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Climber’s Paradise Launches with Great Success

The book launch for Climber’s Paradise: Making Canada’s Mountain Parks, 1906-1974 on October 8 brought over 70 people out to the U of A’s Education building to celebrate over 10 years of research by Dr. PearlAnn Reichwein.

PearlAnn’s reading and presentation with slides started off the evening. The two panelists, Dr. Julie Rak (English & Film Studies) and Dr. Naomi Krogman (Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology) gave superb responses to PearlAnn’s work. It was so interesting to see where the speakers led us as they discussed citizenship, sustainability, and public space. The Q&A was informed and lively; people were engaged and eager to converse about the ideas that emerged.

Dr. Lynette Shultz, Co-Director of the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research, was our MC. She commented that it is powerful “to come together across disciplines and sectors to discuss the issues that matter to us.”

Our thanks to the team that put this event together, especially the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research. Our particular thanks to Julie and Naomi for their comments on the “book as artifact.” The whole UAP team worked hard to make a contribution to the remarkable manuscript that PearlAnn brought to us.


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Congress 2014

Four months have gone by since UAP staff (Colleen Skidmore, Peter Midgley, and Monika Igali) came back from Congress 2014, and we are already thinking about Congress 2015, but why not go down memory lane for a few minutes to recall some of the highlights of the last week of May at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario?

Colleen Skidmore attended Congress “in part and as usual, as a member of the Canadian Historical Association, but also in another role as Scholar-in-Residence with the University of Alberta Press, which was a new and exceptional experience.”

Peter Midgley, as always, was busy with attending sessions and scouting out new manuscripts, meeting with UAP authors and colleagues of other presses present at the book fair, which this year was also the venue for the President’s reception. Authors stopped by at the UAP booth, where we displayed our newly acquired CCI Press books. Among those books, Geo Takach, UAP author, discovered one that was designed by his wife, Bonnie Sadler Takach.

The highlight for the University of Alberta Press was Sanctioned Ignorance [Paul Martin] winning the 2013 Gabrielle Roy Prize. ACQL/ALCQ presented the award at a special gala during Congress.

These pictures captured some of the excitement of Congress 2014, and showcase the beauty of the Brock University campus.

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The University of Alberta Celebrates Translation

St. Jerome’s Day (September 30) is also known as International Translation Day. The University of Alberta has been celebrating translation since 2003, led by Dr. Anne Malena, translator and professor of translation and Francophone Studies in the department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies, and Dr. Valerie Henitiuk, then a doctoral student in Comparative Literature.

The festivities started with Translation Readings yesterday at the Stanley Milner Library with an impressive line up representing many languages. Special guest, Yukari Meldrum, read from Will not forget both laughter and tears in Japanese and in English, followed by UAP editor, Peter Midgley, whose poetry is multi-lingual: English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, Khoekhoegoqab, French, Spanish, German, Cree, and Latin.

Other readers were: Tom Priestly, Odile Cisneros, Ann De Leon, Stefano Muneroni, Peter Hála, Julie Tariff, C(h)ristian Reyns Chikuma, Roman Ivashkiv, Wioletta Polanski and Anton Iorga. 

The celebration continues today with the 12th Annual St. Jerome’s Day Conference, an all day program, Women in Translation at the Convocation Hall.

Thank you, merci, arigato, danke, köszönöm, gracia, спасибо, dankie, enkosi, kai-aios, miigwetch, gratias tibi!

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“small things left behind” Launched with Great Success

What a fantastic launch party at the Artery last night. Some 65 people came out to celebrate Ella’s achievement, and take in a heartfelt and deeply satisfying program.

  • Pierrette Requier was a warm and engaging MC.
  • Peter Midgley spoke about the connections between Ella’s poetry and the work of poets from Russia and Soweto.
  • Ella held the crowd spellbound through her reading, accompanied at times by a haunting piano track.
  • Alice Major gave a toast at the end, some of which is reproduced here:

Poetry is a way of managing memory – one of the most important ways of doing so across time and across the generations. Through poetry, we become our own recording angels. And, because of the wonder of human communication, when we open our private books of memory, we open a page of the great, shared book.

That is what Ella has done – although Soviet Russia seems so strange, so foreign to me, though I do not know the taste of mors or linden honey, I recognize the emotions she has called up and recorded.

Our thanks to Ella for creating such a special evening, and kudos to all who helped make the event so successful.


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Climber’s Paradise a Finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Competition

The 2014 Banff Mountain Book Competition was an exceptional year for quality work. Judges reviewed over 145 titles in five categories, and selected the top books in each category based on style, content, relevance, and story. Climber’s Paradise: Making Canada’s Mountain Parks, 1906-1974 is a finalist in the Mountain & Wilderness Literature – Non-Fiction category!

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In Climber’s Paradise, PearlAnn Reichwein looks at the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) as a viewfinder on Canada’s changing outlook on recreation, land use and conservation, particularly in iconic western mountain parks and farther north. Canadian mountaineers stand out as intergenerational advocates of conservation and public space with deep roots amid changing times. Years of archival research enhanced by many images make Climber’s Paradise a book of invaluable scholarship as well as a great read.

The category award winners will be announced in October and titles on the shortlist will be eligible for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize will be announced at The Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival during the book awards ceremony on Thursday, November 6.


Congratulations, PearlAnn!

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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