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University of Alberta Press Acquires CCI Press

December 16, 2013

Edmonton, AB – The University of Alberta Press is pleased to announce its acquisition of CCI Press. This acquisition is a valuable opportunity for the U of A Press to increase its investment in research communities that are important to Canada and the world. The transition process will be complete by March 31, 2014, with CCI Press continuing as an imprint of the U of A Press.

In discussing the acquisition, Dr. Ingrid Johnston (Associate Vice-President, Research, U of A) noted: “CCI Press was established in 1991. The important work done by Press staff and colleagues over the years is in good hands with the University of Alberta Press.”

Linda Cameron, Director of the University of Alberta Press, commented that, “The U of A Press can bring marketing and distribution strength to books published by the CCI Press. I envision making many of the key works of CCI Press available in electronic format, bringing this fine scholarship to an even wider audience.”

Peter Midgley, Acquisitions Editor, is looking forward to working with current authors to complete manuscripts already in process with minimal disruption and to developing new projects. “I am excited by the opportunity to expand our northern publications and to work with the series editors in strengthening the already impressive list of titles published by the CCI Press.”

Orders will continue to be taken by CCI Press until March 1, when orders can be placed with GTW Canada (orders@gtwcanada.com, 1-877-864-8477).

About the Presses

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

The CCI Press boasts an impressive backlist of more than 100 titles in 6 peer-reviewed series. Themes include Circumpolar, Aboriginal, and First Nations Peoples, Community Issues, Environment and Ecology, History and Politics, Traditional Knowledge, Renewable Resource Management Sustainable Development, Wildlife/Natural History. www.cci.ualberta.ca/CCIPress


Anita Dey Nuttall, Acting Director, Canadian Circumpolar Institute anita.deynuttall@ualberta.ca

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

Peter Midgley, Acquisitions Editor, University of Alberta Press, pmidgley@ualberta.ca, 780-492-7714

Book Launch at in the Ronning Centre, Camrose

The event on Saturday, December 14 was spectacular. Chester Ronning COVER2The people made the day, as always. Launching Brian Evans’ new book, The Remarkable Chester Ronning: Proud Son of China, was a great success, despite ominous freezing rain warnings.

David Goa, Director of the Chester Ronning Centre, put together a “remarkable” program and lots of conversations were sparked by the multimedia approach to sharing Chester Ronning’s life and contributions.

  • A short film! Thank you so much, Tom.
  • A Skype conversation! Great job, Audrey Ronning Topping.
  • A humorous and insightful talk! Brian is a marvellous speaker.

It was great to have excellent people on hand to ensure that the technological bits went smoothly. It was the first launch that UAP was involved in where a guest was brought in by Skype.

The cake was yummy and Augustana’s Catering Services did a fabulous job. Huge thanks to Rebecca Warren van Arragon from the Chester Ronning Centre for all of her hard work.

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Thank you again for putting together a wonderful event.

2013 ACSUS Conference: An acquisitions editor in action

Fred Bohm, our acquisitions editor in the US, attended the biannual conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) in Tampa, Florida in November. He returned home with a report and a bundle of photographs from an enjoyable and successful venture. Here is an excerpt of his report and a sample of the images.

The 2013 conference had fewer attendees than in past years. There were, perhaps, 350 participants this year. The smaller numbers this year may have been an artifact of one or more of the following:

  • The meeting was held far to the south of the United States, i.e., far away from Canada;
  • The closure or scaling back of Canadian studies programs at a number of American colleges and universities;
  • Withdrawal of support from the Canadian government for cultural programing in the United States and elsewhere;
  • Closure of several Canadian consulates in the United States and a “cut-back” in travel funds for consular staff to attend functions, such as the ACSUS meeting. In years past, the Canadian government was a major presence at ACSUS meetings;
  • American institutions of higher learning reducing funds available for scholars to attend academic meetings.

Three university presses, The University of Toronto Press, Athabasca University Press and the University of Alberta Press had displays at the meeting.

Despite the lower attendance, UAP books were well received at 2013 ACSUS and sales were good. Many people, in particular younger scholars, were familiar with our books. Not only did UAP “show the flag” but I believe it made a fine impression on the many people who stopped to peruse our titles.

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UAP and the Edmonton Food Bank

Hundreds of eggs, pounds of grains, and boxes of potatoes didn’t know what hit ‘em as UAP staff members – Cathie, Alan, Monika and Katy – descended upon pallets of food to be organized at the Edmonton Food Bank this past Thursday.

