Shakespeare first folio bought by UBC

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The University of British Columbia will be exhibiting the latest addition to its library collection — a rare First Folio containing 36 of William Shakespeare’s 38 known plays — at the Vancouver Art Gallery until March 22.

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The University of British Columbia will be exhibiting the latest addition to its library collection — a rare First Folio containing 36 of William Shakespeare’s 38 known plays — at the Vancouver Art Gallery until March 22.

Shakespeare’s friends and theatre-world colleagues published the book in 1623, seven years after the playwright’s death. With 235 copies remaining around the world, the UBC’s acquisition is the second First Folio in Canada. The University of Toronto also has a copy in its Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

The UBC’s copy was purchased with funding from a group of private donors as well as support by Canadian Heritage.

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This winter’s writer-in-residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture is inviting Manitobans to pay close attention to urban nature.

Ariel Gordon has drawn inspiration from urban forests in her most recent books, TreeTalk and Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forest. Participants in her six-part online workshop, Dispatches From the World, will observe the natural world, write about what they see and share their writing with Gordon and other participants.

The workshop runs every two weeks from Feb. 17 to April 28. Registration is limited. For information or to sign up, email ccwoc@umanitoba.ca. Gordon is also available for one-on-one consultations with U of M students, staff or alumni.

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The author of a book that won Britain’s Orwell Prize for political writing has been dropped by her publisher over objections about some of the language in her award-winning book, according to the Guardian. Poet/teacher Kate Clanchy wrote about her time teaching in a disadvantaged area in Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me.

Publisher Pan McMillan will no longer distribute her books, including her earlier poetry collections. Her memoir was the centre of controversy last year after online critics objected to physical descriptions of some of the students, and Clanchy’s admission that some autistic students were “jarring company.”

The split means Pan will no longer publish a planned anthology of Clanchy’s students’ poetry, which had been scheduled for publication this spring.

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You may have already heard that a school division in rural Tennessee (not far from the setting for the Scopes Monkey Trial) has struck Maus, Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about his parents’ experience in the Holocaust, from its junior high curriculum.

But as David Corn, Washington bureau chief for the magazine Mother Jones, puts it, the inside story of the attack on the book is even “dumber than you think.”

In addition to being upset at the book’s use of the words “bitch” and “god damn,” trustees were concerned about nudity. Nude mice, that is, as Spiegelman’s book depicts Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. In one bizarre exchange from the debate over the “inappropriate” language in Maus, one trustee inexplicably quoted the lyrics from the 1921 song I’m Just Wild About Harry as the sort of language that encourages kids to be vulgar.

Corn’s report can be found at wfp.to/mausban.

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Montreal novelist Heather O’Neill returns to a historical setting in her hometown in her new novel When We Lost Our Heads, which she’ll discuss in a Zoom session Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

When We Lost Our Heads is the story of two women in 19th-century Montreal whose friendship spans class divides and changes history. Her previous bestseller, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, set in Montreal in the early 20th century, also delved into class.

For a link to the discussion, with McNally Robinson Booksellers general manager Angela Torgerson, see wfp.to/16f.

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Canada’s Coach House Books is launching a new imprint focusing on Indigenous non-fiction, and has assembled an advisory panel to find and acquire new work.

The name of the new imprint, zaagigin, comes from Anishinaabemowin and, as the company states on its website, “describes when a sprout comes out of the earth. It is related to the Anishinaabemowin word for love.”

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