Thursday, February 08, 2007

lecture: Ron Cohen, Winston Churchill biographer (free; Mar 15)

As part of the SFU Library Special Collections series Share the Enthusiasm, Ron Cohen will speak on collecting and authoring the Winston Churchill bibliography. This bibliography represents a 22 year labour of love to identify every edition, issue, state and printing of Churchill’s work. Churchill once wrote that “history will be kind to m! e, for I intend to write it”. He did and Cohen collected his works and authored a 3 volume (2183 pp.) bibliography, Bibliography of the Writings of Sir Winston Churchill (London and New York: Thoemmes Continuum, 2006).

Cohen has built several other collections. He donated the significant Ronald I. Cohen Lucy Maud Montgomery Collection to Library and Archives Canada. Cohen once stated that “if I begin to collect something, I’m likely to do so in a focused fashion … no half measures” --- this will become very evident in his talk on collecting Churchill.

Since 1993 Cohen has been National Chair of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, an independent non-governmental organization created by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. Cohen was founding Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in 1979. He is both a lawyer and a film producer. His film, Ticket to Heaven, won four Genie awards. Amongst numerous professional accomplishments he was Sen! ior Counsel to Quebec’s Commission of Inquiry Into Organized Crime. He is President of the Friends of Library and Archives Canada…

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2007
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
(Hamber Foundation Board Room 470)
580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.

Cost: Free, but reservations required. Please reserve a seat by calling 604.291.4658 or emailing

Refreshments following lecture.

You may want to download a copy of the flyer:

For further information contact:

Eric Swanick
Head, Special Collections
Simon Fraser University Libary

604.291.4626 or