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Spring 2019 Catalogue is Here!

The University of Alberta Press celebrates 50 years of publishing in 2019. In anticipation of this milestone, we embarked on a project to re-imagine our visual identity. Our goal was to honour our legacy while reflecting our current publishing program, which is increasingly diverse, urban, and multidisciplinary.

We worked with Susan Colberg (Visual Communication Design at the University of Alberta) to create a logo and new visual identity that shows a Press that is critical, contemporary, and engaged. She chose an accompanying typeface that is uniquely Canadian: Cartier, created by the eminent graphic and type designer Carl Dair to mark Canada’s centenary in 1967.

Everyone at the Press looks forward to continuing our work with authors and scholars on behalf of our many communities of readers. We hope you enjoy the titles in this catalogue.

See you at the bookstore!

Douglas Hildebrand
Director and Publisher
University of Alberta Press

Featured Reviews of “Annie Muktuk and Other Stories”

“A successful short story takes us to unfamiliar places, and the 16 stories in this collection certainly fill that bill. It’s a journey deep into Inuit life, with tales of Inuk of all shapes, genders and ages. The title story is at turns funny, violent and cunning: Jimmy tries to convince best friend Moses to stay away from the glorious Annie Muktuk, an arnaluk (naughty woman, according to the glossary) who will cause him grief. Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star [Full article]

“Inuk writer Norma Dunning’s debut collection passed under the radar of the big awards despite being the year’s best short fiction collection. The stories infuse Inuit myth with reality, explore the effects of colonialism, and delve into settler-writer portrayals of Inuit, all told with heart and humour that is infectious.” Michael Melgaard, National Post, on his No. 1 book of 2017

“Fiction solves the problem of other minds, by cutting readers directly in on the thought and being of other people. If it has a moral purpose it is this: to give us empathetic understanding of other people, many of them very different from ourselves, in gender, and culture, and race…. I liked this book very much, for its rich characterization, for its liveliness in dialogue, and most of all for the window it presents on another form of consciousness, one to which a unique world of spiritual beings is very near.” Susan Haley, Fiddlehead

“Norma Dunning’s debut short story collection is sensitive, intelligent and intense. Right from the first story, ‘Kabloona Red,’ in which an Inuit women knocks back cheap red wine whenever her white husband is away, Dunning writes about authentic experience. The narrators are first person or closely focused third, so the Inuit characters’ confusion and pain as they struggle to maintain individual and cultural identifies are felt directly…. Strong currents of anger and courage propel the Inuit characters. They are survivors…. I loved this book.” Candace Fertile, Alberta Views

Annie Muktuk and Other Stories expounds on Inuit women empowerment. The collection comprises both happy and sad stories, a mixture of present day and the past, and has a touch of humour.”Shari Narine, Windspeaker [Full article]

INDIE Book of the Year Awards (Short Stories), United States

Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story | Writers’ Guild of Alberta for “Elipsee”, Canada

2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Canada

Congress 2018 in Regina

This was the first time that the University of Regina hosted the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The university, city, and province did a wonderful job of putting on the conference, right down to offering free city bus service to delegates.

Highlights, beyond the bookfair of course, included:

  • The theme: Gathering Diversities.
  • An all-female lineup for the Big Thinking lectures.
  • A special launch event for Margaret Laurence and Jack McClelland, Letters, with editors Laura Davis and Linda Morra.
  • A gathering of publishing people, organized by our friends at the University of Regina Press.
  • Poetry readings and award ceremonies!

We had lots of interest in our books, particularly in our newest book Keetsahnak / Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters. We were able to connect with many scholars and talk about our titles, but, as ever, the best part was meeting our authors. We saw so many this year! Here is a partial list:

  • Michel Beaulieu
  • Ted Binnema
  • Daniel Coleman
  • Laura Davis
  • Erin Goheen
  • Jeremey Haynes
  • Tim Lilburn
  • Doris Jeanne MacKinnon
  • Linda Morra
  • Christian Riegel
  • Colleen Skidmore
  • Nora Foster Stovel
  • Sandra Styres
  • Dorothy Thunder
  • Angela van Esse
  • Camille van der Marel
  • Nancy van Styvendale
  • Karen Wall
  • Jerry White
  • Dawn Zinga

Our student assistant was a smart young woman who was a great support to us in the booth. We particularly enjoyed learning about what it was like for her to immigrate to Canada from Afghanistan.

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We’ll see everyone in Vancouver next year!

Annie Muktuk Wins Prestigious Danuta Gleed Literary Award

We have some great news to share!

Norma Dunning has won the prestigious Danuta Gleed Literary Award, given to the writer of the best first short story collection in Canada. The stories in Annie Muktuk and Other Stories portray the unvarnished realities of northern life via strong and gritty characters.

