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Memory’s Daughter Shortlisted for Pat Lowther Award

The League of Canadian Poets announced its nominees for this year’s Pat Lowther Memorial Award, which is presented to the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year.

We are very excited that Alice Major’s book of poetry, Memory’s Daughter, is on the shortlist. In Memory’s Daughter, Alice explores the transformations wrought by history, biology, and the alchemy of love in a poetic homage to her parents. Her previous collection of poetry, The Office Tower Tales, won The Pat Lowther Memorial Award in 2009.

The winner of this year’s award will be announced on June 11, 2011. We are keeping our fingers crossed for Alice!

Spring Awards Listing Lifts Our Spirits High

With shortlists having been released for the Alberta Book Publishing Awards, we are looking forward with anticipation to an evening with publishing and writing colleagues at the upcoming gala awards banquet. Finalists in each category will be announced at the banquet, being held on Saturday, June 11 at the Calgary Zoo. (Tickets may be purchased from the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.)

Below are the University of Alberta Press finalists for publishing awards.

Alberta Book Publishing Awards

Scholarly & Academic Book of the Year

The Beginning of Print Culture in Athabasca Country: A Facsimile Edition & Translation of a Prayer Book in Cree Syllabics by Father Émile Grouard, OMI, Prepared and Printed at Lac La Biche in 1883 with an Introduction by Patricia Demers [Patricia Demers, Naomi L. McIlwraith & Dorothy Thunder, Translators]

J.B. Harkin: Father of Canada’s National Parks [E.J. (Ted) Hart]

Collecting Stamps Would Have Been More Fun: Canadian Publishing and the Correspondence of Sinclair Ross, 1933–1986 [Jordan Stouck & David Stouck, Editors]

Trade Fiction Book of the Year

Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955-2010 [Rudy Wiebe]

Trade Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium [Myrna Kostash]

The Measure of Paris [Stephen Scobie]

Poetry Book of the Year

Memory’s Daughter [Alice Major]

Book Design

Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955-2010 [Rudy Wiebe]

The Measure of Paris [Stephen Scobie]

Book Cover/Jacket Design

Too Bad: Sketches Toward a Self-Portrait [Robert Kroetsch]

The Measure of Paris [Stephen Scobie]

Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? [Geo Takach]

Alan Brownoff of the University of Alberta Press designed all of the shortlisted titles this year.

We are thrilled with the range of awards for which UAP books are being considered.

Earlier, a number of our authors were pleased to see their work shortlisted by the Writers Guild of Alberta.

2011 Alberta Literary Awards Shortlist

Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction (Sponsored by The Banff Centre)

• Rudy Wiebe (Edmonton)—Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955–2010

Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction (Sponsored by Lokken.com)

• Myrna Kostash (Edmonton)—Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium

Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry (Supported by Stephan V. Benediktson)

• Robert Kroetsch (Leduc)—Too Bad: Sketches Toward a Self-Portrait

• Alice Major (Edmonton)—Memory’s Daughter

Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story

• Rudy Wiebe (Edmonton)—“Shadow of a Rock” in Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955-2010

Publisher of the Year

Finally, we are thrilled to have been selected by a panel of jurors as a finalist for the 2011 Alberta Book Publishing Awards in the Publisher of the Year category.

Please join us for the excitement on June 11, as winners of the BPAA’s Alberta Book Publishing Awards and the WGA’s Alberta Literary Awards are presented.

Vote for Robert Kroetsch and Too Bad!

The top 5 books are now open to voting by the general public, and include Robert Kroetsch for Too Bad.

To vote, follow this link:  http://www.albertareaderschoice.ca/ and encourage all of your friends, family members, colleagues, and neighbours to participate. You can vote once each day from your computer, or twice if you have more than one!

This is the first time that a book of poetry has been shortlisted, so it is a very special occasion. Kirk Heuser is Robert’s champion for this exciting award.

This is the second year for the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. It’s worth $10,000 to the author whom readers deem to have written the best book published in Alberta in 2010. It is presented by the Edmonton Public Library and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.

The University of Alberta Press was pleased to have had two other books in the early running: Memory’s Daughter (Alice Major) and Prodigal Daughter (Myrna Kostash) both made the top 10. Congratulations to all of these fine writers.

Please vote every day.

Literary Cocktails, 2011 Edition

This year, Literary Cocktails was once again part of the Edmonton Poetry Festival and very fittingly the University of Alberta Press had three celebrated poets reading from their new collections of poetry.

E.D. Blodgett read three poems; the first, the middle and the last poem from his book Apostrophes VII: Sleep, You, a Tree. Next was award-winning poet Susan McCaslin sharing four poems from her volume, Demeter Goes Skydiving. Kath MacLean closed the readings by reciting poems from Kat Among the Tigers.

The event’s MC was past Press director, Glenn Rollans, who, together with Jonathan Hart of the University of Alberta, initiated the our cuRRents Series for Canadian literature. Beautiful music was a lovely addition to the event, courtesy of Jerome Martin (piano) and Ted Bishop (guitar).

Literary Cocktails continues to be a very successful and lively event, enjoyed by all who came out to celebrate literary culture and the arrival — at long last — of spring! It was a treat to see so many friends of the Press joining in the fun. Some photos of the event are posted below. Additional photos by the gifted Tracy Kolenchuk can be viewed online.

Congratulations to E.D. Blodgett, Susan McCaslin, and Kath MacLean on their new books.

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