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Farm Workers in Western Canada: Edmonton Launch

The Edmonton launch for Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activism gave key individuals an opportunity to acknowledge many years of striving to ensure that Charter rights are enforced for Alberta farm workers.

There were many key attendees from government, the activist community, labour policy organizations, media, and publishing. It was a particular pleasure to welcome:

  • Christina Gray, Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal. December marks the one-year anniversary of the Alberta’s government’s work on Bill 6: The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.
  • David Swann, Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party, MLA, and long-time supporter of this human rights issue.
  • Darlene Dunlop and Eric Musekamp, advocates and activists who have spearheaded this conversation for over a decade, at great personal cost.
  • Bob Barnetson, professor of labour relations at Athabasca University and co-editor, with Shirley McDonald, of the book.
  • Zane Hamm, an Edmonton contributor to Farm Workers in Western Canada.

It was an honour to be in the room with these strenuous advocates for workers’ rights in Alberta—to hear their stories and learn why they were inspired to do this work.

We know that the information and stories in Farm Workers in Western Canada will reach an important audience, from farm workers to employers to policy makers. In the book, key issues are covered in depth, with accuracy, and for posterity. The launch at The Common, organized by Dr. Swann and his staff, was a great start to letting people know where they can go for this information.

 

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Canadian Content in a Digital World

The Association of Canadian Publishers, the national collective voice of English-language Canadian-owned book publishers, submitted a statement to Canadian Heritage’s consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital World last month.

Around the world, books are central to culture. Cultural goods in their own right, books also inspire a range of other media and art forms—film, television, music, dance, and stage plays to name only a few. With the advent of digital technology that supports the discovery and distribution of books in a variety of formats, opportunities to reach readers at home and abroad are greater than ever before. Canadian book publishers have seized the opportunity digital technology presents, building on a strong tradition of independent book publishing that has developed over the past fifty years. As we look to the next fifty, independent publishers remain committed to fostering Canadian talent, serving Canadian readers, and bringing our written culture, heritage, and perspectives to an international audience.

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) represents 115 English-language book publishers from all ten provinces and Nunavut. Our members are independent businesses, owned and operated by Canadians. Along with our francophone counterparts, we publish 80% of the new books written by Canadian authors each year, contribute to local economies, and are a vital part of Canada’s cultural industries. We are known internationally for our creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovative approach to business, and for the high quality books we publish. We are fully engaged in the digital marketplace, and through our sister organization, eBOUND Canada, ACP members’ ebooks generate sales in 112 territories around the world.

All cultural industries have experienced transformative change over the past decade, and we applaud Minister Mélanie Joly for her leadership in reviewing Canadian Heritage’s cultural policy toolkit to ensure it is equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities the digital world presents. We note that Heritage programs and policies have been instrumental to the development of a vibrant domestic publishing industry, owned and controlled by Canadians who are committed to serving Canadian readers and to bringing Canadian content to as wide an audience as possible. The programs and policies that support our sector are a vital component of the Canadian publishing ecosystem, and we value the opportunity to explore their relevance in today’s digital environment as part of this review.

Read the entire document on their website.

New Canadian Distributor for UAlberta Press

All print titles published by the University of Alberta Press will be exclusively distributed in Canada by University of Toronto Press (UTP) Distribution as of January 1, 2017.

UAlberta Press staff thanks its previous distribution partner at Georgetown Terminal Warehouse (GTW) Canada for their excellent work and partnership over the past 14 years. GTW will accept returns of UAlberta Press titles until February 28, 2017.

UTP Distribution is accepting orders now for Spring 2017 titles and will accept returns from March 1, 2017.

Cathie Crooks, Associate Director of the University of Alberta Press, notes that “as UTP distributes many of Canada’s scholarly presses, there will be synergies from aligning ourselves with our peers.” Another key factor behind the change is due to booksellers’ desire for a more streamlined purchasing model. “Our sales team, Ampersand Inc., will continue to sell our list, and expects to see an increase in sales,” she commented.

