December 2007

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Registration is now open for a one-day event discussing Popular Science Books to be held at Imperial College's South Kensington Campus, 22nd February 2008.

Literary critics, historians, writers, illustrators, publishers, prize-givers, reviewers, readers, booksellers, teachers (and others) are all invited to take part in what we hope will be a day of lively discussions.

Places are limited, so prompt registration is recommended. A registration form and an overview of the programme can be found on the Science and Communication Group pages.

A full programme with abstracts and speakers biographies will be online for download in the next week.

All enquires to alice.bell@imperial.ac.uk.

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The British Society for Literature and Science is delighted to announce the launch of the first annual BSLS Book Prize.

The prize will be awarded to the best book published in 2007 in the field of literature and science. We therefore invite nominations, including self-nominations, for books to be considered. Monographs, edited volumes, editions, and books of creative writing are all eligible for consideration. The book must be in English and must have '2007' as its publication date. Please send nominations, including author, title and publisher to bsls@arts.gla.ac.uk by 31 December. The winning book will be announced and the prize awarded at the BSLS's conference in Keele in March 2008.

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We're delighted to announce our new reviews section here on the BSLS site. To open with we have reviews of works by George Levine, Robert Crawford and Pamela Gossin. In the future we plan to add reviews of a range of texts and events concerned with science and literature provided by members of the society.

Look out for further details of works available for review soon.

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Abstracts are invited for a proposed panel on Scientists as Readers of Literature for the ‘Evidence of Reading, Reading the Evidence’ conference to be held at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, 21-23 July 2008. Papers may discuss the literary reading of scientists, natural philosophers or natural historians of any period. Please send 400-word abstracts and a brief biography to Alice Jenkins, a.jenkins_at_englit.arts.gla.ac.uk, by 20 January 2008. Any queries may also be addressed to Alice Jenkins at the above email address.

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