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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.


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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.

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