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Fred Bohm’s Visit to Edmonton

Our Acquiring Editor from the US, Fred Bohm, came for a visit last week. Fred joined UAP  in April 2011, bringing his expertise in publishing and history to enhance UAP’s ability to acquire manuscripts in the areas of Canadian/American history and border studies.

This was Fred’s second opportunity to meet the Press Committee members. He spoke to them about the significance of university presses in the ever-changing publishing and book selling environment of the twenty-first century.

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Game Plan Launch at City Hall

The launch of Karen Wall’s Game Plan: A Social History of Sport in Alberta during LitFest on October 22 in the grand foyer of Edmonton’s City Hall was a great success. The event, titled “From Hoop Skirts to Hoops,” attracted more than 70 curious participants eager to learn about the evolution of women’s sport in Alberta. Three members of the U of A’s Pandas—Anneka Bakker, Megan Wickstrom, and Kelly Lyons—were there to MC the event.

In addition to Karen Wall’s talk about women’s sport in Alberta, M. Ann Hall gave a presentation about the famous Edmonton Grads and their impact on the City of Champions. Her book, The Grads Are Playing Tonight! was also available for sale. Athlete Doreen Ryan—a track and field champion, basketball player, and speed skater—was on hand to share her experiences of how it was to compete back in the 1940s.

Both books are filled with interesting and important bits of information—we highly recommend them!

Thank you to all who made this event such a great success:

  • To Ann and Karen for saying “yes” to this event and bringing their knowledge and passion to the program.
  • To David Chereos for bringing his vision to LitFest and setting the groundwork for a very successful event.
  • To Pam Brierley, Cheryl Mahaffy and Theresa Agnew and all of the other wonderful LitFest volunteers for all their hard work.
  • To the Pandas and their coach, who brought elite athleticism and energy to the evening.
  • To Doreen Ryan, for attending and allowing us to salute her excellence and achievements.
  • To Donna Hateley and her colleagues from the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum for bringing a special display and adding so much to the discussion.
  • To the Provincial Archives of Alberta for supporting LitFest in general and this event in particular.
  • To the City of Edmonton for providing the glorious foyer as a backdrop as well as the expert staff and matériel.
  • To La Persaud Bistro for the beautiful and delicious trays of food.
  • To Audreys Books for organizing all of the books for LitFest and supporting Edmonton’s cultural life in so many ways.

And of course to the wonderful people who came to celebrate sport and our authors.

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Nora Stovel Awarded the McCalla Research Professorship

The University of Alberta Press would like to congratulate Professor Nora Stovel for receiving the McCalla Research Professorship, an award that will enable her to work on three interrelated objectives: a new graduate course, a monograph, and a community outreach program. (See the U of A post.)

UAP worked with Nora Stovel, who teaches Modernist literature, twentieth-century fiction, poetry and drama, and contemporary Canadian and women’s fiction, on several books. She is the editor of Long Drums and Cannons, Heart of a Stranger, Jane Austen Sings the Blues, and Jane Austen & Company.


Interested in E-books?

A colleague and a dear friend of the University of Alberta Press, Susan Toy, has recently begun curating a new online “ezine”. Scoop.it!: eBook News & Reviews is dedicated to gathering information on eBooks and ePublishing – reviews, announcements, information on the business, etc.

If you have a review that is specific to an eBook, an announcement about new ePublications, or anything else that may be e-related, please send her the URL where the information appears online. This could be your catalogue listing, a blog post as part of a virtual tour, or whatever you have, but the final say is hers.

Please share this with your friends and colleagues who are interested in E-books.

Pursuing China Book Launch

On September 27, the Department of East Asian Studies, the China Institute, and the University of Alberta Press celebrated the 30th anniversary of East Asian Studies and the publication of Pursuing China: Memoir of a Beaver Liaison Officer in the Telus Centre Auditorium. The highlight of the evening was a talk by Brian Evans, author of Pursuing China and founding chair of East Asian Studies. If you would like to read the transcript, just click here: In the beginning…there was a committee

The celebration was a great success with about 200 people in attendance, enjoying Professor Evans’ witty anecdotes of his life and work, and the wonderful food, too. We hope that Brian also enjoyed himself, though he spent the entire reception signing books and chatting with audience members.

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Sad News from Gail Greenwood

We are saddened to lose one of our most cherished independent booksellers, Greenwoods’ Bookshoppe. Here, owner Gail Greenwood says goodbye and thank you.


Hello Booklovers,

Today I’m deeply saddened to announce that our last day of business will be Saturday, October 6th, 10 AM – 4 PM. (I wanted to extend professional courtesy and respect to David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin while selling tickets for their event on Wednesday, October 3rd – now sold out!).

My decision to close was precipitated by the recent death of my brother and business partner, Brad. He skillfully managed all store affairs and guided me on so many occasions. He was my rock.

So many thanks:

  • To all the authors we hosted for so many varied events and signings – You helped put us on the map and kept us there.
  • To all my sales reps – You were our lifeline to publishers and your hard work gave us so many opportunities.
  • To all my booksellers past and present (Scott, Karen, Tania, Kirt, and Renee) – You have been the wind beneath my wings, especially through this difficult time for all of us.
  • MOST OF ALL, to Edmonton booklovers – It has been my pleasure and privilege to have built so many relationships and to have been your bookstore of choice.

Thank you. Thank you for 33 years of wonderful support. It was a great ride and I will cherish it always.


Recognitions Abound for UAP Authors

Wherever you look, you’ll find one of our authors recognized for his or her work. Whether poet, scholar, scientist, or novelist, our authors’ work is acknowledged and appreciated in many ways!

The Poet:

rob mclennan has been longlisted for the CBC Poetry Competition. One of his poems was chosen from more than 2,300 submissions to be one of the 36 works on the longlist. Congratulations, rob!

The Novelists:

Russell Wagnersky, one of the contributors of an anthology forthcoming from the University of Alberta Press, has been longlisted for the Giller Prize. His short story collection, Whirl Away, also made the shortlist. We’re keeping our fingers crossed, Russell!

There was one more familiar face/name on the long list for the Giller Prize: Annabel Lyon and her newest book, The Sweet Girl. She is the author of the award-winning book,  The Golden Mean. UAP was pleased to publish Annabel’s lecture, Imagining Ancient Women, this year. Way to go, Annabel!

More to come about The Scholar and The Scientist in our future posts!

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