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Magazine Project Presentations

The 2016 MPub cohort and professors

The 2016 cohort has now dispersed to begin the personal projects or internships that they will be writing their project reports on. Students are spread across Canada, working at small presses like Arsenal Pulp and Anvil, large houses like Scholastic and Penguin Random House, literary and lifestyle magazines, content marketing agencies, and non-profits that are building new models and technology for publishing. But before they left, the cohort presented their magazine projects to their classmates and some members of the publishing community. This year the magazine project was combined with the tech project, to expand upon the digital possibilities of marrying print and tech, and to explore the future of magazine publishing in a digital world.

The groups presented to three panelists: Anicka Quin, Editorial Director of Western Living and Van Mag; Michal Kozlowski, Publisher of Geist; and Joanna Riquett, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Hayo Magazine. The three panelists weighed in on all aspects of the business plans and presentations, including the editorial tone and voice, circulation strategy, financial statements, and digital strategy.

Somata magazine coverThe first magazine to present was Somata, a charmingly-offbeat food culture magazine that encourages you to “play with your food.” They kicked things off with a rousing game of “Mission Statement Mad Libs” which set the tone for their editorial style. They went into detail about their irreverent tone, events-based funding model, digital-first strategy, and in-depth social media plan in a lively presentation which included a PowerPoint that featured many gifs.

Boundless magazine coverNext, Boundless, “the magazine for women wanderers” detailed how they planned to target backpackers as their main audience and differentiate themselves from other more luxury-focused travel magazines. They cited how millennials travel less often, but for longer periods of time, and crave immersive cultural experiences. While they are a print magazine, they have a thorough digital strategy, particularly with creating brand awareness on Instagram.

START magazine coverLastly, START is a not-for-profit digital magazine that both serves and supports the emerging artist community in Canada. With a focus on art students, they provide an online space for a community of tomorrow’s artists to connect and communicate. Featuring webinars of art skills or career tips, spotlights on recent gallery openings, and a user submitted gallery of art, essays, classifieds, and events, START wants to be as indispensable to artists as sketchbooks.

The presentations made for a day full of entertainment and education, and each of the magazines illustrated the breadth of interest and experience of its group members, and of the MPub itself. This included the different ways publishers are using technology–from entirely digital first strategies to using social media to create brand engagement and awareness. And after the presentation, the cohort mingled with our valued industry guests, and looked towards bright futures in an evolving publishing landscape.


Special reading with Liz Howard, Griffin Award-winning poet

Liz Howard’s Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, the first time the prize has been awarded to a debut collection. It was also a finalist for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Poetry and received an honourable mention for the Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize.

Born and raised in northern Ontario, Howard is of Anishinaabe and Franco-Ontarian descent. She received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph. She now lives in Toronto where she assists with neurocognitive aging research.

Liz Howard will be reading in Special Collections & Rare Books (SFU Burnaby) on Friday, March 24th, 2017 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Attendance is free and refreshments will be served.

Special Collections is located in room 7100 on the 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby.


Open Education Week 2017 — The Failure of Access: Rethinking Open Education

In celebration of Open Education Week 2017, Simon Fraser University is honoured to be collaborating with the University of British Columbia, BCcampus, Public Knowledge Project, and British Columbia Research Libraries Group to host a discussion on The Failure of Access: Rethinking Open Education.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 28th at SFU Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC) from 5:30pm-8:30pm. This event is open to all and free, but seating is limited and registration is required.

The Failure of Access: Rethinking Open Education

The use of open re-use licenses and Internet technologies have long promised to reduce barriers to education by making it more distributed, equitable, and open. Indeed, the promise of open education can trace its roots to the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations 1948, which states “everyone has a right to education.” There is little formal evidence, however, that open education has an impact on increasing access to learning or making education more equitable.

This event will explore the goals, failures, and successes of open education. Join us in exploring such questions as: is open education succeeding in being a transformative movement that makes learning more accessible? What are the criteria and successes that should be used to measure if the open education movement is a success? What more needs to be done?

Our discussion will be led by keynote speaker Dr. Ishan Abeywardena (Advisor – Open Education Resources) from the Commonwealth of Learning and panelists from SFU, UBC, CAPER-BC, and SPARC.

Panelists include: Juan Pablo Alperin, Assistant Professor at the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing and the Associate Faculty Director of Research with the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University; Tara Robertson, Accessibility Librarian, CAPER-BC; Jenna Omassi, Strategic Support Advisor, VP Students’ Office at UBC; and moderator Brady Yano, Assistant Director of Open Education, SPARC.

For more information, including full speaker bios and to register, please visit: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/about/branches-depts/rc/32099


8th annual Galiano Literary Festival

The 8th annual Galiano Literary Festival on Galiano Island, BC will take place February 17-19, 2017.

There is a brilliant line-up of more than 30 talented Canadian writers from BC, Alberta, and Quebec, including Carmen Aguirre, Gail Anderson-Dargatz, George Bowering, Grant Lawrence, Heather O’Neill, Bev Sellars, Yasuko Thanh, Audrey Thomas and many more.


