Friday, May 27, 2011

Editors and indexers gathering in Vancouver

The editors are coming. It's the annual conference of the EAC, the Editors' Association of Canada, and editors from across the nation (and possibly beyond) are converging on SFU Harbour Centre.

Word to the wise: mind your ps and qs and your punctuation too. This is the group that holds a contest every year to see who can ferret out the most bizarre editing failures. The association's drive-by editors grab some great pictures and catch some hilarious mistakes.

The EAC opening reception runs between 5 and 7 in the Segal Centre. Features of this fun include photo ops, prize draws, a cash bar, a steady stream of tweets and even a roving reporter, in the form of your humble servant.

We editors haven't seen each other since last year in Montreal, when we sampled wine and took part in a blind taste test to award the crown to one of Montreal's top bagels. Who won? St. Viateur or the Fairmont Hotel? Well, you had to be there.

The indexers began gathering last night too, but this time they weren't collecting information for indexes. They took time out to enjoy a social gathering and a meal at the Kingston Taphouse and Grille. They're part of the conference too. Indexers have their banquet on Friday and editors on Saturday.

Editing in the age of e-everything. As well as the Indexing Society of Canada, PEAVI, the Professional Editors' Association of Vancouver Island, will be there too. It's going to be a great conference!

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