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Forging a Nation: Canada Goes to War

A travelling exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI is presented by the University of Alberta Museums at the Enterprise Square Galleries (10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton). Forging a Nation: Canada Goes to War features more than 60 works of art from around the world. The exhibition continues until August 16.

The University of Alberta Press joins in the celebration by providing a complimentary copy of the book, Great Canadian War Stories, to the first 100 people who attend the exhibition. UAP also published Tony Fabijancic’s Bosnia, a travel history following the footsteps of Gavrilo Princip, whose assassination of Archduke Ferdinand is often said to have been a triggering event to WWI. In a forthcoming book, Landscapes of War and Memoryauthor Sherrill Grace examines the effect wars have had on Canadian writers and artists.

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UAP Author on Whirlwind Award and Conference Presentation Tour

Geo Takach, author of UAP’s international award-winning Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up?, won the Distinguished Qualitative Dissertation Award (Category A, Experimental) from the prestigious International Center for Qualitative Research based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May for his doctoral work at the University of Calgary. The award recognizes, among other aspects, “exemplary qualitative research methodologies and practices in new fields of study, and in policy arenas involving issues of social justice.” The eminent jury called Geo’s methodology “innovative and purposeful” and praised his “exciting combination of cultural and interpretive elements to illustrate many nuances of ecological citizenship” in examining how Alberta’s identity is constructed and contested in documentary films and advocacy videos rooted in environmental concerns around the extraction of the bituminous (‘tar’/‘oil’) sands.

After highlighting his research in an address at the awards ceremony capping the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, a conference attended by 1300 delegates from 70 nations, Geo travelled to the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON. There, he delivered five different presentations (including a screening of his latest short documentary film, Voices from the Visual Volley, which premiered at InSight2: Engaging the Health Humanities, an international, juried exhibition at the Fine Arts Building Gallery at the U of A last year) to three scholarly organizations (the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, the Film Studies Association of Canada, and the Canadian Communication Association) in four days.

Getting dizzy just thinking about all that Geo has been up to lately… Congratulations, Geo!

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Sanctioned Ignorance Wins 2013 Gabrielle Roy Prize

Congratulations, Paul Martin!

Sanctioned Ignorance won the 2013 Gabrielle Roy Prize. ACQL/ALCQ presented the award at a special gala during Congress in St. Catharines.

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Paul Martin with Tanis MacDonald (Chair, English section, ACQL/ALCQ).

From the ACQL/ALCQ Press Release:

The Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Gabrielle Roy Prize (English section), which each year honours the best work of Canadian literary criticism published in English, is Paul Martin for Sanctioned Ignorance: The Politics of Knowledge Production and the Teaching of Literatures in Canada, published by the University of Alberta Press. The book was chosen by a jury composed of Tanis MacDonald (Wilfrid Laurier University), Karis Shearer (University of British Columbia, Okanagan) and Jason Wiens (University of Calgary), from among twenty-one books submitted for the prize.

The jury members recognize Sanctioned Ignorance as a book that takes as its goal the troubling of our understandings of teaching Canadian literature in order to call for a greater complexity in canonical and divisional studies and challenge current systems of knowledge production in the study of Canadian literatures in post-secondary institutions. The task Martin undertakes, a reading of the literary landscape through the politics of context, pedagogy, and cultural dissemination, demands attention to the rich and too-often effaced legacies of diasporic, Francophone, and First Nations writers on the way to advocating a more expansive Canadian literary study that is no longer “a prisoner of its own amnesia.” The committee was unanimous in their admiration for Martin’s vital and far-reaching questions about the protocols and pitfalls of creating a Canadian national literature for the future.

IPPY Award Winners!

The Independent Publisher Book Awards honour the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. Winners have been chosen from some 4000 entries this year, and two UAP books are among them!

Kevin Timoney’s The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem won Gold in the Canada-West, Best Regional Non-Fiction category. Shy: An Anthology, edited by Naomi Lewis & Rona Altrows, won Silver in the National Category for anthologies.

Rona Altrows, co-editor of Shy, went to New York to represent the anthology at the awards ceremony in New York on May 29. It was an excellent experience.

