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“Why Grow Here” Launch

The Edmonton Horticultural Society’s (EHS) meeting at the Central Lions Seniors Association attracted many interested gardeners, archivists, and historians on Monday, July 27. The EHS and UAP launched Why Grow Here: Essays on Edmonton’s Gardening History by Kathryn Chase Merrett.
Kathryn created a great original talk. Her interviews on CBC, CTV, and Global certainly helped raise the profile of the event. Kathryn also made sure that we connected with the individuals and groups showcased in Why Grow Here. It was wonderful to actually meet Mary Shewchuk, John Helder, and Wei Wong. Bert Almon was there: his poem is at the beginning of the book. Tony Cashman made it: his mother, Helen Gorman Cashman, wrote for the Edmonton Journal and some of her words are quoted in Why Grow Here.
We appreciated the support of the EHS board, especially Maggie Easton’s efforts. The Lions Centre was a great venue and the staff ensured things went really smoothly.
What a successful event! We counted about 170 people in the audience and sold lots of books. Thank you, everyone!

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Launching “Overcoming Conflicting Loyalties” in Calgary

On June 5th, about 30 friends, religious leaders, and service providers joined in the Crump Room of Christ Church with the authors to introduce Overcoming Conflicting Loyalties: Intimate Partner Violence, Community Resources and Faith [Irene Sevcik, Michael Rothery, Nancy Nason-Clark, and The Very Rev. Robert Pynn].  Using the FaithLink program model and original research, this book addresses the question of whether, within a humanistic society, religious communities have a role to play in addressing social issues.  This book will be of interest to professionals working with those affected by intimate partner violence, academics and religious/ethno-cultural leaders.

Read Sarah Arthurs’ article about the event and her musings about why this book is so important.

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Our Scholar is in Residence and blogging about…

…how to write, publish, and market a national bestseller. The book in question, James Daschuk’s Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Life, has sold more than 15,000 copies since publication by the University of Regina Press (URP) in 2013. Read more…

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UAP Publishes Scientist’s Book about Historic Canadian Wildfire

The Chinchaga Firestorm was the biggest forest fire event documented in North American history. It was so large that it affected and changed forest fire management from that point on. Cordy Tymstra is the author of a new book, The Chinchaga Firestorm: When the Moon and Sun Turned Blue. Tymstra is a Wildfire Science Co-ordinator with Agriculture and Forestry at the Government of Alberta.

Director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science, Mike Flannigan, describes the book: “This is a story about an incredible wildfire complex in western Canada during the summer and early autumn of 1950. This wildfire cluster had over 100 fires that burned two million hectares—that’s about half the size of Nova Scotia. The smoke from these fires was so thick, it plunged the cities and countryside of parts of eastern North America into daytime darkness. Streetlights came on, chickens returned to their roost, and people thought the end of the world was nigh.”

This firestorm generated the world’s largest smoke layer which traveled half way around the northern hemisphere, and caused the moon and sun to appear blue in colour.  Cordy Tymstra tells the stories of communities and individuals as their lives intersected with the path of the Chinchaga River Fire—stories that demonstrate people’s spirit, resourcefulness, self-sufficiency, and their persistence in the struggle against nature’s immense power.

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Tymstra notes, “Fire is an important ecological process in Canada’s northern forest. The boreal forest was designed by nature to burn. No other ecosystem holds and nurtures fire as a natural process like the boreal forest: we must learn to live with fire.”

From 1990 to 2010, an average of 2.2 million hectares of forest burned each year in Canada from approximately 8 000 fires. Some of these are extreme fires; they are bigger, hotter, faster, and exceed control efforts until the weather or fuel changes. The estimated $742 million in damages from the Slave Lake Fires in 2011 activated the second-highest natural disaster insurance claim in Canada. These mega fires are a concern because of climate change.

Whether from the 1950 Chinchaga Firestorm or the 2011 Slave Lake Fires, learning from the past can help fire management agen­cies manage uncertainty in a changing climate. There is a need to embrace fire and shift from response to prevention and preparedness. We also need leaders who can take wild­fire management to a future where people, forests, and fire coexist, and where fire science and technology help light the path forward.

