Call for Papers: Congress 2016 Round Table

Call for papers

Working in the University of Calgary’s Canadian Literary Archives
A Round Table sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of Canada
and the Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture (CASBC)
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Calgary
Proposed Date of Round Table: Monday, May 30, 2016

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2016 Tremaine Fellowship Call for applications

The Bibliographical Society of Canada invites applications for the Marie Tremaine Fellowship. Deadline for application: February 28, 2016.

The Tremaine Fellowship is offered in memory and through the generosity of Marie Tremaine (1902-1984), the doyenne of Canadian bibliographers. The Fellowship was instituted in 1987 and is offered annually to support the work of a scholar engaged in some area of bibliographical research, including textual studies and publishing history and with a particular emphasis on Canada. The Fellowship, which is in the amount of $2,000.00, is open only to members of the Bibliographical Society of Canada.

For further details and application form please see the Fellowship page.

2015 Emerging Scholar Prize Awarded

The Bibliographical Society of Canada is pleased to announce that Simran Thadani has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Emerging Scholar Prize for her project, The Case of the Unsigned Letters: Investigating a Unique Anonymous Writing-Book, London?, 1590?/1656. Dr. Thadani will present her paper at the BSC’s annual meeting, which will take place at SHARP 2015 in Longueuil/Montreal. 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.

Dr. Thadani’s project considers the ways in which Directions for Writing — a stab-stitched pamphlet writing-book which survives in just one complete copy at Columbia University — looks different and works differently from other writing-books, interrogating it for clues to its origins and placing it within the broader contexts of its genre and of early modern anonymity. Dr Thadani concludes that “Directions for Writing; and other anonymous writing-books can play an important role for scholarship on the genre, by complicating our normal assumptions about authorship; authorial self-promotion, and the notion of the author-function underlying the text’s production.

Dr. Thadani received her PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. As an independent scholar she is presently engaged in producing a bibliography of the Arion Press in San Francisco; in compiling a new edition of ABC for Book Collectors with Nicolas Barker; and in mounting a retrospective exhibition of the works of the Grabhorn Press at the Grolier Club in New York. She also serves on the board of Letterform Archive, a newly-established non-profit organization whose collections relate to typography, calligraphy, lettering, and graphic design. In a letter of support, her PhD supervisor Peter Stallybrass praised her as someone who has been at the centre of research on early manuscripts and printed books, and who has the ability to draw together in new ways academic scholars, special collections librarians, collectors, and booksellers.

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.

2015 Tremaine Fellowship recipient

The members of the Fellowships Committee are very pleased to announce that Alana Fletcher (Queen’s University) has been awarded the Tremaine Fellowship for 2015 for her project, “The Story of the Story: Textual Interpretations of Uranium Mining on Great Bear Lake.” Dr. Fletcher will use the fellowship funds to travel to Déline, NWT in order to catalogue works held at the Déline First Nations office and compile them in an annotated bibliography.

Emerging Scholar Prize: Donors

The BSC Council initiated a fundraising drive in 2013 to establish the Emerging Scholar Prize. Several members of the BSC have already generously pledged their support, and we are happy to announce that a substantial amount has been raised. In order to ensure that the Prize is viable in the long-term, we are looking to raise $25,000 to create a stable endowment. If, after a reasonable amount of time, this is not feasible, monies raised to that point will be used to fund the Prize directly. Should the Prize be terminated, remaining funds will be distributed among the Society’s fellowship and awards programs.

Please consider making a gift to the Society in support of the Emerging Scholar Prize. You may wish to use a gift to honour a friend, mentor, or colleague. Gifts are tax deductible. Cheques, made out to “Bibliographical Society of Canada” with “Emerging Scholar Prize” in the memo field, can be sent to:

The Bibliographical Society of Canada
c/o Tom Vincent
304 Olympus Avenue
Kingston, ON K7M 4T9

The Society wishes to acknowledge the generosity of the following donors:

  • Sandra Alston
  • Guylaine Beaudry
  • Pat Belier
  • Fiona Black
  • Jennifer Connor
  • Anne Dondertman
  • Elizabeth Driver
  • Nancy Earle
  • Gail Edwards
  • Patricia Fleming
  • Alana Fletcher
  • Janet Friskney
  • Alan Galey
  • Carole Gerson
  • Nicholas Giguère
  • J. Godolphin
  • Greta Golick
  • Jeannine Green
  • C. Gryski
  • Edna Hajnal
  • Balfour Halevy
  • Robin Healey
  • Sushil Kumar Jain
  • Marcel Lajeunesse
  • Val Lem
  • Geoffrey Little
  • Bertrum MacDonald
  • Anne McGaughey
  • Eli MacLaren
  • Ian MacLaren
  • Don McLeod
  • Roger Meloche
  • Jacques Michon
  • Peter Mitham
  • Heather Murray
  • George Parker
  • Linda Quirk
  • Carl Spadoni
  • Apollonia Steele
  • Joeée Vincent
  • Tom Vincent
  • Germaine Warkentin
  • Mary Williamson
  • Joan Winearls
  • Alberta Wood