Jury members praised Dunning for crafting “spellbinding narratives” centring on Inuit characters that “deliver raw emotion and an acute sense of humanity.”

Norma has also won two other awards this spring for Annie Muktuk and Other Stories:

One of her stories from the collection, “Elipsee”, won the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story.

The full collection also took a Bronze in the North American independent publishing contest, INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards, in the Short Stories category.

Finally, Annie Muktuk and Other Stories has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize.

Norma Dunning with award certificate.

Norma Dunning at the Alberta Literary Awards gala in June 2018. Photo credit: Monique de St. Croix of Hip Image Photography.

“I did not expect the Danuta Gleed Award. To have my Annie be nominated was amazing in and of itself. I am grateful to the Writers’ Union of Canada and to the jury, who took the time and interest in my words, and who could love Annie in the way that I do. I wrote her for my ancestors, and for all Inuit because we are a peoples who tread in both the past and present.” Norma Dunning

The Perfect Gift for Father’s Day! “Wisdom in Nonsense” by Heather O’Neill

If you have a hard time figuring out what to get for your father or father figure in your life, you might consider a new book by award-winning author Heather O’Neill. Wisdom in Nonsense is full of wry and witty stories of unconventional mentors that provided the foundation of O’Neill’s writing life.

“[Heather O’Neill’s] father shared hard-earned wisdom culled from early years as a petty criminal through to his work as a kind of philosopher-janitor. Unfortunately, his enthusiasm for dispensing life advice was in direct opposition to its practical application. But it certainly makes for good reading…. [This] collection, like all of her work, is filled with humour, moments of joy, sudden bursts of deep emotion and heartbreaking sincerity… The lesson in Wisdom in Nonsense is how a writer uses autobiography to inform fiction.” Michael Melgaard, National Post, February 17, 2018

Read how she made sense of lessons such as “Learn to Play the Tuba,” “Never Watch a Paul Newman Movie,” or “Never Tell Anyone What Your Parents Do for a Living.” At the end of the book, there is room to jot down the lessons you learned from your father, mother, or other parent figure in your life.

The book is available at Chapters/Indigo and at your favourite independent bookstore and is $12 or under.


Alberta Book Day, May 15, 2018

Book publishers from all over Alberta came together in the Federal Building on the ides of May to celebrate and promote our industry to Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and legislature staff. The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ricardo Miranda, joined us to make proclaim May 15 Alberta Book Day.

Our newest Intern, Sarah Milmine, enjoyed participating: 

I was very excited to help out at Alberta Book Day. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was impressed with the variety of people who stopped by our table and asked questions about what we publish. Some people had very specific interests and zeroed in on the one or two publications we had that matched what they were looking for. Others had a wide variety of interests, still others were happy browsing, choosing books at random and flipping them over to read the back cover.

After spending most of the day displaying books and chatting with those who stopped by, a few representatives from the publishing community were introduced in the Legislature.

Cathie Crooks, Associate Director / Manager Planning & Operations says:

The first ever Alberta Book Day was a tremendous success, initiating conversations about books and the kinds of materials our industry produces. My most treasured moment, however, came as we were in the gallery waiting for Minister Miranda to introduce Alberta publishers to his legislative colleagues.

On the seats across the chamber sat Darlene Dunlop, one of our authors, and Eric Musekamp. These remarkable people have advocated for many years for legislation to support farm worker safety in the province. I couldn’t believe the coincidence. When I spoke to them afterwards, they were absolutely pumped. Earlier in the afternoon, they had been able to speak to both Premier Rachel Notley and Governor General Julie Payette about this critical issue and even put a copy of Farm Workers in Western Canada directly into the hands of the Governor General.

Darlene spoke of the importance of having a book outlining all of the issues, both business and personal, that underlie a complex issue. She noted our key role in bringing worker safety to a broader audience. Knowing how they have dedicated their lives to making workplaces safer, I felt very humble to have our role acknowledged in this generous way.

Most days, our small teams sit in offices and work away on computers. Through initiatives such as Alberta Book Day, it is good to be reminded of our large impact.

The Book Publishers Association of Alberta worked hard to organize this event, and we all hope that it’ll be a yearly opportunity to celebrate the importance of publishers, authors, and readers.

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Literary Cocktails 2018

April 26 was a great day as Spring finally arrived and we saw readers of poetry and short fiction filling the Winspear Room of the Faculty Club. The University of Alberta Press’s 14th Literary Cocktails saw more than 100 people in attendance—with standing room only at one point—to the delight of our readers, staff, MC, and the new Director and Publisher of UAP, Douglas Hildebrand.

Daniel Laforest was a charming and funny host, and the readings from the writers of our five newest creative works went wonderfully:

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A big thank you goes out to all who organized, participated, and helped in any way to make this event such a great success: readers, MC, Faculty Club, Audreys, Poetry Festival, and audience members.

