Call for applications: 2022 Emerging Scholar Prize

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

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2022 Marie Tremaine Fellowship – Call for applications

The Bibliographical Society of Canada invites applications for the Marie Tremaine Fellowship. Deadline for application: December 12, 2021.

The Marie 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 amount of the Fellowship is $2,000.00. The recipient of the Marie Tremaine Fellowship also receives a free one-year membership in the society.

For further details and to download an application form please see the Fellowship page at

Bulletin 95: Call for Submissions

For its upcoming issue, the Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) invites the submission of stories or news items of interest to bibliographers and book historians. Potential topics include past or upcoming events (exhibitions, book fairs, etc.), ongoing projects, upcoming publications. Submissions are welcome from both members and non-members of the BSC.

Submissions should range between 200 and 300 words in length and should be sent to by September 30, 2021.

Registration open: Bibliographical & Book Studies in Canada Virtual Conference

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Relations of the Book

From May 31st to June 1st, bibliographical and book studies researchers will gather remotely for the virtual Annual Conference of the Bibliographical Society of Canada. Our conference speakers this year will engage with the theme ‘Relations of the Book’ in connecting peoples, communities, cultures, and ways of knowing while forming inclusive visions for bibliographical and book studies. We are excited to share a program of speakers that engage with the theme, which includes presentations on the decolonization of texts and diverse bibliographical approaches to examine marginalized ‘book’ cultures.

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2021 Marie Tremaine Medal Announcement

The Awards Committee of the Bibliographical Society of Canada/ La Société bibliographique du Canada (BSC-SbC) is pleased to announce that the 2021 Marie Tremaine Medal for excellence in bibliography has been awarded to Dr. Benoît Melançon of the Université de Montréal. As the recipient of the Tremaine Medal, he will also be presented with the Watters-Morley Prize, a cash award named in honour of the distinguished Canadian bibliographers, Reginal Watters and William Morley.

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Graduate Student Merit Award winner for 2021

The Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) is pleased to announce that Izabeau Legendre, a doctoral student in the Cultural Studies interdisciplinary programme at Queen’s University, has been nominated for the BSC-SbC’s Graduate Student Merit Award. The Awards Committee was impressed by his work in studying the French and English Canadian Zine movement in an international and socio-political perspective. The Committee was also struck by his strong publishing record.  

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Congratulating the BSC-SbC Emerging Scholar 2021

The Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) is pleased to announce Alexis Paquette-Lacasse, a master’s student of comparative literature in the Département de littératures et de langues du monde at the University of Montreal has been awarded the 2021 Emerging Scholar Prize. The BSC Awards Committee was impressed by Paquette-Lacasse’s scholarly accomplishments and excited by the originality of his proposed project that examines queer book history in Quebec in the mid-twentieth century.

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Volume 58 of the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada is now available online!

Special issue

Œuvrer ensemble. Les rouages collectifs dans la chaîne du livre
Working together. Collective Mechanisms in the Book Circuit
Edited by Karol’Ann Boivin, Mylène Fréchette, & Virginie Mailhot

Who are the intermediaries in the communications circuit and the book supply chain? What is the scope of their impact on the book as an object, and how do their actions fit in with those of other intermediaries within the book supply chain? These are the questions guiding this special issue, which focuses on the nature of collective work and action in the world of literature.

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BSC-SbC Withdrawal from Congress 2021

In solidarity with the Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA), the BSC-SbC Council has voted for the BSC-SbC to withdraw from Congress 2021.

The BSC-SbC’s resolve to be a supportive and welcoming Society for our Black colleagues is steadfast. That support extends to our colleagues in other associations who have not had their concerns about systemic inequities addressed in a caring and timely manner. The BCSA outlined their concerns on 9 Feb. 2021 in their BCSA Statement Regarding 2021 Congress. The Federation responded in a news release on 11 Feb. 2021. The BCSA then issued a follow-up statement on 20 Feb. 2021.

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Appointment of New Editor of the Papers/Cahiers

The Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Willson Gordon has been appointed Editor of the Society’s peer-reviewed journal, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada. Gordon is Associate Professor of English and Canada Research Chair in Modern Literature and Print Culture at King’s University in Edmonton.

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