History Bites Book-Launch Event: an Academic & Culinary Success

A book & a cake

I am now in possession of a cake with an edible image of the cover of my own book on it. As part of the launch-event for my recent monograph On Time, Change, History, & Conversion (part of Bloomsbury’s Reading Augustine series), my colleague Dr. Aidan Forth surprised me with this astonishing culinary creation. The idea of cutting into & consuming my own intellectual output is a bit daunting, but I think I’ll give it a try this weekend.

We saw a fairly impressive turnout for our (aptly named) History Bites event on Google Meet, including scholars from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Illinois, & even the U.K. It was also cool to be joined by MacEwan folks from outside of the Humanities, from the Sociology Department and Student Affairs right on up to the Office of the President. Maybe this is one of the unexpected benefits of going virtual in the era of COVID: it means folks who otherwise might not have made it to a workshop in person can still engage remotely.

My thoughts now turn to anticipating our next History Bites book-launch, where I’ll be aiming to pay this “book-cake” business forward to one of my other colleagues in MacEwan’s Humanities Department.