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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Colleen Skidmore Joins the University of Alberta Press

January 30, 2014

Edmonton, AB – The University of Alberta Press is pleased to announce that effective February 1, 2014 Dr. Colleen Skidmore will join the UAP as Scholar-in-Residence.

Dr. Skidmore is well-known to staff members as her popular book This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada was published by the UAP in 2006. She is a friend and long-time UAP supporter who understands the critical role university presses play in the academy.

On the place of university presses in the academic landscape, she agrees with a statement by the Association of American University Presses, “A university press is an extension of its parent institution, and it is also a key player in a more general network—including learned societies, scholarly associations and research libraries—that make the scholarly endeavor possible.” She also sees a critical role for presses as leaders in the transformation of scholarly publishing and research dissemination practices at a time of rapidly expanding and evolving new technologies.

UAP Director Linda Cameron declared that, “Having Colleen join the team provides a unique opportunity to continue to grow the profile of the UAP in the academy.”

Vice Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian Gerald Beasley said, “As Scholar-in-Residence, Colleen will be examining the role of scholarly publishing, research dissemination, new technologies, and the future of the book. It is a broad mandate, and we are fortunate to have a scholar of Colleen’s experience and stature scanning the horizon during a period of intense change and opportunity.”

Over the past decade, Colleen has served in numerous senior administrative roles at U of A, including Interim Dean of Arts, Vice-Provost (Academic Programs), and most recently, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic). In that role, she has been responsible for overseeing the University’s academic budget, enrolment, and planning, academic strategic initiatives and quality assurance, and liaising with the provincial government on a variety of academic issues.

About UAP

The University of Alberta Press publishes in the areas of biography, history, language, literature, natural history, regional interest, travel narratives and reference books. With hundreds of scholarly and trade books, UAP contributes to the intellectual and cultural life of Alberta and Canada. www.uap.ualberta.ca 

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Linda Cameron, Director, University of Alberta Press, linda.cameron@ualberta.ca, 780-492-0717

Gerald Beasley, Vice-Provost & Chief Librarian, University of Alberta, gbeasley@ualberta.ca, 780-492-5170

Colleen Skidmore, Scholar-in-Residence, University of Alberta, colleen.skidmore@ualberta.ca


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