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Darryl Raymaker Launches Trudeau’s Tango in Calgary

June 14, 2017 was an auspicious day for Darryl Raymaker’s launch of Trudeau’s Tango: Alberta Meets Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968–1972. The sun shone as some 200 guests shared a celebratory evening at The Ranchmen’s Club.

The room was full and Darryl was in fine form, with daughter Nicole and son Derek there to help mark his achievement. Son Patrick prepared a terrific slideshow for the event, which was appreciated by the crowd.

We were all thinking of Darryl’s wife, Pat, who passed away this spring. Darryl dedicated the book to her: “To the memory of my wife Pat (1944–2017), for her unswerving loyalty, support, and wise counsel through our arduous but happy and fascinating fifty years of adventures as Alberta Liberals.”

The staff of the University of Alberta Press wishes to express their appreciation for everyone’s support of the event and of the book.

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Judy Dunlop Wins Indexing Award for Her Work on “One Child Reading”

The University of Alberta Press would like to congratulate indexer Judy Dunlop for winning the 2017 Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award for her work on Margaret Mackey’s One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography

The ISC/SCI Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award is presented each year to an individual who has created an index that demonstrates outstanding expertise, the ability to analyze complex text and the ability to design an index that significantly enhances reader use of the text.

One Child Reading is a unique and fascinating examination of reading and literacy development. Author Margaret Mackey revisits the things she read, viewed, listened to and wrote as she grew up in the 1950s and 1960s in Newfoundland. Her reading included school texts, knitting patterns, musical scores, games, church bulletins, family magazines and hundreds of books. In One Child Reading, Mackey weaves her growing literacy and social consciousness with the books of her childhood and youth and the history of the time and place.

The indexer’s challenge was to combine in one comprehensive, cohesive index the three aspects of the book: the author’s memories, the theoretical discussion and the analysis of specific texts. In addition to standard terminology to cover off the biographical details, the indexer had to incorporate the sometimes unique terms the author created for the textual criticism and social analysis. As one judge noted, “This is an indexer who’s not afraid to directly express the language of the text … and also to use some ingenuity in handling sections like the distinction between a subject in theory vs. its relation to the author’s life.” Said another, “The index is wonderfully fulsome and narrative, and brief and concise—quite a feat.”  “There are some lovely discoverables in this index,” said the third. The author herself was “awestruck” by the “sensitivity of [the indexer’s] reading.”

Judy Dunlop is a freelance indexer residing in Edmonton, Alberta. She holds an MA in English and an MEd in Secondary English. Judy specializes in indexes for scholarly works in the humanities and social sciences. Judy is a member of both the Indexing Society of Canada and the American Society for Indexing.

Congress 2017

Ryerson University hosted this year’s Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Registration and Expo was in the historic Maple Leaf Gardens in what seemed like the busiest part of Toronto. This year’s record-breaking attendance was more than 10,000!

The University of Alberta Press worked with Athabasca University Press and the University of Calgary Press again this year to provide a combined display of books under the banner of the University Presses of Alberta. Thank you for another week of great partnership.

Our theme this year was “Our Future Library”, and our quest for the best books of the next 150 years produced titles such as Non/Sense: Decoding Fake NewsThe Death of the Title and This Bloody Hectare. 

Our Director, Linda Cameron, is retiring at the end of August and as a going away present, we created a book that has all the book covers she worked on during her 16 years at UAP. We took the book with us so that colleagues all over the country could convey their good wishes to Linda, who has been has been an active and effective member of the publishing community for decades. Thank you all who stopped by to sign this wonderful memento.

After an exhilarating and exhausting week in Toronto, we are looking forward to Congress 2018 in Regina.

Featured Reviews of “The Home Place”

“Cooley makes important use of the evolution of some of the major poems by reference to the manuscripts and typescripts of drafts and makes an especially fruitful case for Seed Catalogue.” Anne Burke, Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature


“…[The Home Place] builds a magnificent bridge across the coulee between writer and reader… Comprehensive and intense, The Home Place unpacks Kroetsch’s long poems The Ledger, Seed Catalogue and The Sad Phoenician. It dives into the very marrow of those works and accomplishes brilliant and suggestive explorations of the feints and allusions that make them great… Cooley and Kroetsch partner one another, dance with the words they both love and respect.” Aritha van Herk, Alberta Views


‘”Dennis Cooley has written a remarkable monograph on Robert Kroetsch that focuses primarily on a handful of his books of long poems.Cooley weaves an astute criticism of Kroetsch’s writing with details of Kroetsch’s private life, with an enquiry into being a writer, and with covering (and responding to) a great deal of previous Kroetsch scholarship….making for an acute study that covers an enormous critical range.” Nicole Markotić, Prairie Fire


“Cooley paints Kroetsch (1927–2011) as a Canadian Weldon Kees, as a man well known in certain circles as a celebrated writer, effuse in his friendships yet wandering much of his life and, like Odysseus, never quite sure of home…. Kroetsch had a passion for lists, for cataloging, his language catapulting emotion like the language of Gertrude Stein. One can read into his work the influence of Walt Whitman and Mark Twain, language without sentiment, crisp lines without meandering. Kroetsch’s language pulls readers into his world, where the heroes spend their time alone, repeating words, creating new meanings. Cooley’s collection reflects on the enigma of Kroetsch and the life of a poet in the 20th century. Recommended.” K. Gale, Choice Magazine


“In Cooley’s analysis, Kroetsch in his long poems is engaged with both recovering that past as well as finding how to retell it. Cooley writes, “Is he inventing, or is he recording here? . . . He was a fierce regionalist but he also was immersed in formal innovation . . . As a regionalist he understood that language gestures to the world, that it can tie us to the world, and that it is profoundly social. As a postmodernist he realized that those connections are profoundly unstable. . .” Full review. Garin Cycholl, Rain Taxi

A Reception in Honour of Linda Cameron

Some time ago, University of Alberta Press Director Linda Cameron announced her plans to retire at the end of August 2017, and despite her objections to a big celebratory party, her colleagues organized a reception on May 11.

