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Cultivating Canada

The Aboriginal Healing Foundation released a new book, Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation through the Lens of Cultural Diversity, edited by Ashok Mathur, Jonathan Dewar and Mike DeGagne. This is the third book in a three-volume series addressing the complex notion of reconciliation in a national landscape, featuring 29 essays by new Canadians and those outside the traditional settler communities, representing the diverse cultures of the nation.

This book is free to anyone who is interested in reading it and can be obtained by writing to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. If  you’d like to use it as a teaching instrument in classes, write to the editor, Ashok Mathur, explaining what you need and he can put in an official request to supply copies, to be shipped at no charge.

Intersecting Sets, Another Great Book Launch

On October 18th, we launched Alice Major’s new book, a collection of essays, Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science, at the Milner Library Theatre. The launch, a collaboration with LitFest, was very well attended. Alice was joined on stage by playwright David Belke and by audio artist Shawn Pinchbeck.

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We all thoroughly enjoyed the night, including the steady beat of the drumming circle next door (!), and would like to congratulate all for a remarkable program. Alice, David, and Shawn were fabulous, provoking new ideas and conversations that will persist for some time.

Don’t miss LitFest’s Facebook page; they have posted some great pictures of the CBC Centre Stage panel discussion that took place between Alice and François Paré on October 13th at noon.

The Man in Blue Pyjamas

The launch of The Man in Blue Pyjamas: A Prison Memoir by Jalal Barzanji on October 17th was a great success. More than 150 “book lovers,” as Jalal greeted the audience, showed up to hear Jalal Barzanji, his translator Sabah Salih, and his editor Peter Midgley talk about the process of writing, translating, and editing this fascinating memoir. The event took place in the Milner Library Theatre, as part of LitFest 2011.

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Many of Jalal’s family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues as well as the Kurdish and literary communities came out to celebrate. This book launch was one of the best we’ve had – a true celebration!

There are more pictures to see on LitFest’s facebook page.


UAP Authors at LitFest 2011

LitFest 2011, Edmonton’s Nonfiction Festival celebrating life stories, politics, and arts, runs from October 12 to 23.

Several University of Alberta Press authors will participate in this year’s festival. There will be four events for two new books and an evening of cabaret! Please join these interesting, engaging, and funny writers at the events listed below.


Intersecting Sets
/ Alice Major
Thursday, October 13 – Noon
Location
: CBC Centre Stage, City Centre Mall, Sir Winston Churchill Square
Poet Alice Major gives a sneak preview of her new book of essays, Intersecting Sets, and Governor General Award winner François Paré talks about his research into the Francophone diaspora in English Canada.

Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? / Geo Takach
Sunday, October 16 – 7 pm
Location:
The ARTery, 9535 Jasper Avenue
Geo Takach joins several spectacular authors in a fundraising event to support the extraordinary work of the Centre for Family Literacy. Other UAP connections? UAP author Douglas Roche is participating, as well as Rudy Wiebe, who is reading from Robert Kroetsch’s work.

The Man in Blue Pyjamas / Jalal Barzanji
Monday, October 17 – Noon
Location:
CBC Centre Stage, City Centre Mall, Sir Winston Churchill Square
Jalal Barzanji speaks freely and passionately about his Kurdish homeland, and about the three years he spent in an Iraqi prison. He will be joined on stage by his translator Sabah Salih and his editor Peter Midgley for a frank talk about the travails of carrying a literary work across cultures, decades, and languages.

The Man in Blue Pyjamas / Jalal Barzanji
Monday, October 17 – 7 pm
Location:
Milner Library Theatre, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Join Jalal Barzanji, Goran Simic, Sabah Salih, and Peter Midgley, for the launch of The Man in Blue Pyjamas. They will speak about the challenges that come when reshaping a story for a new language, new culture, and new context. Ticket revenues from this event will go to support PEN Canada.

Intersecting Sets / Alice Major
Tuesday, October 18 – 7 pm
Location:
Milner Library Theatre, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton’s beloved first Poet Laureate, Alice Major, launches Intersecting Sets, a new collection of essays about the interconnections and surprising similarities between the worlds of science and poetry. She is joined on stage by playwright David Belke and audio artist Shawn Pinchbeck.

Kate Walker & Company Ltd. rebrands itself as Ampersand Inc.

Canada’s longest serving independent rep group, Ampersand Inc. will continue to focus on excellence in customer service while growing new markets.

October 3, 2011 – Toronto
Today Kate Walker and Saffron Beckwith announce a name change for Kate Walker & Company Ltd. to Ampersand Canada’s Book and Gift Agency Inc. effective immediately.  The company will continue to focus on growing existing markets and cultivating new opportunities.

“Kate Walker & Company Ltd. has a longstanding history in the book publishing industry, handling both international and Canadian publishers.” said Saffron Beckwith, Vice-President and partner. “The choice of ‘Ampersand Inc.’ reflects our company’s vision as we continue to connect, curate and champion our exemplary list of publishers and gift clients to a growing network of retailers, wholesalers and libraries across the country.”

“Ampersand Inc. is the next and logical evolution of a company that has been part of the book industry for over 50 years.” said Kate Walker. “As a part of the company since 1978, I have seen the tremendous growth and change within the publishing industry, as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. “

Ampersand Inc. (formerly Kate Walker & Company, Stanton & MacDougall, Douglas & McIntyre; and earliest as J.J. Douglas Agencies) has a legacy in Canada and through its national sales team, deep relationships with retailers, wholesalers and libraries across the country.  In the last ten years, company people have won the Canadian Bookseller’s Libris Award for Rep of the Year more times than any other publisher or sales group in Canada.

Saffron Beckwith is charged with the possibilities that lie ahead, recognizing a growing demand by Canadian retailers for more options in the competitive market.  “We will continue to service our longstanding customers, while representing companies in our gift division to give Canadian retailers, and ultimately Canadian customers, more choice,” says Beckwith.

With a fifty-year legacy, Ampersand Inc. is Canada’s longest standing independent rep group with offices in Victoria, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Ottawa.

For more information, please contact:

Saffron Beckwith
Ampersand Inc.
saffronb@ampersandinc.ca
416 703 0666 x24

 

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