Congratulations to all!

Alberta Book Awards 2014

The Alberta Book Awards at the Palliser Hotel last Friday brought out many Alberta writers and publishers, all dressed up for a time of fellowship and celebration. So many fine books nominated! We felt for the jurors making the tough choices; we cheered for each winner.

The University of Alberta Press and its authors brought home two awards this year: Scholarly Book for Peace-Athabasca Delta (Kevin Timoney) and Trade Non-Fiction Book for Disinherited Generations (Nellie Carlson and Kathleen Steinhauer, as told to Linda Goyette).

It was particularly sweet to see our poet Paul Zits take home the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for his remarkable work, Massacre Street.

John King’s work with the publishing community in Alberta, and long-time service with the University of Calgary Press, was recognized with a lifetime achievement award.

Keynote speaker Donna McElligott of the CBC shares our love of the physical book and expressed it beautifully in an impassioned and intelligent talk.

For us, the sweetest moment of the entire evening was applauding the presentation of the Golden Pen Award to the talented, generous, and delightful Alice Major. We have been honoured to publish four of her publications: The Occupied World, Office Tower Tales, Memory’s Daughter, and Intersecting Sets.

Our thanks to the many people who made the book awards possible this year, with a special shout-out to Kieran Leblanc and Donna White of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta and the good folk at the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

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More and More Shortlisted Books!

The list is getting longer, as we continue to receive notices about UAP books, authors, editors, and designers being nominated for numerous awards.

We already told you about Foreword’s Book of the Year Awards, the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards, and the 2013 Gabrielle Roy Prize shortlists. Here are three more to add to the growing line-up of those who have been recognized by their peers.

Astrid Blodgett [You Haven't Changed a Bit] is the runner up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, which recognizes the best first English-language collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2013. The jurors noted, “The characters in Astrid Blodgett’s You Haven’t Changed a Bit live rather than perform. They are being recorded rather than created. And they are being recorded covertly in their kitchens and trucks rather than under the lights of reality TV.” Jurors of the High Plains Book Awards must have agreed with those comments, because You Haven’t Changed a Bit is one of the Finalists in their Short Stories category!

Two of the three editors shortlisted for the Tom Fairley Awards are UAP editors! Peter Midgley for The Last Temptation of Bond by Kimmy Beach, and Paul Payson for The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem by Kevin P. Timoney. How will they decide a winner, given the vast difference in the projects shortlisted? How would you measure, “Editing poetry requires skill, subtlety, precision and heart, and Midgley brought all of these and more to this project” against “This was a large, complex, 600-page project comprising 20 years of research and a huge number of tables, maps, images, and captions”?

The finalists for the 2014 Alberta Book Publishing Awards have been chosen. We are thrilled to announce that UAP books, authors and designers are represented in many categories:

Keep your fingers crossed!

Literary Cocktails 2014

This year’s Literary Cocktails on April 24 – the signature event held by the University of Alberta Press during the Edmonton Poetry Festival – proved to be very popular once again. We set up the Papaschase Room theatre style to accommodate all the faithful supporters of poetry, and almost all of the 100 chairs were filled!

The rain stopped and the sun came out to celebrate four new poetry books published by UAP. Peter Midgley read from as if by E.D. Blodgett, who unfortunately had to cancel his appearance. Next was Melissa Morelli Lacroix reading from her first collection A Most Beautiful Deception, followed by Stephen Scobie [At the limit of breath: Poems on the films of Jean-Luc Godard], who flew in from Victoria to be part of Literary Cocktails. Winnipeg’s Dennis Cooley was the last reader, providing “comic relief” as he put it, with playful poems from abecedarium.

Our MC this year was Paul Martin from MacEwan University, who is a UAP author himself. His book, Sanctioned Ignorance, is on the shortlist for the 2013 Gabrielle Roy Prize. We were lucky to have our two musicians with us again this year: the multi-talented Jerome Martin (piano) and Ted Bishop (guitar). Another special thank you goes to Steve Budnarchuk of Audreys Books, who is there year after year to showcase and sell wonderful books all through the poetry festival.