It was an event that provided a well-needed break in my busy life. I hope you felt the same!

Fall 2018 Catalogue | University of Alberta Press

Our newest catalogue—Fall 2018—is hot off the press! A list of award winners are on page 2, and you can find our Open access titles on page 22. Along with our new releases, recently released titles, and top sellers, it features the newest books published by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, on pages 14 and 15.

We already started working on the Spring 2019 catalogue.

Featured Reviews of “Farm Workers in Western Canada”

“The book’s subtitle — Injustices and Activism — captures the two main themes it explores: thehorrible exploitation that many farm workers endure, and the efforts they and their supporters have made to organize for reforms. This book represents a compelling argument that those of us who depend on the life-supporting work done by Canadians and temporary foreign workers on Canadian farms ought to support their efforts to unionize and their insistence that existing safety regulations should be enforced more aggressively.” [Full article] Tom Sandborn, Vancouver Sun

“Am currently reading Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activism and am absolutely convinced that the Farm Safety Enhancement Bill was the morally right decision to provide safety, protection and compensation for farm families and workers… In time Bill 6 may become recognized as one of [Alberta’s] best, progressive pieces of legislation.” Bruce Hinkley, Wetaskiwin-Camrose MLA, Wetaskiwin Times

“The nine essays in this volume show how dynamics such as global agribusiness concentration have made meat processors and farm workers vulnerable to low-wage, unhealthy and dangerous jobs. This timely book thus underscores why legislated worker rights are crucial… Interspersed throughout the book are first-hand accounts from the pesticide applicators and carcass disassembly lines. Candid stories from Alberta farm worker Darlene Dunlop’s 15 years of activism are particularly memorable…. Several chapters on migrant workers in BC, Manitoba and Alberta powerfully illuminate the barriers faced by racialized, non-citizen workers in exercising their rights… While the struggle for justice in Canadian fields and factories is unfinished, this book reminds us of workers’ perseverance despite grinding indignity.” Anelyse Weiler, Alberta Views

“One of the greatest strengths of this book is its emphasis on unsettling a series of longstanding myths about agriculture in western Canada…. In the second half of the book, the contributors continue to explore the role of government policies and racialization in other agricultural sectors and provinces… A particular strength of the book is its focus on understanding the hierarchical, classed, and racialized nature of farm labour…” [Full review] Rachel Herron, Labour/Le Travail

“Readers interested in examining the topic of agricultural labor on the northern Great Plains will find Farm Workers in Western Canada to be particularly valuable…. Readers who desire a multidisciplinary approach to the topic will be especially satisfied. The book’s contributors represent a diverse variety of areas of expertise including sociologists, labor relations specialists, and legal professionals. These authors employ a variety of approaches while examining the contested farm labor issue across the diverse landscapes of western Canada…. Editors Shirley A. McDonald and Bob Barnetson have succeeded greatly in assembling a collection of essays that provide fresh insights in understanding the plight of those who work in hazardous conditions to provide food for an ever-growing global population.” [Full review at https://muse.jhu.edu/article/690178]

Derek S. Oden, Great Plains Research

Featured Reviews of “Believing is not the same as Being Saved

“Lisa Martin’s Believing is not the same as Being Saved cleaves even closer to the holy, keeping religious motifs so near her natural language that they slip in unnoticed until they start to pile up, as in the various uses of the sword ‘saved’ in the title poem. Martin’s best poems have a knack for reaching epiphanies by assiduously focusing and unfocusing their gaze…. Martin takes seriously the need to navigate between the philosophical and material worlds. ” Jacob McArthur Mooney, Quill & Quire

Believing is not the same as Being Saved is a quietly elegant book of poems…. You can see and feel the meticulous care Martin has taken in crafting these poems, constructing this book…. Martin understands that much of life is a paradox, that joy and sorrow are birds dancing on the same high wire.” (Full review at http://michaeldennispoet.blogspot.ca/2017/06/believing-is-not-same-as-being-saved.html) Michael Dennis, Today’s Book of Poetry

‘[This] is an intricate collection of poems that meditates on pivotal traumatic events in the speaker’s life thatchallenge her faith…. In language that turns in and out of itself in finely tuned poetic phrasing, Martin deftly manages a vision that embraces death and loss as the other side of life and love and what matters most to us…. With poems that carry a religious and philosophic fervour—whose parallel in literary tradition might be Gerard Manley Hopkins with his rapturous sonnets that delve into his own faith and doubt about God – Martin’s verses are embedded with incandescent images from the natural world and are sinuous with thought riddled with paradox.” The Goose, Vol. 16, Iss. 1 [2017] [Full review at http://scholars.wlu.ca/thegoose/vol16/iss1/10/%5D Gillian Harding-Russell

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