Authors honoured March 24

by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer

Back in time, under the ocean or inside the human body, UBC authors know no bounds in their pursuit of scholarship. Their achievements will be recognized at UBC's Eighth Annual Authors' Reception taking place March 24 at Cecil Green Park House.

The reception celebrates UBC's reputation for excellence in research and academic enquiry, showcasing the work of more than 100 UBC authors published during the past year.

The books represent an impressive range of disciplines, from medicine and animal science to statistics and literary criticism. Besides books, UBC authors and musicians have produced CDs, scripts and videos.

Hosted by the UBC Library and the Office of the President, the reception also provides an opportunity to recognize the role the Library plays in supporting research and scholarship.

"Many of the authors used the Library's own collections, electronic resources and inter-library loan service in producing these books," says University Librarian Catherine Quinlan.

"As the third largest research library in Canada, we are challenged to keep resources current and available to provide a foundation for faculty authors' work," Quinlan says.

Providing research materials isn't the only way the Library supports UBC authors. Many writers acknowledged the contributions of UBC Library assistants and research staff in their books. And one writer noted he was grateful to the Library simply as a congenial place in which to ponder.

In addition to the Library's recognition of authors' work, the UBC Bookstore is planning a special section dedicated to faculty publications, says Bookstore Director Debbie Harvie.

Author profiles

Dr. Larry Goldenberg: Coping with cancer

Laurie Ricou: Field guide for a poem

Wendy Royal, Christine Hoppenrath: Issues for ESL students

Tony Podlecki: Myth of ancient Greek

John Wilson Foster Titanic: ship and more