It was such a treat to see all of you! Please join us again next April.

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Shortlist for the 2013 Gabrielle Roy Prize (English Section)

9780888645456_largeThe University of Alberta Press is pleased to announce that Sanctioned Ignorance: The Politics of Knowledge Production and the Teaching of the Literatures of Canada by Paul Martin is one of four finalists for the 2013 Gabrielle Roy Prize. Each year the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures (ACQL) awards two prestigious prizes in honour of Gabrielle Roy, one in English and one in French, for Canadian and/or Quebec literary criticism published within the designated calendar year.

Here is the announcement we received today from the prize administrator. Please join us in congratulating Paul Martin on this achievement!

Gabrielle Roy Prize 2013

ASSOCIATION FOR CANADIAN AND QUEBEC LITERATURES

April 25, 2014

For immediate release

The Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures (ACQL) is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2013 Gabrielle Roy Prize (English Section), which each year honours the best work of Canadian literary criticism published in English. This year’s shortlisted finalists (in alphabetical order) are Gregory Betts for Avant-Garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations (University of Toronto Press); Paul Martin for Sanctioned Ignorance: The Politics of Knowledge Production and the Teaching of Literatures in Canada (University of Alberta Press); Jody Mason for Writing Unemployment: Worklessness, Mobility, and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century Canadian Literatures (University of Toronto Press); and Lorraine York for Margaret Atwood and the Labour of Literary Celebrity (University of Toronto Press).

The shortlist was chosen by a jury composed of Tanis MacDonald (Wilfrid Laurier University), Karis Shearer (University of British Columbia Okanagan), and Jason Wiens (University of Calgary). The winner will be announced publicly on May 24th, 2014, at the Gabrielle Roy Prize reception at the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures annual conference, which this year will take place in St. Catharines, Ontario. The prize reception will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on May 24th in the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Centre, room 200 on the Brock University campus.

Renseignements :
Maïté Snauwaert
Présidente du Jury, section francophone, ACQL/ALCQ
Campus Saint-Jean
Université de l’Alberta
snauwaer@ualberta.ca

Information:
Tanis MacDonald
Chair, English section, ACQL/ALCQ
Department of English and Film Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
tmacdonald@wlu.ca

Shortlisted University of Alberta Press Books

Keep your fingers crossed! There are five UAP books in the running for various awards. Three are finalists in Foreword’s Book of the Year Award, and two are shortlisted for the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards.

The three contenders for Foreword’s Book of the Year Awards are The Peace-Athabasca Delta [Kevin P. Timoney] in the Ecology & Environment category, Massacre Street [Paul Zits] in the Poetry category, and Canada’s Constitutional Revolution [Barry L. Strayer] in the Political Science category.

In the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards, Massacre Street [Paul Zits] is shortlisted for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, and Astrid Blodgett’s short story, “New Summer Dresses” (from You Haven’t Changed a Bitis in the running for the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story.

Congratulations to all the authors!

 

Will not forget both laughter and tears: Book launch

We enjoyed a wonderful, well-attended event on April 3 to celebrate the publication of Will not forget both laughter and tears, Yukari Meldrum’s translation of Tomoko Mitani’s Wasurenai, warai mo namida mo. Things went beautifully, due to contributions from many people.

East Asian Studies helped with the venue, publicity, and organization. The Prince Takamado Japan Centre supplied both financial and technical aid: it was due to their contributions that we had such fabulous catering. Yukari really appreciated all of Barbara’s support with our inaugural Skype connection, allowing Tomoko to join the conversation with the large crowd. Peter Midgley and Colleen Skidmore from the U of A Press sold books with flair.

The person who did the most, of course, was Yukari herself. She developed the program, ensured that the technical aspects were well covered, delivered a terrific presentation, and acted as Tomoko’s translator. Multi-talented!

The evening was particularly special to the U of A Press staff in attendance, as it was our first opportunity to interact with Tomoko Mitani, author of Will not forget both laughter and tears. As much as we have enjoyed publishing and promoting her book in translation, there is nothing like that personal connection.

Thank you, one and all, for your efforts and support.

 

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