New media on the rise in honoured work

by Susan Stern
Staff writer

The ninth annual UBC Authors' Reception March 23 -- which honours the creative authoring forces on campus -- is changing fast.

Although books comprise the majority of the 135 titles by 133 authors the past year, work in new media continues to grow with more CDs, CD-ROMs, videos, and books on disc among the publications.

"Publishing is not just print material anymore," says University Librarian Catherine Quinlan. "What we see now at the Authors' Reception is the diversity that exists in the publishing world."

Quinlan says the reception provides a great opportunity to honour the achievements and the impact that UBC authors, composers and videographers have at home and around the world.

For the first time the reception, hosted by Quinlan and Vice-President, Academic and Provost, Barry McBride, will be held downtown at the Vancouver Public Library from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

"I think going downtown will help us begin to develop a closer link with the community. The venue will give guests an opportunity to talk to our authors, composers and producers and find out the range of research at UBC," Quinlan says.

The event also recognizes the crucial support of all 13 UBC libraries, including the three hospital libraries.

"At UBC we are fortunate to possess one of the finest library systems in North America," says UBC President Martha Piper. "Our libraries serve as research laboratories, providing scholars with both the raw materials and the facilities for their work. Our holdings are unique and draw researchers from all over the world."

The 1998 titles are predominantly in English, Quinlan says, but there are also French, German, Korean, Japanese and Italian publications reflecting UBC's diversity.

For more information on the reception call Margaret Friesen at 604-822-4430 or e-mail

Author profiles

Mandakranta Bose: The World My Mother Gave Me

Stephen Chatman: Due West, Blues & Bells, Greater Love, In Flanders Fields, Rose-Cheek'd Laura; Creatures of Earth and Sky

Julie Cruikshank: The Social Life of Stories: Narrative and Knowledge in the Yukon Territory

Drs. Karen Gelmon, Ivo Olivotto, Urva Kuusk: Breast Cancer: All you need to know to take an active part in your treatment

John Helliwell: How Much Do National Borders Matter?

Raymond Lam: Seasonal Affective Disorder and Beyond: Light Treatment for SAD and Non-SAD Conditions

Brian McIlroy: Shooting to Kill: Filmmaking and the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland

Daniel Pauly: FishBase 98