Celebrating SFU authors

November 14, 2007

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By Alyssa Polinsky

What do abstract algebra, child development, poetry, trademark infringement and coral-reef conservation have in common? They are all subjects addressed in recent SFU-authored titles.

On Nov. 1 more than 60 honoured authors and special guests congregated in Special Collections at WAC Bennett Library for the first reception in 10 years to celebrate SFU and affiliated authors, including students, staff and current and retired faculty. The event recognized 87 authors who published 91 titles between January 2006 and June 2007, including textbooks, anthologies, monographs, a DVD and an online computer game.

"SFU authors, write, edit and translate an impressive number of works," says Lynn Copeland, university librarian. "The titles celebrated were translated into other languages and published by companies all over the world, indicating that SFU authors are making contributions far beyond our campus."

The reception included a display of celebrated titles, arranged by SFU Bookstore, and remarks from Lynn Copeland, Jan Whitford, and Mario Pinto. The speakers commented on the diversity of titles and the role that SFU authors play in advancing the university’s reputation as a leading research institution.

"This celebration is long overdue and we look forward to recognizing SFU authors in coming years," says Copeland. The library is already accepting submissions for the period of July 2007 to June 2008. For more information visit

The celebration continues throughout the month with a window display at the SFU Bookstore in Burnaby and a 20 per cent discount on celebrated titles during November.

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