About the Press

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. http://www.uap.ualberta.ca

Contacts

Cathie Crooks, Sales/Marketing Manager, University of Alberta Press: ccrooks@ualberta.ca, (780) 492-5820

Cordy Tymstra is a Wildfire Science Co-ordinator with Agriculture and Forestry at the Government of Alberta. He is currently pursing PhD studies at the University of Alberta and can be contacted at: tymstra@ualberta.ca, (780) 910-1004

 

 

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Featured Reviews of “Personal Modernisms

“James Gifford claims that a “missing generation” of writers has been ignored by the critical establishment because it does not fit “the established paradigms of Modernism, the Auden group, the Angry Young Men or the Beats”. …Gifford makes a persuasive case…. Engaged in a ‘struggle against definition,’ the Personalists were perhaps victims of their own success. Certainly, they feel like a missing link in the established narrative. In this metacritical study, however, Gifford shows how literary works must always flow through the authoritarian structure of institutions—which might explain why these anti-authoritarian writers have suffered such neglect.” Ian Pindar, Times Literary Supplement, April 3, 2015

“James Gifford’s Personal Modernisms is the first in-depth account of the personalist English literary network in the pre- and post-World War II ‘gap’ (xvii). Gifford illuminates the interbellum period, where he argues that artists like Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, David Gascoyne, Elizabeth Smart, and Alfred Perlès merit significantly more scholarly attention and readership. Emphasizing the relevance of English literature outside the British Isles, Gifford examines a movement which he calls ‘Personalism,’ and underscores the profound impact that this less renown network made on generations of writers to follow.… With a plethora of detail and history, which contextualizes the personalist network, Gifford’s Personal Modernisms offers something of value to a wide range of readers, from those hoping to discover more about these understudied writers, to others interested in the literary milieu of the 1930s and 40s.” Sheena Jarry, ILDS Herald, May 25, 2015

“James Gifford provides plenty of food for thought in his survey of the poets of the New Apocalypse, New Romantics, Personalist movement. Or should it be movements? They are, as he rightly says, mostly overlooked, either by design or accident, in many works of criticism and in university courses. Opinion may differ about the reasons for that, but the historical record of their existence does need to be correctly established, and Gifford’s book is a step in the right direction.” [Full review]  Jim Burns, The Northern Review of Books, June 1, 2015

Wildlife around Ring House 2

Ring House 2, the home of the University of Alberta Press, is in the northwest corner of the University of Alberta’s North Campus, next to the picturesque river valley. The 105-year-old house, originally built for faculty, is surrounded by ornamental fruit and spruce trees, lilac and caragana bushes, and a nice patch of grass. Tulips bloom in the spring time and day lilies flower during summer; and we always have a couple of hanging baskets to liven up the porch. One year we even had a beautiful weed growing in the flowerbed.

Chickadees and magpies, squirrels and rabbits are always around – and sometimes inside – the house, and for the second year in a row, our neighbours in Ring House 3 had a skunk family living under their porch. It is kinda fun to watch the baby skunks wobble about close to their den from behind the safety of our windows, as was taking a quick look at a flock of waxwings descending on one of the trees to gobble up the shrunken fruit and fly away full and happy.

I never imagined that, when working in the middle of a big city, and seeing something move in front of my window from the corner of my eye during the middle of a marketing meeting, looking up and expecting to see a big dog, I would see a deer leisurely looking for food! Or to have a coworker show me a picture he took in the middle of campus of a pheasant, doing who knows what.

As I’m writing this, there is a black bear wandering not too far from campus in the river valley… How many university presses can put THAT on their resume?

 

Our Scholar is in residence, and blogging about…

…one of the most impressive research projectsRegenerations at Congress launched at the 2015 meeting of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa earlier this month, a prototype of a new “dynamic” form of digital book that has been developed by the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC) under the research leadership of Susan Brown of the University of Alberta and University of Guelph. Read more…

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