Unfortunately, we are experiencing problems accessing issues prior to 1998 for JAMA and many of it’s associated archives (such as “Archives of General Psychiatry”). We are working with the publisher to fix this.

Stay tuned!

Toronto, January 26, 2011 — The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is very pleased to announce a major new Canadian children’s literature award. The John Spray Mystery Award will honour excellence in the children’s mystery book format and comes with a $5,000 cash prize which will be awarded annually beginning in November 2011. To be eligible the book must be an original work in English, aimed at readers ages eight to sixteen, and written by a Canadian author. A mystery book can be a thriller, a crime novel, or a ‘whodunit’.

John Spray, President of the Mantis Investigation Agency, is delighted to give the prize, saying that reading mysteries made him a passionate reader at an early age and helped him find his chosen career.  “For many years, through the publishing career of my wife, Gail Winskill, I became acquainted with both contemporary children’s literature as well as the unwavering support of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre for children’s writers and illustrators. While attending the 2010 TD Book Awards, I was struck by the absence of an award for mystery writing.  My childhood was spent rapidly turning the pages of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, which morphed into the Spillanes and le Carres on my adult bookshelf.  Offering a prize for children’s mystery books seemed to me to be a modest payback for a lifetime of joy spent reading great mysteries.”

The John Spray Mystery Award is organized and administered by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976 to encourage the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. “We are thrilled that John Spray has entrusted us with the co-ordination of this important and generous new award that will recognize all the elements that make a great mystery book.  The winning book will be recognized for its high literary qualities as well as for a great story with lots of suspense and thrills. Although there already exist a few Canadian literary awards for the mystery genre, this is the first one that comes with a cash prize and such a generous one at that.  This new award is yet another way of bringing national recognition to the great Canadian creators writing for young people.” said Charlotte Teeple, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

The three inaugural judges for this important new award are Ken Setterington, librarian, author, reviewer and former Child and Youth Advocate for the Toronto Public Library; Marian Misters, co-owner of the Sleuth of Baker Street Mystery Bookstore, former judge for Crime Writers of Canada and the International Association of Crime Writers, and Eric Wright, retired Professor of English at Ryerson University, writer, and winner of numerous awards including four Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Crime Novel, and the Derrick Murdoch Award for lifetime contribution to Canadian crime writing.

Complete details of the John Spray Mystery Award can be found at www.bookcentre.ca.

For further information contact: Charlotte Teeple Canadian Children’s Book Centre 416 975-0010, x 226  charlotte@bookcentre.ca

Oxford University Press Museum: OED Tolkien Letter

The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary has a new design and new functionality.  In December the OED Online website was relaunched featuring a new look,  the addition of the Historical Thesaurus to the OED, and links to other online resources including the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

The OED is a historical dictionary where you’ll find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books.  Read more about the new OED online here.

Image description: J.R.R. Tolkien was a contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary. This letter was sent to the dictionary’s editors explaining the origins of the word “Hobbit”.

Save valuable research time! Online research resources offer an array of tools to help you stay current in your field. In this workshop you’ll learn how to set up email alerts and RSS feeds to:

  •  be notified when new articles and dissertations are published on your topic
  • receive Table of Contents for the latest issue of your favorite journal
  •  find out when new books in your discipline have arrived in the library
  •  be notified of funding and upcoming conference opportunities
  • follow news stories and blogs

No matter what your discipline, you’ll leave the session having set up a number of alerts to stay up-to-date with your research interests!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Koerner Library, Room 216
Bring your own laptop.
Register online at http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/2829

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