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Book history wins Gabrielle Roy Prize

June 26, 2008

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They toiled for seven years on the third and final volume of the epic History of the Book in Canada (1918-1980). And now SFU English professor Carole Gerson and co-editor Jacques Michon, a professor and Canada Research Chair at the Université de Sherbrooke , have been recognized for their efforts with a 2007 Gabrielle Roy Prize.

The annual award from the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures honors the best works of literary criticism published in both English and French.

The three volumes, totalling 1,808 pages in English, chronicle the history of writing, printing, publishing and reading in Canada, from aboriginal communication systems established prior to European contact to the arrival of multinational publishing companies.

"We’re so pleased that the association had the breadth of vision to see that what we did applies to the historical context of literary studies as well as to the larger context of print culture that embraces everything from libraries to sports writing," says Gerson.

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