Posts Tagged: Special Collections

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.


Print Culture Speakers Series—Slow Print: William Morris and Socialist Print Culture

Dr. Elizabeth C. Miller will be presenting her talk “Slow Print: William Morris and Socialist Print Culture” in Special Collections and Rare Books on Friday, February 10, as part of the Print Culture Speakers Series. Dr. Miller’s talk will reference items from the Library’s Robert Coupe Collection of works by and about William Morris.

This talk situates William Morris within a flourishing, late-nineteenth-century radical print culture that Miller terms “slow print” due to its purposeful rejection of the strategies of mass print production. While Morris’s work as editor for the Socialist League’s newspaper Commonweal in the 1880s has sometimes been considered at odds with his founding of the Kelmscott Press in the 1890s, the two print adventures are united by a shared goal to reclaim the means of print production from a newly consolidated late-Victorian mass print industry.

Simon Fraser University’s outstanding Morris collection, inclusive of radical ephemera as well as Kelmscott volumes and other examples of fine printing, will be on display in conjunction with the talk so the audience can examine the works for themselves.

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Dr. Elizabeth Miller is professor of English at the University of California at Davis. She is the author of numerous articles and essays on Victorian print culture, radical politics in 19th century England, Oscar Wilde, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and more recently ecocriticism and Victorian studies. Dr. Miller’s first book, Framed: The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle (University of Michigan, 2008) examined late Victorian crime narratives to understand the figure of the glamorous New Woman criminal.

In Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture (Stanford, 2013), Miller explored Britain’s radical press from 1880-1910; Slow Print won the award for best book of the year from the North American Victorian Studies Association and was an honorable mention for the 2014 Modernist Studies Association best book prize. Her newest work is on ecology and capital in 19th century British literature and culture.

This talk will take place on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm at W.A.C. Bennett Library [SFU Burnaby], Special Collections and Rare Books, Room 7100.

Free event, no registration required.


Robert R. Reid Exhibition & Curators Talk at SFU Library

SFU Special Collections and Rare Books is pleased to announce the Robert R. Reid: “Allied Arts” Affirmative exhibition produced by the CAUSA Research Curators, and located on the 3rd floor and 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby) from January–March 2017.

A fifth generation Canadian (b.1927), Robert R. Reid, at age 14, taught himself to operate a ‘hand press’ –so as to channel his absorbing interest in the practicalities of letterpress printing. His subsequent association with architects, landscape designers, poets, graphic artists (and editors for magazines and journals) has become emblematic of a post-WWII ‘Allied Arts’ Movement in Canada. In 1962, he became the first ‘design practitioner’ to be awarded a Canada Council Visual Arts Award.

DATE CHANGED: Join SFU Library on Monday, March 20, 2017, 12:30 to 2:30 pm for a curators talk and reception in Special Collections, Room 7100, W.A.C. Bennett Library. Please email Melanie Hardbattle to RSVP.

The Robert R. Reid: “Allied Arts” Affirmative exhibition presents an assemblage of documents generated between 1949 and 2017. Components of the present exhibition will be intermittently replaced (and/or rearranged), in order to maximize the scope of an exploratory curatorial initiative.


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


Robert Bringhurst Exhibition in SFU Library Special Collections

An exhibit about Robert Bringhurst is currently on display at SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Special Collections (7th floor). Bringhurst is a celebrated poet, typographer, translator, cultural historian, and linguist.

“The Robert Bringhurst fonds consists of his research into printing history, type and book design, linguistics, poetics and aesthetics. The exhibition draws from his unpublished lectures, essays, reviews, translations, exhibitions, bibliographies, and correspondence dating primarily from 2000-2013.”

More details about the exhibit available on the SFU Library website. The exhibition will be on display until late April 2015.


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