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5201 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON   M3H 5T8
Tel: 1-800-565-9523 (North America) or (416) 667-7791
Fax: 1-800-221-9985 (North America) or (416) 667-7832
Email: utpbooks@utpress.utoronto.ca
EDI through Pubnet: SAN 115 1134 (UAlberta Press SAN: 118-9794)
UAlberta Press primary ISBNs: 978-77212, 978-0-88864

About the Presses

UAlberta 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, UAlberta Press contributes to the intellectual and cultural life of Alberta and Canada. UAlberta Press distributes Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies titles and publications from the UAlberta Bruce Peel Special Collections Library.   www.uap.ualberta.ca

University of Toronto Press Distribution is a full service operation that represents more than 70 book imprints for distribution in Canada, the United States, and around the world. UTP Distribution’s clients include publishers specializing in scholarly, general and literary trade, children’s, and educational titles. UTP maintains facilities in Toronto, with more than 70,000 square feet of warehouse space, and a Buffalo, New York, location for expediting incoming and outgoing U.S. shipments.   www.utpress.utoronto.ca/UTP_Distribution/

 

 

“One Child Reading” Launch

On September 30, 2016 the School of Library and Information Studies and the University of Alberta Press celebrated the release of Dr. Margaret Mackey’s book One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography. The guests gathered in Henderson Hall (Rutherford South at the University of Alberta) enjoyed the speeches and presentations by Linda Cameron, Heide Blackmore, and Margaret herself.

We’d like to share Heide’s speech here, which is a great overview of the book. Who wouldn’t want to read One Child Reading after hearing her speak?

For all of my remembered life I have been a reader. Riding in tandem has been an ongoing curiosity about readers and especially their pleasure-reading preferences.

Some two decades ago I met Margaret by auditing her course on reading at the School of Library and Information Science, and I have been learning from her ever since.

And so it is my particular delight to be here to celebrate the publication of her latest book, One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography.

So then here is one reader (me) reading about one child reading. Well, this reader likes:
– first person narratives—TICK
– complex situations—TICK
– suspense—hmm, oddly enough—TICK
– a nice fat book—TICK!

This book is thick, it’s heavy—I love the soft colours of the cover, the weight and shape of the book in my hands, the restful layout, the lovely font, the white space, the smooth feel of the paper—it’s a full body treat; it even fits precisely into my arm. Kudos to the craftsmanship of the folks at the U of A Press for creating a physical object that perfectly embodies one of Margaret’s themes—namely that reading is grounded in the physical, local, and personal. Great job!

It was a surprise to me how little overlap there is between my childhood reading and that of the young Margaret, and yet I frequently found myself staring into the distance as warm memories surfaced of similar early reading experiences. And so I was happy to follow the paths and note the landmarks [one of the metaphors that shapes the book] in the young Margaret’s world, certain that new awareness—both general and personal—was in store for me from Margaret’s examples and analysis.

Close on the heels of that pleasure was the intellectual workout this book offered me—I don’t remember the last time I had to skip so many words because I was in such a rush to keep reading to discover the next theory or insight. Of course, I had to go back since the meaning rests in the words!

This book is an astonishing accomplishment—a self-disciplined scholar applying a courteous detachment—carefully examines the reader she knows best, in order that her readers can learn not about her, but about themselves.

You do write beautifully, Margaret.

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Featured Reviews of “Landscapes of War and Memory”

“This is a passionately written academic book – a characterization which the author would probably agree should not be an oxymoron. The passion suggests that it is written as much for curious general readers as for academics. I hope it reaches many of both, particularly those who know or have known war survivors…. Grace’s specific subjects are Canadian literary and visual representations of 20th-century war created in the 1977-2007 period, and the tasks of collective national memory that these perform…. Official war histories record the losses, gains, and casualties but seldom the savage and often impulsive and unnecessary means by which these came about. In these 600+ pages Grace examines numerous novels, plays and television films…” Frank Davey, Frank Davey Blog, January 1, 2015

“… officialdom and media have celebrated wartime exploit as a central fixture of the Canadian experience. This is factually dubious but worthy of thoughtful analysis. Professor Sherrill Grace, a professor of literature at the University of British Columbia, examines the phenomenon. The result is striking and poignant…. Prof. Grace examines this ritual of remembrance over a 30-year period, citing hundreds of Canadian poems and films, novels, memoirs and documentaries.” Holly Doan, Blacklock’s Reporter, January 17, 2015

9781772120004_large“An extraordinary and seminal work of truly impressive and seminal scholarship…. [E]specially recommended for academic library Canadian History reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.” Michael Dunford, Midwest Book Review Bookwatch, January 2, 2015

“[The prominent Canadian literary critic Sherrill] Grace’s new book is an exhaustive look at the way Canadian artists have recently understood and remembered both wars. Her work is nuanced, probing the contradictions and ambiguities of the ‘good’ war, particularly through Joy Kogawa’s Obasan. Grace regularly returns to the theme of democracy and freedom being ‘fragile,’ especially during wartime. She also asks crucial questions using the metaphor of memory as landscape.” Jamie Swift, ActiveHistory.ca, April 9, 2015

