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BPAA Conference and Gala 2016

The annual Book Publishers Association of Alberta Conference and Awards celebration was held in Calgary’s Hotel Arts, which provided an inspiring backdrop for three days of activity.

The conference was filled with interesting and instructive presentations by publishers, writers, librarians, funders, and even a film producer who told the audience that he was looking for “untold and unbelievable” stories to develop. Sharing information is a powerful tool in the constantly changing business of publishing.

The Awards celebration started out with Will Ferguson’s fabulous and funny keynote speech that left the audience wanting more. Fred Stenson kept the program moving. And the food was truly excellent.

The University of Alberta Press came away with two awards. Standard candles by Alice Major won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry and Street Sex Work and Canadian Cities by Shawna Ferris won the Book of the Year in the Scholarly and Academic category.

Here is what the jurors had to say about our books:

Robert Koetsch Award for Poetry

The jury was impressed by the design quality and promotional efforts of all the entries this year, and was encouraged by the high bar that was set. They were unanimous not only on 9781772120912_largethe winner but on the runner up as well. Above and beyond the design and promotion, what set the top two books apart was the quality of the writing. However, this book was the clear winner, given the depth and breadth of its subject matter as well as the exceptional writing. It is an intricate weaving of complex scientific theory with the stuff of everyday human existence in a voice that is thoughtful, wry, and deeply compassionate. The publisher is to be congratulated on the success of the design and on their strong and effective promotional efforts. A solid team effort to publish an exceptional book of poetry.

Scholarly and Academic

This book is a groundbreaking look at the issue of prostitution in Canada’s urban centers. 9781772120059_largeIt is of particular relevance given the national inquiry into murdered and missing Aboriginal women. The author is to be commended for incorporating the voices of individuals in the sex trade, and for shining light on the vulnerability of sex workers. The book challenges the traditional mores of Canadian society, and will serve as an important reference work for social workers, law makers and law enforcers, as well as educators. The publisher is to be commended for its work in publishing this seminal study.

Congratulations to Alice and Shawna, and to all who were involved in publishing these great books!

A big thank you goes to the BPAA, especially Kieran Leblanc, Tyler Mudrey, Glenn Rollans, and the Professional Development Committee for organizing such a great event. It couldn’t have happened without a host of funders and sponsors: Alberta Media Fund, Canada Council, Department of Canadian Heritage, Access Copyright Foundation, Calgary Arts Development, the City of Calgary, the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Arts Council, Friesens, Houghton Boston, Marquis, and MNP LPP.

See you all next year!

 

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Featured Reviews of “Conrad Kain”

“… A must have book for those interested in Conrad Kain, 1st generation Canadian mountaineering and Canadian mountain culture. Conrad Kain: Letters from a Wandering Mountain Guide, 1906-1933 has a splendid assortment of maps and photographs, but the prize jewel of the book are the many letters (142) written by Conrad Kain.… The letters to Amelie are touching and tender, informative and insightful, historic and charming. .. [T]he Robinson and Bourdon contributions are like exquisite book ends within which the evocative letters make for the literary centrepiece.” [Full review at: http://bit.ly/2cJvqaE%5D, Ron Dart, http://www.conradkain.com, October 7, 2014

9780888647269_large“Conrad Kain is a compelling title from University of Alberta Press. Kain is renowned among Canadian mountaineers as a pioneering guide so accomplished they named a British Columbia peak for him, Mount Conrad. He escaped grinding poverty as a miner’s son in rural Austria and travelled the world from Honolulu to Ulaanbaatar…. Conrad Kain: Letters From A Wandering Mountain Guide takes readers page by page through a man’s life and thoughts. It is a dark and absorbing narrative.” [Full review at http://bit.ly/2d0bF0R%5D, Holly Doan, Blacklock’s Reporter, December 13, 2014

“In a culture that enjoys as many romantic figures as there are mountain peaks on the horizon as viewed from a lofty summit, Conrad Kain holds a special place in the historical landscape of western Canada’s mountains. Robinson…makes no secret of his affection for Kain, and that’s a good thing, because he handles the letters Kain wrote throughout his adult life while guiding in Canada and New Zealand to his dear friend in Austria, Amelie Malek, with the care and reverence they so richly deserve.”
Lynn Martel, Alpine Club of Canada Gazette, December 1, 2014

