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Book Launch on NB Archaeology – Dec 2nd

The Harriet Irving Library at the University of New Brunswick (UNBF) will be hosting a book launch on December 2nd for a new, expanded edition of Someone Before Us: Buried History in Central New Brunswick by George Frederick Clarke.

Dr. Clarke’s book tells the story of his life-long, pioneering archaeological work in the St. John River watershed. The first edition was published in 1968. The new edition features a major Afterword by Professor David W. Black (UNB Anthropology), which appraises Clarke’s work and updates NB archaeology since his time. Editor, Mary Bernard, has contributed a comprehensive introduction, which also provides valuable information for understanding the context and significance of Clarke’s archaeological work and the importance of his book. Extensive notes and references have been added to the new edition as well.

The book launch will take place from 4 -6 PM in the Milham Room (#100) on the first floor of the Harriet Irving Library. The program will begin with remarks by Mary Bernard, editor and Clarke’s granddaughter, via Skype from Cambridge, England. It will continue with reflections by grandson, Ian Bernard, and long time friend of the family, David Myles. Professor David Black will provide the main presentation on the book and Clarke’s place in NB archaeology.

The other Clarke books now in print are Six Salmon Rivers, Song of the Reel, The Ghost of Nackawick Portage (short stories), and Jimmy-Why and Noël Polchies: Their Adventures in the Great Woods (a book for young readers). Someone Before Us and the other Clarke’s books will be on display and available for purchase at the book launch. Clarke published thirteen books and was one of New Brunswick’s best-loved authors. The GFC Project is bringing them all back into print.

For further information see www.chapelstreeteditions.com

Contact person for Chapel Street Editions

Keith Helmuth

506-325-3546

 

Exhibition of children’s books by Brunswick Press

Junior Gleaners and Beaver Books:
The colourful children’s books of Fredericton’s Brunswick Press in the 1950s and 60s


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H. R. Stewart Exhibition Room
5th floor of the Harriet Irving Library
UNB Fredericton


This book/archival exhibit of Brunswick Press materials follows the Milham Lecture presented by Susan Fisher, Curator of the Eileen Wallace Children’s Literature Collection in the Harriet Irving Library, UNB Fredericton.

With over 70 titles for children, ranging from newly illustrated classic poems and tales to locally authored poetry, fiction and non-fiction, Fredericton’s Brunswick Press was an early innovator in Canada, defining what regional children’s publishing could be.


Alcuin Society’s 2015 prize-winning books on display in HIL

alcuin Winning books from the 34th annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada are currently on display at the Harriet Irving Library in the H.R. Stewart Exhibition Room until 28 October 2016.

Viewing hours are Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The Harriet Irving Library on the UNB Fredericton campus is the only New Brunswick venue hosting the book exhibit.

Judges selected 43 winning titles from 230 Canadian entries published in 2015, from nine provinces and 98 publishers. Gaspereau Press (Kentville, NS) was recognized for 7 of its designs. Thirty-eight of the prize-winning books are on display.


The Alcuin Society is a Vancouver-based, non-profit society for the support and appreciation of fine books. In addition to the annual Book Design Competition, the Society publishes a quarterly journal, Amphora, and organizes lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and field visits on various aspects of the book.


For more information, please contact Archives & Special Collections by email archives@unb.ca or by telephone (453-4748).
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Milham Lecture and Reception – Oct. 27th

Junior Gleaners and Beaver Books:
The colourful children’s books of Fredericton’s Brunswick Press in the 1950s and 60s

An illustrated talk with accompanying exhibition


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Presented by Susan Fisher, Curator
Eileen Wallace Children’s Literature Collection
Harriet Irving Library
UNB Fredericton

Date: Thursday, October 27th
Place: HIL Milham Room
Time: 4:00pm
Reception: 4:45-5:30pm


Overview

With over 70 titles for children, ranging from newly illustrated classic poems and tales to locally authored poetry, fiction and non-fiction, Fredericton’s Brunswick Press was an early innovator in Canada, defining what regional children’s publishing could be. Managed by Brigadier Michael Wardell in close correspondence with financial backer, Sir Max Aitken (Lord Beaverbrook), the press was part of a larger publishing venture which also included Fredericton’s local paper, The Daily Gleaner.

In this image-rich presentation, Susan Fisher will discuss the origins of the Brunswick Press, show examples of its children’s books (including original artwork for an unpublished volume of Desmond Pacey’s children’s poetry), and look at how the Press and The Daily Gleaner combined to engage the child reader in 1950s New Brunswick.

This Milham Lecture is presented in conjunction with a book/archival exhibit of Brunswick Press materials to be held in the H. R. Stewart Exhibition Room, Harriet Irving Library, beginning October 24th.


Read the CBC interview of Susan Fisher regarding the Brunswick Press books.
Read the CBC interview of Eileen Wallace and the collection of children’s books she built.


The Milham Lectures were established in 1987 in honour of Mary Ella Milham,
a professor of classics and ancient history at UNB. Consult the list of previous Milham Lectures.

The Future of Libraries: A Conversation with Chris Bourg

UNB Libraries invites you to join us for a presentation and discussion with Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), on Thursday, October 6 at 3:00-4:00 PM in the Milham Room at the Harriet Irving Library. Dr. Bourg is on campus to deliver the opening keynote at Access 2016, Canada’s library technology conference, hosted by UNB Libraries.

Dr. Bourg has been leading a task force composed of MIT faculty, staff, and students, which has been charged with seeking input from the MIT community and from domain experts, on how MIT libraries ought to evolve to best advance the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge, and to serve as a leader in the reinvention of research libraries. In this presentation, she’ll share some findings from the task force’s report (due to be released later this year), and lead discussion with the audience on the future of research libraries.

Dr. Bourg is the Director of Libraries at MIT, where she also oversees the MIT Press. Prior to assuming her role at MIT, Chris worked for 12 years in the Stanford University Libraries, most recently as the Associate University Librarian for Public Services. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University, and spent 10 years as an active duty U.S. Army officer, including 3 years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Chris is keenly interested in issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education, and in the role libraries play in advancing social justice and democracy. She is currently serving as Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion of the Association of Research Libraries and has written and spoken extensively on diversity, inclusion, and leadership.