“[Sherrill Grace’s book] examines the work of artists, who can be instrumental in voicing and depicting war memories that are painful, sometimes heroic, and often shocking…Blending raw personal point of view with objective academic discourse, Grace describes how she was propelled into writing this book…. Landscapes of War and Memory is a compelling and provocative cultural study that poses important questions regarding where Canada stands today in relation to war.” Anne Cimon, Canada’s History Magazine, June 1, 2015

“Despite the passage of five decades, Canadian novelists, memoirists, playwrights and artists are decidedly far from finished with the World Wars—with the experiences of our predecessors in battle and the sometimes atrocious actions of citizens on the home front. In particular, UBC literature scholar Sherrill Grace argues, we are concerned with memory, with remembering and forgetting… ‘Forgetting is a trap,’ she shows us. Art, then, does the vital memory work of ‘bearing witness’ to our troubled and restless war-scarred past. Naomi K. Lewis, Alberta Views, July 1, 2015

In Landscapes of War and Memory, Sherrill Grace examines the twin processes of commemoration and amnesia that have shaped cultural responses in Canada to the two global conflicts of the twentieth century. Her study, immensely rich, surveys works of theatre, visual art, and film as well as novels and stories, but above all it is concerned with fiction in a catholic sense — with the perpetual reinvention of the past…. I cannot do justice in a brief review to the six hundred pages of her book, and in summary I suggest only that it is a pleasure to read despite the sobering topic: Grace is an admirably clear writer, her study perfectly accessible. It will appeal to specialist readers of this journal as well as to students of Canada at large.” Nicholas Bradley, BC Studies, online, March 1, 2016

Eden Robinson Among 2016 Writers’ Trust Prize winners

writers_trust_compositeI am delighted to inform you that “Eden Robinson was honoured for her contributions to Canadian literature with the $25,000 Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award. Robinson is the author of two novels, including the iconic book Monkey Beach and a short story collection. She will release a new novel, Son of a Trickster, in 2017.”

We worked with Eden a number of years (2011/12) ago when she was the Canadian Literature Centre / Centre de littérature canadienne Kriesel Lecture guest lecturer and we subsequently published her lecture titled, The Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols & Modern Storytelling.

Eden has enthusiastically committed to participate in the “Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories” conference we are planning with our partners, the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, the Edmonton Public Library, UAlberta North and most recently, the City of Edmonton.

Bad News from Our Local Newspaper

Mark Iype, Editor-in-Chief
Loren Motley, Western VP

Greetings

I learned this morning that the Edmonton Journal is planning to discontinue the Edmonton weekly best sellers list and that the Saturday books page will be produced nationally. In a week where an individual who may be described as the antithesis of a literary person has been elected to the presidency of the most powerful country in the world, the news of the further erosion of anything literary is extremely distressing.

I am a publisher and have been publishing books, with a 3-year stint in newspaper publishing, for over 30 years. I love what I do and I know every day the work has value. I know, too, that publishing has changed practically beyond recognition in the past decade. It is tough out here regardless of whether you are publishing books or newspapers.

However, I firmly believe there must continue to be newspapers and books in print form and that we must be prepared to cope with diminished returns.

According to EKOS Research Associates, Public Opinion on the Value of Books in the English Language Book Sector: Summary Report, 2015, Canadian readers:

  • Canadians read in huge numbers. 8 in 10 Canadians read books, averaging over five hours per week in reading. Reading occupies approximately a quarter of all Canadians’ leisure time.
  • Though about half of Canadians read digitally at least some of the time, focus groups indicate that preferences for reading physical books remain strong.
  • 77% of Canadians purchase books on an annual basis.
  • 75% of book readers say that reading makes an important contribution to quality of life; in contrast, only half of those pursuing screen-based activities rate the contribution of those media in the same way.
  • 86% of Canadian millenials (ages 18-34) report reading a book in the past year, compared to 81% of other demographic groups. 89% report reading print books, with 54% reading ebooks. 11% of millennials say that their phone is their primary reading device. Millenials are readers, and read using a variety of formats.

As a person living in Edmonton I look forward to reading the Edmonton Journal for news about my city. However, the first section I turn to is the one with the books and, yes, I read the best sellers lists for Edmonton and the national lists, too. It is interesting to me to compare the reading at the city level with that across the country.

I know you must make tough decisions. I respectfully ask that you reconsider the decisions to drop the best sellers list and produce the Saturday books page nationally.

Sincerely,
Linda Cameron