“Conrad Kain was arguably the pre-eminent mountain guide in Canada in the early years of the 20th century and left a legacy of first ascents and epic climbs in his native Austria, in his adopted home in North America (e.g., Mount Robson), and in New Zealand’s Southern Alps…. Robinson has ordered the letters chronologically and throughout the book has skillfully annotated them to fill in gaps or provide context…. From his letters, it’s obvious that Kain loved climbing mountains for the physical challenge, to meet interesting people, to make a living, and for opportunities to travel around the world, but most especially because of his all-consuming love of the natural world.” Vol. 129, No. 1 (2015) [Full review at http://bit.ly/2caZhuN%5D, Cyndi M. Smith, The Canadian Field-Naturalist, June 1, 2015

“Simple, beautiful, and thoughtfully handled volumeof letters. Though the content is historical in nature, the typography feels fresh and of this time–a nice complement to the old full-bleed photographs. The synopsis of events on the part openers provides a helpful overview of each section.”
Renate Gokl, Juror, AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show, July 2, 2015

“… in the letters we find a Kain who is disarmingly open and honest about his life, his successes and his failures and this unscripted or unedited look into the life of a remarkable man continues throughout the book. As editor, Robinson [includes]… extensive and informative footnotes that provide context and create a broader historical story that fits Kain’s life into the events that occur around him while filling in any gaps in the narrative….Kain is one of those rare gems whose personality and reputation match. He is a great climber and a great person.” [Full article at http://ow.ly/SlZcF%5D, Rob Alexander, Rocky Mountain Outlook, September 2, 2015

“[Kain’s letters] are rich in detail not only about his travels and climbs in the European, Siberian, Canadian, and New Zealand mountain ranges that involved staggering heights, immense walls of rock, steep glacier fields, icy crests, as well as sudden storms, rockslides, and avalanches. The letters also reflect the inner experience and yearnings of this mountain guide…. The book is enriched by fifty archival photographs mainly of mountains and people as well as by three helpful maps (xvi–xix). The 143 letters are amply annotated…. Reading these letters puts a wonderfully human face on an Austrian mountain guide’s achievements and reveals as well his craft’s challenges, defeats, and glories.” Leo Schelbert, Yearbook of German American Studies, September 1, 2015

“Conrad Kain (1883–1934) was an acclaimed climber of his day. Born in Austria, he immigrated to Canada in 1909 and became known for his pioneering climbs in British Columbia. In 1906, Kain wrote a letter to Amelia Malek (1871–1941), an early student whom he had instructed in the ways of climbing in the Alps. For the rest of his life, Kain wrote to her, first from Austria and then from Canada. The present volume presents all 144 of Kain’s letters to Malek. It is a one-sided correspondence marked by class differences—he was a guide, she an affluent tourist—and deep affection. The letters cover a wide range of topics, from the immigrant experience in Canada to his life in the far north to the joy he discovered in the Canadian Rockies. If the writing is rough, the descriptions of the mountains and nature are glorious.” R. W. Roberts, Choice Magazine, December 17, 2015

ASPP Blog Post by Margaret Mackey

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences/Fédérat9781772120394ion des sciences humaines recently started a blog series called “Bookmark it!”, in which they profile a selection of the most interesting and high quality scholarly works supported by the ASPP.

They featured One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography, by Margaret Mackey in June. She shared her thoughts on what inspired her to write this book and how she envisions the book contributing to Canadian scholarship.

There will be a book launch on September 30 of One Child Reading in Edmonton at the SLIS School Council. Please check our website for updates.

Sweetgrass Bear at UAlberta

This week, as UAlberta campuses were coming alive again with new and returning students and faculty, a powerful stone sculpture appeared one morning on a shady patch of grass at the south end of Quad.

Sweetgrass

2016 marks the 140th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 6 whose territory encompasses the campuses of the University of Alberta. Sweetgrass Bear honours Treaty 6 and its installation at the heart of North Campus is a public testament to the University’s commitment to reconciliation. It is also a gentle but commanding reminder that “we are all related” and each of us in the University community, of all heritages, non-Indigenous and Indigenous alike, carries a tremendous responsibility, and opportunity, to effect reconciliation among current and future generations.

