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Awards and Bestsellers!

This Spring has been very good to the University of Alberta Press and to our authors. The expected warm weather with sunshine and green grass did not arrive, but the news of winning and shortlisted book and of bestsellers sure made us smile!

100 Days [Juliane Okot Bitek] won not just one, but two design awards in the AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show in the Poetry and in the Jackets & Covers category. Book and cover design by Alan Brownoff. It is also on the shortlist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize along with Sleeping in Tall Grass by Richard Therrien.

100 Days [Juliane Okot Bitek] is also on the Pat Lowther Memorial Award shortlist.

Ten Canadian Writers in Context [Marie Carrière, Curtis Gillespie and Jason Purcell, Editors] is a Silver medal winner of the Independent Publisher Awards‘s Anthology category.

Three UAP books made it to the Finalist lists of the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Farm Workers in Western Canada [Shirley A. McDonald and Bob Barnetson, Editors] in the Political Science category, 100 Days [Juliane Okot Bitek] in the Poetry category, and Crow Never Dies [Larry Frolick] in the Adventure & Recreation category.

Rising Abruptly [Gisèle Villeneuve] is shortlisted for the Writers’s Guild of Alberta‘s Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction, and one of her short stories is on the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story shortlist. Rising Abruptly is also on the longlist of the Edmonton Public Library’s Alberta Readers’ Choice Award.

We had many books on the Edmonton’s Bestsellers list this Spring. In March, our books topped both the Fiction – Nuala [Kimmy Beach] and the Non-Fiction – The Burgess Shale [Margaret Atwood] lists.

On April 02, Believing is not the same as Being Saved [Lisa Martin] was # 1 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, and next week Nuala [Kimmy Beach] was# 2 on Saskatoon Fiction Bestsellers list.

We are closing April with having 5 of our books that were featured at Literary Cocktails, on the Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list:

#3 Little Wildheart [Micheline Maylor
#4 Believing is not the same as Being Saved [Lisa Martin]
#5 Rising Abruptly [Gisèle Villeneuve]
#7 Nuala [Kimmy Beach]
#8 Listen. If [Douglas Barbour]

Literary Cocktails 2017

The University of Alberta Press celebrated another successful Literary Cocktails as part of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Our director, Linda Cameron, emceed the event that featured five superb readers. An audience of more than 80 enjoyed readings from Rising Abruptly [Gisèle Villeneuve], Listen. If [Douglas Barbour], Little Wildheart [Micheline Maylor], Believing is not the same as Being Saved [Lisa Martin], and Nuala [Kimmy Beach], all part of the Robert Kroetsch Series.

We’d like to thank:

  • the Poetry Festival for providing the sound system
  • Audreys for selling books
  • Jerome Martin for playing the piano
  • the Faculty Club for the wonderful food and venue
  • and to all of those who attended, making this event what it is!

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Hope to see all of you again next year!

 

 

 

Bookstore Switcheroo!

In the middle of February we got word from the University of Alberta Bookstore that we would have to vacate the corner they had made available to us for several years, due to changes planned for the Student Union Building, where the bookstore resides.

We used the borrowed space for storing our books for easy access. Easy, at least, compared to the huge SMS warehouse where most of our Edmonton stock is kept… (Thank you, bookstore colleagues, for the loan of the space and lending us pallets for the move!)

After brainstorming and looking into a few options, the decision was made that we would move the aforementioned books—well, at least half of them—into Ring House 2. Basia offered space in her office: “I’d love to be surrounded by books!” (Thank you Basia!)

Cathie Crooks and I checked the inventory and labelled books according to their destination: Ring House 2, SMS warehouse, or University of Toronto Distribution. Then came the overwhelming task of packing it all up, which fell to our student shipper-receiver, Marek Buchanan. (Thank you, Marek!) Our friends at SMS made quick work of receiving the extra stock. (Thank you, Nick and Kelly.)

We were hoping to use some of the shelves from the bookstore, but as soon as they were empty, it became obvious that they were only able to contain the masses of books because they were bolted to the walls. So the hunt for proper shelves began! Darryl Hopkins of Library Facilities came to the rescue! But it wasn’t as easy as that for Darryl. He had to unload everything already stored on them, dismantle them, have the carpenters do a rush job to square up the wooden shelves, arrange to get them over to Ring House 2, and put them up. Whew, it’s tiring just to write all that down. (Thank you, Darryl!)

But now it’s all sorted out! Books are lined up on the L-shaped shelves in Basia’s office and the rest was safely shipped to warehouses on and off campus. The photos below will give you a pretty good idea of what was involved in the “bookstore switcheroo”.

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