Join poets Stephen Collis & Juliane Okot Bitek for a lunchtime reading

Join SFU Library for a lunchtime poetry reading in Special Collections on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
12:30–1:30pm
Room 7100, 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby, BC.

Stephen Collis’s most recent, and seventh, book of poetry is Once in Blockadia (Talonbooks 2016). Currently he is visiting and writing about poet Phyllis Webb. He lives on Coast Salish Territories and teaches poetry at Simon Fraser University.

Juliane Okot Bitek was born in Kenya to Ugandan exiles and now lives in Vancouver. A teacher and UBC doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies, she is also an essayist and poet whose work has been anthologized and published widely in literary magazines, online and in print. Her powerful and critically praised book of poems responding to the Rwandan genocide, 100 Days, was recently published by University of Alberta Press.


On writing Robin Blaser’s biography, with Dr. Miriam Nichols

Join the SFU Library for a talk by Miriam Nichols on writing Robin Blaser’s biography on Thursday, November 10.

Dr. Nichols recently completed an edition of Blaser’s The Astonishment Tapes (U. of Alabama Press, 2015), an annotated transcript of a series of autobiographical audio tapes that Blaser recorded in 1974. She is currently working on a literary biography of Blaser (1925-2009), a poet who emerged from the Berkeley Renaissance of the 1940s and ’50s alongside Robert Duncan and Jack Spicer. Blaser was an SFU professor for twenty years after his move to Vancouver in 1966.
The subject of the talk will be about her current work on Blaser’s biography, the dilemma of writing biography, and engaging in archival research.
The talk will be held in Special Collections & Rare Books on November 10, 2016 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Special Collections is located in room 7100 on the 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby.

Dr. Miriam Nichols is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of the Fraser Valley where she teaches modernism, American and Canadian literature, and literary theory. She is an alumnus of SFU English (BA, Hons & M.A.) and received her PhD. from York University.

This event is free to attend. Refreshments will be served.


Poetry Reading by Fred Wah in SFU Special Collections

Renowned local poet Fred Wah will be reading in Special Collections & Rare Books on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

Fred Wah reading in Special Collections

Born in 1939 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Fred Wah grew up in Nelson, B.C. His long career has spanned six decades and a range of formal styles and preoccupations. In the early 1960s, while attending the University of British Columbia, Wah was a founding editor of the influential avant-garde poetry newsletter TISH and a member of the group of student-writers who gathered around the magazine, including several who went on to distinguished careers—George Bowering, Frank Davey, Daphne Marlatt, among others. Since that time Wah has established himself as an important figure on the post-modern literary scene in Canada, as writer, editor and teacher.

His work has received numerous awards, including the B.C. Book Prize and the Governor General’s Award. For many years he taught at the David Thompson University Centre, Selkirk College, the University of Calgary, and the Banff Centre. He has been writer-in-residence at a number of Canadian universities and colleges, including SFU in 2007/08. In 2011 he was appointed as Canada’s fifth Parliamentary Poet Laureate, and in 2013 he was made an Officer in the Order of Canada.

Recently Talonbooks collected the poet’s early poems in a large volume titled Scree, edited with an introduction by Jeff Derkson of SFU English, who will also introduce the reading.

Special Collections is located in room 7100 on the 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby.

Free | Refreshments will be served


Attend a free Digital Publishing Workshop at SFU Vancouver Open House

SFU Vancouver is hosting an Open House on October 12, 2016.

In addition to learning about undergraduate, graduate and professional and continuing education programs offered, there will also be a variety of free workshops, informational sessions and campus tours. The free workshops are hosted by leading SFU professionals, so you can get a sneak peek at learning opportunities at our campus, including our very own Suzanne Norman:

Digital Publishing: Best Practices in Our Online World
Suzanne Norman | Room 1510 | 6:00–6:50 pm

Arguably, everyone is a publisher today. In this 40 minute workshop SFU Publishing will walk you through best practices as you develop your online self, a process that is taught in our minor in print and digital media. We hope to walk through some hands on practices in Twitter and Facebook, and we will also look at the range of career options in this ever expanding profession.

Workshop is free to attend, but registration is recommended.

 


Vancouver Art Book Fair 2016

Vancouver Art Book Fair is the longest-running international art book fair in Canada and one of only two on the West Coast. The event is free and open to the public, and in 2016 is anticipated to attract more than 5,000 visitors from Greater Vancouver and beyond.

October 15–16, 2016 | 12–6 pm
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC

Presented by Project Space, VABF is a multi-day festival of artists’ publishing featuring more than one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and artist projects.

VABF is also the culmination of Artists’ Books Week, October 10–16, a parallel series of events hosted in spaces across Vancouver by a variety of artists, curators, collectives and institutions who are actively creating and presenting work in this medium.


Word Vancouver 2016 — Vancouver’s Free Book & Magazine Festival

Word Vancouver (formerly The Word On The Street Vancouver) is Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Held during the last week of September at various venues throughout the city, the festival promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.

There are events happening every day from September 21–25, 2016, but the main event is on Sunday, September 25 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at Library Square in downtown Vancouver. This is a huge gathering of exhibitors, authors, performers, and fun activities for the whole family.

View the whole schedule online at WordVancouver.ca