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Which Meteorites of Alberta?

0888644752meteoritesOfAlbertaThe blurb says, “In The Meteorites of Alberta, Anthony J. Whyte offers a fresh perspective on the scientific research as well as the local human history behind sixteen major falls and finds in Alberta.” Some of you might be wondering which sixteen. Well, The Meteorites of Alberta delves into the science and the history of the province’s most significant falls and finds; and except for two specimens from British Columbia and Saskatchewan, as Tony Whyte states in the Preface, “the suite of 16 Alberta meteorites represent the crown jewels of Canadian meteoritic science.”

So which meteorites made the cut?

  1. The Edmonton (Canada) Meteorite
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  13. The Vilna Meteorite
  14. The Vulcan Meteorite
  15. The Abee Meteorite
  16. Lake Eliza Meteorite

See the attached Table of Contents for a complete glimpse of what’s inside this fascinating book.

Objects from space continue to pepper the earth at an astonishing rate. Tony has already remarked—hot on the heels of the publication of The Meteorites of Alberta—that given recent developments, we ought to begin work on a second, expanded edition!!

Alberta Arts Days

Get ready for outbursts of creative energy from the cultural sector during Alberta Arts Days, September 18 to 20.

The University of Alberta Press is kicking things off tonight with a book launch for Diane Wishart’s new book, The rose that grew from concrete, at Rutherford House. Tomorrow, we hope to drop by the Open House at the Canadian Literature Centre. There is also a wonderful event showcasing Ted Bishop and Ted Blodgett’s work with the University of Alberta Hospital. Later, some of us will be attending a book launch hosted by our friends at Spotted Cow Press, for S. Minsos’s new historical novel, Squire Davis and the Crazy River. The launch will be a two-province extravaganza, showcasing books being printed on the spot by the the Espresso Book Machine at the University of Alberta Bookstore and the McMaster University Bookstore. Later, we can listen to Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott at Lecture Theatre 3 in the Humanities Building. And that’s just the first day, focussing on book-related events! What a surfeit of talent we have in the province.

So, please find an event in your part of the province, and support our amazing creators and artists in their endeavours.

The cultural industries are helping to promote Alberta Arts Days with buttons and bookmarks, as well as banners.

The cultural industries are helping to promote Alberta Arts Days with buttons and bookmarks, as well as banners.

The banner looks great, hanging from our front porch.

The banner looks great, hanging from our front porch.

Ottawa Writers Festival hosts Daniel Coleman

Photo by Wendy Coleman

Photo by Wendy Coleman

On October 22, 2009 at 12:00 noon, UAP author of In Bed with the Word: Reading, Spirituality and Cultural Politics Daniel Coleman will discuss THE BIG IDEA: THE IMPORTANCE OF READING IN A CULTURE OF DISTRACTION at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities, 314 Saint Patrick Street (at the corner of Cumberland), Ottawa, Ontario as part of the fall Ottawa Writers Festival.

For those familiar with Daniel’s heartening new book on the importance of reading, this presentation will afford a closer look into In Bed with the Word. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, In Bed with the Word will be for sale at the Festival; or, you can request it at your favourite bookseller.

For more than a decade now, the Ottawa Writers Festival has been celebrating the world’s best writing from home and abroad with an eclectic program that presents interactions with leaders in the worlds of science, history, poetry, politics, spoken word, economics, drama, fiction, biography, music, religion, spirituality and more. Since 2004, the Festival has consisted of two annual Editions, Spring and Fall, with special events throughout the year.


In Bed with the Word is a timely project that calls attention to the increased importance of reading in our culture’s current transition from print-based culture to “screen culture”—in which North American children spend more time in front of a TV or computer screen than playing, sleeping, or attending school. Through story and anecdote, the book shows how the peculiar paradox of reading, which isolates the reader at the same time that it emphasizes the reader’s longing for and intimate connection with an absent other, makes it a unique and powerful spiritual exercise that is increasingly crucial in a culture of distraction and hurry. Neither a work of theology nor one of literary theory, the book is informed by these fields but is aimed at a wide audience of people who wonder about the future of reading and who care about the disciplines that sustain spiritual life, as well as about the relevance of these disciplines to daily social and political life.

Daniel Coleman was born and raised in Ethiopia and came to Canada to go to college. After BEd and MA degrees from the University of Regina, and a PhD from the University of Alberta, he went on to teach Canadian and Diasporic literatures in the Department of English at McMaster University. He has written a memoir about his youth in The Scent of Eucalyptus, and in 2007 he won the Raymond Klibansky Prize for the best English-language book in the Humanities for White Civility: The Literary Project of English Canada. His first book with the University of Alberta Press was ReCalling Early Canada.

Letter to Politicians Regarding Copyright

Recently, our director participated in a discussion about the future of copyright legislation. The ideas presented there were also built into a letter that we sent out with our most recent catalogue, to Members of the Legislative Assembly in Alberta, as well as our Members of Parliament and the Senate. The text from Linda Cameron’s presentation is excerpted below.

“The government in partnership with business will shape our future. Because the raw material of the future is knowledge, ensuring a climate of support and protection for those whose business it is to create and disseminate knowledge is essential. Copyright is a key part of that climate.

Imagine you are a farmer and you till the soil, select the perfect seeds, plant, spray, irrigate and finally are about to harvest your crop and earn revenue. Suddenly swarms of people are permitted to go onto your land and take whatever they choose from your carefully cultivated crop and not pay you for it. Would you have the money and the heart to start again?

Imagine you are a business person and you have a unique product to sell. You carefully explore the marketplace, you contract with suppliers, and you create and promote your product. Just as you are about to open your doors and welcome your customers swarms of people are permitted to go into your place of business and take as much as they like of your unique product and not pay you for it. Would you have the money and the heart to start again?

Knowledge is a product of research and experience gained through dedication and hard work. It has value and the people who invest in the creation of knowledge, from the originator (authors, musicians, playwrights, etc.) through to the distributors (publishers, etc.) need your commitment to support their right to be compensated for their investment in a fair and equitable manner.

Every one of us, from the time when we were young children, has held a book in our hands and cherished the experience. We need books to learn from, to enjoy, to share our stories, and to give and receive as gifts. What if there were no more books? What if the culture of “free” put publishers out of business, because they couldn’t afford to be in the business of producing books? What would a grandmother read to her grandson, if not a book – complete with pictures, worn edges, and the history of the other children who had been read to, from that very same book? And what about the excitement of receiving a brand new book, all their own . . . What would libraries offer to their members? What would people read on the way to and from work on public transit, if not books? The ramifications of opening up and changing copyright legislation in our country are huge and potentially devastating.

What can you do? Talk with people who create and who publish. Then talk with your colleagues. Finally, when the time comes to consider new copyright legislation, remember our ability to not only compete but to lead the world in a knowledge-based economy rests in your hands. Please, before you vote to change copyright laws in our country, inform yourself, and then vote wisely.”


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