The Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) is pleased to announce that Rachel Bryant, a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of New Brunswick, has been selected as the recipient of the Emerging Scholar Prize. Her paper, "Towards the (In)digitization of the Archive: Preserving, Sharing, and Protecting Indigenous Knowledge in New Brunswick," will be presented at the BSC's annual conference in May 2014 and will explore how the province of New Brunswick could both benefit and learn from controversial efforts to digitize Indigenous archival materials in the United States, particularly in New England. A revised, article-length version of the paper will be published in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, subject to peer review. The prize also includes a grant of $500.
Ms. Bryant's timely and original paper intersects directly with her dissertation, which explores the ways in which Native peoples have re-inscribed themselves textually across the northeastern Canadian-American border over the past three hundred years through the resurrection of the Wampum belt and the use of cartographic space. She has been praised as an exceptional scholar with a remarkable research record and a strong commitment to the reconfiguration of bibliographical studies to address the needs of Indigenous writers and communities in North America. Her supervisors at the University of New Brunswick are Professors Jennifer Andrews and Elizabeth Mancke.
The Emerging Scholar Prize was established by the BSC in 2012 to support a scholar at the beginning of her or his career who is undertaking research in bibliography, book history, or print culture broadly defined, including the study of the creation, production, publication, distribution, and uses of manuscripts, printed books, or electronic texts.
The organizers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada/La Société bibliographique du Canada invite proposals on the theme of “Current Directions in Book History: Borders without Boundaries” for the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Details may be found here.
The Bibliographical Society of Canada invites proposals for papers which explore the relationship between current and emerging practices in digital curation on one hand and the curatorial practices and acquisitions policies at play in Special Collections Libraries on the other for a special joint session co-sponsored with the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Libraries (CAPAL) at the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The call for papers may be found here.
The Bibliographical Society of Canada invites proposals for papers that reflect on the theme of “Transnational Travels of Books and Print Media: Historical Studies, Theories, Methods and Questions.” for a special joint session co-sponsored with the CHA Media and Communication History Committee at the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The call for papers may be found here.
The Bibliographical Society of Canada / Société bibliographique du Canada has added its endorsement to the Joint Statement on Qualities of a Successful Librarian and Archivist of Canada.
Letter received from the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Tremaine Medal and Watters-Morley Prize
The members of the Awards Committee are very pleased to announce that Dr. Carole Gerson will be awarded the Tremaine Medal and Watters-Morley Prize for 2013. The prize will be awarded at the Society's 68th Annual General Meeting.
A member of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, Dr. Gerson is also active in the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures, the Association for Canadian Studies, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, and the Royal Society of Canada, among others.
Professor in the Department of English at Simon Fraser, Dr. Gerson is among the leading figures of a generation of scholars who have built a more inclusive vision of Canadian literary history. The extent to which she has helped to establish the basic bibliography of early Canadian women writers, develop print and electronic reference tools, and push the boundaries of the field, is truly remarkable. We are pleased to offer this recognition of her many contributions.
The members of the Fellowships Committee are very pleased to announce that Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre will be awarded the Tremaine Fellowship for 2013. The prize will be awarded at the Society's 68th Annual General Meeting on 3 June 2013. A member of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, Dr. Lefebvre has extensive publications relating to archival collections, rare books and manuscripts. His current project under contract with University of Toronto Press is The L.M. Montgomery Reader. This three-volume critical anthology “aims to expand existing knowledge of L.M. Montgomery’s life writing and critical reception by publishing a representative selection of her own uncollected newspaper and magazine articles along with published commentary on her work, in the form of interviews, journalism, entries in reference books, scholarly articles and book chapters, ads, and reviews.” We are pleased to offer this fellowship to assist with his current research.
The President of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, Janet Friskney, has sent a letter to all Members of Parliament expressing the Society's concerns about the current situation at Library and Archives Canada. A copy of the letter may be accessed here.A second letter, dated 18 November 2012, in response to Minister of Canadian Heritage, James Moore's reply to the Society may be accessed here.
A letter to Dr. Daniel Caron, dated 23 February 2013 may be accessed here.
The Papers/Cahiers of the Society are now available on the Open Journal System, which permits advanced search capabilities. The tables of contents for the most recent issues may be viewed, as well as all past issues in pdf format. To see the new site, click on 'Publications', then 'Journal' in the left sidebar.
The Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) is pleased to announce the creation of the Emerging Scholar Prize. The Prize will be given annually starting in 2014 and will recognize and support a scholar at the beginning of her or his career who is undertaking research in bibliography, book history, or print culture. ....MORE
The Society wishes to acknowledge the generosity of the following donors:Sandra Alston
Prizes were awarded to the winning entrants of the third National Book Collecting Contest in Vancouver and Waterloo on May 28, 2012.
The first prize went to Samuel Jang, of Victoria, B.C. for his collection Aesop's Fables.
The second prize winner was David Fernández, of Toronto, Ontario for his collection The Imaginary of Books: Homosexualities, Images, and Texts.
The third prize winner was Gideon Foley, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for his collection Tasteful Books.
- Justin Hanisch, A History of Fish
- Gregory Robert Freeman, The Tudors & Stuarts
- Kieran Charles Ryan Fox, Superlative Works from the Subcontinent
- Charlotte Ashley, The Works (and Quirks) of Alexandre Dumas père
- Vanessa Brown, The L.M. Montgomery Collection in the Forest City
- Naseem Hrab, The Complexities of Ordinary Life: Autobiographical Comics and Graphic Novels
The Bulletin is published in the spring and fall each year, as the newsletter of the Bibliographical Society of Canada and is distributed to members together with the Papers/Cahiers. Each new issue of the Bulletin will now be made available on the website upon publication. Past issues will be digitized as time permits.
Members wishing to continue to receive the Bulletin in paper form should indicate this on their membership renewal form.