Capilano University is the first university in Canada to provide a Short Édition Short Story Dispenser
NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Instead of consulting their phones in idle moments, students and visitors to the new Learning Commons at Capilano University can now get a literary lift. The University unveiled the first Short Story Dispenser in British Columbia at the official opening of its Learning Commons on November 20, 2018.
Users decide whether they prefer a story that takes one, three or five minutes to read, and then press a button to receive an original story or poem on a scroll of eco-friendly paper. Free of charge for the user, the works of fiction transform unoccupied minutes and wait times into literary experiences.
The first university in Canada to collaborate with Short Édition of Grenoble, France, Capilano University pursued this innovative dispenser as an extension of its commitment to literacy, creativity and enriching the student experience.
Legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola calls Short Édition stories “an artistic lift free of charge.”
“We’re excited to be the first university in Canada to offer stories in such an innovative way,” says Victoria Miles, Capilano University’s director of communications & marketing. “Our new story dispenser is an elegant, intriguing enhancement of our services to students. We hope the short stories reinvigorate a love of reading and inspire our campus community.”
Dispensed stories not only entertain recipients but also tend to spur impromptu conversations. Creative, contemporary and connected —words that describe both Short Édition and CapU.
About Capilano University
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University enrols more than 10,000 students each year and offers 101 programs, including bachelor's degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh) Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
About Short Édition
The Short Édition vision is to make literature accessible to all, by putting short stories – whether fiction, poetry, comics strips or children’s stories – into the hands of readers. Founded in 2011, the company launched the Short Story Dispenser concept in 2016 and has now started to reach readers on each corner of the globe – from Paris to Hong Kong to San Francisco. Short Édition has dispensed more than 3 million short stories written by 8,000 independent authors and generated 20 million readings on its online platform short-edition.com.
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Submitted by: Cheryl Rossi