Volunteering at the Food bank was an old tradition from years ago, and Cathie was instrumental in resurrecting the practice after a few years off. We were happy to give some hours this holiday season as the Food Bank continues its important work through the frigid months of winter. In fact, we were so efficient at our duties that we were sent home early. Well, this says more about Edmontonians’ willingness to volunteer than our packaging prowess, but we’ll take what we can get.

Next year we’ll see if any of us can graduate to pallet jack driver, and turn a heartwarming tradition into a cutthroat competition. Just doing what we must to keep the excitement alive as our holiday vacation quickly approaches! – Katy Moore

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UAP Authors at the WordFest Summit Salon in Banff

This post certainly doesn’t belong to the news category, but these enthusiastic words of organizer and authors had to be shared. Kimmy Beach and Paul Zits  participated in this year’s WordFest, and they had a wonderful time reading and meeting other authors and festival goers.

Robyn Read of WordFest send us this picture, saying that our “kind and talented authors were a hit at WordFest.”


Kimmy Beach [The Last Temptation of Bond] and Paul Zits [Massacre Streethappily took part in several events on October 18 & 19, and here is what they had to say afterwards.
Paul says:

Kimmy and I are representing the Press here in Banff in great ways. Kimmy is absolutely fabulous and we’ve enjoyed spending some time together. I didn’t have the opportunity to catch any of Kimmy’s performances but I hear very good things. As for myself, the Joseph Boyden event was upgraded to the Centre’s largest venue and I ended up having the great honour of opening for Joseph (alongside Deborah Willis) in front of 500+ people. It was the reading of my life! It was a superb evening.

Kimmy says:

What a dream this WordFest has been! This thing has been one of the highlights of my book tour, and I still have two full days here. The highlight of the whole thing for me was the approach of three high school kids from Invermere. One of them bought my book, and I met the three of them. I love high school kids. This morning, they all ran up to me, hugged me, and the one who’d bought my book handed me her journal. I want to also tell you that Paul Zits did us all proud opening for Joseph the other night. That was a lot of pressure (500 people!), and he handled it beautifully. I was very proud of him.

See an image of Kimmy Beach lighting up the stage at WordFest, and Paul making poetry jump off the page.

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UAP Staff Temporarily Displaced

The official message goes like this: As of November 15, 2013, The University of Alberta Press team is temporarily relocating to Cameron Library, 5-07. Please continue to send all mail and courier deliveries to Ring House 2. All phone numbers, email addresses, and the fax number remain the same.

Those are the facts, and this is our reality and has been for the past week or so:

We have to pack up and move out – temporarily – so our cozy little Ring House can get a facelift, which includes fresh paint after 15+ years. Wonder what else will surface while the workers are here? Hopefully it won’t be Casper, our resident squirrel.

We are looking forward to meeting our new neighbours/hosts and welcoming visitors in our new digs before the end of the year, as we hope to start 2014 back in Ring House 2.

“Just Getting Started” Launch

Just Getting Started, the book about the Edmonton Public Library’s first 100 years, was launched with a celebratory event sponsored by EPL, UAP, and LitFest.

October 22, just one day after the municipal elections in Alberta, was a great day to celebrate not just the publication of Just Getting Started, but also the contribution of EPL to the culture of the city of Edmonton. Many people have been, are, and will be touched and empowered by the library and its staff. Be sure to view EPL’s centennial video full of “EPL firsts” and also the reviews of Just Getting Started.

The program started with short, passionate, and appreciative speeches by:

  • Ben Henderson, City Councillor
  • Ellen Calabrese-Amrhein, Chair, EPL Board of Trustees
  • Steve Joyce, Chair, Friends of the Edmonton Public Library
  • Gerald Beasley, Vice Provost and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta
  • John J. McDonald, Vice-Chair, EPL Board of Trustees

Todd Babiak said a few words about the book and then interviewed an interesting and engaging panel:

  • Linda Cook, CEO, Edmonton Public Library
  • Heather Bell-Dowling, former EPL staff member
  • Heather Zwicker, professor and Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta

We all enjoyed their conversation so much – a wealth of information, anecdotes, and observations. The reception that followed — in the nearby Centennial room –  featured delicious food and beverages.

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Look at more photos courtesy of Donna Fong.


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