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Kevin Timoney Wins $10,000 Lane Anderson Award for The Peace-Athabasca Delta

Congratulations to Kevin Timoney for winning the 2013 Lane Anderson Award that honours the very best science writing in Canada today, in both adult and young reader categories. The author of the winning book in each category receives $10,000.

Colleen Skidmore, our Scholar-in-Residence, attended the ceremony and reported on the night.

Last evening, it was a privilege to attend the Fitzhenry Family Foundation’s annual Lane Anderson Award Dinner to recognize, celebrate, and encourage science literacy in Canada. This year, the adult book prize was awarded to Kevin Timoney for his masterful, all-encompassing work, The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem, published by the University of Alberta Press. His daughter Linden accepted the award on Kevin’s behalf. The children’s book prize was awarded to Claire Eamer, author of Before the World was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science, published by Annick Press.

Sharon Fitzhenry spoke to the gathering about the Foundation’s belief in the need for greater public engagement with science in Canada and its goal to encourage Canadian published books of science by Canadian writers through the Lane Anderson Award. She also thanked the nominated authors and publishers for their work and commitment to this field.

The award is eminently deserved; both for Kevin’s passion for his subject and his ability to distill twenty years of research into this important, accessible book. We are very proud to have worked with him on this award-winning book!

World Triathlon Happening, and We’re on the Bus Route!

The University of Alberta is one of the park-and-ride stations for the ITU World Triathlon. Edmonton is taking pride in hosting the event; the weather is cooperating; and thousands of athletes and their supporters are here for the show.

We have buses rolling past our door, and we decided to take advantage of all of the eyes going by. Check it out!

(Update: they changed the route and now the buses are staying in the parking lot behind us. Rats. Still — Week of Welcome lies ahead with lots of new students, staff, and professors on campus.)

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The Peace-Athabasca Delta Shortlisted for the Lane Anderson Award

We are happy to announce that The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem by Kevin P. Timoney has been shortlisted for the 2013 Lane Anderson Award. The Lane Anderson Award honours the very best science writing in Canada today, both in the adult and young reader categories. The author of the top book in each category receives $10,000, so you can imagine how hard we are rooting for Kevin to win! The winners will be announced at an event in Toronto in September 2014.

Two three-person jury panels drawn from Canadian academic, publishing, creative, and institutional fields determine the shortlist. Our congratulations to Kevin and to the other finalists: The Oil Man and the Sea by Arno Kopecky (Douglas & McIntyre) and Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide by Simone Hébert Allard (Turnstone Press).

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2014 CFUS Scholarly Publications Support Program

The Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies is pleased to announce the CFUS Scholarly Publications Support Program for 2014. (Terms of reference.)

Please share this information with scholars/authors who may qualify and benefit from this support. Should you or they have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Natalka Zyla, Office Administrator of CFUS, at 416-766-9630 or cfus@on.aibn.com.

The application deadline is October 1, 2014.

Peter Midgley Wins Tom Fairley Award!

This  happened at the beginning of June, but there is no rule saying that we can’t brag about Peter Midgley’s achievements weeks and months after!

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What we’ve always known is now public knowledge: Peter Midgley is a fabulous editor! He won this year’s Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence for his work on The Last Temptation of Bond by Kimmy Beach. Peter couldn’t make it to the award-presentation at the Editors’ Association of Canada’s annual awards banquet, which took place on June 7, 2014, at the Hotel Eaton Chelsea in Toronto, as he was busy wearing his other hat: President of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, but he prepared an acceptance speech.

It is truly an honour to be singled out by my peers for the work I did on The Last Temptation of Bond. They say an editor’s hand in a book should be invisible, and it should be, but it is wonderful to have one’s work recognized.

People are prone to thinking of editors as modern-day Rumpelstiltskins who spin straw into gold. Alas, I disappoint. I think we are more akin to Aladdin, or the Shoemaker. We put a little spit on the dirty lamp before bedtime, rub it vigorously, and go to sleep. Overnight, the genie appears and magic happens in the author’s workshop. Behold, in the morning, the gold is there for all to see.

As we know from the Shoemaker’s experience, this ruse only works if no one says anything. I feel a bit like the Shoemaker who has been caught out. So, best to confess: I am an illusionist. The real magician is Kimmy Beach, the author of this book. I am simply the lucky one who gets to peddle her magic as my own.

I want to acknowledge the work done by my co-nominees, Paul Payson and Trevor Adams. I cannot speak in detail to Trevor’s work, but I can tell you that Paul and I have worked together on many projects. I admire his work tremendously and over the years, I have come to value him as a friend. It is a privilege to have him on the shortlist alongside me for a second time.

 To see into the mind of an editor, more specifically an editor of poetry, you can read two interviews with Peter. One on the Copyediting.com website by Adrienne Montgomerie, and one on the EAC‘s website by Kimmy Beach.

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.


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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