2014 Annual Meeting of the Bibliographical Society of Canada

Current Directions in Book History: Borders without Boundaries

2014 Annual Meeting of the Bibliographical Society of Canada
26-27 May 2014

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Brock University

Monday, 26 May 2014

8:30 a.m. Welcome from the President, Linda Quirk (University of Alberta)

8:45 – 10:00  The Terrain of the Imagination: Authorship, Popular Fiction, and Literature

Room: East Academic-102
Chair:  Jillian Tomm (McGill University)

  • Pierre Hébert (Université de Sherbrooke), « Censure sans frontières…. » : L’écrivain le plus censuré du Québec, Louis Dantin, a passé toute sa « vie littéraire »… à Boston
  • Janet B. Friskney (York University), “Writing for the World from Saint John: W.E. Dan Ross and the International Markets for Popular Fiction”
  • Gwendolyn Davies (University of New Brunswick), “Walter Bates’ The Mysterious Stranger (1817): Canada’s Early Bestseller”

10:00 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 12:00 Writing Lives and the Lives of Books (sponsored jointly with Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English [ACCUTE])

Room: East Academic-102
Chair: Ruth Panofksy (Ryerson University)

  • Nathan Murray (University of Toronto), “The True Story of Fiction: Virginia Woolf’s Flush and the Literary Biography”
  • Claire Battershill (University of Reading), “Haphazard Visions: Lytton Strachey and the Publishing of Twentieth-Century Biography”
  • Emily Murphy (Queen’s University), “Zelda Fitzgerald: A Death in Life and a Life After Death”


12:00 – 2:00 BSC Catered lunch and Annual General Meeting (for BSC members only)

Presentation of the Marie Tremaine Medal.
Room: East Academic A-102

2:00 – 3:30 Digital Curation: Are We Fulfilling Our Obligations to Future Generations? How Does “Digital Curation” Relate to the Curatorial Practices Employed by Special Collections Libraries? (sponsored jointly with the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians [CAPAL])

Room: Glenridge Building A-162
Chair: Linda Quirk (University of Alberta)

  • Mary Jane Edwards (Carleton University), “Archiving the Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts (CEECT): Technical and Other Challenges”
  • Nicole Bloudoff (Dalhousie University) and Fiona Black (Dalhousie University), “The Current Digital Curation Environment and Recommendations for LIS Education: A Study of Canadian Archives and Special Collections”
  • Amy Hildreth Chen (University of Alabama) and Kendall Roark (University of Alberta), “Shedding Light on the Dark Archive: Restricted Access and the Social Context of Digital Curation”

3:30 – 3:45 Break

3:45 – 4:45 Preserving and Protecting Cultural Identity and Knowledge

Room: Glenridge Building A-162
Chair: Annie Murray (University of Calgary)

  • Elizabeth Hanson (Indiana University), “A Library without Boundaries: Mary J. L. Black and the Provision of Library Service by the Fort William (Ontario) Public Library to Non-English Immigrants in the early 20th Century ”
  • Gail Edwards (Douglas College), “’Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones’: Patrolling the Border between Children’s Print and Popular Culture in Postwar Canada ”

5:00 – 7:00 Congress President’s Reception
Room: TBA

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

8:45 – 9:45 Canadian Publishing

Room: Thistle-147
Chair: Janet Friskney (York University)

  • Ruth Panofsky (Ryerson University) “Learning ‘on the job’: Editor Francess Halpenny of University of Toronto Press”
  • Kristine Smitka (University of Alberta), “Narratives of Crisis: The Sale of McClelland & Stewart”

9:45 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:45 Transnational Travels of Books and Print Media: Historical Studies, Theories, Methods and Questions (sponsored jointly by the Canadian Historical Society [CHA] Media and Communication History Committee)

Room:International Centre 110
Chair: Sandra Alston (University of Toronto)

  • Val Ken Lem (Ryerson University), “Multi-national Publishing of Nellie L. McClung’s Sowing Seeds in Danny
  • Karine Taveaux-Grandpierre (Université Paris 13, France), “La presse féminine une presse transnationale dès le XIXe siècle”
  • Leah Knight (Brock University), “Reading across Borders: The Case of Anne Clifford’s ‘Popish’ Books”

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 Ephemera without Borders

Room: Thistle-147
Chair: Randall Speller

  • Annie Murray (University of Calgary), “The ephemerality and resilience of the literary broadside in Canada”
  • Andrea Hasenbank (University of Alberta), “Boilerplate Bolsheviks: Looking at the Canadian Workers’ Pamphlet Series”

2:00 – 2:30 Break

2:30 – 3:30 Digitization and Digital Publishing: Issues and Challenges

Room: Thistle-147
Chair: Christopher Young (University of Toronto)

  • Melissa McAfee (University of Guelph), “A Groat’s Worth of Wit for a Penny: Digitization of the Scottish Chapbook Collection at the University of Guelph”
  • Duncan Koerber (York University), “Defining Media History in Canada: A Digital Bibliography”

3:30 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:30 Keynote Address by Alan Galey (University of Toronto): “The Bibliographic Study of Born-Digital Texts.”

(Sponsored jointly by the Bibliographical Society of Canada and the Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture)
Room: Thistle-244
Chair: Geoffrey Little (Concordia University)

5:30 – 6:30 Reception hosted jointly with CASBC

Room: Plaza-207