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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


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

Tanis MacDonald
Chair, English section, ACQL/ALCQ
Department of English and Film Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University

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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AAUP Awards Winners in 2014

UAP always starts an award-winning year with design awards from the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). This year, designer Alan Brownoff received three nods!

The winners for the 2014 AAUP Book, Jacket and Journal Show  were chosen from  263 book entries and 330 jacket and cover design entries. Only 39 books and 22 jackets/covers were chosen by the jurors as the very best examples from this pool of excellent design.

In the Scholarly Typographic category, Recognition and Modes of Knowledge [Editor Teresa G. Russo] was chosen. In the Trade Typographic category, Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book [Lawrence Hill] was selected. Finally, in the Poetry and Literature category, the jurors picked Massacre Street [Paul Zits] as a winning entry.

Congratulations to Alan and each of the authors.


Books2Eat Fundraising Gala

Inspired by the International Edible Book Festival, Books2Eat challenges chefs to design cakes based on literary themes. Enjoy an evening of fine food, irresistible cakes, amazing silent auction packages, heart-stopping stories, the company of friends and an opportunity to give – all in support of the Edmonton Public Library.

EPL celebrated its birthday March 13, 2013 and the Books2Eat Gala is the closing event of its Centennial celebrations. Over the past 100 years, EPL has come a long way and accomplished many things, but they are just getting started!

Here’s the event information, straight from the email we received from the library.

Great libraries shape great cities. They are a powerful force in the economic, social and cultural well-being of a vibrant society. With your help, we can make the Edmonton Public Library even better.

Numerous barriers keep vulnerable individuals from using EPL’s services:  lack of transportation, low levels of literacy and low income. Newcomers, the homeless, teen parents, seniors and at-risk youth are among those most affected.

Our annual Books2Eat Fundraising Gala will be held on March 8 at The Radisson Edmonton South. The event includes a silent auction of exclusive packages.

While the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) receives funding from the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta, we are a non-profit society and a registered charity that must raise private funds.

Funds from this year’s event will go toward our Literacy Vans and Welcome Baby projects aimed at reducing barriers and increasing accessibility to essential services for both Edmonton’s youngest and most vulnerable populations.

For an overview of our event and the wonderful contributions that EPL makes to our community, I invite you to visit our website www.epl.ca/b2e.

Will not forget both laughter and tears

Yukari F. Meldrum’s translation from Japanese to English has understandably been gathering media attention. Translations are not in the forefront of Canadian literature, though many Canadians would put such books on their reading list. Will not forget both laughter and tears by Tomoko Mitani — a collection of short stories and a novella — introduces us to what everyday life in Japan is like.

Michael Hingston’s column appeared in the Edmonton Journal  on Friday, January 31, but you can still read it online. Work of Arts (presented by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta) published an article, “Not lost in translation”, on January 30. Yukari was also interviewed by Sarah Hoyles on CKUA’s ArtBeat on February 2. The interview starts at minute 6:00.

The book launch is going to be on April 3, so save the date and check the Facebook page for the event for more details. It promises to be a wonderful event with a talk about translation, a chance to converse with the author via Skype, and a reception.


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