Pacific Northwest Society for the Study of American Women Writers Fall 2017 Reading Group


Pacific Northwest Society for the Study of American Women Writers Fall 2017 Reading Group

University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC Canada

Saturday, October 21, 2017

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the Fall meeting of the Pacific Northwest SSAWW Reading Group. This meeting will be devoted to a discussion of the work of Ella Rhoads Higginson (1862-1940).

The first prominent literary author from the Pacific Northwest, Higginson has been largely forgotten as a key American writer. At the turn from the nineteenth century into the twentieth century, readers across the continent were introduced to the remote Pacific Northwest region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska) by Higginson’s descriptions of majestic mountains, vast forests, and scenic waters, as well as her explorations of indigenous cultures and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Higginson was celebrated for her award-winning popular fiction, nonfiction, and lyric poetry, which was set to music and performed internationally. She held the distinguished position as the first Poet Laureate of Washington State. Throughout her literary career, Higginson published nearly one thousand works in leading magazines and newspapers, while also writing books, including the novel Mariella, of Out-West (1902) and the nonfiction work Alaska, the Great Country (1908). Higginson’s reputation faded chiefly due to her singular position as a turn-of-the-century writer of the Pacific Northwest, far from other regions and writers at the time.

The workshop will be guided by invited scholar Dr. Laura Laffrado (Western Washington University) whose Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature  (2015) brings together numerous works of fiction and nonfiction by Higginson. This workshop will follow the format of previous meetings:

1) A catered lunch sponsored by University of British Columbia (12-2pm),

2) a brief update on participants’ current research,

3) a three-hour discussion of the author’s works (2-5pm)

4) a no-host dinner.


Please RSVP by August 30th so that I can book rooms and make reservations. Once I figure out how many people are coming, I will send information about where we will meet for complimentary lunch (12-2pm); for the meeting itself (2-5pm); and for the no-host dinner afterward. Please let me know about food allergies when you RSVP. Thanks.
Mary Chapman


Department of English


Vancouver International Airport (YVR) connects with all regional airports of the Pacific Northwest

To get to UBC from YVR, you have several options:

-Taxi ($33).

-Canada Line subway ($5) transferring to the #25 bus going west to UBC at the King Edward Station. All on-campus accommodation are within walking distance of the busloop.

-Cartogo or car rental.

-Please note: Uber does not operate in the City of Vancouver.

If you are driving, check any online map for directions to the North Parkade or Rose Garden Parkade at UBC

Parking on campus costs a daily maximum of $8, $11 if staying overnight.


On-Campus Accommodation:

West Coast Suites

From $149 per night

King bed + sofa bed

Includes private bathroom, full kitchen, WiFi, in-room safe


Green College Guest House

From $90 to $100 per night

Standard and premium guest houses available

Includes private bathroom, mini fridge, coffee maker, WiFi



From $110 to $150 per night

Standard rooms and suites (with kitchenette) available

Includes private bathroom, WiFi



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