November 22, 2006: Capilano College faculty really stack up

      November 22, 2006
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Tel: 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) – In terms of scholarly expertise, North Vancouver’s Capilano College continues to make an indelible mark on the literary world. Along with award-winning publications, such as The Capilano Review (celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2007) and The Westcoast Reader (celebrating its 25th anniversary this year), the College also boasts a wide range of published authors.

      The winner of the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award in the English-language poetry category was Capilano College ABE instructor, JohnPass. John won for his collection of poetry, Stumbling in the Bloom. This was the second time that John had been nominated for the award. His first nominated book, Water Stair, was published in 2000. He has written approximately 15 books in total. Former College English instructor, Sharon Thesen, was nominated in the same category for The Good Bacteria. It was Sharon’s third nomination.

      Philosophy instructor, Stan Persky, is the 2006 recipient of the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize for his recent publication The Short Version: An ABC Book. Stan, who has written 16 other books, was nominated for the same prize in 1990 for his publication Buddy's: Meditations on Desire. In 2002, Stan and Philosophy instructor, Dr. John Dixon, were runners-up for the Donner Prize for their book On Kiddie Port: Sexual Representation, Free Speech and the Robin Sharpe Case.

      Communications instructor, Crawford Kilian, has written 20 books, including science fiction and business texts. His latest is Writing for the Web 3.0, the third edition of a book first published in 1999. Next up is the second edition of Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, first published in 1998. Both are from Self-Counsel Press.

      English instructor, Ryan Knighton, is the author of a recent book called Cockeyed: A Memoir (Penguin Press, 2006). The book is a hilarious and touching account of Ryan’s journey into blindness. This is Ryan’s third book. The other two are a book of poems called Swing in the Hollow and a micro-fiction called Cars, co-authored with George Bowering.

      Carol Cram, convenor of the Executive and Project Administration program, has published about 35 books to date. In 2006, she published New Perspectives on Communicating in Business with Technology. In 2007, she will be publishing at least four more books in response to the upgrade to the Microsoft Office software. The two longest books are Word 2007 Illustrated Second Course and Office 2007 Illustrated Projects (Nelson Press).

      Geography instructor, Brett McGillivray, recently provided a workshop to the provincial Electoral Boundary Commission based upon his second edition book Geography of British Columbia: People and Landscapes in Transition. Brett’s most recent publication is a second book of the geography of Canada entitled: Canada: A Nation of Regions.

      In September, Anthropology instructor, Robert Muckle, released Introducing Archaeology, and in November, UBC Press published another of Bob’s books, The First Nations of British Columbia: second edition.

      Dr. Penny Le Couteur, dean of Arts and Sciences at Capilano College and 2005 recipient of the Eve Savory Award for Science Communication, has published several books, including Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History. In 2004, this book was one of three finalists out of 143 entries in the book category for the U.S. National Academies Communication Award for Excellence in communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public. She also coauthored a high school textbook, Chemistry: A Second Course, which has been used by Grade 12 students across Canada.

      Graham Fane, instructor in the School of Business, has coauthored two editions of Contemporary Management, a textbook on the principles of management.

      Geology instructor, Dr. Jennifer Getsinger, ESL instructor, Catherine Ostler, and IDEA instructor, Pascal Milelli, were all published in Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio anthology, emerge, in 2005.

      Sociology instructors, Dr. Gordon Bailey, and Dr. Noga Gayle, published a second edition of their sociology theory book, Sociology: An Introduction from the Classics to the Contemporary Feminists(1993). The book has been renamed Social Theory: Essential Readings. In 2003, they also completed a second book entitled Ideology: Structuring Identities in Contemporary Life.

      English instructor, Crystal Hurdle, has published a book of poems called After Ted & Sylvia.

      English instructor, Roger Farr, has a new book of poems titled SURPLUS.

      English instructor, Reg Johanson,has a new book titled Courage, My Love.

      English instructor, Anne Stone, has two novels: jacks: a gothic gospel and Hush.

      ESL instructor, Carrie Jung, co-authored an ESL textbook entitled Reflecting on Writing: Composing in English for ESL Students.

      History instructor, Dr. Robert Campbell, published in 2001 Sit Down and Drink Your Beer: Regulating Vancouver’s Beer Parlours, 1925 – 1954. He has also published another book called Demon Rum or Easy Money: Government Control of Liquor in British Columbia from Prohibition to Privatization.

      History and Women’s Studies instructor, Dr. Marlene LeGates, has several publications, including Making Waves: A History of Feminism in Western Society and Feminists Before Feminism: Origins and Varieties of Women's Protest in Europe and North America Before the Twentieth Century.

      Charles Wilkinson, instructor in the College’s Motion Picture Production program, has written a book called The Working Director: How to arrive, thrive and survive in the director’s chair (2005). The book is not about where to put the camera. Instead, it’s a book about being hired to direct film and television projects again and again.

      Another instructor in the College’s excellent Motion Picture Production program, Michael Thoma, has published a novel called Gibson’s Landing (1997), a fictional account about life in the Sunshine Coast town of Gibsons.

      Textile artist and instructor in the College’s Textile Arts program, Ruth Scheuing, has written a book that is essential for practitioners of art. Called Material Matters (1998), the publication contains essays that surround textile art as production, consumption and reception.

      George Rammell, sculpture instructor in the College’s Studio Art program, has a chapter included in the book on renowned Haida artist, Bill Reid. Called Bill Reid and Beyond (2004), the publication contains contributions from 21people who discuss Reid and his approach to his art.

      Economics instructors, John Sayer and Alan Morris, have written two editions of both of their textbooks, Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics.

      Dr. Andrew Klobucar, English instructor, has published a book called Writing Class.

      Dr. Kent Lewis, English instructor, has published a book called Word and World.

      History instructor, Towser Jones, co-wrote Writing History: A Guide for Students.

      English instructor, Dr. Jenny Penberthy, has published five books that focus on the work of Lorine Niedecker, a mid-Western American poet, including: Lorine Niedecker: Collected Works (Univ. of California Press), Niedecker and the Correspondence with Zukofsky 1931-1970 (Cambridge Univ. Press), and Lorine Niedecker: Woman and Poet (National Poetry Foundation).

      Reid Gilbert, also an instructor in the College’s English department, is co-author of A Short Guide to Writing about Literature, now in its 2nd edition.

      Media Arts instructor, Toni Latour, has a six minute video called Robin Red Breast and Smile, included in a 2006 DVD called Aspect: Joie de Vivre, volume 5.

      While the list is long, it is by no means complete. However, it is an excellent indication of the kind of literary expertise that exists at the college.