Series 5 - Book research

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Book research

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CA SFL MsC 63-5

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  • 1975-2005 (Creation)
    Twigg, Alan

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2.1 cm of textual records and other material

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Alan Twigg was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia in 1952. Since 1987, he has owned and published the newspaper, B.C. BookWorld, Canada’s largest circulation publication about books.

In 1985, Twigg co-founded the B.C. Book Prizes, and he was its executive director and chief fundraiser in the 1990s. He also created the Van City Women’s Book Prize, and coordinated it between 1992 and 2005. Twigg was a representative of the Writers Union of Canada, on the original Board of Directors for the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University. He also served on the boards of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Committee and the Vancouver Cultural Alliance. He is a founder of British Columbia’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding literary career in British Columbia, which he has also coordinated since 1995. In 1994, he organized events aiming to honor George Woodcock, who was British Columbia’s most prolific man of letters.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Alan Twigg worked as a freelance writer. From 1995 to 1998, he wrote a weekly editorial column for The Province newspaper. He has written for The Quill & Quire, BC Historical News, as a theatre critic for The Georgia Straight, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Maclean’s, Vancouver Sun, Step and Pacific Northwest Review of Books.

Alan Twigg appears frequently as a guest on CBC Radio, and he has been the host of a CBC television series about B.C. authors.

Alan Twigg has taught at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and at high schools. He hosted Simon Fraser University’s third annual Symposium on the Novel at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in 2004. In 1999, Twigg coordinated a fundraising campaign for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, an organization which he continues to support.

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Series contains materials concerned with Twigg’s research for various books. Materials include drafts of literary works, transcripts of interview with Vander Zalm, correspondence, photographs, computer disks, newspaper clippings, handwritten and typed notes, newspapers, magazines and books.

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Wherever possible, the original order was retained. However, where the original order was not discernible, the arrangement into files was imposed. The drafts of 24 chapters of For Openers were arranged into one file. Similarly, drafts of chapters of Vander Zalm were arranged into one file. The original order of the notes and newspaper clippings pertaining to research on separate chapters of Vander Zalm was retained. All the remaining notes and newspaper clippings pertaining to research for Vander Zalm had to be arranged into one file. The remaining files were arranged based on form of the materials.

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Includes ca. 1650 photographs, 14 computer disks, 70 books, 138 newspaper clippings, 9 newspapers, 16 magazines, 6 brochures, 3 videocassettes, 8 audio tapes, 6 business card, 1 book jacket, 7 booklet, 2 certificates, 24 bookmarks, 2 pamphlets, 3 posters, 6 postcards, 1 newsletter, 2 CDs, 1T-shirt, 1 calendar, 1 pictorial, 1 travel guide and 2 journals.

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