WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will be toasting the recent publishing accomplishments of nearly 60 Laurier-affiliated authors at a reception for invited guests Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 5-7 p.m. at the university’s Waterloo campus Library.
Authors whose work is to be honoured include Laurier faculty members, staff, retirees, alumni and students who have published books from 2012 to the present. Their books run the gamut from academic monographs, textbooks and essay collections, to novels, books of poetry, nonfiction think pieces, memoirs, personal essays and other genres.
“There is so much of importance to our communities and lives that cannot be summarized in a status update, text message, or tweet,” said Max Blouw, Laurier president and vice-chancellor and cohost of the event with university librarian Gohar Ashoughian. “Books still have an enormous power to provide depth and context, and as a result to educate, enlighten and inspire us. We’re thrilled by this opportunity to celebrate our authors, who make an incredibly rich contribution to our university and community.”
In addition to Tuesday’s celebratory reception, the inaugural Community Author program includes a pop-up display at the Wilfrid Laurier University Bookstore, where copies of the books can be purchased. Titles not already included in Laurier’s collection are being added, to ensure the authors are a part of Laurier’s permanent legacy. The organizers, who include volunteers from across campus, continue to explore additional avenues for promoting Laurier authors in the future, with the program scheduled to run every two years.
“Who better than the Library to spearhead such a program?” said Ashoughian. “Of course, the Library has always been about books, but in recent years, libraries like ours have been evolving into dynamic hubs where our community members come together to collaborate and partner on all kinds of information and publishing projects.”
Community Author is part of the Library’s recently launched Culture Series, a new program of events including artist exhibits, musical performances, author readings and more. For more information on the Community Author program, visit library.wlu.ca/communityauthor.
Members of the media are welcome to attend the reception on Nov. 25.
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