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Look up; look waaaaaay up.

Mike Anderson - GraduateNo, we aren’t publishing a book about the Canadian institution that was Bob Homme’s Friendly Giant. Rather, looking up is what you’ll have to do if you are paying a visit to Ring House 2 to confer with our Editorial Assistant, Mike. Mike is a very tall man, and I have a suspicion he can now reach a smidgen further skyward.

This month Mike completed his BA in Applied Communications and the Degree will complement his Diploma in the same programme. Mike finished his degree with a stint in Directed Workplace Learning at the University of Alberta Press, as a temporary marketing  assistant — helping us complete our work on In The News (2nd Edition), and Outrider of Empire.

Mike says the Applied Communications Degree “has something for everyone interested in writing,” and the programme’s diverse course catalogue, alongside Mike’s stories of field-trips to web presses and paper distributors, certainly led us to him. Mike tells me that in his position as Editorial Assistant “Grammar 100, 200, 300, and Copy Editing were probably [his] most useful courses,” but that there is “something to be said for the big-picture-thinking inspired by the Production Editing course.”

Mike was the Editor-in-Chief of paper cuts magazine for the first semester of his Magazine Editing course, and guided his classmates as well as students from the Digital Applications 2 design course in the hands-on production of paper cuts 4.1 & 4.2. As he finished his workplace learning here at the UAP, Mike proudly included the issues of paper cuts in the portfolio case he carried with him to job interviews — that is, until he got the call from Peter (in the office below): “Hello Mike, I’m Peter from the University of Alberta Press, and we’d like to interview you for the position of Editorial Assistant…”

Now he’s helping UAP take publishing to new heights. So, congratulations to Mike Anderson, UAP Editorial Assistant extraordinaire and recent Grant MacEwan graduate!

Student Activism at U of A’s International Week

Student Movements that Changed the World

February 1, 2010 / 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Education Centre South 377 / U of Alberta Campus

Come out and hear our own Peter Midgley, Acquisitions Editor. Peter is one of three panelists:
Dr. Peter Midgley, University of Alberta Press;
Dr. Ryan Dunch, Department of History and Classics;
and Vitaliy Shyyan, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies.

The panelists will explore inspiring student activism throughout the world, based on firsthand experiences from South Africa, China and Ukraine.

Peter Midgley attended Rhodes University in South Africa during the 1980s when student activism reached a peak. As a member of the Students’ Representative Council, the National Union of South African Students, and a supporter of the End Conscription Campaign, he stood out against apartheid.

Ryan Dunch, Chair of the Department of East Asian Studies, worked in Hong Kong in 1989 during a time of student activism and military suppression in China. In the twenty years since then, the Chinese government has been very successful at neutralizing student activism, and it is unclear when or whether it may reemerge as a force for change in Chinese society.

Vitaliy Shyyan researches democracy in Ukraine after the Orange Revolution, where youth activists were key agents. Activists’ perceptions of the non-violent revolution and the future of democracy depict the sociopolitical climate inside the country and in Europe.

Marketing Gets the Worst of It

Marketing (proudly): “After re-reading the book of poetry twice and sweating bullets over selecting a poem for the jacket copy, we’ve made production’s deadline for cover copy.”

Design (loudly): “You’re completely off-base. You picked the wrong poem! This one doesn’t show the range and whimsy of the poet’s voice.”

Marketing (after much disagreement being expressed and numerous poems being yanked out of the manuscript and discussed in detail): “Let’s ask the poet what he thinks. We might as well get the word from the horse’s mouth.”

Poet (admiringly): “That design guy is sure smart. I think he’s onto something.”

Marketing (with consternation): “Dang! Now we’ll never hear the end of it. Next thing you know, that design guy will have a poem written about him. Or worse still, will insist on writing the cover copy himself.”

From Corner Brook to Edmonton

Our author, Tony Fabijancic, is in Edmonton for a year. While we work with many authors from far-flung places, including Corner Brook (!), we always enjoy being able to meet them in person.

This is Tony’s second book with UAP. His first one, Croatia: Travels in Undiscovered Country, is in its second printing. We are also planning to release it as an ebook, as part of the Association of Canadian Publishers’ digital conversion project. We had recently downloaded the XML file, so Tony and his wife, Tea, were able to see this work-in-progress. It has been very rewarding to have Tony in Edmonton as we work together on his upcoming book, Bosnia: In the Footsteps of Gavrilo Princip.

Tea and Tony Fabijancic, talking graphics with designer Alan Brownoff.

Tea and Tony Fabijancic, talking graphics with designer Alan Brownoff.

Georgetown Goes to Town!

I have been meaning to thank our wonderful Canadian distributor for their hard work, and it seems appropriate to do this on the week that GTW (Georgetown Terminal Warehouses) launches its new website. Congratulations, everyone, with special thanks to our wonderful account manager Lesley Reynolds, A/R Manager Debbie Beedham, and the amazing order desk, receiving and fulfilment teams. You really rock!

Back Left to Right - Lesley Reynolds (Account Manager) – Lizanne Gray (Manager, Import / Export Services) – Larry Sisnett (Vice-President, Business Strategy) – Cindy Christensen (Manager, Client Services) – Debbie Beedham (Account Manager & A/R Manager)
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Kevin Taft reads The rose that grew from concrete

I have a habit of reading books with a packet of those sticky coloured arrows at hand, to flag the really good parts for re-reading.  The better the book, the more little coloured flags poking out.  By the time I’d finished Diane Wishart’s book The Rose That Grew From Concrete, my copy looked like a Christmas tree and my pack of coloured arrows had run out.

Wishart has written an important book for anyone who cares about education, or for that matter about society.  Wishart writes about a school in central Edmonton that is aimed at youth who don’t fit in anywhere else.  They present a range of challenges, from drug-abuse to defiance of authority to learning disabilities of various types.  A disproportionate number are aboriginal, and many live much of their lives on the street.  The first challenge is just getting them to show up.

It would be easy to pigeon-hole this book as a special interest analysis of an innovative high school program for street youth, but this book is much more than that.  Wishart’s book excels because she goes beyond the ‘how-to’ approach of offering flexible hours, supplying enormously tolerant and understanding staff, and providing things like hot showers and meals to bring the students in and keep them coming back.

The strength of this book is that Wishart peels back the layers of what it means to teach, to think, to challenge, and ultimately to care.  Along the way she challenges conventional thinking on an array of educational cornerstones, including assessments and coded funding, and builds to truths like this:
“You have to appreciate the larger economic context in Alberta in order to fully understand “at-risk” labeling and its consequences.  The basis for “at-risk” language and policies arise out of an economy that is “at risk” of not being well-prepared to compete globally” (p.101).

There aren’t enough people raising the issues that this book raises.  Perhaps we shy away from difficult topics too often, but not Wishart, who titles one of her concluding sections “Disrupting the Status Quo Through Uncomfortable Conversations.”  Our education system and our society would benefit from being disrupted more often by uncomfortable conversations that force us to look at old concerns from new perspectives.  We might even develop an educational philosophy that, in Wishart’s words, “…moves beyond the type of schooling that leads to people acquiring power and material wealth to people who want to question what constitutes the public good” (p.145).

This is a gutsy and insightful book that should become standard reading in Alberta’s education community and far beyond.

Kevin Taft

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