Tremaine Medal 2015: Call for nominations

The Awards Committee invites nominations for the Marie Tremaine Medal, offered by the Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) for outstanding service to Canadian bibliography and for distinguished publication in either English or French in that field. The Tremaine Medal is accompanied by the Watters-Morley Prize, a $500 scholarly award.

Eligibility: Members of the Awards Committee or the Council of the Society are not eligible for the award while they are in office. Otherwise the award is open to all, without restriction. Nominations may not be put forward by the president or by members of the Awards Committee, but otherwise there are no restrictions in this regard.

Deadline: February 28th, 2015.

Nomination package: The complete nomination package must be sent electronically, and should include:

  • A letter of nomination (1-3 pages single spaced), summarizing the nominee’s contributions to Canadian bibliography.
  • The nominee’s CV, including a list of main relevant publications, projects and work supervised.
  • Three letters of support from experts in the field, addressing the significance of the candidate’s contributions.
  • A citation of approximately 750 words about the nominee, to be used as a basis, if the nominee is selected, for the award presentation and for a text to be published, along with the recipient’s response, in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada / Cahiers de la Société bibliographique du Canada.

Please send nomination packages and any questions to the Awards Committee at:

2014 Tremaine Medal and Watters-Morley Prize Awarded

Pierre Hébert - recipient of the 2014 Tremaine Medal and Watters-Morley PrizeThe members of the Awards Committee are very pleased to announce Pierre Hébert as the recipient of the 2014 Tremaine Medal and Watters-Morley Prize. The prize will be awarded at the Society’s 69th Annual General Meeting.

Pierre Hébert, professor in the Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines at the Université de Sherbrooke, has prodigiously advanced book historical research in Canada. He is a pioneering researcher exploring questions relating to censorship in Quebec, and an important contributor to the documentation of Quebec’s book and other cultural producers. He has supported the broader growth of Canadian book historical research through leadership of major research projects and networks, as well as through an enormous amount of direct research supervision. A member of the Royal Society of Canada, among his many contributions to the community are his current presidency of the Association québécoise pour l’étude de l’imprimé (AQÉI), and co-directorship of the Groupe de recherches et d’études sur le livre au Québec (GRÉLQ), Université de Sherbrooke.

We are extremely pleased to extend to Professor Hébert our recognition of his impressive output and career in service of advancing Canadian bibliography and book historical inquiry.

2013 Call for emerging scholar prize applications

The Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) invites applications for the Emerging Scholar Prize. The Prize promotes the work of a researcher who is beginning his or her career in the fields of book history and bibliography broadly defined, including the study of the creation, production, publication, distribution, transmission, history, and uses of printed books, manuscripts, or electronic texts.

The recipient of the BSC Emerging Scholar Prize will be invited to deliver a paper at the Society’s annual spring conference. A revised, article-length version of the paper will be published in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada / Cahiers de la Société bibliographique du Canada, subject to peer review. A grant of $500 accompanies the Prize and may be used to help the recipient attend the annual conference or to meet costs associated with research. The recipient will also receive a one year complimentary membership in the BSC.

Eligibility: Students of any nationality enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program are eligible (e.g., MA, PhD, MLIS), as is anyone who has completed such a program within the last four years from date of convocation (e.g., teaching faculty, librarians, postdoctoral fellows, independent scholars, members of the book trade). There are no restrictions regarding the topic of research so long as it relates to some aspect of bibliography or book history.

Application: Applicants must submit the following documents electronically in English or in French:

  • A one-page cover letter that explains the applicant’s interest in and suitability for the prize;
  • A brief CV (maximum of three pages);
  • An abstract (maximum of 750 words, including bibliography) of the proposed paper;
  • Proof of student status or of graduation within the past four years (copy of diploma, copy of student identification, or official or unofficial transcript);
  • One confidential letter of reference, e-mailed directly by the referee. The letter may be given as text or sent as an attachment, but it must include the referee’s contact information and any institutional affiliation.

All application materials, including letters of reference, should be sent to Geoffrey Little, Chair, BSC Publications Committee,, no later than 15 November 2013. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Paper submissions will not be accepted. The recipient will be announced in January 2014.

For more information, please contact Geoffrey Little,