Sweetgrass We are All Related

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewart Steinhauer carved Sweetgrass Bear. He has been carving stone and bears since the mid-1970s. “For me, the bear is a spiritual being with a powerful teaching to share. Likewise the raw material of my work: rock. I work for a spiritual being called the Rock Spirit. For uncounted millennia before the beginning of the colonial period there was a Turtle Island; that is where my creative work springs up from. I work under the direction of the Rock Spirit. She/He sets the course, provides the raw materials, inspires through dreams and visions, energized and enlightens through ceremony.”

Read more from the artist here.

From UAP Author, Richard Therrien

This year’s Literary Cocktails might just be a distant memory by now for some, but for me, its loveliness lingers on until the next one is on the horizon. A week after UAP’s signature event, Richard Therrien, one of the poets reading in the Faculty Club, sent the following email:

Wow, it’s a week later and seems like ages. Thanks to everybody for a most enervating launch. One of the things I marvel at, upon my return, is how wide the circle spreads, from poetry event at the centre, to new contacts and friendships seeded, to the outermost rings of (in my case) family, old friends and old haunts. Ring House 2 and all those who work within to make the Press one of the best… the windfall of your endeavours reaches places far beyond the workplace—and I, for one, am a greatful beneficiary of your dedication and attention to detail.

Overheard at the launch:

“That first woman, what was her name, man, I’m one of those people in the towers looking down on Boyle Street—and she just nailed it!”

“Juliane, that African lady, jeez, I still got goosebumps from that one where she sang.”

I happen to know these people, and know that they are not “poetry” people. They had never been to a poetry reading. We all like accolades from our peers, but I find this kind of reaction most telling and touching.

cheers and hugs to all

Richard

New UAP Intern and ARL Diversity Scholar

We have another new face at UAP. Welcome, Lorisia MacLeod!

Hello everyone! My name is Lorisia MacLeod and I am a new Indigenous Intern at the UAP. I’d like to take this chance to tell you a little bit about me.

I have always lived in Edmonton though when I was younger I usually spent my summers living in the mountains; rafting, rappelling and hiking. I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, both canonical and otherwise. In fact, I have always loved books and libraries possibly because I was raised by a librarian(my Dad) and an avid reader(my Mom). But being a bibliophile didn’t mean I ever thought about the work that was put into making books, cataloguing them or even how books are only one way we experience information- that all came later.

In 2014, I got my BA from the U of A with a double major in Anthropology and French. After that I went on to spend two years working for the City of Edmonton and taking Spanish classes through the Faculty of Extension. While working, I realized that I was very interested in how people interacted with and accessed information. Once I realized that I also wanted to have a career at the management level, I knew I had more to learn so I applied to the U of A Masters of Library and Information studies which I will be starting this September. Things really started to fall into place once I was accepted; I got this internship which will give me hands on experience during my degree and I was chosen as an ARL Diversity Scholar.

Now you may be thinking, what is an ARL Diversity Scholar? If you want to read the official information you can find it here but I will try to give you the broad strokes. Every year the Association of Research Libraries chooses about 15 scholars from North America that will receive a stipend for their tuition, get to go to a leadership symposium in Atlanta, and get an ARL selected mentor. It is an amazing opportunity!

Once I complete my MA degree, I will be the third in my family to get a library related degree following in the footsteps of my grandmother and Dad. Even my sister has years of experience working in libraries and is contemplating the MLIS degree when she completes her BA. I have heard the term BiblioDynasty used to describe our family and I can’t argue with it- we are a family that loves books and loves working with them.

But what will I be doing at the Press? Learning of course! Interning at the Press has given me the exclusive opportunity to experience the process that goes into creating a book. I’ll be helping at any stage I can but I believe that even seeing this process in work will give me such an appreciation for the finished product. I’ve been helping at the Press for over a month now and already I feel like my understanding of the publishing business has exponentially increased.

Lorisia MacLeod

Read more about her on the Faculty of Education’s website.