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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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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!

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!

 

Baba’s Kitchen Medicines – Accolades Continue with Kobzar Shortlist

Baba’s Kitchen Medicines is one of our best selling books. It grabs the attention of academics and the general public, the old and the young and everyone in between. You certainly don’t have to be Ukrainian or have Ukrainian heritage in order to enjoy it!

Earlier in 2013, Baba’s Kitchen Medicines won bronze for Canada West, Best Regional Non-Fiction in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and was a finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year Awards.

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Linda Cameron with Michael, displaying the Independent Publisher Book Award

In May 2013, Michael received the inaugural Research Award of Augustana Campus, where he’s been teaching since 1974. Read more about it on the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus page.

Now, we are delighted to say the 2014 Kobzar Award shortlist has been released, and Baba’s Kitchen Medicines is one of the five titles recognized. Congratulations once again, Michael!

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The Kobzar Literary $25,000 Biennial Award recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian literary arts by authors who develop a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit in one of several genres: literary non-fiction, fiction, poetry, young readers’ literature, plays, screenplays, and musicals.

Michael will be reading from his book at this year’s International Festival of Authors on October 27 and will also attend the gala awards banquet on March 15, 2014, where the prize winner is announced. Both events are in Toronto.

We have enjoyed partnering with Michael to promote his fascinating primary research into Ukrainian Canadian folk history.

Alberta Book Awards Gala 2013

This year’s Alberta Book Awards Gala was a wonderful event, with over 250 people attending. The banquet room at the Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel was festive and welcoming. Mayor Stephen Mandel’s opening remarks were followed by the engaging keynote address of  Shelagh Rogers, CBC host of “The Next Chapter.” The event’s emcee, Todd Babiak, kept us all entertained after we enjoyed a scrumptious meal.

The appreciation for books, writers, publishers, designers, readers, funders — indeed, all those involved in the process of words materializing into books — was tremendous. With strong candidates in each category, the juries must have had a hard time selecting the winners! Our congratulations to all who made the shortlist and to the winners. It was a particular pleasure to see George Melnyk receive a lifetime achievement award.

After the ceremonies, Colleen Brown, Jerome Martin, and Art Fadum provided the closing part of the event: attendees danced the night away to their much-enjoyed musical performance.

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AATSEEL Awards Winner: Dr. Alla Nedashkivska

Alla Nedashkivska had to keep a great secret: she learned back in October from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, that her book, Ukrainian Through its Living Culture, had won the prestigious AASTEEL Award in 2012 for Best Contribution to Language Pedagogy. The Awards Committee representative told her that  “the pool was strong and the competition extremely stiff.”

Dr. Alla Nedashkivska believes that placing language learning within a cultural framework enlivens the learning process and jumpstarts contextual conversations in the classroom. She has crafted a textbook that presents a modern version of Ukrainian, one that will encourage students’ interest in learning, with the goal of building proficiency in the language and knowledge of Ukrainian culture and society. Ukrainian Through its Living Culture is excellent for studies over a longer period, using the intermediate exercises to start, then progressing to the advanced exercises to cement comprehension. An absolute must for anyone teaching or learning Ukrainian at senior levels.

Alla was invited to attend the awards ceremony and to present her research at the annual conference held in Boston. Congratulations Alla!

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Heather Zwicker & the 3M National Teaching Fellowship

In 1986, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada joined to reward exceptional contributions to teaching and learning at Canadian universities. The community of 3M National Teaching Fellows embodies the highest ideals of teaching excellence and scholarship with a commitment to enhance the educational experience of every learner.

One of this year’s recipients is Heather Zwicker, Professor and Vice-Dean at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts. Heather is an excellent addition to the more than 250 Fellows throughout Canada, working to enhance teaching and learning. While it is difficult to keep up with Heather, keep reading to learn about some of her recent projects.

9780888645500_largeThe University of Alberta Press was delighted to work with Heather as one of the editors and a contributor of Not Drowning But Waving, a welcome progress report on the variety of feminisms at work in academe and beyond.

Heather Zwicker is a creator of and contributor to Hook & Eye, a blog that is both an intervention and an invitation. The contributors write about the realities of being women working in the Canadian university system.

Her recent work includes Edmonton Pipelines, a collection of digital maps and literary provocations by four collaborators: Daniel Laforest, Heather Zwicker, Maureen Engel and Russell Cobb.

Given all of this activity in addition to her marvellous teaching, congratulations are definitely in order!

University Press Week

November 11-17 is University Press Week, a little-known celebration, proclaimed by Jimmy Carter in 1978, to highlight the extraordinary work of university presses and their many contributions to culture, the academy, and an informed society.

The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) is encouraging university presses to commemorate this week with special events at universities and in communities across the country and across the continent. AAUP’s initiatives include a Blog Tour, with 26 participating member presses, and a Mapping Project that includes the University of Alberta Press’s own custom Google map that illustrates the geographic range of our most recent work. It was such fun to do, we plan to extend the map going forward!

The importance of celebrating University Presses (and publishing in general) is more important now than it has ever been, with the publishing industry facing numerous challenges that affect us all: publishers, book sellers, authors, and readers.

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