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Remembering Arthur Kroeger

Arthur Kroeger having a lively lunch discussion with UAP Acquisitions Editor Michael Luski, Designer Alan Brownoff, and Director Linda Cameron.

Arthur Kroeger, 1932–2008

Dear Friends,

I thought you would be interested in seeing some of the material posted recently regarding our much-loved author, Arthur Kroeger.

  1. Here is the notice on the U of Alberta Express News site: Passing of prominent alumnus, Arthur Kroeger, ‘dean of deputy ministers.’ (This page also links to the Office of the President, the U of A Alumni Association, the Faculty of Arts, and Carleton University where the Arthur Kroeger Memorial Award has been created.)
  2. Here is Arthur Kroeger’s 2000 Distinguished Alumni Award profile—an excellent retrospective video of his life and remarkable contributions.
  3. Arthur’s Convocation Address in June 2004 to U of A graduates.

The staff of the University of Alberta Press feel very fortunate to have worked closely with Dr. Kroeger on his two books. Hard Passage sold out its first print run in eight months and went into an immediate second printing. His second book with us, on the Crow Rate, will be published in 2009.

Cathie

Alice Major interview on CKUA Bookmark

Alice Major, photo by Ben LemphierIn case you weren’t near a radio Sunday at about 12:45 PM, here’s the audio of Ken Davis‘s weekly program on CKUABookmark—in which he interviews Alice Major. They talk at length about her latest book, the long narrative poem, The Office Tower Tales. In addition to teasing out a few literary allusions—Major recasts classic characters Pandora, Aphrodite, and Sheherazad within a Chaucerian frame narrative and a pilgrimage temporal rather than spatial—they explore how the poem came about. Major’s familiar light touches with rhyme and rhythm may only sound effortless to readers; she describes how difficult is was some days as she forged ahead on a poetry manuscript, which shares with Dennis Cooley’s Bloody Jack the distinction of being the longest ever published by the University of Alberta Press.

The Office Tower Tales by Alice MajorThe delightful thing about The Office Tower Tales is how effortlessly readers can get into Major’s poetry. Rather than inhibit the narrative or draw undue attention to itself—as is often the intent with experimental or language poetry—Major’s prosody helps motivate and facilitate the frame narrative and those 17 distinct tales told by Sheherazad to her office mates. The poetry of The Office Tower Tales is the faint, complementary music you will hear in the background as you read each tale. These are tales after all, and it is astonishing how easily you may forget that you are reading poetry once you’ve lost yourself in this gathering of modern-day stories about life in bustling city.

A Glasgow Vet in Cyberspace…

Dr. Jerry Haigh, author of The Trouble with LionsLarge mammal veterinarian, storyteller, and author of The Trouble with Lions: A Glasgow Vet in Africa, Jerry Haigh, and I have been chatting back and forth on his new blog about some seemingly mixed reports on the health of various wild species in parts of Africa—namely the Ugandan kob. Jerry was kind enough to set me straight on the matter, while giving a first-rate introduction to various kob species. Thanks, Jerry!

Still not sure what kobs are? Check out Jerry’s recent posts where he talks about the latest good and bad news to do with these and other indigenous animals.

Spirit of Alberta Culture on the Rise!

On Tuesday May 20 the Alberta Foundation for the Arts / Arts Branch held a community update meeting with Alberta’s cultural (creative) industries in Red Deer. The purpose was to meet with Alberta’s book publishers, magazine publishers, sound recording labels, and small film production companies in order to provide an update on the AFA’s and the Ministry’s direction regarding cultural industries in our province.

During the meeting, the AFA representatives including Jeffrey Anderson (jeffrey.anderson@gov.ab.ca), Executive Director, Arts Branch and Executive Director, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Al Chapman (al.chapman@gov.ab.ca), Director, Arts Development, Jonathan Meakin (jonathan.meakin@gov.ab.ca), Writing, Publishing, Film/Video, Cultural Industries Projects, Provincial Service Organizations and Anita Lunden (anita.lunden@gov.ab.ca), Director, Service Improvement Initiatives provided an update on the AFA’s program evaluation of the cultural industries grant programs and an update on cultural industries in the context of Alberta’s new Cultural Policy, the Spirit of Alberta.

Stakeholders from the cultural /creative communities were invited to ask questions and discussion took place about dispersal of the new money, attracting, training and retaining industry professionals, succession planning, and audience development at home. For the first time in a long time we have hope for the future of cultural industries in Alberta. We know the Premier is committed (See http://culture.alberta.ca/culturalpolicy/pdf/SpiritofAlberta.pdf) and Minister the Honourable Lindsay Blackett is on board. Therefore, it behooves all of us to let the Premier and the Minister and the Arts Branch civil servants know we are committed to an Alberta offering and supporting an inclusive and thriving cultural community.

Linda Cameron, Director

University of Alberta Press

Alice Major interview on CKUA’s Bookmark

Alice Major, photo by Ben LemphierA quick reminder to tune in this Sunday, May 25 from 12:30-1:00 pm MST, to Bookmark on CKUA (94.9 FM in Edmonton) to listen to Ken Davis’s interview with Alice Major about her new book, The Office Tower Tales.

For more information and reviews about Alice Major’s The Office Tower Tales, visit the University of Alberta Press website.

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