outside Special Collections and Rare Books is a selection of recently arrived material from a major collection of modern literary first editions. The collection was donated to Simon Fraser University Library by the former City Librarian of Vancouver, Paul Whitney, a lifelong collector.
The Whitney donation consists chiefly of numerous in-depth collections of the works and various editions of leading modern British, Canadian, American and world writers, including Martin Amis, J.G. Ballard, William Boyd, William Burroughs, Peter Carey, Angela Carter, J.M. Coetzee, Mavis Gallant, B.S. Johnson, Malcolm Lowry, Cormac McCarthy, Ian McEwan, Alice Munro, Haruki Murakami, Rohinton Mistry, Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, William Vollmann, David Foster Wallace, and many others.
The collections are comprised of rare and valuable volumes and first editions, including signed and advance copies, as well as more common books. In addition, the donation includes a smaller number of works in translation, plus in-depth collections of several leading literary and fine presses, including McSweeney’s (San Francisco), Gaspereau (Nova Scotia), and Blackfish (Vancouver).
The display will run until May 5, at Special Collections and Rare Books, Room 7100, W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby).