Campus Authors to Be Honoured

October 22, 2007 - Campus Bulletin

From poetry and fiction to biographies and textbooks, more than 100 books will be celebrated at the 2006/07 Campus Authors reception Oct. 30.

The event is open to the public and runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the U of G Library.

Organized by the library, the second annual event pays tribute to faculty, staff, students, alumni and retirees who have written, edited and translated books published since Jan. 1, 2006.

It will recognize a breadth of authors, including chancellor emeritus Lincoln Alexander for his memoir, Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy; Theatre Studies professor Sky Gilbert for four different works; international development student Jenn McIntyre for a book called Living Reality: Teen Reflections on Depression; and U of G graduate Margaret Dickenson for her cookbook Margaret's Table: Easy Cooking and Inspiring Entertainment.

"The authors on this campus often risk their reputation and ideas, their art and theories, by publishing their latest work for the world to see," said writer-in-residence Wayson Choy, who will be speaking at the event. "To recognize these distinguished writers is to applaud their labour and daring, their wish to represent their best effort, and to say: 'Encore!"

Prof. Maureen Mancuso, provost and vice-president (academic), will also speak at the event and is among the celebrated authors for a book called Question of Ethics: Canadians Speak Out.

A total of 105 published works will be celebrated, including scholarly works, textbooks, a children's book, histories, an encyclopedia, yearbooks, poetry, novels and a biographical dictionary.

The library, which has bought a copy of each book to add to its U of G collection, has created a database of all new U of G books and their authors, starting with books published in 2005. Honoured books have a bookplate indicating University authorship, and the library catalogue is linked to the database. There is also a display in the library foyer highlighting all the new books.

A list of all the books and short author biographies are posted on the Campus Authors website.

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