Co-workers, authors, friends and family members arrived in large numbers, and the Saskatchewan Room in the Faculty Club filled up quickly. Colourful banners of book covers stood around the room, a slideshow of photos played in the background, and copies of recent books were on display.  Jerome Martin, a fellow publisher and a dear friend of UAP, played the piano for much of the afternoon, receiving many compliments.

The program was opened by Gerald Beasley, Vice-Provost & Chief Librarian, followed by a few words from Derek Truscott, UAP Author and past-Press Committee chair. Linda wrapped up the program, using this opportunity to promote the Press once again.

Excerpts from Derek’s speech capture not just how Linda conducted business, but also touch on academic publishing:

I have had the privilege and pleasure of knowing Linda for some 15 years. I had submitted a proposal to the U of A Press for my first book and a little while later received a phone call from Linda. She had a way of explaining to me that no publisher would possibly take on a book by a new author based solely on a proposal. She offered no evasive banalities or needless cruelties. In fact, Linda was so reasonable I simply got off the phone and set about to write my manuscript.

A few years later the Press published that book, and it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship that included my being invited to be a part of the Press Committee.

Many here have worked with a variety of publishers and I feel confident that you share my appraisal of the U of A Press as unique in the publishing world. Yes, the Press consistently produces beautiful books of exceptional merit, but it does so while treating all the people involved as valued individuals. I can honestly say that I have not experienced anything like it anywhere else. And Linda is responsible.

Now Linda is quick to attribute the success of the Press to the exceptional staff and authors with whom she works. And I know she means it. And I know it’s true. After all…I’m an author who works with her. However, I also know that the most robust indicator of the quality of a person is the quality of the people who gather around them.

So Linda, I might invite you to consider taking a moment to think about the people who are here today—and those who are unable to be here—and perhaps just bask a bit in what that says about you.

Now, how someone—even someone as capable as Linda—is able to direct an academic publisher so successfully for so many years is a mystery. I have come to be fascinated with endeavours that flourish over the long term—athletes, artists, programs, businesses. We have all witnessed the collapse of worthwhile undertakings due to any number of negative influences or events. And when they do their fragility is so evident, their fundamentally ephemeral nature revealed.

This is what makes Linda’s accomplishments even that much more remarkable. She has nurtured good ideas and kept them alive for a quarter of a century. This is as praiseworthy as it is exceptional. How has she done it?

And now we have the chance to ask Linda­, “Why us? Why has the U of A Press thrived under your directorship?”

And I imagine Linda pausing, making sure she has our attention, and saying, “Children, there are only three simple rules to academic publishing.” We all lean in expectantly. “Unfortunately, no one has the slightest idea what they are.”

Linda, you have made a difference that will be remembered for a very long time.

– Derek Truscott

Thank you to the organizers, especially Cathie Crooks and Diane Schaub who worked on this event behind the scenes. And thank you all for coming and making this event a memorable one!

If you are in the neighbourhood of Ring House 2, please stop by and sign “The Book” for Linda, which includes the covers of all the books that UAP published under her leadership.

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2017 International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba

Back in February, I had a chance to attend the 26th International Book Fair in Havana. A last minute opportunity presented itself and I was able to spend a few hours at the historic San Carlos de la Cabana Fortress.

This year’s guest country of honour was Canada with two exhibition rooms: one to display books and feature authors, and another one to hold events and show images from the Canada-Cuba Co-operation of the last 70 years. There was a line up at the Canadian book display space with a guard to make sure that there weren’t too many people in at the same time. There were line-ups at various tents that sold books. There were food fairs, markets selling crafts, and even ‘amusement parks’ for children to play.

I have never been to an international book fair and was taken aback by how busy this one was. My only experience has been with expos at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and they did not prepare me for the amount of people lining up to get into this fair. A long line of people marching non-stop to get in! It was such an inspiring experience to see many people attending, most of them young. Having our books displayed to a different culture was wonderful to see.

36 countries, 162 authors, 86 foreign exhibitors, plus 58 publishers and hundreds of authors from Cuba participated in the 10-day-long fair that began with a tour of the country on February 19 and ended on April 16 in the province of Santiago de Cuba.

A real celebration of reading!

 

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The Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories

By Tanya Ball

With less than a month before the Writing Stick Conference, we are excited to announce that our programming is in place and over 100 people have registered already.

As mentioned on our website, we have three days of programming lined up including keynote speakers, film shorts, panel sessions, food, and much more!

Our keynote speakers are one of the many highlights of the conference:

  • Marie Wilson
  • Armand Garnet Ruffo
  • Richard Van Camp
  • Patti LaBoucane-Benson

The Writing Stick would like to formally announce our Elder in Residence, Elder Wilson Bearhead from the Paul First Nation. He will be available throughout the conference to provide learning opportunities for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants. Elders from Treaty 7 and Treaty 8 Territories will also be present to perform opening and closing prayers. We will commence the conference with a Sunrise Pipe Ceremony at the University of Alberta.

For more information on these speakers and other sessions, please visit our website. With such an amazing 3 days programming planned, there’s no reason not to register!

We hope to see you there!