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Canadian Publishing Icon Cynthia Good Featured as 2007/08 Ashley Fellow and Inaugural Rooke Lecturer at Trent University


Series of Special Presentations Gets Underway October 4

Wednesday, October 3, 2007, Peterborough

Cynthia GoodCynthia Good, one of Canada’s leading publishers and literary editors, begins an active roster of special events this week as Trent University’s 2007/08 Ashley Fellow and as inaugural presenter leading off the tenth annual Rooke Lecture series.

As this year’s Ashley Fellow, Ms. Good will visit Trent and be in residence at Traill College from October 2 to 18 and again for a week in late January 2008. While at Trent, she will be meeting with students and members of the Trent and Peterborough communities to speak about aspects of publishing and cultural policy in Canada. Throughout October, Ms. Good will be delivering a series of luncheon presentations for the Trent community on “An Introduction to Publishing in Canada.” Part of her time will also be spent mentoring Trent students in courses in Canadian literature and culture, and in Creative Writing, as well as providing an invaluable resource for the Department of English Literature’s new Masters program in Public Texts.

Tomorrow, Ms. Good will be giving this year’s first Rooke Lecture at the Peterborough Public Library on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. The series is called "The Joy of Texts" and Ms. Good's topic is "Addicted to Reading: How Books Shaped My Life". All Rooke Lectures are free and open to the public.

Starting out as an actress at the age of seven, Ms. Good began her career in publishing while in the midst of her doctoral work in English at the University of Toronto. Hired by a small firm, Dorset Publishing, she learned the many aspects of the publishing business before moving on first to Doubleday Book Clubs as a marketing manager and then to Penguin Canada as editorial director in 1982. Once established at Penguin, she rose rapidly through the ranks, becoming editor-in-chief in 1987, publisher in 1990, and president in 1997. At Penguin she also originated the Penguin’s Canadian Program, which has grown into one of the most successful in Canada, boasting a list of premiere Canadian writers, including: Peter C. Newman, Michael Ignatieff, Denise Chong, Timothy Findley, Mordecai Richler, Robertson Davies, Alice Munro and John Ralston Saul.

Throughout her career, Ms. Good has also been involved in consulting for film companies and magazines like Walrus. She was a member of the first advisory board of the Canadian Centre for Publishing at Simon Fraser University, and has taught in both Ryerson University’s and Centennial College’s publishing certificate programs as well as for the Editors’ Association of Canada. In addition, she has lectured or been a guest speaker on a variety of cultural, literary and business subjects at many organizations, clubs, universities and colleges across Canada, including Trent.

In addition to several academic awards, Ms. Good has received the Arbor Awards from the University of Toronto for outstanding volunteer service, and an honorary degree from Mount Allison University. Currently she is director of the popular Creative Book Publishing Program in the School of Performing and Creative Arts at Humber College in Toronto.

About the Ashley Fellowship
The Ashley Fellowship is funded by a bequest from the late Professor C.A. Ashley, long-time friend of Trent University and an enthusiastic proponent of the role that informal contacts of college life can play in the academic pursuits of the University. The Ashley Fellows, therefore, are visiting scholars who reside at one of Trent's residential Colleges for part of the year, delivering lectures and meeting with faculty and students.

About the Rooke Lectures
The annual Rooke Lectures, which have been presented annually since 1998, honour the memory of the late Barbara Rooke, who was chair of Trent University's Department of English Literature from 1969 to 1973.


For further information, please contact Professor Michael Peterman, Department of English Literature at (705) 748-1011, ext. 6037